By Samantha Schindler
Not everyone has the luxury of having a pool or an ocean in their backyard, so we have to rely on commercial pools open to the public to cool off in the hot summer months. There are a lot of amazing pools available for visitors to enjoy here in SoCal. Here are a few of our favorites.
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, 90402
The Annenberg Community Beach house is located on the former estate of silent film star Marion Davies, so be sure to soak up some of the old Hollywood glamour. The heated pools are open to the public and there is a play area for the kids too. Hours change seasonally, so check the website for passes and reservations, even for the parking. It has some of the cleanest public pool bathrooms, giving it an added bonus for its visitors. Note that the pool has no shallow end, so children under 8 cannot splash and play alone. Admission: $4 for children, $10 for adults, $12 for parking.
Stoner Park Pool
1835 Stoner Ave.
Los Angeles, 90025
$1 per kids and seniors, $3.50 for adults
The Stoner Park Pool is a wonderful kid-friendly aquatic wonderland. From twisty slides to water tube gushing fountains, this pool gives kids the water park vibe for a fraction of the price. They also offer swim lessons, team sports, and junior lifeguard training. Check out their brochure online for more information and prices. Admission: $1 for children and seniors, $3.50 for adults.
Culver City Municipal Plunge
4175 Overland Ave.
Culver City, 90232
$2.50 for kids, $4 for adults
The Culver City Municipal Plunge is a 40,000 square-foot spot with an Olympic size pool, heated competition pool, and a diving board. They have a “safety first” motto, so swimmers must be at least 48 inches tall and be able to pass the swimming test before being able to use the diving board. Located next to a park with a playground, baseball field, and basketball courts, it is sure to provide kids and families with all day fun. Admission: $2.50 for children, $4 for adults.
Santa Clarita Aquatics Center
20850 Centre Pointe Pkwy
Santa Clarita, 91351
If you like pool variety, then this is the place to go. The Santa Clarita Aquatics Center has not one, but three pools including a 50-meter competition pool, a 25-meter dive pool, and an activity pool filled with water play structures and a 160-foot water slide. This facility is located on lighted grounds and provides locker/changing rooms and concession stands. There is plenty of parking and space to lounge around, so it has something for everyone in the family. The shallow end is shallow enough for children not to need life jackets and gradually deepens to a roped off deep end where life guards are located for the more proficient swimmers. Admission: $4 for children, $6 for adults, kids 3 and under are free.
John C. Argue Expo Center
3980 Bill Robertson Lane
Los Angeles, 90037
17 years & under $1.00, 18 years to 64 years, $3.50, 65 years & older $1.00
You’d never expect the Coliseum to have a giant swim stadium behind it, but it does. Complete with a competition pool and a shallow wading pool that is perfect for toddlers, you can swim and play all day. It is located near the California Science Center and the Natural History Museum so if you want to take the family to one of these awesome museums in the morning, you can swim all afternoon. Admission: 17 years and under $1.00, 18 – 64 years, $3.50, 65 and older $1.00.
Westwood Community Pool
1350 Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, 90025
Open year-round and offering great family swim hours, the Westwood Community Pool is an impeccably clean heated indoor pool. It’s a great spot for first-time swimmers because of the wide splash zone and elbow room. The Family Nights they offer on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 7-9p.m. are great for parents who work but are still be able to get a weekday swim with their kids during the summer. Admission: Adults (18 – 64 years) $3.50, Children(17 & under) $1.00, Seniors (65 & over) $1.00.
360 North Arroyo Blvd.
Children 17 and Under $1.00, Adults 18 and Over $2.00
The beautiful Rosebowl Aquatics is open year-round and has so many activities for the kids and families alike. With the summer camps, family swim nights, and the water polo and diving practices, kids will be entertained for hours. If they get tired of swimming, there is a pirate themed park right behind the pools. The schedule changes seasonally so make sure to check the website for the hours. Admission: Children 17 and under $1.00, adults 18 and over $2.00.
Be sure to check out at least one of these popular pools this summer and have lots of fun!