10 Public Pools Around Boston
Splash up your cardio routine with an aquatic workout at one of these public pools.
[Updated June 2015]
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 27-August 23. 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 27-September 2. 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 stop on the Red Line, making it a breeze to get to.
Open June 27-September 7. 359 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge, 617-354-9154.
4. Veteran’s Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool
Located on Magazine Beach in Cambridge, Veteran’s pool offers a far more swimmable alternative than the Charles. The pool is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Open June 27-August 23. 719 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, 617-661-0564.
5. Latta Brothers Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool
Somerville residents can check out the Latta Brothers pool, which is open every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Open June 27-September 7. 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. The complex also has basketball courts, an indoor ice skating rink, bocce courts, and baseball fields.
Opens June 20. 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 $10, or $5 for kids under 17.
650 Dudley St., Boston, 617-318-6900; use.salvationarmy.org/use/www_use_BostonKrocCenter.nsf.
9. Gold Star Pool
Talk about a bargain. Admission to Gold Star Pool is a mere 75 cents, and families are welcomed to bring their own drinks and snacks. It’s a great place to get a workout in while trying to save some cash.
June 24-August 22. Corner of Berkshire and Cambridge streets, Cambridge, 617-626-1250.
10. Olsen Swimming Pool
Just outside Boston 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.
95 Turtle Pond Parkway, Hyde Park, 617-364-9524.
Know of other places you can take a dip? Let us know in the comments!