Ready to make a summer splash with the tots in tow? San Diego has loads of cool public pools that you can pay to play in for the day. From zero-water entry and diving boards to water slides and inflatable obstacle courses, we’ve got your whole family covered with fun in the sun. Slide through our top picks of pools to plunge…

Alga Norte Pool

There’s something for everyone at this water play haven. For little walkers, there’s a splash pad with benches close by for parents to sit. Little swimmers can splish-splash in the grand pool kept at a warm temp. Bigger kids can climb the obstacle courses or dive off the diving boards. The pizza, pretzels and ice cream are popular at the snack bar and there’s a large (adult only!) whirlpool to relax in.

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-7p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Inflatable Zone: Tues., Thurs., & Fri., 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $5/adults; $3/youth; $2/spectator; $10/inflatable zone

6565 Alicante Rd.
Carlsbad, Ca 92009
760-268-4777
Online: carlsbadca.gov/alganorte

photo: City of Carlsbad

Where do you go to stay cool in the pool? Tell us about it in the comments!

—Nikki Walsh