If your summer roster includes camp and vacation, you may not be willing to take the plunge on the price and commitment of a pool membership. Luckily, pool clubs throughout New Jersey offer guests the opportunity to spend the day at the pool without membership or residency. Take a swim at the following clubs, which offer day passes without restrictions.
Crystal Springs Family Aquatic Center – East Brunswick
Spending the day at Crystal Springs is like going to an amusement park. Aside from the full-size and kiddie pools, the club includes an enclosed splash pad, a giant water slide, and even a lazy river. Membership plans are offered for town residents and non-residents, but visitors may purchase day passes anytime.
Five Star Swim School – Eatontown, Edison, and Princetom
Rain or shine, bring the family for a swim at Five Star's indoor, heated pool. Both Eatontown and Edison offer open swim times, with a lifeguard, for only $5 per person. You can also purchase a punch card for $40, which includes 10 open-swim visits. The Eatontown location features a family swim time on the weekends. Open swim at the Princeton pool costs $10, with a 10-visit punch card for $80.
Fort Monmouth Recreation Pool is an inexpensive way to cool off with the family. Photo courtesy of the pool
Fort Monmouth Recreation Pool – Tinton Falls
Go for a swim at Fort Monmouth’s Olympic-size pool, offering weekday rates of $7 per person or $20 for a family of four. Weekend rates are $10 per person or $30 for a family of four. Be sure to check out the pool’s open-swim schedule, as the pool is used by camps at certain times. While visiting, check out Fort Monmouth’s other drop-in opportunities, such as crafts and family gym time.
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Swim in a stream-fed, chemical-free pool at Highlands Natural Pool. Photo courtesy of the pool
Highlands Natural Pool – Ringwood
This unique combo of a lake and pool may be worthy of a day trip! Highlands natural swimming pool is located next to Norvin Green State Forest and is filled with stream-fed freshwater, with no chemicals. While you’re there, take advantage of the snack bar, games like volleyball, and everything Norvin Green State Forest has to offer. Day passes are $10 per adult on weekdays or $13 on weekends and holidays. Reduced fees are charged for seniors (65+) and children (12 and under, 13-17).
Manville Memorial Park Pool and Cooper Park Pool – Manville
Manville visitors have the choice of two different public pools to swim for a day. Both facilities house full-size pools and playgrounds. (Memorial Park's kiddie pool will be closed in summer 2018 for needed repairs.) All non-residents pay $10 a day for a guest pass.
Oakcrest Family Swim Club – Edison
The YMCA’s beautiful Oakcrest Club boasts a six-lane pool, a spiral tube slide, and a zero-entry kiddie pool with spray fountains. The club also features a playground and ball courts. Visitors may purchase day passes for $15 per person or $50 per family of up to five.
Hang out with friends at the Olympic-size pool in Rahway. Photo courtesy Union County
Walter E. Ulrich Pool – Rahway
Located in the scenic Rahway River Park, this Union County pool offers residents and non-residents the opportunity to swim, play, and lounge. The property includes an Olympic-size lap pool, a fenced-in baby pool, diving boards, a small playground, and snack bar. See website for day rates.
Warrenbrook Pool is a dream come true, with grass and a kiddie pool in a picturesque setting. Photo by Mommy Poppins
Warrenbrook Pool – Warren
Somerset County’s Warrenbrook Pool welcomes residents and non-residents to spend the day swimming and relaxing. Both a large pool and kiddie pool, as well as a snack bar, are part of the facility. Day pass prices vary by age.
WaterWorks Family Aquatic Center – West Windsor
With a 9,000-square-foot family pool, a lap pool, and a 1,700-square-foot wading pool, WaterWorks is the perfect spot to make a splash. Kids will love the sprayground, two-story slide, and play area. The center also features a full-service concession stand and recreation deck. Guest passes may be purchased anytime. See website for fees, which vary by age and residency.
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Little ones will love the splash area at Westfield Memorial Pool. Photo by the author
Westfield Memorial Pool – Westfield
This awesome community pool is a swim club and sprayground in one, featuring a 50-meter pool, diving pool, water slides, and a fenced-in kiddie pool with spray area. No need to leave for lunch—the pool houses a full-menu snack bar and picnic area. While membership requires residency, anyone can purchase a day pass for $25 per day per person.
This post has been updated for 2018.
Top image: Crystal Springs family pool. Photo courtesy of the center.