If you're looking for a cool place to swim a few laps or a Midtown Houston swimming program for the young'uns, is high on your list of things to do in Houston, here's the 411 for you.
The water's just fine come on in was one of the trademark signs on the few swimming pools in Houston back in the day. Most of us couldn't wait for the pools to open and took to the ditches, ponds and irrigation sloughs that were filled with water after the springtime rains.
Now, there are recreation centers and community centers offering swimming lessons just about all over the city. Finding as many places as possible to stay cool and wet is a pretty easy thing to do.
Private Swimming Pools
Blue Triangle Community Center
The indoor pool at the local community center in Houston is currently open on weekends from about 1:30 to 5:30 for open swimming. It features a kiddie pool and a huge heated pool where you can get in a few laps or just wade around. They have certified life guards on duty and are trying to form a swim team.
They do charge $1.00 for members and $5.00 for non-members which is dirt cheap for taking a dip in the recently remodeled pool that uses a salt water system. Their pool is also available to any group for a fee.
Public Swimming Pools
If you plan to get outdoors with the family during the dog days of summer and spend a few hours soaking in the local cement pond/pool. The City of Houston has public swimming pools in most neighborhoods and just about all of the large parks. If your apartments in and around Midtown Houston doesn't have a pool,(check our Midtown living page to find apartments and condos in Midtown with a swimming pool) have no fear, here's a list of pools in the area.
Metropolitan Multi-Service Center
Houston Parks and Rec Swimming Pools
These local swimming holes are a lot safer than the old-school places where I learned to swim. All of them have trained life guards and the City Of Houston operates a heated indoor natatorium where citizens with disabilities can take part in swimming, wheelchair sports and other activities at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center on West Gray.
Traditionally public pools are closed during the fall and winter seasons. They usually reopen around Memorial Day weekend. If you want to get more details about the public pool schedule in Houston I recommend visiting these places on the web.
Summer Swim Programs In Houston
If you're looking for quality youth summer camp, swim programs, water baby training or water aerobics classes for adults the Blue Triangle, located close to downtown on McGowen Street, offers services that are worth checking out.
I've tried to cover all of the swimming activities in and around Midtown Houston. Time and space won't allow me to give you all the details about every swimming pool in the city. If I missed your program or you know of one that I should cover leave me a note in the comment section.