When it’s rainy and cold outside, there’s nothing better than splashing around, getting some nap-inducing exercise and having a blast at the pool with your kids. These nine indoor pools are heated and a few offer extras, like lazy rivers, whirlpools, slides and waves that make swimming the ideal rainy day family activity.
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East Portland Community Center Pool
Located at the East Portland Community Center, families with kids of all ages love this indoor pool. But calling it just a pool is a disservice when they have heated lap-style lanes, a leisure pool with water slides (including little one for tiny daredevils), a “lazy river,” and a fun vortex pool where kids will have a blast! This pool is perfect for the littlest swimmers as there are places where they can waddle around, just as if they were at the beach. Remember to check their calendar to see which lanes are open and when.
Cost: $5.50/adults; $4.25/kids 14-17 and seniors; $3.75/ kids 3-13; free for ages 2 and under
740 SE 106th Ave.
Matt Dishman Community Center Pool
With a small slide for the little kiddos and a nice shallow end that starts at two-feet deep, the amenities at the Matt Dishman Community Center are fantastic. Parents say that this pool can feel a little chilly at times, so bring extra cozy towels for when the kids and you get out. Don’t forget to check the pool schedule before heading over there for designated family swims and free swim times.
Cost: $5/adults; $4/kids 14-17 and seniors; $3/ kids 3-13; free for ages 2 and under
77 NE Knott St.
Wings and Waves Waterpark
Who knew a day at the pool could be educational? This waterpark goes beyond a splashin’ fun time with their ten super slides and a wave pool. The museum’s interactive exhibits teach little learners about the power of water, and there’s also an incredible play structure, themed after an Oregon forest. Kids can get splashed by a huge firefighting bucket, play with squirt guns provided by the water park, or hang with Smokey the Bear and learn how to prevent forest fires. Hours vary each day, so remember to check their website before loading the kids into the family truckster.
Cost: $27/person under 42″ tall; $32/person over 42″; free for children 3 and under. Admission includes access to the Science Center, wave pool, leisure pool and play structures, and children 14 and under will require parental supervision.
The waterpark is located across from the McMinnville Municipal Airport, off Highway 18.
500 NE Cumulus Ave.
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North Clackamas Aquatic Park
Plan an afternoon at the North Clackamas Aquatic Park for some slippery fun. This very well-designed indoor pool is sure to become one of your family’s favorite activities in Portland. There are 3 slides of different high limits (plus special slides for ages 6 and under), a great kiddie pool, a super cool wave pool that will remind you of being at the beach, and so much more. Other things we love about North Clackamas Aquatic Center: a rock wall for non swimmers, the great snack bar for those hungry swimming tummies and the super nice changing rooms.
Cost: $5/resident 3 and older; $8/non-residents; free for children 3 and under; family rates and group rates are also available – visit their rate’s page for detailed information.
7300 SE Harmony Rd.
Columbia Park Pool
On Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Columbia Park Pool hosts a Family Swim time where kids can play in the shallow end of the pool. The water is only 1.5 feet deep and kept at a toasty 86 degrees. They have a small slide, basketball hoop, noodles and other toys for the kids to play with. The locker rooms and deck are kept nice and warm, so the kids won’t get chilly out of the water. Visit their website for more details on opening hours and lanes.
Cost: $4/adults and seniors; $3/kids; free for children 2 and under
7701 N Chautauqua Blvd.
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Southwest Community Center Pool
If you have little swimmers in Portland who are into splashing more than swimming, they’ll love it here. This indoor pool has a huge, shallow play area with cool water features that shoot and dump water down into the pool from buckets overhead and all at the level of your kiddos. Plus, they heat this pool a little bit warmer than others, so you’ll stay warm, even on the coldest Portland days. Go to their website for an updated schedule of pool hours.
Cost: $6.50/adults; $5/kids 13-17 and seniors; $3.75/kids 3-12; free for ages 2 and under
6820 SW 45th Ave.
Mt. Scott Community Center Pool
Parents love that toddlers can walk right into the pool themselves and can hang out in the super shallow end here. Older children can also to venture deeper in their kiddie pool rather than tackling the grown-ups’ lane. The entire family can have fun in the whirlpool, going around and around the lazy river or careening down the water slides. Be sure to check the updated pool schedule to find the right time to swim.
Cost: $5.50/adults; $4.25/kids 13-17 and seniors; $3.75/kids 3-12; free for ages 2 and under.
5530 SE 72nd Ave.
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Jim Parsley Community Center
This community center is home to your usual rock climbing wall, basketball courts… and a super fun aquatic park! Go down the windy water slide, shoot some hoops at the basketball hoop, or stand underneath the water-dumping bucket and get soaked. They also have a zero-depth entry and plenty of shallow areas for little ones. You can even climb aboard a sunken ship right in the water. Check their website for their pool schedule.
Cost: $4/adults; $3 for kids; $2.50/seniors; free for children 3 and under
2901 Falk Road (entrance is off Plomondon Rd.)
Firstenburg Community Center
Think less indoor pool and more indoor water park. You won’t find a ton of open lane swimming, but there is a lazy river where you can float aimlessly along in your inner tube, or go zooming down their water slide. They even have a zero-depth entry just like a beach that will let your little water babies feel at ease. The facility has a bunch of other great resources too, including a rock wall, a gym and spa.
Cost: $7/adults; $5/seniors; $4/kids ages 4-18; free for kids 3 and under
700 NE 136th Ave.
Where’s your favorite indoor swimming hole? Let us know in the Comments below!
— Suzie Ridgway