There are several indoor pools in Hartford County that offer open swim times and lessons. Some require that you are a town resident while others are open to nonresidents. Even if you can't think summer just yet, indoor pools are a nice option to keep your kids active if they are just so over all this snow!
Swim Center at Westminster School in Simsbury is Farmington Valley's newest indoor swimming facility, featuring an Olympic size 8-lane pool, lots of natural light, and an architecturally delightful natatorium. The swim center offers memberships to the surrounding community that allow swimmers to swim independently during any of the scheduled hours of operation. They are also eligible for the discounted "member rate" on swim lessons, water fitness classes, and other programs. Memberships are available on a monthly basis, with no long term contracts required. Discounts are offered for seniors, families, and adults living within the same household. You may also hold birthday parties here.
995 Hopmeadow St. (Rte 10) Simsbury, CT 06070
Cornerstone Aquatics Center in West Hartford offers both an 11-lane lap pool set at 79 degrees, a zero-depth entry, multi-purpose pool that is heated to 86 degrees, and a large hydrotherapy pool. The multipurpose pool has a large area where children can play that gradually deepens; a channel connects this area to swimming lanes around the corner. Memberships operate annually and members can swim during scheduled hours. Swimming instruction is offered for all ages to both members (at a discounted rate) and nonmembers. The facility also has a small gym open to members.
55 Buena Vista Rd., West Hartford, CT 06107
Also in West Hartford, the Mandell JCC of Greater Hartford offers a wide variety of aquatics programs for children of all ages. Swim laps in their 6-lane lap pool, splash around with the family in the local training pool with a moveable floor that allows instructors to adjust depth, or relax in the whirlpool. Swim classes are available for all levels -- check out the website for more information about the various programs available.
335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT
In Hartford, Pope Park Recreation has a youth swim program available where they teach swim lessons, have a swim team, and offer open swim.
30 Pope Park Drive, Hartford, CT 06106
The Wheeler Regional Family YMCA in Plainville has a lap pool, a multi-purpose pool for family recreation and fitness, and a whirlpool, in addition to other facility amenities (fitness center, walking track, sauna, and preteen and teen centers, among others). Swim classes for all ages are available, as well as water fitness classes. The Y offers family, youth, and adult memberships. In addition, being a member of any Greater Hartford YMCA gives you free access to any Y Membership Facility in New England. Check the website for more information about membership categories.
149 Farmington Avenue, Plainville, CT 06062
If you are a resident of Plainville, you and your family can take advantage of the High School pool free of charge. Open swim is available on Monday-Thursday. On Saturdays, Red Cross Swimming Instruction is available for ages 6 months and up.
47 Robert Holcomb Way, Plainville, Connecticut 06062
The East Hartford High School pool is open, free of charge, to residents (must show proof of residency), as well as to nonresidents for a fee of $120 for the year or a daily admittance of $5. Adult lap swim hours are available in the mornings, M, W, F, and evening, Monday-Thursday. Aqua Zumba and other water fitness classes are available for a charge.
869 Forbes Street, East Hartford, CT 06118
Healthtrax Fitness and Wellness facilities in Avon, Glastonbury, Newington, and Bristol each have a lap pool and whirlppool and offer many swimming instruction and aqua fitness classes for all ages (including, in Avon, JAWS, Junior Aquatic Workout Session, a class designed to help kids ages 7-13 develop stamina, balance, strength, and flexibility while working in the water). In addition, they all offer many kids programs (kidZONE) out of the water. There are a variety of membership options that are available yearly or month to month -- check the website for details.
100 Simsbury Road, Avon, CT 06001
622 Hebron Ave., Suite 200, Glastonbury, CT 06033
375 East Cedar Street, Newington, CT 06111
842 Clark Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010
If you are looking for adventure rather than instruction, check out CoCo Key Water Resort, an indoor water park with slides, pools, and rides. Although not exactly in Hartford County, it is only a 30-minute drive west of Hartford. You may purchase daily resort passes on their website (and check out all of their packages and deals). Before you go, read our CT editor's review of CoCoKey here.
3580 East Main St., Waterbury, CT 06705
Photo courtesy of Jacquie Miller.