California has many different climates, but the majority of the state is very hot in the summer. We put together this list of six fantastic swimming pools that you might not believe are public. Head to any of them to cool off on a hot day and to spend some quality time in the sun.
You Won't Believe These 6 California Swimming Pools Are Public
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1. George F. Haines International Swim Center
Past Olympians have both trained and coached here, and the complex is named for one of the best swimming coaches of all time. Famous swimmers and synchronized swimmers have learned their sport here, and the renowned Santa Clara Aquamaids have produced over 58% of Olympic synchronized swimmers. Three separate pools make up the facility including a deep pool with a high-dive and one with lanes for lap swimming.
2. Rinconada Pool
The Rinconada Pool in Palo Alto is a great choice for families with young children. The wading pool, ideal for children under 8, can be rented for pool parties or other private events. There is also a play area which features play waterfalls and geysers, water bicycles that squirt water, and a small slide. A lap pool is also available for more adept swimmers, which is the perfect way to work out while staying cool.
3. Robert Livermore Recreation Center
The pool here is large enough to host kayaking lessons! Its 13 lanes provide lap swimmers with lots of room to exercise and is open year round. A second pool, for young children features a play structure and water slide, which is open from May to September. A USA water polo team practices here, but other recreational activities include water aerobics, synchronized swimming, and a Toddler Time program for young children.
4. Annenberg Community Beach House
This unique destination, designed by William Hearst, celebrates actress Marion Davies who used to own the property. It used to entertain Hollywood stars such as Charlie Chaplain, Louis B. Mayer, Greta Garbo, and Clark Gable. Today, its beachside location and array of facilities make it a must-visit public pool. The pool features marble around the deck and beautiful, hand-restored tiles. Go up to the view deck for gorgeous views of the Santa Monica Bay. Kids will enjoy the Splash Pad, a water feature that sprays water up from the ground.
5. Stoner Park Pool
This pool, which is very kid-friendly, feels more like a water park than a public pool. Water installations and slides make it an enjoyable place to beat the Southern California heat. Prices are low for adults and even lower for children. The pool deepens, turning into a lap swimming area for older swimmers.
6. Palm Desert Aquatic Center
The Olympic-sized pool, water park-style attractions, snack bar, and lounge chairs under the palm trees make this public pool a desirable stop on your Palm Springs vacation. Kids will love to play in the water fountains and use the diving boards. A snack bar is available for food and refreshments, and the large multi-purpose room can be rented for parties and events. Enjoy lounging on the grassy lawn near the pool and relaxing in the warm desert sun.
This article was written by Marissa Fackler.