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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: December 18, 2023

Best Indoor Swimming Pools for Kids and Families Around Seattle

Seattle Parks and Recreation's Ballard Pool show with swimmers kids and families enjoying a swim
Ballard 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.

Offerings: Pools have re-opened at partial capacity for family and rec swim sessions and swim lessons. 

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

Note: Be sure to check each individual pool schedule prior to heading out for more details and info on closures. Reservations are not required for public swim sessions, it's first-come, first-served. Admission to each session starts selling 15 minutes prior to each swim time. 

  • Ballard: Features diving board, rope swing, slide, warm pool/spa, ADA lift, family changing rooms.
  • 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: A gem of Seattle Parks and Recreation, this location has two indoor pools: a leisure pool (93 degrees) featuring a giant spiral slide, a lazy river and water vortex; and a 25-yard-long lap pool (85 degrees) with a diving board. You’ll also find a sauna and hot tub (102 degrees) on-site. There’s a shallow splash area with spray features, dumping buckets and gradual entry. 
  • 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 (some locations have an additional, warmer pool, see below for details)

Offerings: Open daily week for a variety of pool activities. Recreation and family swim sessions, group and private lessons for kids are all available on select days.

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. The registration process for swimming lessons has recently moved to a seasonal registration timeline. See the website for more details and info. 

Pool deals: The Y occasionally runs promotions that waive the joining fee for new memberships.

Note: Membership required (joining fee plus monthly dues), and financial assistance is available at all branches. Check out the full list of all greater Seattle YMCA locations here. Non-members can sign up for swim lessons, but members benefit from a priority registration window

  • 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 free and reduced-fee lessons for after-school programs. Must submit an application and be approved for free or reduced fee.

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