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Summer Swimming: Outdoor Pools and Water Parks Around Seattle, Tacoma and Beyond

Where to cool off with kids around Puget Sound this summer

Kali Sakai

Published on: June 17, 2021

Seattle outdoor swimming pool Colman Pool in West Seattle Lincoln Park
Colman Pool in West Seattle. Credit: TIA International Photography for Seattle Parks and Recreation

Spend your summer at the pool

Editor's note: Northwest kids wait all year to swim and we are happy to say that outdoor pool season is back! After missing out on swimming at our favorite community pools last year, we are excited to go for a family dip. While not every outdoor pool is opening for summer 2021, many of them will welcome swimmers back starting this weekend!

We first compiled this list of outdoor pools and water parks a few years ago. Read carefully to note the pools that do not plan to open this summer, or have not yet announced a decision. You'll also want to pay attention to updated, COVID-era rules and regulations, such as booking your swim time online, in advance, in some cases. 

One quick tip: Don't count out a swim on a cooler, cloudy day; you'll encounter much smaller crowds. And now for the goods! Use the arrows above the image to check out fantastic summer swim destinations around Seattle and beyond.

First up: Seattle oudoor swimming pools

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