When people refer to our city as Hotlanta, they are not kidding. It can get downright scorching in the spring and summer months. And while private pools or country clubs can cost a pretty penny, we’ve scouted out some family-friendly places where you can cool off with the kiddos on the cheap. Grab your goggles and read on for the low down on our five favorite Atlanta community pools.


Chastain Park Athletic Club
Nestled inside Chastain Park you’ll find Chastain Park Athletic Club, a perfect place to take your little minnows for a day of swimming. The club has three pools: a deep pool, a family pool and a lap pool. The family pool is 3 ft. 6in. deep and has stairs that run along one entire end, making it a perfect spot for splashing with ‘lil swimmers. At this well maintained community pool you’ll find bath houses, a snack bar, picnic tables and lots of shady places to camp out with the kiddos.

Details:  Just a few dollars will take care of your admission; check the website for more info. Chastain Park Athletic Club officially opens for the season May 10th 2014.

Hint: If you are looking to beat the crowds, try heading over on a weekday. Monday – Wednesday are usually the least crowded.


McKoy Pool
Ah, the city of Decatur. They do so many things right and McKoy Pool and Park is no exception. McKoy Park has a giant play area that is relatively new with slides, swings and climbing structures. You‘ll also find a nice picnic area, as well as a skate park. On to the main attraction: the pool! McKoy Pool got a makeover a few years ago and now features a zero-entry (beach style) pool and splash fountains which are a big hit with the little ones. You’ll also find lounge chairs and oversized umbrellas for lots of shade.

Details: Fees are anywhere from free to five dollars and are less expensive if you are a resident of Decatur. Pool opens May 24th 2014, and after August 1st, it will be open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hint: This is a fun and well maintained pool, but be prepared for plenty of company. This pool is very popular with Decatur’s small set.


Roswell Area Park Pool
The Roswell Area Park Pool is situated in the huge forest like setting of Roswell Area Park. With plenty of great walking paths, ball fields, tennis courts and several nice playgrounds this park really has it all. The pool itself is Olympic sized with eight lanes, two diving boards and a children’s wading pool. And of course, no kid friendly pool is complete without the beloved mushroom waterfall!

Details: Roswell residents pay $3.00 and non-residents pay $4.50. The pool opens May 24th 2014.

Hint: If you’re looking for more than casual splashing, check out some of the many programs offered at the pool, like aquatic exercise, or swim lessons for the kiddos.


Garden Hills Pool
Snug in the beautiful Garden Hills neighborhood, this pool has been popular with residents and guests for years. Starting May 1st this community pool is about to become even more lovely with the unveiling of the new Dan Martin pool house. Improvements will include a larger concession stand, more and updated bathrooms and an indoor party room.

Details: Admission is $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for children. The pool is open for swimming May 24th 2014.

Hint: Stay in the loop on Garden Hills Facebook page for updates on fun events like The Garden Hills Pool dog swim and movie nights!


Piedmont Park Aquatic Center
And last but not least, the most well know park in the city of Atlanta is also home to what we think has got to be one of the prettiest pools city! With beautiful views of the park and Lake Clare Meer, fountains, a large deck and even a lazy river this pool makes for a great day of pool fun with the little ones.

Details: Adults are only $4.00 and children are $2.00! They also have lockers available to store your belongings and a fun concession stand for midday snacks.

Hint: You and the kiddos can swim for free Monday- Friday between 3:00 to 5:00. But, don’t forget to bring your cash; they do not take plastic.

Where is your favorite spot to take a dip in Atlanta? Share with us in the comments section below!

—Candice Rose

Photos courtesy of ssstok and K. Sawyer Photography via Creative Commons via Flickr, Garden Hills Pool via Facebook and Piedmont Park