The kids want to go swimming, but it’s too cold outside. No problem. The Emerald City is chock-full of indoor swimming pools where little water bugs can splash around all year long. The best part? Some of these pools offer lazy rivers, rope swings and even surf machines. So grab your swimsuits and your goggles and scroll down to see the best indoor pools to dive into this fall.

photo: Maggie Edelman

Snohomish Aquatic Center

If you're looking for an indoor pool with lots of bells and whistles, the Snohomish Aquatic Center is your one stop destination for family fun. Opened in February of 2014, this ginormous indoor facility boasts a giant corkscrew water slide, lazy river, spray area and FlowRider surf machine, so your kids can hang ten year-round. The facility also has a recreation pool with lap lanes and basketball hoops, an open area for kids to play or tots to get their toes wet and a Wibit floating obstacle course. The best part? The water here is kept at a toasty 84-86 degrees. Not only is it heaven getting in, but it feels so nice you may never want to get out. Looking for something a bit warmer? The warm water pool is even toastier at 102 degrees. Who says you can't soak away the winter blues?

Psst! The weekends can get really busy, so plan on arriving at least 30 minutes before the start of the swim session you want to attend. Check the pool schedule before you go. And view the new 2018 rates here.

Good to Know: If you’re looking for a place to throw your water bug’s next birthday bash, the Aquatic Center offers a variety of party packages on Saturdays and Sundays. Packages start at $199 and include one hour and 45 minutes of pool time and 45 minutes in the party room for up to 12 party-goers.

Snohomish Aquatic Center
516 Maple Ave.
Snohomish, WA 98290


Mountlake Terrace Pool

There’s a good reason the Mountlake Terrace Pool is a favorite birthday party spot. Where else can your little ones take a trip to "Toddler Island," float along a lazy river or splash in a shallow end filled with geysers and built-in spray toys? No need to wait for a birthday party though - just go during one of their recreation or leisure pool swim times. During recreation swim, the leisure pool, lazy river and main pool are all open which includes amenities like flotation devices, water toys, life jackets and basketball hoops. The lazy river is great fun, with a gentle current to push you along and plenty of inner tubes and noodles are available for your ride. Psst! During leisure pool swim, only the leisure pool is open. But with a depth range of 6 inches to 3 feet, a beach-like entry and padded floor, the leisure pool is perfect for the 6 and under set.

Good to Know: Children under 4 years of age must be accompanied in the pool by an adult.

Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion Swimming Pool
5303 228th St. S.W.
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Lynnwood Recreation Center & Pool

If you need a reason to head north of Seattle, the Lynnwood Recreation Center & Pool is it! This super popular pool includes two big water slides, sprayers, a lazy river, inner tubes, diving boards, water playground, spray fountains and a family hot tub. Plus, there's a lap pool and warm-water therapy pool. Little ones will especially love "Beach Swim" when the shallow play area is open with a water depth up to two feet. If you're thinking this place sounds a lot like Great Wolf Lodge, but a lot closer and a lot're absolutely right!

Good to Know: The pool gets extremely busy on the weekends, so plan on arriving early (at least a half-hour before an open swim session) to guarantee a spot or go during the week and avoid the crowds. Better yet...pre-purchase tickets to guarantee your entrance into an open swim. Advance ticket sales are available online up to two weeks in advance.

Lynnwood Recreation Center & Pool
18900 44th Ave. W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036

McMenamins Anderson School Pool

Take your little fish for a dip in the The North Shore Lagoon, McMenamins Anderson School's on-site pool, that’s open to the public every day from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Swim sessions are broken up into two-hour time slots where families can splish and splash around the tiki-themed pool before changing into street gear to grab some delish eats at the restaurant upstairs. We love that the pool has plenty of shallow play areas where even the most timid toddlers can test the waters with ease. And the deepest point is only 4’6”, which means you won’t be treading water as you make the Marco-Polo rounds with your big kid sidekick. 

McMenamins Anderson School
18603 N.E. Bothell Way
Bothell, WA 98011

photo: Seattle Parks & Recreation

Seattle Parks and Recreation Pools

All Seattle Parks and Recreation pools have public swim times, where at least a portion of the pool is open for all ages recreational swimming and family swim times, which are more focused on family play and often include flotation devices and pool toys. Some pools also have special features and events, like Dive In Movie Fridays, where you can swim with the lights down low while watching a family-friendly flick.

At Meadowbrook Pool, the pool is open for family swim on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. with water toys, slides and noodles. Of course, the highlight of this pool is the rope swing, which will send your kiddos soaring over the water before they come splashing down.

The Queen Anne Pool has diving boards and a rope swing and the Ballard Pool has a rope swing and slide. The Ballard Pool, though filled with all kinds of floaty toys and rafts to play on, can get crowded if there are too many people. We recommend saving this pool for the slower weekday mornings, when the younger set won’t be competing for pool space.

And if you're in South Seattle, be sure to check out Rainier Beach Community Center Pool (pictured above). This awesome pool, which received a remodel a few years back, includes a water slide, baby pool, lazy river and spray and play park, plus a six-lane lap pool and additional space for birthday parties.

Note: The Queen Anne Pool is currently closed until February 2019 for maintenance as part of the Citywide Pools Project.

Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center

For families on Bainbridge Island or Seattle families looking for a fun island adventure, the Bainbridge Aquatic Center is loaded with bells and whistles. Built in 2001, the pool includes a 180-foot water slide, lazy river, sloped beach entry, tot pool, water features, a toddler frog slide, one- and three-meter diving boards and four 25-yard lap lanes. The facility also boasts a spa and steam and sauna rooms. And in addition to open swim times, the pool hosts swim lessons and special events, including Float Movie Nights.

8521 Madison Ave.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

photo: Safe N Sound Swimming

Safe N Sound Swimming

With a location in downtown Seattle, Safe N Sound Swimming offers $7 family swim times on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons for their monthly members (free for ongoing lesson package members). Pay-as-you-go memberships start at $16.50 per month per swimmer and give you and up to two kids access to enjoy a lazy day at the pool, rain or shine. Safe N Sound also offers an awesome one-on-one swim lesson program that will get your tykes comfortable in the water as well as great birthday party packages that include two hours in the pool for up to 24 swimmers. Ongoing lessons cost $152/month for the first swim lesson spot; $140/month for the second swim lesson spot or sibling.

Safe N Sound Swimming – Seattle
2040 Westlake Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109

photo: Redmond Aquatics Center

Wave Aquatics Centers

A shallow swim and play area is open during public swim at both the Redmond and Juanita Aquatics Centers, and for a big splash, both diving boards are available as well. Families love these pools because of their great amenities including their birthday party packages which include pool time, pizza and everything you need for your party.

Redmond Aquatics Center
17535 N.E. 104th St.
Redmond, WA 98052

Juanita Aquatics Center
10601 N.E. 132nd St.
Kirkland, WA 98034

photo: Kristina Moy

Mary Wayte Pool

On Mercer Island, the Mary Wayte Swimming Pool offers family swim, lap swim and swim lessons. The pool's schedule changes seasonally with the school year and competitive seasons, so it’s a good idea to check the schedule before you go. Families can also rent the pool on Saturday or Sunday (following public swim) for birthday parties or private events. Each party includes at least two lifeguards to keep an eye on little swimmers and rental of the pool for up to 35 people. Pizza party packages include the pool for one hour, the party room for one hour and two large pizzas. Bring the cake and the pool staff will set up the rest!

Mary Wayte Pool
8815 S.E. 40th
Mercer Island, WA 98040

Bellevue Aquatic Center

This one-of-a-kind aquatic center was built for therapy and rehabilitation, but is available for public open swim. The Bellevue Aquatic Center has two pools with six lap lanes, a diving tank, a 10-foot slide and a 5-foot mini slide for little tadpoles. Plus, the Warm Springs pool has a wheelchair ramp and average waters temps of 91 degrees. Now, that’s what we’re talking about on a cold winter’s day. The Blue Lagoon pool and party room are available to rent on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, so if a birthday bash is in your future, this would be a great option.

Bellevue Aquatic Center
601 143rd Ave N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98007

photo: Rachael Brandon

People’s Pool

Little water bugs looking for a place to splash around on a cold, rainy day can find tons of fun at Tacoma’s newest indoor pool. After undergoing a major reconstruction project that was eight years in the making, the facility reopened in the fall of 2016 and has quickly become the go-to indoor pool for South Sound families.

Large floor-to-ceiling windows fill the room with tons of natural light, giving it a nice outdoorsy feel compared to the basement-like atmosphere you get with some indoor pools. And the unique L-shaped design that divides the pool into three distinct sections: a shallow area, a current channel and a lap lane area, that transforms into two basketball courts and a water-walk play area during open swim sessions, are a hit among parents and kids alike.

Good to Know: This awesome pool is also home to Tacoma’s first indoor splash pad loaded with ground sprayers galore and plenty of run-around room for big imaginations to roam free.

Bonus: The pool is available for open and private swim parties. Open swim parties can accommodate up to 25 guests and include time in the pool and in the party room.

People’s Community Center and Pool
1602 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Tacoma, WA 98405

Federal Way Community Center Pool

The Federal Way Community Center Pool boasts an impressive two-story water slide, complete with three twists and turns (riders must be at least 48 inches to ride and they do have someone at the top to check), two smaller slides and plenty of inner tubes and noodles to ride along in the lazy river. For those who want a real workout, jump into their whirlpool and try and run against the current or hit the six-lane, 25-yard lap pool with one-meter diving board. At a $5 to $8 admission fee, your kids will get unlimited access to the pool, the Center’s 27-foot climbing wall and three athletic gyms which all equals hours of fun without breaking the bank!

Good to Know: The weekends can get really busy, so plan accordingly. Also, check the pool schedule before you go. All children 6 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult (16 years of age or older), in the water and the adult must be within arms reach of the child at all times.

Bonus: Both pools are available for private rental. The pool's most popular party package is a 105-minute birthday party for up to 30 swimmers and includes time in the party room.

Federal Way Community Center Pool
876 S. 333rd St.
Federal Way, WA 98003

Julius Boehm Pool

The Julius Boehm Pool is anther public pool that offers open swim times during the weekdays and on Saturdays and Sundays. Families can purchase a daily pass or membership pass to use both the Issaquah Community Center and the pool. In addition to public swim, the pool also offers great birthday party packages, swim lessons and special events throughout the year.

Good to Know: The pool's 2015 remodel included new changing rooms, locker rooms, restrooms and showers, plus a new pool liner and deck coating that's gentler on bare feet.

Julius Boehm Pool
50 S.E. Clark St.
Issaquah, WA 98027

Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center

Known as the venue of the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games, the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center (WKCAC) is a 2,500-seat facility that hosts more than 50 events annually. It has been the site of Olympic Trials, top national and international competitions and the Pacific Northwest's premiere events. But in addition to prestigious swimming and diving events, WKCAC is also open to the public for lap swims, family swims, swimming lessons and more. View the current pool schedule and swim lesson schedule here

Good to Know: The recreational pool is available to rent for private events and has a banquet hall available for large parties and company events.

650 S.W. Campus Dr.
Federal Way, WA 98023

—Kristina Moy


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