Best Public Pools In Washington DC

Summertime in DC can get hot and humid, and kids can get bored and antsy when the temperatures get too high. One of the best warm weather activities that can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike is a visit to a local public pool. Those listed below are some of the best in the city, known for their great locations, amenities and cleanliness. See their websites for exact opening dates.

Best Public Pools In Washington DC

Bohrer Park
512 S. Frederick Ave.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
(301) 258-6445

This pool and water park has many features that make it one of the best public pools in the area. The double water slide is one such attraction. It is 250 feet long and lands directly in the main pool. Kids and adults come from far and wide to enjoy this spectacular slide. Another great feature of Bohrer Park is the huge playground, complete with a picnic area so you can bring snacks and beverages to enjoy before, after or during your pool activities. The 2014 summer season for Bohrer Park runs from June 7 to August 24.

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Best Public Pools In Washington DC

Anacostia Pool
1800 Anacostia Drive, S.E.
Washington, DC 20020
(202) 724-1441

Anacostia pool is one of DC’s most popular pools because of its great location, right next to the Anacostia River. The pool is a great addition to the Anacostia neighborhood as it provides a fun and safe spot for kids to hang out. Swimming lessons and fun summer activities such as water aerobics are also offered. The swimming lessons cater to children as well as adults, and there is also a skating pavilion and basketball courts.

Best Public Pools In Washington DC

East Potomac Pool
972 Ohio Drive, S.W.
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 727-6523

The East Potomac pool is one of DC’s biggest pools and one of the most popular. It is Olympic sized and known for being one of the cleanest in the area. Surrounded by green grass, located in between the Washington Channel and the Potomac River and supplied with lounge chairs, it has all of the makings of a great outdoor pool. Head over with your family as soon as it opens to take advantage of this pool. Parking is also free.

Best Public Pools In Washington DC

Martin Luther King Jr. Outdoor Pool 
1201 Jackson Road
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(240) 777-8066

Although it’s not right in the middle of the city, this pool is cool enough that your kids won’t mind heading to the suburbs. It has a main pool, a lazy river pool and a even a lagoon complete with slides. Outdoor vendors will be selling snacks to keep you hydrated and satisfied. Adults should know that there is an adult swim time every hour.

Best Public Pools In Washington DC
Volta Park Pool
1555 34th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 645-5669

This pool is great for kids, with swimming lessons for children and a fun playground attached. Adults can be assured, however, that there are lanes reserved for swimmers, and there is an adjacent tennis court if one wants to get involved in a match. It does get crowded and there is a shortage of seating, so be sure to arrive early in the day. It is in Georgetown so you can always take a break from pool time to go shopping or grab a bite to eat.

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Best Public Pools In Washington DC

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