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Best Indoor Swimming Pools for Kids and Families Around Seattle

Lazy rivers, epic slides, warm-water pools around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

Kali Sakai

Published on: January 16, 2020

Best Indoor Swimming Pools for Kids and Families Around Seattle

Rainier Beach Pool. Credit: Seattle Parks and Recreation

Indoor swimming pools around Seattle

Seattle Parks and Recreation Pools

Water temp: Typically about 85 degrees, but can vary by pool.

Prices: Admission to Seattle Parks pools is $4 youth, $6 adult, infants younger than 1 free.

Lessons range in price. Register and find out more by locating your nearest pool

Pool deals: Check individual pool pages for neighborhood deals, fun nights and other offerings.

Note: Be sure to check the 2020 All City Aquatics Schedule for an overview of pool schedules, including details and closures.

  • Ballard: Features diving board, rope swing, slide, warm pool/spa, ADA lift, family changing rooms. Note, the Ballard pool is closed through Feb. 2020 for maintenance.
  • Evans (Green Lake): Features diving board, sauna, ADA lift, family changing rooms.
  • Madison (North Seattle): Features diving boards, teaching pool, ADA lift.
  • Meadowbrook (Lake City): Features diving boards, rope swing, ADA lift, family changing rooms.
  • Medgar Evers (Madrona): Features diving board, rope swing, sauna, teaching pool, ADA lift, family changing rooms.
  • Queen Anne: Features diving boards, rope swing, sauna, ADA lift, family changing rooms.
  • Rainier Beach: Opened in 2013, this exciting pool features a lap pool, leisure pool (93 degrees), slide, lazy river, spray and play park, sauna, steam room, spa, diving board, ADA lift, family changing rooms.  
  • Southwest (White Center/South Delridge): Features two diving boards, a spa/warm-water pool, sauna, ADA lift, family changing rooms.

YMCA of Greater Seattle

Water temp: 83 degrees at six area YMCA locations (Auburn, Matt Griffin and Coal Creek locations have an additional, warmer pool.)

Prices: Membership required (joining fee plus monthly dues), and financial assistance is available at all branches.

Lessons: All pool locations feature the comprehensive “Learn to Swim” program that includes personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports and rescue. See individual pools for programs offered and pricing.

Pool deals: The Y typically runs a promotion in January which waives the joining fee for new memberships.

  • Auburn Valley: Check for open swim times. 
  • Bellevue: Offers Family Swim every day.
  • Coal Creek (Newcastle): Lap pool, activity pool and spa. The Mushroom area is less than 3 feet deep and perfect for young children. Offers Family Swim options every day.
  • Dale Turner (Shoreline): Adaptive aquatic program for swimmers with special needs; slide, fountain, sprinkler and water basketball.
  • Matt Griffin (SeaTac): Lap pool, warmer activity pool, slide, spa.
  • West Seattle: Offers women-only swim, free and reduced-fee lessons for after-school programs. Must submit an application and be approved for free or reduced fee.

Safe N Sound, Seattle

Water temp: 88 degrees

Lessons: Safe N Sound is a membership-based pool that is known for its one-on-one, 15-minute swim lessons. They're very pricey, but parents report that kids make progress quickly this way. You can save by buying multiple lessons, or by paying monthly. Check out membership options here.

Fun features: Pool toys during Family Swim. Super-warm water!

Pool tips: Open swim is available for students before or after lessons in the shallow end (parents not allowed in pool). Most parents purchase a package and enroll in an ongoing lesson spot so that their child can swim with the same teacher at the same time each week. Members can also swim during Family Swim (see schedule).

For updates and news, check Safe N Sound's Facebook page.

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