Public Swimming Pools in Metro Detroit and Ann Arbor

Keep cool and dive into one of these public swimming pools in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor in summer 2021.

Temperatures are rising across southeast Michigan, and that means it’s time to pack up the kids and make your way to the nearest public swimming pool.

Whether your child’s a little Michael Phelps in the making or more comfortable bobbing in the shallow end with her inflatables, these waterholes offer affordable fun close to home.

Decked out with amenities such as spray fountains, tippy buckets, water slides and lap lanes, there’s no shortage of ways to make a splash this summer.

Pool hours are subject to change without advance notice; check ahead for the latest. Also, costs are often lower for residents of a community. Check ahead to see if you can save even more!

Got a tyke that still needs swimming lessons? Skip the pool and try on a splash pad or spray ground for size or, if you want a bit more splash, try a local water park.

Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, pools may have different hours than what is listed here or may be temporarily closed. Others may have safety protocols in place. We have done our best to list the most accurate information but check ahead before heading out. 

Allen Park Middle School Pool

This indoor pool is available for kids and adults looking to become better swimmers or even those interested in joining the Barracuda Swim Team, where individuals can swim competitively.

Anchor Bay School District Aquatic Center

Splash around with the entire family in this aquatic center. You can enroll in swimming lessons for yourself or invite the family. Outside of swimming, exercise classes are also offered.

Blue Heron Bay Spray Park at Independence Lake County Park

Have a blast at the spray park soaking in the water and fun. Get your family together to slide down one of the two 24-foot water slides. When you want a break from swimming, grab a bite to eat and sit back and relax.

Botsford Park Pool

Swim around and cool off in the summer heat in this outdoor pool. No one swims alone, so swimmers must bring a swim buddy. Swim season passes available, too.

Buhr Park Outdoor Swimming Pool

The outdoor pool offers a separate zero-depth entry children’s wading pool for the little ones.

Clements Circle Pool in Livonia

There’s ample space to dive and splash in this outdoor pool. Swim around the pool and splash the day away with your family. Swim season passes available, too.

Clarkston Community Swim

The pool is open to those looking to take swim lessons or to join the Oakland Live Y’ers (OLY) swim team.

Dexter Community Pool

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 3060 Kensington St., Dexter
  • Costs (2021): $3-$4/person, $1/ages 55-plus, free/ages 2 and under, $15-$20/family maximum

Commit yourself to making time for a morning workout once or twice throughout the week. Bring the kids and their friends for a private pool or open swim party.

Downriver Family YMCA

Make a splash at the outdoor Splash Park Pool, which has zero-depth entry, fountains and a two-story water slide for the little ones. After swimming, dry off and grab a bite to eat at the café or picnic area.

Kennedy Outdoor Aquatic Center 

Come take a swim class or enjoy open swim. Swimming clubs available, too.

Lake Erie Metropark Wave Pool

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 32481 W. Jefferson Ave., Brownstown
  • Costs (2021): $8/adult, $6/ages 15 and under and 62-plus, free/kids less than 30 inches in height, $0.50/locker; after 5 p.m. twilight rates available; Metroparks vehicle pass: $10/daily fee per vehicle

Check out the “Great Wave” action pool while visiting. Don’t forget about the mini rock wall and swings in the play area that should guarantee a fun time. Adult supervision is required for ages 10 and under.

Lakeland High School Pools & Fitness Center 

With a two-story indoor waterslide, there is enough fun to go around for the whole family. The little ones can enjoy space-themed toys while your older ones jump off diving boards into the pool.

Lake Orion High School Pool 

Gather your family and plan a trip to the pool to cool down in the summer. Splash around and teach your kids how to swim to make for an enjoyable time in the water.

Lake St. Clair Metropark Squirt Zone and Pool

Take a swim in the Olympic-sized pool at this Metropark. There are also waterslides, inflatable obstacle courses and a climbing wall to keep your family entertained. Check out the Squirt Zone Spray Ground filled with water cannons and ground sprays.

Livonia Kirksey Recreation Center Pool 

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 15100 Hubbard Road, Livonia
  • Costs (2021): Indoor: $8.50-$17/adults, $7-$14/ages 14-17, $5-$10/ages 4-13 and 62-plus, free/3 and under with paying adult

The indoor leisure pool features zero-depth entry, a lazy river, spa and water slide. Swimming classes are also available for family members.

Mack Indoor Pool

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 715 Brooks St., Ann Arbor
  • Costs (2021): $4/ages 4-17 and 55+; $5/adults; free/children 3 and under with paid adult

Ann Arbor’s only indoor public pool is a great way to bring together the whole family. Inside, you’ll find the main pool as well as the children’s tot pool. There is also a heated indoor pool for family members. Swim lessons are also available.

Macomb Township Recreation Center Pools 

At the Aquatic Center, you can sign up for swimming lessons, water aerobics and more. The facility features a whirlpool, four 20-yard lap lanes, water slide, log run, lazy river and more. There is also a zero depth entry area for the little ones.

Meri Lou Recreation Center Pool

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 2960 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor
  • Costs (2021): Drop-in rates: $8-$9/adult, $6-$7/youth and seniors (drop-ins not available at this time); memberships: $237-$355/adults, $186-$278/youth, $510-$767/family

This 6,000-square-foot pool, which is 25 yards long, is a great spot for family members interested in open swim, water aerobics or swimming classes. The swimming pool is also barrier-free and accessible for wheelchairs.

Milford High School Pools & Fitness Center 

Has a play structure for kids with many interactive components that spray, a zero-depth entry pool, hot tub (for ages 16+), two-story slide and much more. Pool closed until mid-August due to construction.

Novi High School Pool

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 24062 Taft Road, Novi
  • Costs (2021): $4/open/lap swim fee, swim passes: $22/10 visits, $43/20 visits, $64/30 visits

Grab your goggles and swim cap and get ready to have a splashing fun time. Interested in learning how to swim better? There are swim instructors available to assist with swim lessons. Water aerobics is also available.

Red Oaks Waterpark

The park features bubble jets, curtains, slides and a six-foot tipping bucket to excite the whole family. The kids can enjoy the “Spray Camp Play” zone, wave pool and more while you take photos to capture unforgettable memories.

Richmond Community Swimming Pool

Splash around in the swimming pool to beat the summer heat. Make sure you pack a lunch so you can take advantage of one of the plenty of picnic tables in the area and share a meal with your loved ones. Long hair must be tied back in the pool. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time for open swim (no refunds/make ups).

Rochester Adams High School

Come and swim in this safe environment. Lifeguards and instructors are certified by the American Red Cross. The swim levels are directly aligned with American Red Cross swim levels. Closed until September due to construction.

Rolling Hills Water Park in Ypsilanti 

From lazy rivers to wave pools, waterslides and more, there is something for everyone. There is also a zero-depth entry activity pool for the little ones in your family.

Romulus Aquatic Center 

  • Type: Indoor and outdoor
  • Address: Romulus Athletic Center, 35765 Northline Road, Romulus
  • Costs (2021): check online for monthly and yearly memberships; day passes not available this time

Encourage your kids to take advantage of the 240-foot long “Lazy River” as well as the five-foot, 150-gallon tipping bucket for the little ones. While they’re splashing and having a blast, you can relax in the hot tub or spa.

Royal Oak Middle School Pool

  • Type: Indoor
  • Address: 709 N. Washington St., Royal Oak
  • Costs (2021): $5/ages 6-plus, free/ages 5 and under, free/seniors age 60-plus who are retired citizens with pass for city residents

This pool accommodates open swim sessions and instructional programs sprinkled throughout the year.

Rutherford Pool 

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 975 Congress St., Ypsilanti
  • Costs (2021): Daily: $2.25-$3/kids, $4/adults, $3/seniors; $12-$16/punch cards, $110-$275/season passes

Find a variety of swim lessons for all ages and swim levels, water fitness courses and more. Parents must accompany kids who have not passed the swim test in the deep end of the pool.

Saline’s Parks and Recreation Aquatic Center

Make a splash by playing aqua basketball or taking a dive into the pool. Children under 42 inches must be accompanied by an adult of at least 16 years of age in the water. There’s also a zero-depth entry for the tykes.

Shelden Park Pool 

This L-shaped pool gives the tykes plenty of room to splash while more adept swimmers kick in the deep end. Swim season passes available, too.

Southfield Sports Arena Pool

With a variety of options to choose from including an Olympic-sized pool, children’s spray pool, 120-foot waterslide and more, there’s something for everyone. Check online or call ahead to make sure the pool is open for the season.

Splash ‘n’ Blast at Kensington Metropark in Milford

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 2240 W. Buno Road, Milford
  • Costs (2021): Regular: $6-$7/over 42 inches tall, $5-$6/under 42 inches tall, free/ages 1 and under; twilight rates after 5 p.m.; Metroparks vehicle pass: $10/daily

Have a blast in this Caribbean-themed park, which is known for its 250-foot twisted water slides. There are also spray grounds with palm trees, cannons and more to entertain the family. The last wristband sale of the day is 30 minutes before closing.

Summit Aquatic Center in Canton

While your children enjoy the lazy river or the zero-depth leisure pool, which features a 30-inch water slide, don’t forget that you can get a workout by participating in aquatic fitness classes. Classes include aqua tone, aqua kickbox and more.

Troy Family Aquatic Center 

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 3425 Civic Center Drive, Troy
  • Costs (2021): $7-$12/main pool only, $10-$15/full park, $70-$110/individual season pass, $220-$370/family season pass, $60-$100/family season pass add on

With tube and body slides as well as a kiddie slide and splash pad, this location should guarantee a fun time. When you’re not in the water, get up and play sand volleyball.

Turtle Cove Family Aquatic Center at Lower Huron Metropark

  • Type: Outdoor
  • Address: 17845 Savage Road, Belleville
  • Costs (2021): $11/adults 48 inches and taller, $9/kids 30-47 inches, free/kids under 30 inches, $8/everyone after 5 p.m., 50 cents/coin-operated lockers; Metroparks vehicle pass: $10/daily

Enjoy a drift down the lazy river or a thrill when sliding down the water slide. Children must be at least 48” or taller to ride the large waterslides. Before you leave, challenge yourself to get soaked by the 300-gallon dumping bucket. Don’t forget there’s a zero-depth entry pool for the little ones.

Veterans Memorial Outdoor Pool

Enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere at this Ann Arbor city pool, which features a water slide and picnic area. The pool is taking reservations this summer for two-hour blocks. The water slide will be available later in the summer.

Warren Community Center Indoor Water Park 

Spend some quality time with your loved ones splashing the day away. There are also swimming lessons and water aerobics available for those looking for something more.

Waterford Oaks Waterpark

Escape to a waterpark that feels like a tropical paradise. With palm trees, a tropical wave pool and a bubbler fountain, you’ll be able to enjoy your time away from home. There’s a children’s water playground and picnic area with grills for your family to enjoy. The park will not open for the 2021 season. Check back next year.

Wayne County Family Aquatic Center

Your kids can enjoy the summer time in the city with the “Way Cool, Wave Pool” and “Splish-Splash Land.” If they’re up for the challenge, they can conquer the two 23-foot-long water slides. The park will not open for the 2021 season. Check back next year.

Willow Metropark Swimming Pool

You can soak in the sun and fun at this park by going down the family slide or playing a game of water basketball. Get your toes wet and make this a trip to remember.

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