Top Swimming Pools for Families Near and Around Hartford, CT

Enjoying Grange Pool. Photo courtesy of Glastonbury Parks & Rec
Enjoying Grange Pool. Photo courtesy of Glastonbury Parks & Rec

Kids plus swimming pools are what summer dreams are made of, and the Hartford area has plenty to offer. We've rounded up our favorite outdoor pools where you and the kids can take a refreshing dip during the summer months around Hartford, Connecticut.

Read through our list of Hartford swimming pools to find the one right for your family, whether that's one with an adjacent playground or an inexpensive day pass. A number of these spots offer kiddie pools, but you can also check out our list of awesome splash pads in the area, too. 

One thing's for sure: There are plenty of ways to get wet and stay cool this summer in Connecticut!

Note: Some pools may still have social distancing policies in place, and bathrooms might be periodically closed for deep cleaning.  

Swimming Pools Around Hartford, Connecticut

1. Fernridge Pool - West Hartford

Fernridge is a great place to visit, with lovely, natural grounds, a huge playground, a splash pad, and a pool. A day pass for swimming is $6.50 for children and $8.00 for adults. The pool is 25 yards long and has a zero-depth area. The public is welcome to swim Monday through Friday, from lunchtime through the early evening.

Welch Pool's diving board is a popular draw for kids. Photo courtesy of Town of Windsor

2. Goslee and Welch Pools - Windsor

Here are two great pools with different amenities. Goslee is a full-size pool but has outdoor showering and a nearby splash pad for the younger set. Welch's large pool has a diving board and a fenced-in toddler pool that is 1.5 ft deep for littles trying to get used to the water for the first time. Daily pool fees are $2.50 for adults, and $1.50 for kids (non-residents are $5.00 and $3.00). Recreational swim is during the afternoons. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

3. Farmington Valley YMCA - East Granby

The Valley's YMCA offers summer memberships for a lowered cost which includes full facility access. They also offer a daily pass for $25 per family. Membership includes a large indoor pool, diving board, changing rooms, showers, etc.

4. Grange Pool - Glastonbury

Open to residents and non-residents alike, Grange Pool opened June 14 for swimming. It's a large pool with public bathrooms and picnic space. Depth is 3 feet to 10 feet. The pool is open for public swim from 1pm-5:30pm, Monday through Friday. Don't forget to try out the water slide.

Mill Pond Park Pool. Photo by David McKay

5. Mill Pond Park and Churchill Park Pool  - Newington

Come and see Mill Pond Park, a lovely, scenic place to swim with a huge playground and outside, outdoor pool, fishing, and more. Recreational swimming times are usually in the afternoon hours. Churchill Park Pool offers a large swimming area for just $3.00 (child) and $5.00 (adult). Open swim times are in the afternoons from 1pm-4:45pm.

6. Veteran's Memorial Park - South Windsor

This is a great and well-maintained facility. Public swim hours begin at the end of June and go from lunchtime through early evening. A non-resident daily pass is $13 (children) and $16 for adults. On the weekends, the cost is slightly higher. Children 2 and under always swim free. 

7. Willard Pool - Wethersfield

Willard Pool is open to the public for swimming Monday through Sunday in the afternoons and early evenings until August 13, 2021. Residents can grab a summer-long pass for $65 for the family. For day visits, non-resident children only pay $3 for swimming (but must be accompanied by a resident).  

Summer fun with friends! Photo courtesy of Simsbury War Memorial Pool/Facebook

8. Memorial Pool - Simsbury

Memorial Pool is open daily for public swim. The cost for a dip is only $2.50 (children) or $3.50 (adults) for non-residents. Kids will enjoy the low diving board, kick-boards, and playing with friends in the water. A plus is the toddler wading pool right nearby, where littles can get wet and have fun with peers.

9. A.W. Stanley Park - New Britain

The pool is open from 1pm-4:45pm on weekdays. Day passes are $3 (6-17) and children 5 and under are FREE. Also check out Willow Brook Pool. It has a big splash pad with free admission. 

10. Pesci Park Pool - Windsor Locks

Come down and swim at Pesci Park's large pool. Depth starts at 2 feet 6 inches. Open swim is Monday through Friday from 2pm-5pm. and daily passes can be purchased for .50 (for kids!) and $1.00 for adults. Swimmers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.


This post was originally published on 6/14/2019.

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