Many pools in the Seattle area are for public use, but only a few of them have unique water play features and events. Choose from a couple of the city’s outdoor pools, which are open seasonally, where kids and parents alike can enjoy splashing around, sliding down waterslides, experience a wave machine and float on rafts. Or stop into one of the city’s indoor pools where adults can swim laps for exercise, or bring their kids for hours of spray-and-play, waterpark-like fun.
Rainier Beach Pool
8825 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 386-1925
www.seattle.gov

The Rainier Beach Pool features a variety of fun play toys for kids, as well as six pool lanes for adults who wish to swim laps. This indoor pool is newly remodeled and now includes a spray and play park, a waterslide, a lazy river and a baby pool that is the perfect size for your little ones. If you’re looking for an awesome place to hold a children’s birthday party, you will want to come here. There is an additional space where you can open presents and bring in a birthday cake for the kids to enjoy.

Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool
2535 32nd Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 684-4708
www.seattle.gov

The Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool is an outdoor public pool in Seattle. The larger pool has five lanes and is 25 yards long, with depths ranging from three to six feet. It also features a 50-foot-long corkscrew slide and an average water temperature of 85 degrees. The smaller pool is much shallower, ranging from two to 3.5 feet deep and is the perfect place to teach younger children how to swim and enjoy the water. Come out for a night of family fun each Friday and experience different themed events such as a rock and roll party, a Hawaiian beach party or a pirate pool party.

Colman Pool
8603 Fauntleroy Way S.W.
Seattle, WA 98136
(206) 684-7494
www.seattle.gov

The Colman Pool is an Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool that features eight lanes and is 50 meters in length. It is situated just mere steps from the Puget Sound waters and the pool itself is a saltwater pool, so you won’t have to deal with the stinky chlorine smell. It has a diving board, a giant tube waterslide and a sun deck where you can lounge and soak up some rays after swimming. The Colman Pool is open for summers only, from May to early September.

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Ballard Pool
1471 N.W. 67th St.
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 684-4094
www.seattle.gov

The Ballard Pool is another of Seattle’s indoor pools that is located in one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods. It is 25 yards long and has six lanes, as well as a rope swing, diving board, a waterslide and numerous play rafts and float toys for kids. There is also a spa and warm water area that is perfect for relaxing and soothing tired, achy muscles. Besides swimming lessons, the Ballard Pool offers diving lessons, synchronized swimming and water polo programs.

Henry Moses Aquatic Center
1719 Maple Valley Hwy. (Cedar River Park)
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 430-6780
www.rentonwa.gov

About twenty minutes southeast of Seattle, the city of Renton is home to one of the area’s largest public aquatic centers. Although it isn’t technically a water park, it is the next best thing with its 9,000-square-foot wave pool and two water slides that are 26 feet high. It also features a six-lane lap pool that encompasses 3,300 square feet, a lazy river area, an island lagoon, a water spray play area, a water play structure and a toddler wading area. If you are not a Renton resident or a guest of a local, expect to pay more for admission.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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