You don’t have time for a long drive to the lake, but you need to beat the heat. It’s time to head for the pools and water parks for some serious summer fun. Portland is packed with fantastic places for little ones to splish and splash their days away. Read on to find out where our favorite indoor pools are.
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Conestoga Community Center
Conestoga Community Center is so much more than an amazing swimming pool. The center includes a dance and fitness room, weight room, four multi-purpose classrooms, two wooden floor gymnasiums, an outdoor playground, and the district’s only outdoor splash pad. If you only want to come for the pool, that’s cool! This unique and refreshing venue full of sprinklers, fountains, slides, and lap pools will keep little and older swimmers busy for hours!
Mon.-Thurs., 5:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sat., 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sun., 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
9985 SW 125th Ave.
East Portland Community Center
There’s no need for memberships at East Portland Community Center. You can either sign up for baby or kid swimming classes or drop-in for a winter swim. They have family changing rooms to suit up for hours of indoor water play. Shark slides, vortex pools, and a lazy river that propels you along the path are a few of the water splendors you can expect. If you’re a family of older tadpoles try the 4 lane lap pool for some full body exercise!
Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.
Sat., 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
740 SE 106th Ave.
Mt. Scott Community Center
The biggest attraction at Mt. Scott Community Center is the fabulous pool which far surpasses the usual lap pool! It’s full of colorful water features, a kiddie “fun” pool, a swirly twirly waterslide, a hot tub for the adults, and a whirlpool with gentle currents. Get there on the right day and they might even put out a rope for swinging out over the water Tarzan-style. Sign up for Kids’ swim lessons or bring the whole family for hours of happy wet squeals!
Mon.-Fri., 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sat., 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun., 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
5530 SW 72nd Ave.
Photo Jenna Rose Robbins via flickr
Southwest Community Center Pool
With a zero depth pool this center lets children of all levels learn to swim while still being able to stand. If you opt to enroll in swim classes you’re in luck. The instructors are kind, patient, and encouraging! Here just to play? Your family of swimmers will not be disappointed by the plethora of water features designed to splish and splash water from buckets down into the pool!
Mon.-Fri., 5:15 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sat., 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sun., 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
6820 SW 45th Ave.
Firstenburg Aquatic Center
Make a big splash in the Firstenburg Aquatic Playground! The leisure pool has the longest water slide in Clark County measuring in at 17 feet high. Not feeling that adventurous? No worries! Grab an inner tube and float the lazy river instead. In addition they have a spa, 3 lane therapeutic lap pool, and a kid friendly zero depth entry. Check out the special preschool specific aqua playtime Mon.- Thurs.
Mon.-Thurs., 5:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri., 5:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat., 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sun., 12 p.m. – 6p.m.
700 NE 136th Ave.
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North Clackamas Aquatic Park
North Clackamas Aquatic Park is the perfect destination to escape the rain for a day! There’s truly something for everyone here. It’s affordable entertainment and water-focused education. Dive into Oregon’s largest wave pool, splash around in the toddler zone, swim laps in the 6 lane pool, fearlessly glide down water slides, or relax in the hot tub soaking those aching muscles. The Aquatic Park also offers swimming lessons, aquatic fitness classes and party rentals. If you forget your inner tube you can rent one here for just a buck! Make sure to check the hours before you head out for swim day!
7300 SE Harmony Rd.
Shute Park Aquatic Center
Whether you come for swim or exercise classes this full service aquatic center will thrill both young and old. It offers three full pools, a spa pool and dry sauna, and water classes. The littlest swimmers can easily navigate the beginning depth of only 18 inches and giggle their way around the yellow teacup feature. If you have bigger more comfortable swimmers there are great places for parents to relax and watch kids explore and play!
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.
Evergreen Wings and Waves Water Park
This indoor waterpark is an all season experience! It has ten waterslides—each designed for adventurers of varying age, ability, and courage. Daredevils might enjoy the Nose Dive that spits you into a pool and shoots you out backwards! When you’re over sliding and gliding explore the wave pool, whirlpool, or revolver pool! For an extra perk the whole park is ADA accessible. Come on Fridays for their buy one get one free special!
Check site for hours
500 NE Captain Michael King Smith Way
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Great Wolf Lodge
Swim, Splash, Slide! Great Wolf Lodge is the water park of your dreams! If you can’t stay a whole weekend do your best to book an overnight experience! There are simply not enough hours in the day to experience everything this waterpark has to offer. It’s an hour and a half drive from Portland that will transport you into a fantastic water world of exploration, fun, and adventure! If you can dream it, they’ve got it. Slides, a multi-story treehouse, tunneled family trips on River Canyons, totem towers, floating lily pads, tadpole ponds and SO MUCH MORE fun! After you’ve swam and hopped from adventure to adventure, hit up the warming pool, grab some dinner, and call it a day!
Daily, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
20500 Old Hwy 99, SW
—Elissa Cirignotta & Annette Benedetti
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