Whether you want to cool down on a sweltering summer day, swim some laps to keep fit or just need an activity to keep the kids busy, Philadelphia overflows with swimming pools and waterparks. From spraygrounds to swim clubs to state parks and theme parks, the Philadelphia area has it all, but these are the best of the best.
2601 South St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Philadelphia maintains more public swimming pools than any other city in the country, and O’Connor Pool may be one of its best-kept secrets. You certainly can’t beat the price. The city-run pool is fully guarded, and bathers may dip and doggie paddle in the open-air facility free of charge. A blend of families, neighborhood kids and medical students share the fun, so expect large crowds, especially on the weekends.
Herron Park Sprayground
250 Reed St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Head down to south Philly to visit the urban Herron Park Sprayground. Like a sprinkler system gone mad, the park has five paved splash pad areas. Sprayers spout geysers from the pavement, pour torrents down from poles and shoot arcs of water across space. Sets of splash zones cycle on and off, keeping kids squealing, splashing and on the move. An adventure-style playground shares the space, as do bathrooms, basketball courts, picnic tables and plenty of free parking.
Lombard Swim Club
2040 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Price: $980 per session for adults/$630 for children/$235 for sitters/$200 new associate fee
Philadelphia’s first private club, opened in 1961, features open-air construction, but the facility is surrounded by a wall and greenery to shield it from the hustle and bustle of the busy city. Blue cabanas and lounge chairs line the perimeter of both a large pool and a kiddie pool. Locker rooms, a baby changing room and a full-service restaurant are on site. WiFi, cable TV, adult beverage services, discount parking, swim lessons, and adult and children’s programs and activities complete the picture.
Fox Chase Swim Club
1098 Solly Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19111
Price: $375 per season for singles/$540 couples and families of two/$600 families of three/$650 families of four/$685 families for five $720 families of six
There’s no end to the wet entertainment at Fox Chase Swim Club. The family owned and operated facility features a main pool and a kiddie pool. Tables, chairs, umbrellas and grills are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Group swimming lessons are also available. Fox Chase has a full calendar of events planned for the 2012 season including water aerobics, Friday float day and membership appreciation day.
Related: Guide To Philadelphia’s Pools
Neshaminy State Park
3401 State Rd.
Bensalem, PA 19020
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The swimming pools are one of the most popular attractions at beautiful Neshaminy State Park. This much-loved summer sanctuary is located in Bensalem, just a half hour drive from Center City Philadelphia. After working up a sweat in the park’s 339 acres, visitors are welcome to take a dip in one of its two pools. The main pool and the children’s spray pool are fully guarded by top-notch lifeguards.
100 Sesame Rd.
Langhorne, PA 19047
Price: $57.99/free for children younger than 2
Sesame Place offers a wonderful world of wet entertainment with water slides, raft rides, a lazy river and a splash castle. Located in Langhorne, about a 30-minute drive from Center City, Sesame Place is the only amusement park in the world that’s based on the long-running television show “Sesame Street.” While it caters to children ages 2 to 13, the facility offers 14 acres of waterpark fun for family members of all ages. Patrons may splash and slide on such rides as Bert & Ernie’s Slip & Slide, Slimey’s Chutes, Sesame Streak and Big Bird’s Rambling River. Purchase a 2012 Sesame season pass and enjoy unlimited admission for the season, plus 30 percent off food and merchandise.
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Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.