Are you and your crew tired of wearing rain boots and snow coats and fighting off bouts of the winter blues? If your family has been dreaming about swimsuit season don’t dismay! Portland has a bunch of indoor swimming pools—some even have waterslides—that will make you forget what season it is as soon as you start to splash and play!
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Conestoga Community Center
With a fun slide that twists and turns and plenty of sprinklers and fountains, this exciting west side community center’s pool will provide your little swimmers with hours of fun. The facility also features lap pools that give the older swimmers in the family a chance to get some laps in while the kids play.
Mon.-Thurs., 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Fri., 5:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sat., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
9985 SW 125th Ave.
East Portland Community Center
This pool has it all for the little water adventurers in your family including a shark slide that your tadpoles will never tire of and a big pool with a waterslide that provides hours of squeals. There is also a leisure pool with additional water slides, a lazy river and even a vortex pool. If you our your teens are interested in getting some exercise, there is a pool with lanes for laps and a heated pool for recovery.
Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Sat., 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.Sun., 11 a.m. – 6:20 p.m.
740 SW 106th Ave.
Mt. Scott Community Center
Full of colorful water features, this pool is perfect for your little splashers. Imagine a zero entry depth pool that has a swirly waterslide and tons of room to play. Don’t worry, there’s a lap pool for caregivers so everyone will be exhausted when time to go home rolls around.
Mon.-Fri., 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat., 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sun., Noon – 9 p.m.
5530 SW 72nd Ave.
photo: Christine Urias via Flickr
Southwest Community Center Pool
If you are tired of the cold get ready to warm up in this center’s heated pools. There’s a shallow play area with plenty of room for splishing and splashing and your clan will not be disappointed by the plethora of water features designed to shoot and dump water from buckets down into the pool.
Mon.-Fri., 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat., 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun., 9 a.m. – 6:25 p.m.
6820 SW 45th Ave.
Firstenburg Aquatic Center
If you are looking for a pool that offers open swim most of the day on the weekends than this is the aquatic center for you. There is even a special preschool specific aqua play time Mon.-Thurs. Your kiddos will love spending their day playing on the aquatic playground, floating in the lazy river, sliding the water slide, and sliding down the longest water slide in Clark County.
700 NE 136th Ave.
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North Clackamas Aquatic Park
There aren’t enough hours in the day to take in all the fun that this aquatic park is serving up. There are several swimming pools including a wave pool with 4-foot waves, a twenty five yard six-lane competition lap pool, a thirteen foot deep diving well with one-meter diving board, an interactive area with fountains and water features, a kiddie pool with Sammie the Seal slide for kids under six and a hot tub for parents with aching muscles. There are a number of slides that vary in length and intensity, each providing it’s own unique adventure. If your little swimmer gets board, there’s also some fun to be had on dry land with a twenty nine foot rock climbing wall and a cafe to feed your tribe once you’ve worked up an appetite.
Big Surf! Play time: Sat., Noon – 5 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $8/non-resident or $5/resident 3 & up, 2 & under are free. Family rate is 2 adults and 4 kids for $24/non-resident family or $12/resident family
7300 SE Harmony Rd.
Shute Park Aquatic Center
This full service aquatic center boasts a 117 foot slide that will thrill both young and old. But it also offers three full pools, a spa pool and dry sauna—something for everyone. Your littlest swimmers will easily navigate the beginning depth of only 18 inches and expect lots of giggles when playing with the yellow teacup water feature.
Mon. – Fri., 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sat., 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sun., 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
953 SE Maple St.
photo: Eric Prado via Flickr
Evergreen Wings and Waves Water Park
This indoor waterpark has ten waterslides—each designed for adventurers of varying age, ability, and boldness.Your little aquatic fanatics won’t be able to get enough of the slide that shoots out of a real Boeing 747 aircraft! When you and your kiddos aren’t sliding you can enjoy the wave pool and the museum designed to inform visitors about the power of water. An added bonus? The whole place is totally ADA accessible, and they offer discounts for museum members and if you purchase a multi-month pass.
Fri., 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Sat. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: $27/guest under 42″ tall with limited access, $32 for guests 42″ and up with full access.
500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
photo: Shawn Collins via Flickr
Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf is the water park every child has dreamt of. Plan for at least and overnight stay, if not a full weekend, at the lodge because there is so much to do and you don’t want to miss out on any of it! Only an hour and a half from Portland, this water wonderland transports you to another world. Check out Fort Mackenzie, a multi-story treehouse with tons of interactive components and slides to exit. Try each of the 8 big water slides which include fast slides that shoot you down the fort, tunneled family trips on River Canyon Run, and slides that snake around for four stories. After you’ve run from adventure to adventure, hit up the warming pool before calling it a day.
Daily, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
20500 Old Hwy 99, SW
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