Dive Into the City’s Coolest Indoor Pools

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It’s that time of year, parents. The time where we all crave a little bit of sunshine and a much needed break. While we can’t promise sunshine, we can promise the feel of a mini vacation when you take the kids to a nearby indoor swimming pool in Seattle that’s tricked out with resort-like amenities. With everything from lazy rivers, surf machines and twisty slides, these indoor swimming pools offer the coolest water play in town. Dive in to find your new favorite family swim spot.


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Swimming Pools with Serious Perks

Bells and whistles? These pools have a few. We’re talking waterslides, lazy rivers, spraygrounds…even a surf machine. Who needs a resort when you can get away for a few hours and stay close to home?

Snohomish Aquatic Center

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Looking for a local pool with a vacay feel? The Snohomish Aquatic Center is your one stop destination for family fun. This enormous indoor facility boasts a giant corkscrew water slide, lazy river, spray area and FlowRider surf machine, so your kids can hang ten year-round. The facility also has a recreation pool with lap lanes and basketball hoops, an open area for kids to play or tots to get their toes wet and a Wibit floating obstacle course. The best part? The water here is kept at a toasty 84-86 degrees. Not only is it heaven getting in, but it feels so nice you may never want to get out. Looking for something a bit warmer? The warm water pool is even toastier at 102 degrees. Who says you can’t soak away the winter blues?

Insider tip: When can families enjoy all this cool stuff? During Open Rec Swim, now being offered during three different sessions on Sundays only. Although advance reservations aren’t required, they are recommended to guarantee your spot. 

516 Maple Ave.
Snohomish, WA 98290
360-568-8030
Online: snohomishaquatic.com

Mountlake Terrace Pool

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There’s a good reason the Mountlake Terrace Pool is a favorite birthday party spot. Where else can your little ones take a trip to “Toddler Island,” float along a lazy river or splash in a shallow end filled with geysers and built-in spray toys? No need to wait for a birthday party though—just go during one of their recreation or leisure pool and river swim times, that change each month. During recreation swim, the leisure pool, lazy river and main pool are all open, and they include amenities like flotation devices, water toys, life jackets and basketball hoops. The lazy river is great fun too, with a gentle current to push you along, and plenty of inner tubes and noodles are available for your ride. During leisure pool swim, only the leisure pool is open. But with a depth range of 6 inches to 3 feet, a beach-like entry and padded floor, the leisure pool is perfect for the 6 and under set.

Good to know: Children under 4 years of age must be accompanied in the pool by an adult. Riders must be at least 40” tall for the body slide and 48” tall for the inner tube slide.

5303 228th St. S.W.
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
425-776-9173
Online: cityofmlt.com

Lynnwood Recreation Center & Pool

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If you need a reason to head north, the Lynnwood Recreation Center & Pool is it. This super popular spot includes two big water slides, sprayers, a lazy river, inner tubes, diving boards, water playground, spray fountains and a family hot tub. Plus, there’s a lap pool and warm-water therapy pool. Little ones will especially love “Beach Swim” when the shallow play area is open with a water depth up to two feet. If you’re thinking this place sounds a lot like Great Wolf Lodge, but a lot closer and a lot cheaper…you’re absolutely right.

Insider tip: Reserve your swim time before making the trek north to guarantee a spot; tickets sell out quickly for Beach Swims and Rec Swims. The schedule is updated monthly.

18900 44th Ave. W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
425-670-5732
Online: lynnwoodwa.gov

McMenamins Anderson School Pool

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Take your little fish for a dip in the The North Shore Lagoon, McMenamins Anderson School’s on-site pool that’s open to the public from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Swim sessions are broken up into one-hour time slots and wristbands become available 30 minutes prior to the session start time. Once it’s your turn, you can splish and splash around the tiki-themed pool before changing into street gear to grab some delish eats at the restaurant upstairs. We love that the pool has plenty of shallow play areas where even the most timid toddlers can test the waters with ease. And the deepest point is only 4’6”, which means you won’t be treading water as you make the Marco-Polo rounds with the big kids. 

Insider tip: The pool’s busiest times are Monday through Thursday from 5-7 p.m. and Saturday mornings, so plan around them if you can. 

Good to know: Pool entry is free for hotel guests and Bothell residents with proof of a Bothell address. 

18603 N.E. Bothell Way
Bothell, WA 98011
425-398-0122
Online: mcmenamins.com

Federal Way Community Center Pool

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Families who live south of the city have long loved the Federal Way Community Center Pool, with its lazy river, toddler waterslide and shallow area that makes splashing and playing a possibility for kids, no matter what their age. Although we’re sad to report everyone’s favorite—the two-story purple side—isn’t there anymore (don’t worry too much, it’ll be back once it’s repaired), there’s still lots to love here. For those who want a real workout, jump into the whirlpool and try to run against the current or try your best belly flop off the one-meter diving board. Families can enjoy all the pool amenities during Open Swim sessions, usually offered at least once daily, with more sessions on the weekends. The online schedule will have the most up-to-date times.

Insider tip: It’s hard to predict when this pool will be busy, so please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the open swim session to ensure you’ve got a spot. They’ve got room for 25 in each session.

876 S. 333rd St.
Federal Way, WA 98003
253-835-6900
Online: itallhappenshere.org

People’s Pool

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Little water bugs looking for a place to splash around on a cold or rainy day can find tons of fun at the People’s Pool in Tacoma. This awesome pool is home to Tacoma’s first indoor splash pad, loaded with ground sprayers galore and plenty of run-around room for big imaginations to roam free. This is just one of the reasons it has quickly became the go-to indoor pool for South Sound families. Large floor-to-ceiling windows fill the room with tons of natural light, giving it a nice outdoorsy feel. The unique L-shaped design that divides the pool into three distinct sections—a shallow area, a current channel and a lap lane area, that transforms into two basketball courts and a water-walk play area during open swim sessions—are a hit among parents and kids alike. The tot zone is open on weekdays and families can enjoy Family Swim on Mondays and Wednesdays this month.

Insider tip: Looking for something fun to do on President’s Day? No day pass fees means you can swim here for free.

1602 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-591-5321
Online: metroparkstacoma.org

Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center

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For families on Bainbridge Island or Seattle families looking for a fun island adventure, the Bainbridge Aquatic Center is loaded with pool perks that are worth the ferry ride. Built in 2001, the pool includes a 180-foot water slide, lazy river, sloped beach entry, tot pool, water features, a toddler frog slide, one- and three-meter diving boards and four 25-yard lap lanes. The facility also boasts a spa and steam and sauna rooms. And in addition to open swim times, the pool hosts swim lessons and special events, including Float Movie Nights, we’re hoping will return soon. Families can enjoy Beach Swim every day except Sunday and dive in during Open and Family Swim on Saturdays.

Good to know: Kids 6 and under and/or less than 36” tall must go down the waterslide with an adult.

8521 Madison Ave.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
206-842-2302
Online: biaquatics.org

Go Beyond Lap Swim at These Indoor Public Pools

If an easy family swim is what you’re after, you can’t go wrong with these indoor pools in Seattle and on the Eastside.

Seattle Parks and Recreation Pools

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The pools are open! And most Seattle Parks and Recreation pools are currently offering at least one weekly public swim time, where at least a portion of the pool is open for all ages and family swim time, where families can play, often with flotation devices and pool toys. Others, like the Ballard Pool, Madison Pool and Meadowbrook Pool have Pool Playland times, where only the shallow end is open for cautious swimmers, tots and babies. The special features at some of the city pools are pretty cool too. Rope swings and diving boards make a public swim session special for big kids. And the lazy river, waterslide and spray and play park at Rainier Beach Community Center Pool (pictured) adds a bit of a thrill to your typical swim session. 

Insider tip: Drop-in is the way these swim sessions roll. Be sure to get there early, and check online for last-minute cancelations before heading out the door. Staffing shortages are affecting many of the city’s public pool offerings.

Good to know: The Evans Pool remains closed.

Online: seattle.gov

Bellevue Aquatic Center

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Bellevue Aquatic Center

This one-of-a-kind aquatic center was built for therapy and rehabilitation, but is available for public open swim. The Bellevue Aquatic Center has two pools with six lap lanes, a diving tank, a 10-foot slide and a 5-foot mini slide for little tadpoles. The Warm Springs pool has a wheelchair ramp and average waters temps of 92 degrees. Now, that’s what we’re talking about on a cold winter’s day. Bring the kids for Family Swim at either pool. It’s being offered at the Blue Lagoon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and at Warm Springs on every day except Wednesday. Just remember the pools are operating at 50% capacity right now, and reservations are needed in advance.

601 143rd Ave N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98007
425-452-4444
Online: parks.bellevuewa.gov

Wave Aquatics

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Splash down at one of two Wave Aquatics pools on the Eastside. Whether you head to the Redmond location or the Juanita Beach Aquatic Center in Kirkland, you and the kids can dive into fun during Family Swim during a designated session. Register in advance to enjoy both the shallow and deep end of the pool (lane markers shouldn’t be a problem as they’re usually moved). Keep the kids busy with diving boards, kickboards and fins, or bring your own noodles and dive toys from home. Sessions are available on both Saturdays and Sundays at each location.

Redmond Pool
17535 N.E. 104th St.
Redmond, WA
425-883-4422

Juanita Aquatics Center
10601 N.E. 132nd St.
Kirkland, WA 98034
425-936-1627

Online: waveaquatics.org

Mary Wayte Pool

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On Mercer Island, the Mary Wayte Swimming Pool offers family swim, lap swim and swim lessons. The pool’s schedule changes seasonally with the school year and competitive seasons, so it’s a good idea to check the schedule before you go. We love that Family Swim is offered daily at this pool, and there are evening hours too, so you can wear out the kids, hit the showers and change them into jammies before heading home. Talk about an easy nighttime routine. Reservations are needed for any swim session.

8815 S.E. 40th
Mercer Island, WA 98040
206-588-1117
Online: mercerislandpool.com

Julius Boehm Pool

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Another easy option for Eastside families is the Julius Boehm Pool where you’ll find Recreation Swim hours Monday through Saturday. It’s a chance for families to frolick in the shallow end of the pool, where it’s just three to four feet deep. Family passes are available online or at the front desk, when you get there. And at just $15, it’s a fun (and cheap) family play day option.

50 S.E. Clark St.
Issaquah, WA 98027
425-837-3350
Online: ci.issaquah.wa.us

Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center

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Known as the venue of the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games, the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center (WKCAC) is a 2,500-seat facility that hosts a number of competitive swimming events annually. It has been the site of Olympic Trials, top national and international competitions and the Pacific Northwest’s premiere events. But in addition to prestigious swimming and diving programs, WKCAC is currently open to the public for recreational swimming and lessons and more. The current pool schedule gets updated often and includes last-minute (and planned) cancelation dates. But families can usually count on swimming here Tuesday and Thursday evenings. 

650 S.W. Campus Dr.
Federal Way, WA 98023
206-477-4444
Online: kingcounty.gov

Covid considerations:

1. Please remember to bring your mask, as things can change quickly with health and safety protocols.

2. Bring your vax card too. It may be required for anyone over 12.

3. Although not all of these indoor pools require reservations to swim, many do. Make sure you’ve got one if you need it before packing the kids (and all that gear) into the car for family swim time.

4. Most pools are updating their schedules monthly, and staffing shortages can lead to last-minute cancelations. To be on the safe side, call ahead to make sure the swim session you’re eyeing is still available.

—Allison Sutcliffe & Kristina Moy

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