Swimming in November? Where to Splish & Splash Indoors
Sadly, with our drizzly Northwest weather, swimming outdoors isn’t a great activity for Portland families. Good thing Portland has a long list of great indoor pools where you can still splash and swim, even on a grey Portland day. Pull your suits out from the back of the closet and visit one of these favorite indoor pools in Portland with your family!
Some tips for visiting Portland’s indoor pools –
- Plan on bringing your own pool toys to any of the public pools.
- Many of these pools have life jackets that you can use for free – just ask!
- Keep an eye out for Family Swim on the schedules, rather than Free Swim – there will be fewer teenagers doing cannonballs at Family Swim.
- If you like the pool and plan on visiting frequently, ask about a punch card and their monthly and annual rates.
- Leave the sunscreen at home!
Located at the East Portland Community Center, families with kids of all ages love this indoor pool. And really, calling it just a pool is a disservice because besides the heated lap-style swimming pools, they also feature a leisure pool with water slides (including one for little daredevils), a “lazy river,” and a fun vortex pool that kids think is a blast! This pool is perfect for the littlest swimmers – there are places where they can walk straight into the shallow-end, just as if you were at the beach.
Location: 740 SE 106th Avenue, Portland
Cost: $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for ages 14-17, $3.50 for ages 3-13, free for ages 2 and under
Another one of Portland’s fantastic indoor public pools is the pool at the Matt Dishman Community Center. Amenities here include a small slide for the little kiddos and a nice shallow end that starts at two-feet deep. Parents say that this pool can feel a little on the chilly side, so be sure to bring extra cozy towels for when the kids and you get out! Be sure to check the pool schedule before heading over there (which can be found on the page linked above) because there are designated times for family swims and free swims.
Location: 77 NE Knott Street, Portland
Cost: $4.50 for adults, $3.75 for ages 14-17, $2.75 for ages 3-13, free for ages 2 and under
There’s no doubt that the Mt. Scott Community Center Pool is a Portland family favorite – parents love that toddlers can walk right into the pool themselves and can hang out in the super shallow end with you while older children venture deeper into the kiddie pool. Plus, the entire family can have fun in the whirlpool or on the waterslides. Psst! We hear the swim instructors at Mt. Scott Pool are amazing too! Again, be sure to check the updated pool schedule to find the right time to swim!
Location: 5530 SE 72nd Avenue, Portland
Cost: $4.50 for adults, $4.00 for ages 13-17, $3.50 for ages 3-12, free for ages 2 and under, monthly and annual passes also available!
Want to have some FUN? Plan an afternoon at the North Clackamas Aquatic Park! This is a very well-designed indoor pool that is sure to become one of your family’s favorite activities in Portland – there are three slides (each with different high limits), plus special slides for ages six and under, a great kiddie pool, the 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 – the great snack bar for those hungry swimming tummies and the super nice changing rooms.
Location: 7300 SE Harmony Road, Milwaukie
Contact: 503-557-7873 (SURF)
Cost: $5.00 for people 3 and older, free for ages three and under, family rates and group rates are also available – visit their rate’s page for detailed information
If you have little swimmers in Portland who are into splashing more than swimming, you’ll love the pool at Southwest Community Center. This indoor pool has a huge, shallow play pool with cool water features that shoot water, 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, so you’ll stay warm, even on the coldest Portland days!
Location: 6820 SW 45th Avenue, Portland
Cost: $6.50 for adults, $4.75 for ages 13-17, $3.50 for ages 3-12, free for ages two and under
Who knew a day at the pool could be educational? This pool is not only a place for a splashin’ fun time with ten super slides and a wave pool, it’s also a place for littler learners with interactive exhibits to teach all ages about the power of water! There is also an awesome play structure themed after an Oregon Forest where the kids can be splashed by a huge firefighting bucket or play with squirt guns provided by the water park or hang with Smokey the Bear and learn how to prevent forest fires! There is truly endless fun at the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum Water Park, so check it out!
Location: Off Highway 18 east of McMinnville, across from the McMinnville airport. If using a GPS use this address: 500 NE Cumulus Avenue
Cost: Click here for hours of operation and pricing. Times vary but most of the time they are open Friday through Monday! Children 14 and under require parental supervision!
On Saturday mornings, 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, 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.
Location: 7701 N Chautauqua Boulevard, Portland
Cost: $4 for adults, $2.50 for kids ages 3-17, free for kids ages 2 and under
Think less indoor pool and more indoor water park. You won’t find lots of open lane swimming, but you will find 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 even your little water babies feel at ease. The facility has a bunch of other great resources too, including a rock wall, a gym, spa, and even a Teen Zone where kids can do homework or even rent video games.
Location: 700 NE 136th Avenue, Vancouver
Cost: $7 for adults, $4 for kids ages 4-18, free for kids ages 3 and under
Jim Parsley Community Center
This community center is home to your usual rock climbing wall and basketball courts, but it also has 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. Open Friday-Sunday.
Location: 2901 Falk Road, Vancouver
Cost: $3.75 for adults, $2.75 for kids
Families who live near Tualatin, check out these awesome indoor pools close to home!
– Katie Kavulla