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Dippin’ Divers! 9 Family-Friendly Community Pools

Maybe you’ve got a kiddo who needs to practice her backstroke, a daredevil who is just begging for a high dive, or a tiny just learning to dog paddle. When your backyard splash pool just doesn’t cut it anymore, and you’ve worn out your welcome at your neighbors pool, you need a clean, local and convenient place to take a plunge. Luckily, the city of Los Angeles has a plethora of community pools (58!) that are wallet friendly and accessible.  These are our favorites…

(Insider’s Tip: All Los Angeles County pools require that an adult accompany any kids under 7 on a one-to-one ratio, so be sure to grab one grown-up per munchkin. Also, several places offer discount with an LA library card, so double check your pockets before heading out.)

Annenberg Community Beach House
The Beach House pool is one of the few remaining features from the original Marion Davies estate. Your family is sure to soak up some sunshine and old Hollywood glamor at this beautiful beachside spot. Littles under 8 must be accompanied in the water by an adult at all times, so if you are hoping to lounge poolside like a 1920’s starlet, bring along another grownup. Hours change seasonally, and passes sell out quickly, so check out the website for advance passes and reservations (you can even reserve a parking spot) before planning your visit.  You can also get food by the pool, play on the playground, stroll the beach and splash in the pad.  (And these are the cleanest beach bathrooms we’ve yet to see, and that alone lands it on our list!)

415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, Ca 90402
Cost: $4 per kid, $10 per adult.  Parking is $12 for the day


Santa Monica Swim Center
This clean and welcoming facility does get a little crowded in the summer time as the Santa Monica Swim Center has two heated outdoor pools. One, a fitness pool, is reserved for classes and lap swim, which means the other, their splash pool, is open season for your little fish. There are also several diving boards for your slightly bigger fish. Be sure to check out the pool’s Family Night, with extended swim hours, arts and crafts, and snow cones. The hours for recreational swim shift with the seasons so check the website for updated scheduling information. There are also discounted fees for Santa Monica residents, so be sure to bring proof of residency, if that applies.

2225 16th Street
Santa Monica, Ca 90405
Cost: For Santa Monica residents it’s $1.25 for kids and $3.25 for adults; for non-residents the rates are doubled.

Westwood Community Pool
This heated indoor pool is small and impeccably clean. They offer great family swim hours and are open year round. With plenty of elbow room and a wide splash zone, it’s a great spot to expose your first time swimmers to the water. The hours do change seasonally, so check the website for updated information.

1350 Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, Ca 90025
Kids are free, adults are $2.50 (or $2 with a Los Angeles city library card)


Rustic Canyon Pool
Nestled in the middle of the beautiful Rustic Canyon Park, this pool is a little-known gem. Small and well maintained, it is unheated and only open during the summer. A picnic in the park, a dip in the pool, and hike in the woods makes for a perfect summer afternoon. Check website for an up-to-date schedule.

601 Latimer Road
Pacific Palisades, Ca 90402
Kids are free, adults are $2.50 (or $2 with a Los Angeles city library card)

Yosemite Swimming Pool
This unheated, outdoor pool is generally less crowded than it’s Glassell Park and Griffith Park neighbors, but it has many of the same amenities: scenic views, roped off kid’s shallow area, and grassy picnic spots. We’ll take less crowded any day! A great place to take a splash on a hot day; check the website for hours of operation.

1840 Yosemite Drive
Los Angeles, Ca 90041
Kids are free, adults are $2.50 (or $2 with a Los Angeles city library card)

Griffith Park Pool
With the added benefit of being right by the Zoo, pony rides, Carousel and Observatory, the Griffith Park Pool is another wonderful option for a hot day dip. The long skinny pool reserves the shallow end for little splashers. That section can fill up quickly on a hot summer weekend; weekday hours may be a little less crowded.  Check website for updated schedule information.

3401 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, Ca 90027
Cost: Kids are free, adults are $2.50 (or $2 with a Los Angeles city library card)


Rosebowl Aquatics
Open year round, the Rosebowl Aquatics is a beautiful facility. With family swim evenings, summer camps, and dive-in movie nights, there is much more to do here than just taking a splash. Kids love to watch the divers and water polo teams practice or play at the fantastic pirate themed park right behind the pools when they’re tired of swimming. The hours for recreational and family swim change seasonally, so check the website for a current schedule.

360 North Arroyo Boulevard
Pasadena, Ca 91103
Kids are $1, adults are $2.

Hubert H. Humphrey Pool
It’s always hot in the valley, and the Hubert H. Humphrey pool is adjacent to the park with a children’s play area, picnic tables and basketball courts, so you’ll always be ready to dive in here.  Plus the pool is open year round, and there’s a water slide! Check the website for summer hours.

12560 Filmore St.
Pacoima, Ca 91331
Cost: Kids are free, adults are $2.50 (or $2 with a Los Angeles city library card)


John C. Aruge Expo Center
Right behind the  Coliseum is a giant swim stadium with both a competition pool and a shallow wading pool that is easy to navigate with toddlers. We love that you can spend the morning at the California Science Center or Natural History Museum, picnic in the Rose Garden and then splash and swim all afternoon.

3980 Bill Robertson Lane
Exposition Park, Ca 90037
Cost: Kids are free, adults are $2.50 (or $2 with a Los Angeles city library card)

Still want more ways to splash? How about:
Dive in to these all natural swimming holes.
Play in the water without swimming at these splash pads.
Spend the day at at family friendly beach.

 Where will your toes be dipping this summer? 

- Kate Felton

Photo credits:  Dan Eckertterren in VirginiaElias Gayles, Deborah M. via Yelp
and Anthony Crider via flickr


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