Mirabella Pool. Photo courtesy of Boston Centers for Youth & Families
Mirabella Pool. Photo courtesy of Boston Centers for Youth & Families

Free Swimming Pools in Boston for Families

When the temperatures soar in Boston, families can always stop by a sprinkler park or wading pool to cool off a little. But sometimes, a refreshing swim in a traditional pool is in order. Sure, there are some swanky hotel or membership pools inside city limits where you can pay a pretty penny to swim.

But when kids and diaper bags are in tow, you don't need much more than a safe stretch of cool water to feel happy. Here, we’ve rounded up eight great swimming pools in Boston where kids and parents can splash, float, or practice strokes all summer long, without breaking the bank.

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Melnea A. Cass Memorial Swimming Pool. Photo courtesy of the Department of Conservation and Recreation

Outdoor Pools in Boston

1. Melnea A. Cass Memorial Swimming Pool—Roxbury

Summer hours: Monday-Sunday 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
Cost: Free for everyone
The outdoor Melnea A. Cass Memorial Swimming Pool in Roxbury is open seasonally. This year, families can visit the pool starting June 26. Run by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the pool has lifeguards on the scene all summer long. And while the pool doesn't open until the afternoon, start getting wet earlier at their spraydeck—it opens at 8am.

2. Reilly Memorial Pool—Brighton

Summer hours: Monday-Sunday 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
Cost: Free for everyone
The outdoor Reilly Memorial Pool in Brighton is open seasonally. Visit the pool this year every day starting June 26. Run by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the pool has lifeguards on the scene all summer long.


Charlestown's Cloughtery is one of two outdoor pools operated by the Boston Centers for Youth & Families

3. Clougherty Pool—Charlestown

Summer hours: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free for everyone 
The outdoor Clougherty Pool in Charlestown is open seasonally in the summer for recreational swimming and lap swimming. This year, the pool opens on June 30 and is open every day that weather permits. The pool is run by the Boston Centers for Youth & Families.

4. Olsen Swimming Pool—Hyde Park

Summer Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:15 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
Cost: Free for everyone
The outdoor Olsen Swimming Pool in Hyde Park is open seasonally. This year, visit the pool every day starting June 26. Run by the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the pool has lifeguards on the scene all summer long.

5. Mirabella Pool—North End

Summer hours: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free for everyone
Mirabella is an outdoor pool is situated on the waterfront, offering a great atmosphere to make a splash. The pool is run by the Boston Centers for Youth & Families and also offers swimming lessons.

Indoor Swimming Pools in Boston

6. Madison Park Community Center Pool—Roxbury

2021 Note: This community center is currently closed for renovation. Check the official site for updates on reopening. 
Summer hours: Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Cost: Free for Boston resident and nonresident youth
The indoor pool at the Madison Park Community Center has a variety of programming, like recreational swim, swim lessons, a swim team, and lap swim. The pool, which is in Roxbury, is run by the Boston Centers for Youth & Families.


Paris Street Community Center Pool. Photo courtesy of Boston Centers for Youth & Families
 

7. Paris Street Community Center Pool—East Boston

Summer hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Cost: Free for Boston resident youth and teens (family memberships $60 residents, $120 nonresidents)
The indoor pool at the Paris Street Community Center in East Boston is open year-round with a variety of programming, like lap swim, family swim, water fitness, swim lessons, a swim team, and recreational swim. The pool is run by the Boston Centers for Youth & Families.
 

8. Charlestown Community Center Pool—Charlestown

Summer hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: Free for Boston resident and nonresident youth ($75 annual family membership) 
The indoor pool at the Charlestown Community Center is open year-round with a variety of programming, like open swim, family swim, swim lessons, and a swim team. The pool, which has special summer hours, is run by the Boston Centers for Youth & Families.

 

This post was originally published on June 19, 2017.

 

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