Here’s a Comprehensive Map of the Outdoor Public Pools in Boston
Whether you want to swim laps or lounge in a cabana, take advantage of these local pools all summer long.
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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 the places to visit when thermometers max out.
1. Reilly Memorial Swimming Pool
Open every day from 11:15 a.m. to 6:45 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 22-August 22, 355 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton, 617-277-7822, mass.gov.
2. Melnea A. Cass Memorial Swimming Pool
Any swimmer can come in for a dip until 6:45 p.m., and swimming lessons are offered for kids weekday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m.
Open June 22-August 22, 120 Martin Luther King Blvd., Roxbury, 617-445-0062, mass.gov.
3. The Colonnade Rooftop Pool
Dine al fresco, order cocktails, and lounge around on the deck, all while enjoying an amazing view of Boston’s Back Bay. Though entrance to the pool is free for Colonnade guests, it’s a splurge for the public at $45 before 5 p.m. ($20 after). Unfortunately, it’s closed to the public on weekends.
Open May 27-September 2, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-424-7000, colonnadehotel.com.
4. Francis J. McCrehan Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool
Another free, city-operated pool, Francis J. McCrehan is open until late August 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 22-August 22. 359 Rindge Ave., Cambridge, 617-661-0670, mass.gov.
5. The Clubs at Charles River Park
Run by Massachusetts General Hospital, this complex boasts Boston’s largest outdoor pool as well as an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, and wading pool. It also offers swimming lessons and aquatics fitness classes, in addition to traditional group exercise. Buy a season-long membership, or a day pass for $40 and $20 for children.
Open May 27-September 2, 10 Whittier Place, Boston, 617-726-2900, clubsatcrp.com.
6. Veteran’s Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool
Located on Magazine Beach in Cambridge, Veteran’s pool is open daily from 11:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. It’s also adjacent to a 15-acre park that boasts exercise equipment and athletic fields.
Open June 22-August 22, 719 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, 617-661-0564, mass.gov.
7. Latta Brothers Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool
Somerville’s Latta Brothers pool, which is open every day from 11:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., is a great, free way to squeeze in some laps.
Open June 22-August 22. 235 Broadway, Somerville, 617-666-9236, mass.gov.
8. Mirabella Pool
On the edge of the North End is Mirabella Pool. For only $20 a season, adults can take advantage of the pool while kids play in the spray ground. There’s also a concession stand and swimming lessons for kids.
Open June 22-August 22. 475 Commercial Street, Boston, 617-635-1276, boston.gov.
9. Olsen Swimming Pool
In Hyde Park, the Olsen Swimming Pool is open every day from 11:15 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. It also has an accompanying spray deck for the kiddos.
Open June 22-August 22, 95 Turtle Pond Parkway, Hyde Park, 617-361-1593, mass.gov.
10. Rooftop at Revere
The Revere Hotel has a super posh indoor rooftop pool, don’t fret though, the lounge chairs are outside so you’ll still be able to work on that tan. They also host a summer fitness series on the roof with Lynx Fitness Club. It’s complete with cabanas, food and drink service, art installments, and stylish servers clad in designer duds. Admission is $20 Monday through Friday, and $30 on weekends.
Open June 1-August 22, 200 Stuart St., Boston, 617-482-1800, reverehotel.com.