Indoor pools, updated July 28, 2022: When the weather is nasty and kids are restless, there’s no better way to provide a workout than to take them for a public swim. It’s a workout for parents too, however: all the items to schlep along, the noise of the pool, and running the risk that your toddler will dash out of the locker room, and you’ll have no choice but to pursue in the nude.
On the other hand, after an hour or so of pool play, your kids will pose far less threat to your furniture and the house will be a more peaceful place.
Note: Check each pool for COVID protocols, if any.
Indoor pools: Big, fancy ones
18900 44th Ave W, Lynnwood 98036
The Lynnwood Rec Center pool offers waterslides, a lazy river, a water play area with tipping water buckets and a family hot tub. Accordingly, open and recreational swims routinely sell out, so it’s a good idea to arrive early or call ahead to make sure they have tickets (you can do this up to two weeks in advance). Note that there are sometimes lap swims going on concurrently. Schedules may change due to staffing challenges.
Admission: $6/adult; $5.75/youth 13-17, $5.50/child 2-12
Check times on the Rec Center schedule.
516 Maple Ave., Snohomish 98290
Snohomish Aquatic Center features a ton of great water features for kids of various ages: a lap pool; a warm-water pool, a lazy river; a massive, enclosed waterslide; a spray-play section and two shallow areas for smaller kids (one that’s a zero-depth entry zone for tiny kids or folks with physical limitations). Coolest of all, there’s a FlowRider machine for simulated surfing. Kids over 42 inches can ride boogie boards there and kids over 52 inches can ride the stand-up board.
Fees: $6/adult, $5/youth
Check the pool schedule for more information.
650 SW Campus Dr., Federal Way
The Weyerhauser pool features two separate swimming areas: their main pool and a recreational pool with a pirate’s-cove theme. This is a popular venue for swim meets, so check for possible cancellations before heading out. Pool is closed for renovations Aug 1- mid Sept and again in Summer 2023.
Fees: Public and family swims are $3.25/person
For more information check the swim schedule.
Indoor pools: Seattle Parks and Recreation
Seattle has eight indoor pools with regular public swim times. Children under 6 or under 48 inches in height must stay within arm’s-length of an accompanying adult.
There are four types of swim:
Public Swims, all age groups are invited (all pools);
Family Swims, geared toward kids and caregivers who are in the water with them (Ballard, Madison, Meadowbrook, Queen Anne, Rainier Beach);
Pool Playland, for kids five and under with accompanying caregivers (Ballard, Madison, Meadowbrook, Queen Anne, Rainier Beach); and
Women’s Single-Gender Swims, during which all swimmers and pool staff are female and pool windows are covered (ages 10 and up at Meadowbrook, 12 and up at Rainier Beach).
Fees: $6/adult, $4/youth
1471 NW 67th St., Seattle 98107
Ballard Pool has six swimming lanes, a diving board, rope swing, slide and a warm-water pool, in addition to family changing rooms.
For more information check the pool schedule.
7201 E Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle 98115
This Green Lake neighborhood pool is currently closed for renovation and is tentatively scheduled to reopen January 2022.
Watch here for updates.
13401 Meridian Ave. N, Seattle 98133
This pool has six lanes, a teaching pool with shallow water for lessons and two diving boards, one at 1 meter and one at 3 meters. One advantage of this arrangement is that there are times when kids can do a public swim in the teaching pool, while a caregiver does laps in the main pool.
For more information check out the Madison Pool schedule.
10515 35th Ave. NE, Seattle 98125
Meadowbook’s six-lane pool has 1- and 3-meter diving boards, rope swing, sauna and family changing rooms. Due to staffing shortages, expect schedules to change.
Check out the pool schedule here.
500 23rd Ave., Seattle 98122
Closed for Summer 2022.
1920 1st Ave. W, Seattle 98119
Closed for Summer 2022
8825 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle 98118
The pool at Rainier Beach has several amenities, including a giant slide, lazy river, spray feature, warm pool, spa and sauna.
Check out the swim schedule for Rainier Beach Pool.
2801 SW Thistle St, Seattle 98126
The Southwest Pool offers six lanes and two diving boards, a 102-degree therapy pool and a sauna. Operating on a reduced schedule.
For pool times check out the Southwest Pool schedule.
Indoor pools: south of town
606 SW 116th St, Seattle
This White Center neighborhood pool has public swims as well as gender-specific swims.
Fees: $5/adult, $4/youth
For more information about times check out the Aquatic Center schedule.
4414 S 144th St, Tukwila
Among the amenities: a diving board and a slide. They have open swims and family swims. The pool slide is closed due to staff shortages. Also open swim is only open to the first 50 participants. Please call ahead to see if the pool is at capacity.
Fees: $6/adult non-resident, $5.50/adult resident, $4/youth
For more information on swim times, check out the Tukwila schedule here.
22722 19th Ave. S, Des Moines
This is a six-lane pool with a movable bulkhead between deep and shallow ends. Some drop-in programs, including teen nights.
Fees: $4/adult non-resident, $3.50/adult resident, $3.75/youth non-resident, $3/youth resident; $1/teen on teen nights
For more information about pool times, check the swim schedule.
16740 128th Ave SE Renton, WA 98058
The six-lane Lindbergh Pool includes a diving board and family locker room. Some services are phasing in, so best to call ahead. Will open on August 1.
Fees: $5/adult, $4/youth 3-17, punch passes are available
Check out the swim schedule for more information.
1101 Hoquiam Ave NE, Renton 98059
No services available at this time. Pool is closed for renonvations.
18230 SE 240th St, Covington
The pool has a diving board, rope swing, slide and a big red floating “octopus.” There are public swims most days.
Fees: $4.50/individual or $13.50/family
Check the swim schedule for more information on open swim days and times.
Indoor pools: Eastside
601 143rd Ave. NE, Bellevue 98007
Pool will be closed Aug 20 to Sept 5 2022 for maintenance.
Bellevue Aquatic features two pools, one for lap swimming and the other is a warm-water pool for therapeutic use. The lap pool features a diving board and a 10-foot slide. Open swims sometimes coincide with lap swims.
FEES: $7/adult, $6/youth
View the Aquatic Center schedule here.
8815 SE 40th St, Mercer Island 98040
Mercer Island’s pool has shallow and deep areas separated by a bulkhead. There are lots of open and family swim hours available in the shallow pool, some of them coinciding with lap swims in the deep pool.
Fees: $6/adult, $4.50/youth
View the swim schedule for more information.
50 SE Clark St, Issaquah 98027
This Issaquah pool has shallow and deep areas separated by a bulkhead., with recreational swims daily. Passes include use of the fitness area and open gym as well as the pool.
Fees: $6/adult, $5/youth, $15/family
View the Julius Boehm schedule of swims for day and time information.
10601 NE 132nd St, Kirkland 98034
This pool in Kirkland has open swim times several days per week; it’s a good idea to check the website before you go. The swims may be canceled for swim meets, particularly on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
Fees: $5/drop in
Check the Juanita Aquatics schedule for more information.
17535 NE 104th St, Redmond 98052
This pool is temporarily closed.
Indoor pools: north end
5303 228th St SW, Mountlake Terrace 98043
Mountlake Terrace’s pool features a lazy river and a leisure pool with an entry that mimics a beach.
Fees: Adults are $5.75/non-resident, $5.25/resident, $4.75/ youth 1-15 non-resident, $4.25/youth resident
Check out the Mountlake Terrace Pool schedule for open swim times.
The Shoreline Pool is permanently closed.
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Originally published in 2021.