The heat is on! School may be back in session, but with all the hot weather we’ve been having, it’s nice to know you have options for a quick dip. Here are some awesome family-friendly Portland swimming pools that you and your kids will want to visit every day.
Swimming Pools in Portland
We love swimming, and so do most kids. For better or worse, all that love can mean long lines for pools and short fuses for impatient kids. Get to the pool earlier in the session if possible, as some pools fill up and institute a “one-in, one-out” policy. Arriving in your swimsuits can save precious swim time. And when you have little hearts set on water play time, it doesn’t hurt to call to confirm hours before you leave the house. Have fun!
This pool brings in families with a wide array of fun features and activities for all ages. A shark slide for the little adventurers, a big pool with waterslide, leisure pool, lazy river, and a vortex pool. The leisure pool goes from an easy 0-5 feet for short dippers. Ask about the family changing rooms.
Interactive water features set this Southeast Portland indoor pool apart. The leisure pool has plenty of colorful ways to play, like a splash pad with wheels. It’s almost like a small waterpark. Speaking of which…
This is the big one! It’s about as exciting as you can get without a drive to McMinnville. Kids have to be four feet tall to ride the big slides, but little ones can enjoy a quick trip down “Sammie the Seal” in the kids’ pool. From preschool swims for kids 6 and under only, to the more adventurous wave pool (with deep and shallow areas), there’s something for all ages.
Not too fancy, but it’s great for kids, with one half lap swimming, and one half shallow pool. Slides on both sides for big kids and little kids challenge different levels. Though it’s off Powell Boulevard, it’s set down from the street and surrounded by trees. You’ll get some sun, but some nice views of the park as well. There’s also an off-leash dog area at Creston Park.
In the hills of Southwest Portland, you’ll find a hidden gem of Wilson Pool. Okay, it’s not exactly hidden, and it can get a bit crowded. Big water slide, kiddie frog slide, water slide, current channel, vortex, interactive play structure with spray features, basketball hoop… it’s got the works way above and beyond your usual lap pool.
Now, we have to cordially ask you not to spread this one around too much, in fear of it being overrun. (Though, to be honest, it’s pretty popular already.) There’s a gradual entry for toddlers, a waterslide for the big kids, and all the beautiful outdoor setting, close to the Willamette and all the enticements of an afternoon in Sellwood. If your kids are old enough to swim without you, you might even score a shady spot to relax for a for a few minutes.
If swimming is not your kiddos' cup of tea, you can always stop by Kids at Heart for toys and books to use in the (relative) cool of your house. Try the new Gamewright game Go Nuts For Donuts, or give your book worms The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives, the first book in a new mystery series!