Round-Up: Boston’s Public Pools

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


Bring your workout to the pool this summer. Photo via Shutterstock

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. But with the help of our list of Boston’s public pools and Boston Centers for Youth & Families keeping 10 city-owned pools and one beach open seven days a week starting June 29, you can hone your bikini body…in your bikini.

Reilly Memorial Swimming Pool

Open every day until 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 29-August 25. 355 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton, 617-277-7822.

Cass Memorial Swimming Pool

Any swimmer can come for a free dip until 5:30 p.m. each day of the week, and swimming lessons are offered for kids weekday mornings.

Open June 29-September 2. Washington Street, Roxbury, 617-445-0062.

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 29-September 2. 359 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge, 617-354-9154.

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.

Open June 22-September 2. 475 Commercial Street, Boston, 617-635-5235.

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 $10 a session.

915 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-358-3740;

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 $15 for a family.

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

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.

Know of other places you can take a dip? Let us know in the comments!