Cool Water Fun Places in the Triangle
Check out these pools, lakes and waters parks around the Triangle
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Admission for all City of Raleigh pools, except Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center, is $2 for residents and $3 for nonresidents ages 1-12; $4 for residents and $7 for nonresidents ages 13-54; $3 for residents and $5 for nonresidents ages 55 and older.
Monthly and annual passes are accepted at all facilities and are a cheaper option for families who plan to visit these pools throughout the summer. There is also a discounted punch pass good for 15 entries at all facilities. See Raleigh's Pools & Aquatic Facilities web page for more information.
701 Crown Crossing Lane, Raleigh
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Biltmore Pool)
Features a baby pool, lap and recreation main pool, and 12-foot deep end.
Summer hours (June 8–Aug. 18): Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.
Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center
5908 Buffaloe Rd., Raleigh
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center)
Offers a lazy river, water vortex, three-story waterslide, water volleyball and water basketball. A toddler-friendly area features water toys, a water curtain and a slide. Due to recent staffing shortages these attractions may be closed or the schedule may be adjusted.
Hours: Public swim is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Check the website for hours of lap lanes, waterslide, vortex and current channel, which vary. Open year round.
Admission: $4 for residents and $7 for nonresidents, ages 1-12; $8 for residents and $15 for nonresidents, ages 13-54; $6 for residents and $11 for nonresidents, ages 55 and older.
Photo from Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center Facebook Page
Lake Johnson Pool
5862 Jaguar Park Dr., Raleigh
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Lake Johnson Pool)
Features a lap and recreation main pool, large spray ground and wadding pool.
Summer hours (June 1–Sept. 2): Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.
321 Bertie Dr., Raleigh
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Longview Pool)
Features a baby pool and lap and recreation main pool.
Summer hours (June 8–Aug. 25): Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m.
Millbrook Exchange Park
1905 Spring Forest Rd., Raleigh
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Millbrook Pool)
Millbrook Exchange Park features a year-round main pool and a summer season wading pool and spray ground. Children can work up a sweat before cooling off at the Millbrook Exchange Playground as well.
Summer hours for spray ground and wading pool (May 26-Sept. 2): Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Recreational swim hours during the summer season are Monday-Saturday, noon-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Check website for lap lane times.
5902 Whittier Dr., Raleigh
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Optimist Pool)
Includes spacious locker rooms and a classroom. Offers an Olympic-size swimming pool, a diving well with low and high diving boards, lap and recreational swimming, a large baby pool, and water exercise programs.
Summer hours for wading pool (May 26-Aug. 18): Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Check website for open recreation swim, deep pool, lap and long course hours.
Photo courtesy of City of Raleigh
Pullen Aquatic Center
410 Ashe Ave., Raleigh
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Pullen Aquatic Center)
Indoor Olympic-size swimming pool with diving boards. Open year-round.
Closed for Renovation - Reopening Date is June 8, 2019
Rex Wellness Center of Raleigh
4200 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh
Rex Wellness Center of Raleigh pools
Rex Wellness Centers offer a wide variety of swim classes, clinics and personal training programs in heated saline lap pools. Also offered are supervised family-oriented swim programs.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-8:45 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m.-7:45 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
See the aquatics page on the website for details.
Ridge Road Pool
1709 Ridge Rd., Raleigh
Raleigh Pools & Aquatic Facilities (scroll to Ridge Road Pool)
Offers baby pool, spray ground, lap and recreation main pools.
Summer hours (June 1–Sept. 2: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Wading pool opens at 9 a.m., Monday-Friday.