Four Public Pools in Boston to Check Out This Summer

They’re not mirages. Beat the summer heat at these choice open-to-the-public pools.

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Make a splash at Mirabella Pool, in the North End. / Photograph by Jared Kuzia, Illustrations by Brown Bird Design

What’s summer without a pool? In a word: hot. It may be a little trickier to find an in-ground oasis in the middle of the city than it is in the ’burbs, but it’s hardly impossible. Whether it’s a swanky rooftop spot or an accessible but no-frills public pool you seek, here are four prime places to visit when thermometers max out.

The Colonnade Rooftop Pool

Where: Back Bay
Cost: $45 for a day pass (pool open to the public weekdays only).
The water: A 5,400-square-foot pool that accommodates roughly 200 people.
The perks: Sweeping city vistas; gourmet food menus; morning yoga.
The crowd: Well-dressed yo-pros sipping fruity cocktails.

Open May 27 through September; 120 Huntington Ave., Boston.

Hotel Indigo

Where: Newton
Cost: $30 for a day pass; Newton residents $25.
The water: A 1,330-square-foot pool with a 980-square-foot swimming area.
The perks: Cabanas; a “relaxation deck”; pool parties.
The crowd: Socialites ready to party…and hotel guests’ kids.

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day; 399 Grove St., Newton.

Mirabella Pool

Where: North End
Cost: $15 for the summer; $3 for a day pass (if accompanied by a member).
The water: A lap pool and a deeper splash pool.
The perks: Harbor views; cheap eats; youth swim lessons.
The crowd: A lively melting pot of city dwellers.

Open June 18 through September 5; 475R Commercial St., Boston.

Magazine Beach

Where: Cambridge
Cost: Free.
The water: A riverfront Olympic-size pool with a lap lane.
The perks: Morning yoga classes; athletic fields; exercise equipment; a 15-acre park.
The crowd: Cambridge natives and families in the know.

Open June 25 through August 21; 719 Memorial Dr., Cambridge.

Water Works

Want to get fit without breaking a sweat? Alex Figueroa, a trainer at Equinox, recommends three exercises you can do in the pool.

pool exercises 1

Aqua Crunches

Float on your back at the water’s surface. Drop your hips and bring your knees to your chest. Repeat.

pool exercises 2

Cross-Country Skiers

Standing on the pool floor, extend one leg forward and the other back. Jump, switching leg positions, while performing the same motion with your arms. Repeat.

pool exercises 3

Squat Jumps

Settle into a low squat. Jump as far out of the water as possible. Repeat.