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Swimming in Seattle: Insider's Guide to Kid-Friendly Indoor Swimming Pools

Swimming. It wears 'em out. It's fun for babies, big kids and grown-ups alike. And with so many feature-packed, warm-water pools to choose from around Puget Sound, it's easy to indulge in serious water play (and learning) all year round. From Everett to Olympia, here’s the inside scoop on top indoor pools in the greater Seattle area, including prices, tips, deals and water temperature. (Did we miss one of your faves? Email

Swimming Pools in North Sound

Lynnwood Recreation CenterLynnwood Recreation Center

Water temp: 85 degrees (Recreation Pool); 88 degrees (Wellness Pool)

Prices: Daily session pass: $4 youth, $4.50 teens, $5 adults.

Fun features:  The super-popular Recreation Pool includes an inner tube, water slides, sprayers, lazy river, diving boards, wobbly walkway, swirl pool, fountains. (Warning: The sprayers can be a little intense for very young ones.)

There are also two hot tubs (family, and adult at higher temp), a lap  pool and a warm water "wellness" pool.

For little ones: During “Beach Swim” times only the shallow play area is open — water depth is up to two feet.

Pool tips: Get there at least half an hour early on weekends/holidays because the very popular Lynnwood Pool has strict per-session admission counts. Look for “Rec” and “Open” Swim Times for full use of fun features.

Pool deals: If you plan to go often, invest in an Annual Pass. You’ll have use of all the rec center amenities plus get priority entry for open swim ($67/month for family of five). 

Mountlake Terrace poolMountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion

Water temp: 87 degrees

Prices: Session pass: $4.25 youth, $4.50 teens, $5.25 adults; Lessons: Five for $37 to 10 for $74.

Fun features:  Exceptionally warm water (see above). Lazy river that's fun for all ages, especially little kids, basketball hoops, inner tubes, geysers, flotation rings, pool toys. Also, a hot tub and sauna.

For little ones: The leisure pool ranges from 6 inches to 3-feet deep and is designed for children 6 and under with a parent.

Pool tips: The line for the rec swim starts about a half hour before the session starts. Also register early for swimming lessons as they fill up fast. Add “playtime passport” to swim lessons for a few more dollars which gives kids an extra 15 minutes in the leisure pool (shallow area) after their lessons.

Pool deals: $2 per person “Happy Hour” weekdays (except Friday) from 3-4 p.m., and evenings (times vary) plus Saturdays 7–8 a.m. Sundays enjoy just the Leisure pool at 8:30–9:15 a.m. for $1 per person.

Snohomish Aquatic Center

Water temp: 84–86 degrees

Prices: $4.50-$5.50, Children under 2 free. Punch passes are available. The FlowRider is an additional $10 per session.

Fun features: A 52,000-square-foot swim center with a depth of 2-4.5 feet, FlowRider (surf-simulation machine), epic water slide that goes outside, Splashtacular water slide, recreational lap pool, lazy river.

For little ones: Splash play with buckets to dump water, stairs to climb and two slides.

Pool tips: The line for the rec swim starts about a half hour before the session starts. Also register early for swimming lessons as they fill up fast. Add “playtime passport” to swim lessons for a few more dollars which gives kids an extra 15 minutes in the leisure pool (shallow area) after their lessons.

Pool deals: $2 per person “Happy Hour” weekdays (except Friday) from 3-4 p.m., and evenings (times vary) plus Saturdays 7–8 a.m. Sundays enjoy just the Leisure pool at 8:30–9:15 a.m. for $1 per person.

Swimming Pools in Greater Seattle

Safe N SoundSafe N Sound Swimming, Seattle and Issaquah

Water temp: 89 degrees (Seattle); 86 degrees (Issaquah)

Lessons: Safe N Sound is particularly known for its one-on-one, 15-minute lessons.) Cost is $25 for a class inthe pay-as-you-go model. You can save by buying multiple lessons, or by paying monthly.

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

Pool tips: Open swim is available for students before or after lessons. 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.

Keep in touch via Safe N Sound's Facebook page.

SwimmingSeattle Parks and Recreation Pools

Water temp: 85 degrees

Prices: Admission is $3.75 youth, $5.25 adult; Lessons (each): $7 for parent/tot or 6-year-old and older; $12.50 for 3-year-olds; $8.50 for 4–5-year-olds.

Pool tips: For a fun family night, try the Friday “Dive-In” projects movies as you swim at Madison, Medgar Evers and Queen Anne Pools. All children under 4-feet tall must have a parent in the water within arm’s reach.

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

Ballard: Features diving board, rope swing, slide, spa.

Evans (Greenlake): Features diving board, sauna.

Madison (Haller Lake): Features diving boards, teaching pool.

Meadowbrook (Meadowbrook/Lake City): Diving boat, rope swing, new sauna

Medgar Evers (Madrona): Features diving board, rope swing, sauna, teaching pool.

Queen Anne: Features diving boards, rope swing, sauna.

Rainier Beach: Just opened and completely awesome: Features lap pool, leisure pool (93 degrees) slide, lazy river, spray and play park, sauna, spa, diving boards. Read our review here.

Southwest (White Center/South Delridge): Features new family changing room, diving boards, therapy spa, sauna.


YMCA poolYMCA of Greater Seattle

Water temp: 83 degrees. (Auburn, Matt Griffin & Coal Creek locations have a warmer second pool.)

Prices: Membership required (joining fee + monthly dues), and financial assistance is available at all branches. Lessons: Ten for $72. All pool locations feature the comprehensive “Learn to Swim” program that includes personal safety, personal growth, stroke development, water sports and rescue.

Pool deals: Usually in October and January the joining fee will be waived for new memberships.

Auburn: Free Open Swim nights.

Bellevue: Free/reduced fee water safety education for after school programs.

Coal Creek (New Castle): candy cane and mushroom water structure; slide.

Dale Turner (Shoreline): Adaptive Aquatic Program for special needs swimmers; slide, fountain, sprinkler, water basketball.

Matt Griffin (Seatac): Single gender swim, Teen Development Program.

West Seattle: Single-gender swim, free and reduced fee lessons for afterschool programs.


Swimming Pools on the Kitsap Peninsula

Bainbridge Island poolBainbridge Island Aquatics Center

Water temp: 80 degrees (lap pool), 85 degrees (leisure pool)

Prices: Admission $4.50 youth, $5.50 adult. Lessons: Eight for $48.

Fun features: Water tube slide, frog-shaped slide, lazy river, tipping water baskets, diving boards, steam room, dry sauna, spa, double rope swing.

For little ones: Little ones will love the dedicated tot pool with sloped beach entry and play area: ages 6 and under.

Pool tips: Check out the unique classes available like inner-tube water polo, kayaking, diving, scuba and sailing. Also catch “Float and Float Movie Night,” where kids can eat ice cream floats as they watch a movie in the pool ($5.50 per person).

Pool deals: Groups of 15 or more during open swim (Fridays 5–7 p.m., Saturdays or Sunday 1–4 p.m.) receive $3.50 per person price — call ahead to set up.


Swimming Pools on the Eastside

Bellevue AquaticsBellevue Aquatics

Water temp: 82 degrees (lap pool), 91 degrees (warm water springs pool)

Prices: Admission $5.50 youth, $6.50 adult. Lessons: Six for $64.50 to eight for $86.

Fun features:  Slide, diving board; toys are only available during lessons but you can bring your own.

For little ones: The ramped entry and temperature of the warm water springs pool is perfect for very young swimmers and people with disabilities.

Pool tips: Less crowded times are Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9–11 a.m.

Pool deals: Discount swim runs Monday through Saturday before 10 a.m. and Wednesdays 7–8 p.m. ($4.75 per person).


Samena Swim & RecreationSamena Swim and Recreation Club, Bellevue

Water temp: 87 degrees (indoor); 80-81 degrees (outdoor)

Prices: Non-members can take swimming lessons: eight for $92. Members get discounted lessons and access to Family Swim. Check the schedule.

Fun features: Blow-up jungle gym featured in pool once a month, pool toys, water basketball. Watch monthly “Float-in” movies where films are projected while you swim ($24 per family, non-member price).

Tips: Samena offers a year-round outdoor and indoor pool, plus a wading area in the outdoor pool that's open in summer weather. The least crowded times are family swim (only open to members) from 1–3:30 p.m. or after evening lessons at 7:30 p.m.

 Julius Boehm Pool, Issaquah

Water Temp: 86 degrees

Price: Admission $3 youth, $4 adult. Lessons 12 for $85.

Fun features: Rope swing, diving board, water basketball.

Pool tips: Don’t miss fun seasonal events like the Underwater Egg Hunt and Carnival around Easter. Register for your child’s specific age bracket ($6 for swim pass and egg hunt). Discover Friday night “special swims” with a new activity each week.

Pool deals: Take advantage of the Family Rate ($10) for everyone in a household during Public Swim. Call for hours: 425-837-3350.

Mary Wayte Pool, Mercer Island

Water temp: 84 degrees.

Prices: Drop-in entry $4 youth, $5.50 adult; Lessons: Four for $43, eight for $86, twelve for $129.

Fun features: Pool toys. Competitive kids swimming.

Pool Tips: This is one of the few pools that can book Saturday birthday parties and is the only public pool on Mercer Island. Movies are also shown one night a month ($4 per person).

Pool deals: $2 per person for Sunday swims from 1–2 p.m. and Friday nights at 7–9 p.m.


Swimming Pools in the South Sound

SwimmingFederal Way Community Center

Water temp: 86 degrees

Prices: Day pass (to entire facility): $4 youth, $5 teen, $8 adult; Lessons: Ten for $45–$55.

Fun features: Two-story tube water slide, lazy river with whirlpool feature, spa.

For little ones: Little swimmers will love the two-foot-deep area with interactive play structure and water sprayers. Children under 3 must wear swim diaper.

Pool tips: Best bets for young children are parent-tot swim weekdays at 9–1 p.m. during the school year and Family Swim Saturdays at 11–12:30 p.m. Parents need to be in the water with kids under 7 and for the big slide, kids must be at least four feet tall.

Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way

Water temp: 81 degrees (lap pool), 87 degrees (recreational pool)

Prices: Day pass for recreational pool $3.25 all ages, Lessons: ten for $47–$68.

Fun Features:  The centerpiece of the recreation pool is a replica pirate ship with active water shooters and tipping water buckets.

For little ones: The recreational pool has ramped entry for young swimmers.

Pool tips: Certain outside toys and swim equipment are not allowed so call ahead to make sure.  

Pool deals: The two-hour weekend open swims are the same price as the one-hour weekday swims.

Covington PoolCovington Aquatic Center

Water temp: 85 degrees.

Prices: General drop-in fee $4.50 per person (4 & under free), Family (household) $13.50; Lessons: American Red Cross Swim Program, ten for $90.

Fun Features: Diving board, 31-foot water slide, huge inflatable octopus, floating “magic carpet,” rope swing, water basketball, pool toys.

Pool tips: Special public swims on school early dismissal or vacation days, call ahead to confirm. The inflatable octopus is in the water on weekends during public swim and the “magic carpet” is available during weekday public swims.

Pool deals: Sunday special general fee $3.50 per person (4 and under free), Family (household) $10.50.

Norpoint Pool in Tacoma

Water temp: 85 degrees.

Prices:  $3.50 youth (4 & under free), $4.50 adult; Lessons: Eight for $41.

Fun Features: Mushroom waterfall, water basketball, family spa, pool toys.

Pool tips: Community Swim every day but Sundays. Looking for a night off? The supervised, facility-wide ‘Kids Night Out’ lets kids ages 6 weeks to 11 years have fun from 6-9:30 p.m. on the last or first Friday of each month. Costs: $25/1st child, $15/2nd child, $35 for 3 or more. (Kids 7 and up can swim).

For little ones: The pool has ramped entry for young swimmers.

Pool deals: Swimming lessons are 50 percent off for Center at Norpoint child participant members.  

Discover Aquatics in OlympiaDiscover Aquatics (Olympia)

Water temp: 89 degrees (salinated pool)

Prices: Open swim fee $7 person or $20 family; Lessons: 1 per week for Annual fee ($30 ind/$45 fam) plus $65 monthly charge.

Fun features: Large floating mats and pool toys, and ultra-warm salinated pool!

Pool tips: The quietest time for lessons is Tuesday through Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy a date night with “Parent’s Night Out” every third Friday for $20 per child ($15 for additional). Kids watch a movie, eat pizza and have swim time for up to 3 hours; ages 5 and up.

Pool deals: During November and December if you pay ahead, get 10 percent off. Also keep an eye on Living Social for twice yearly lesson discount coupons.


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