10 Public Pools Around Boston

Splash up your cardio routine with an aquatic workout at one of these public pools.

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[Updated June 2016]

When you were a kid, summer probably meant entire days splashing around in the pool. For adults living in the middle of a city, though, a pool can be pretty hard to come by—which is a shame, since swimming is a killer workout. Still, Boston probably has more public pools than you realize, so if you’re looking to work on your bikini body in your bikini, here’s where to do it.

1. Reilly Memorial Swimming Pool

Open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. all summer long, this outdoor pool is T-accessible, free, and staffed by lifeguards. It’s relatively no-frills, as you might expect of a free public pool, but it’s a great place to swim some laps on a hot day.

Open June 25-August 21. 355 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton, 617-277-7822.

2. Cass Memorial Swimming Pool

Any swimmer can come in for a dip until 7 p.m., and swimming lessons are offered for kids weekday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m.

Open June 25-August 28. Washington Street, Roxbury, 617-445-0062.

3. Francis J. McCrehan Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

Another free, city-operated pool, Francis J. McCrehan is open until early September and offers traditional swimming for adults and a wading pool for kids. It’s also close to the Alewife T stop, making it a breeze to get to with or without a car.

Open June 25-September 5. 359 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge, 617-354-9154.

4. Veteran’s Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

Located on Magazine Beach in Cambridge, Veteran’s pool is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s also adjacent to a 15-acre park that boasts exercise equipment and athletic fields, and, this summer, it will offer free yoga classes on Saturdays at 9 a.m.

Open June 25-August 21. 719 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, 617-661-0564.

5. Latta Brothers Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

Somerville’s Latta Brothers pool, which is open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., is a great, free way to squeeze in some laps in this summer.

Open June 25-August 28. 235 Broadway, Somerville, 617-666-9236.

6. Mirabella Pool

On the edge of the North End is Mirabella Pool. For only $15 a season or $3 a day, adults can take advantage of the pool while kids play the in spray ground. There’s also a concession stand and swimming lessons for kids.

Open June 18-September 5. 475 Commercial Street, Boston, 617-635-5235.

7. Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center

If you’re a serious swimmer, consider joining BU FitRec‘s Masters Swim program. With pre-scheduled practice times, you’ll have someone there to lead your workout and a team dynamic to motivate you. You can either join the program and attend regularly, or work out on a drop-in basis for $12 a session.

915 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-358-3740; bu.edu/fitrec.

8. The Salvation Army Kroc Center

The Kroc Center is more than just your average community pool—it also features an indoor water park, a lazy river, swim lessons for kids and adults, and aquatic fitness classes like senior water aerobics, Aqua Boogie, and Aqua Zumba. Day passes for adults are $13, or $7 for kids under 17.

650 Dudley St., Boston, 617-318-6900; bostonkroc.org.


9. Olsen Swimming Pool

In Hyde Park, the Olsen Swimming Pool is open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. It also has an accompany spray deck for the kiddos.

Open June 25-September 5. 5 Turtle Pond Parkway, Hyde Park, 617-364-9524.


What’s your favorite place to take a dip? Let us know in the comments!

Jamie Ducharme Jamie Ducharme, Contributor jducharme@bostonmagazine.com