When it's summer in Los Angeles, spending an afternoon at the pool is the best thing in the world. You can go with your family or your friends, and alternate between lying in the sun and cooling off in the water. In the Los Angeles area, here are our five favorite public pools that will have you feeling like you just went on a mini-vacation.

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Go Swimming In These 5 Fantastic Los Angeles Public Pools

1. Culver City Plunge

Get in shape at the Culver City Plunge, a public pool where swimming is taken seriously by the most exercise obsessed. There’s also a more relaxed crowd of visitors who came to cool off from the California heat, or just to work on their tan. This pool is affordable to visit for the day, and a great way to spend an afternoon or morning.

Address: 4175 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90232

2. Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

This Pasadena pool hosts a mix of families and lone swimmers, as well as swimmers young and old. There’s a pool for competition, as well as one for recreation, so you can pick which works best for you. The families tend to stick to the shallow end, and the warm therapy pool will keep you relaxed after your swim. The pool has cheaper entry during the Family Swim hours — so take advantage!

Address: 360 N Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

3. Stoner Park Pool

In West LA, the Stoner Park Pool is one of the best around for taking your kids. The pool has so many features that it resembles a water park, including a twisting slide. There are water tubes and features that cascade water in the shallow end. A perfect day out with your kids, entrance to the Stoner Park Pool is just $2 a day for adults, and free for your children!

Address: 1835 Stoner Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025

4. Calabasas Swim & Tennis Center

Luxurious Calabasas has its very own public swimming pool for you to hang out at for the day. There’s a Junior-Olympic-sized pool, as well as a children’s pool, both of which have heating all year. While the area surrounding the pool is known for being both gorgeous, glamorous, and expensive — this public pool is inexpensive and a great way to spend time with your kids.

Address: 23400 Park Sorrento, Calabasas, CA 91302

5. Pacific Community Pool

The Pacific Community Pool in Glendale has some classic California views of palm trees and the hilly landscape while you lay out. You’re allowed to bring pool toys for you and the kids, making it fun and family friendly. Dive into the pool from the diving board, or relax by the pool soaking up the sun. Depending on the age of your kids, they can get in for free, while adult passes are still very inexpensive.

Address: 509 S. Pacific Ave., Glendale, CA 91204

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This article was written by Clara Hudson.