What Blizzard? Indoor Pools in All 50 States
Swimming in winter? Yes, please. Whether it's 60 degrees and raining or 0 degrees and snowing, there's an indoor pool waiting, typically with water temperatures in the 80s -- no sunscreen necessary. Check out these 50 indoor pools, one in every state.
The Aquadome Recreation Center in Decatur has a heated, indoor pool underneath a circular glass dome. Public swim times, swimming lessons, and aquatic exercise classes offer some activity for everyone. The lap-swim program is $5 a visit (quarterly and annual rates available). The Aquadome also has a Special Olympics team.
The Ketchikan Gateway Aquatic Center, maintained by the city's parks and recreation department, features a large competition pool and a recreational pool that caters to kids. Twisty and tube slides, fountains, dump buckets, and spray faucets add some fun. Open swim is $3 (free for children under 2), and the recreation center offers swim gear rentals for $1 to $3.
Tempe's Kiwanis Recreation Center features an indoor, warm-water wave pool. The 3-foot waves come in eight patterns, and the pool offers tube and raft rentals. Visitors can also try a 122-foot, double-spiral waterslide and enjoy lap swimming, open swim, or water fitness. Admission fees are less than $5, and up to two children 7 and younger get in free with a paying adult through March 17.
The swimming waters in Quapaw Baths and Spa in Hot Springs, part of Hot Springs National Park, have been carbon-dated to 4,000 years old. Quapaw has four thermal pools with stained glass ceilings that are reserved for guests 14 and older. Entry to the pools is $20.
Serving East Los Angeles, the Echo Park Deep Pool offers an impressive array of classes and team athletics, including water polo, springboard diving, synchronized swimming, aquatic aerobics, and lifeguard training. Regular admission is $3.50 for adults and $1 for children and seniors. (This week is the last chance to visit for a while: The pool is closing for 6 weeks of maintenance on Feb. 2.)
Just outside Denver, the Apex Center in Arvada has large waterslides and a vortex pool with a moving current. Most popular with kids, though, is probably a zero-depth play area with fountains, slides, geysers, and waterfalls. An adjoining indoor pool hosts lap swimming, lessons, and classes. Fees range from $3.50 to $7.25 (cheaper for residents; kids 2 and under are free).
In New Haven County, the Derby Veterans Community Center offers annual membership rates (with discounts for veterans and their families), but daily fees are $3 or $4. The pool has a fun, underwater-themed mural. Private swim lessons ($20 a session) are also available.
Head to the Western Family YMCA in Newark to hit the pool indoors. While membership to the Y is required, financial aid is available to those who need it and free guest passes are available online (limit one per person per year). Fees are also less for those who sign up for specific programs. There's even a waiting list for kids to get free swim lessons, as the Y has a goal of making all children in the state water wise.
The Daytona State College Aquatic Center opens its large, competitive swimming pool to the community for $5 a day (kids under 3 are free). In addition to recreational play and lap swim, it offers a variety of lessons (including scuba). The facility is accessible for people with disabilities.
For less than $5 daily, the South Cobb Aquatic Center is a fun and inexpensive water park alternative. With a shallow playground and a deeper area with giant twisty slides, this pool also has space for recreational and lap swimming. Water aerobics classes are $4.50 for adults and $2 for seniors.
Fitness enthusiasts can visit Volcanic Climbing and Fitness in Honolulu to enjoy an indoor saltwater swimming pool, a small hot tub, and an ice plunge pool. Tourists and residents can obtain a day pass for $25, which provides full access and complimentary rental climbing shoes.
The Community Recreation Center in Schaumburg boasts an all-ages water park. The Water Works features a water playground, a pool with beach-like entry for little kids, three waterslides, a whirlpool, a rapid water channel, and more. Entry is $5 to $9.
A 20,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor water park in Plainfield, Splash Island has a two-story waterslide, a lazy river, a kiddie water playground, a "pulsating vortex," and lap swimming. Entrance is less than $10 for a day pass.
Get inside at the Grand Harbor Resort in Dubuque to enjoy a 25,000-foot indoor water park. Kids can play with squirt guns, waterslides and spouts, and a four-story water "dump" from a Huck Finn treehouse. Guests can also enjoy a lazy river, relaxing pools, activity pools, and hot tubs -- all for $5 a person on select days (other days run $10 to $18).
The Lawrence Parks and Recreation Indoor Aquatic Center has a competitive swimming pool with 10 lanes and a diving well and a separate (warmer) family pool with a slide, interactive water playground, and zero-depth entry. Daily passes are $3 or $4; free for children 4 and under.
For a daily fee of $3 to $5.50, the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center in Louisville offers indoor lap swimming, recreational swimming, aquatic exercise, and swimming and lifeguard classes. Monthly and annual memberships are available too.
At the University of New Orleans, the public can pay $5 seven days a week to use the UNO Lakefront Arena Aquatic Center, which features a 50-meter indoor pool and an adjacent outdoor pool and deck. Both pools are heated, and lessons are available year-round.
The Colonial Mast Campground in Naples has a rustic, wood-paneled indoor pool with entrance fees of $3.50 to $7 and 4.8 out of 5 stars on Facebook. The pool is open year-round for open swim, parties, lessons, and water aerobics.
The Germantown Indoor Swim Center in Boyds measures about 60,000 square feet, including an indoor pool, diving area, and waterslide. It's fully accessible for people with disabilities. Day passes are $4 to $8, depending on age, residency, and day of the week.
The Cape Codder Indoor Wave Pool at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa is open to the public. A $25 daily pass buys access to an 8,200-square-foot pool featuring 2-foot waves, a water-umbrella fountain, two waterslides (50 feet and 80 feet), and a 24-person whirlpool. An ultraviolet-light water-purification process is a new addition.
The Troy Community Center combines an adults' section, including lap lanes and a therapy pool, and a kids' area with a twisting slide, lily pad leap, splash zone, and boat slide. Daily passes cost $5 to $10, depending on age and residency (children 2 and under are free). Classes in lifeguarding, swimming, and water aerobics run year-round.
The Biloxi Natatorium houses an Olympic-size indoor pool that's open year-round for adult lap swimming, all-ages recreational swimming, teams, lessons, and parties. Regular admittance costs $1 for children and $3 for adults. A 15-visit pass (which lasts 90 days) is $30.
The Castle Rock Resort in Branson offers public access to its 30,000-square-foot, indoor, climate-controlled water park at a day-pass rate of $15 a person (free for children 2 and under). Families will enjoy corkscrew and tube slides, animal statues and fountains, dumping buckets, a lazy river, a lap pool, and more.
The Fairmont Hot Springs Resort houses a hot pool (average temperatures of 100 to 104 degrees) as well as a regular pool indoors. Although the facility is open 24/7, lifeguards stay on duty 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Guests of the resort get free access, but public entrance is $10 or less.
The CoCo Key Resort at the Ramada Plaza has a tropical theme and several pools for children, teens, and adults. While kids splash around, adults will appreciate the no-kids-allowed Palm Grotto Spa, an indoor-outdoor hot tub. Tickets run $20 to $35 for adults (depending on the day) and $15 to $25 for kids ages 3 to 11. Children 2 and under are free, and non-swimmers pay $10.
Located in Sparks, the Alf Sorensen Community Center has a 25-yard heated pool for lap swimming and open swim, a diving well, and a tot pool. Certified lifeguards keep things safe, and the center requires that children under 7 pass a swim test to swim unsupervised. Drop-in fees are $3 to $5.
The Portsmouth Recreation Department maintains a 25-meter, year-round indoor pool with six lanes for dedicated swimmers and a diving board. Day entry is $3 to $5 for residents and $5 to $10 for nonresidents. Swimming, water aerobics, and Red Cross lessons are available.
Sahara Sam's Oasis in West Berlin tempts visitors with huge body and raft slides, water basketball, obstacle courses, a lazy river, a surfing simulator, and tons of pools and water playground. Save a few dollars a ticket by purchasing online or opting for twilight tickets (valid after 3:30 p.m.).
The ABQ Surf N' Slide Waterpark at Hotel Cascada in Albuquerque has funky lighting, tube and body waterslides, a lazy river, a ropes course, and entertainment for the whole family. There's also a FlowRider wave machine for indoor surfing. Admission to this huge park -- the only indoor water park in the state -- runs $28 to $35, with discounts for military families and observers and no charge for kids under 2.
The SportsPark athletic center on Roosevelt Island in New York City has an Olympic-size indoor pool that separates adult lap swimming from recreational use and play. Lifeguards stand on duty, and there's a diving board. Residents pay $5 per adult or $6 per family (kids and seniors are free). Costs are slightly higher for non-residents.
Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center in Raleigh features not only the standard lap swims and recreational open swims at its indoor pool but also a three-story waterslide, lazy river, and water vortex. Visitors pay $3 to $14, depending on age and residency.
It's no wonder Grand Forks residents and tourists alike love Splashers of the South Seas, the biggest indoor water park in the state. Kiddie pools and slides, adult hot tubs, and a lazy river are spread across the 40,000-square-foot park. There's also an activity area with a dump bucket for kids. Admission varies, but all tickets are less than $20 and as low as $5 for young children.
The indoor pools at the Columbus Aquatics Center charge just $1 for admission, although there are a few specific requirements. Everyone 6 and older needs a Leisure Card ($1 for the year with proof of identity) and admission must be paid in quarters. Once inside, swimmers can enjoy a small, shallow pool or a competition-size pool with a diving board.
Oregon City's swimming pool is 25 meters long, with six swim lanes, and a lifeguard is always on duty. The pool also has a waterslide, diving board, and water basketball area. Guests can drop in for $3.25 to $5.25 a person, depending on residency and age. Parents bringing kids can save with family rates: $6.50 for residents and $8.75 for nonresidents.
Split Rock Resort in the Poconos has an adjacent indoor water park called H2Oooohh, which spans more than 53,000 square feet. The park has tube, raft, and body slides, as well as a play structure and hot tubs. Day passes cost $18 to $23 after 4 p.m. and $31 to $36 otherwise, but discounts are available for multi-day passes, seniors, hotel guests, and observers.
At the North Providence Pool and Fitness Center, day passes are $7 for adults and $5 for children to enjoy a large, indoor pool that's open year-round. The shallow end is accessible for people with disabilities. A tropical mural adorns the wall beside the hot tub, which holds 12 adults (no kids allowed).
The Crown Reef resort in Myrtle Beach has an indoor water park that's open year-round. Salty's Splash House features dump buckets, a twister slide for kids under 48 inches, and a "silly" submarine. Hotel guests can enjoy the facilities for free, but non-guests can enter for $20 admission and receive a complimentary $20 game card for the attached arcade.
The 30,000-square-foot WaTiki Indoor Waterpark Resort has slides and activity pools, a lazy river, and a hot tub. General admission is $9.25 Monday through Thursday and $13.65 on weekends (slightly less for military). Instead of paying full price, parents can watch their kids and use the hot tub with a $4.95 spectator pass.
The Kingsport Aquatic Center hosts year-round swimming and water play at its three indoor pools, one of which is Olympic-size. Guests can swim laps, engage in recreational swim time, or take water therapy classes. Day passes cost $6 for youth and seniors and $8 for adults.
Visitors to the Bachman Indoor Pool in Dallas can enjoy a hot jet spa in addition to the large swimming pool, which has an underwater entrance ramp to accommodate people with disabilities. The recently renovated facility uses UV sanitation methods to purify the water. The drop-in fee is $3 a day with a City of Dallas recreation card ($5 to $10 for residents; free for children under 5).
Homestead Crater in Midway is an all-natural geothermal pool inside a dome-shaped limestone deposit. (It's not quite indoors -- the crater has a small opening at the top.) Guests can use a tunnel to access a soaking area and float in the mineral water. For those who are more adventurous, this is the only site for warm-water scuba diving in the continental United States. Soaking access is $16 (for anyone, not just hotel guests) and reservations are required.
The Swimming Hole in Stowe is a nonprofit community swimming and fitness center. Housed inside a quaint, red barn, the center features an Olympic-size lap pool with a diving board, as well as a smaller pool for kids with a small slide. Non-member day fees are $6 to $20, which includes access to all fitness areas.
The city of Norfolk has outfitted its Southside Aquatics Center with an accessible pool that has two diving boards. The pool also features a two-story twisty slide and a zero-depth recreation center for the youngest visitors. Annual fees for residents are just $10 for youth and $20 for adults.
Located outside Seattle, the Mountlake Terrace city pool has a shallow leisure pool with a beach-like entry and padded floor adjacent to the regular pool, plus basketball hoops and jet sprays, a lazy river, and a designated toddler area. The warm-water pool is accessible for people with disabilities. Admission ranges from $3.75 to $5.25 (passes and family rates are available) and floaties and life jackets, as well as water toys, are provided.
The YMCA in Wheeling has a competition-size pool that caters to kids and adults with swimming lessons and free swim time year-round. There's also a hot tub, so adults can relax while swim-capable kids play under the watch of certified lifeguards. A day pass costs $10 a person (with no membership), while kids 5 and under swim free.
Milwaukee County has two impressive indoor pools with cheap admission prices. Both the Noyes Pool and the Pulaski Pool charge $3 to $4 for open or lap swim. They also have aqua Zumba and water exercise classes for $4 (ages 12 and up). The pools are competition-size and have two diving boards each.
Thermopolis is home to Hot Springs State Park, where the mineral water is geothermally heated and supposedly has therapeutic properties. Indoor soaking pools, free of charge for park guests, are open year-round. There's also the Star Plunge recreation center, with an indoor slide and warm-water pool (admission $6 to $12.50).