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 pool 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 any time.
Five Star Swim School – Eatontown and Edison
Rain or shine, bring the family for a swim at Five Star's indoor, heated pool. Both locations 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.
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 day rates of $7 per person or $20 for a family of four. Be sure to check out the pool’s open-swim schedule since 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 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 including volleyball, and everything Norvin Green State Forest has to offer. Day passes are $10 per adult on weekdays or $13 on weekends and vary per child.
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, while Memorial also includes a kiddie pool. All non-residents pay $10 a day for a guest pass.
Oakcrest Family Swim Club – Edison
The YMCA’s beautiful Oakcrest pool 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 $40 per family of up to five.
SoJo Spa Club – Edgewater
Treat the family to a luxurious swimming experience, with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. SoJo offers day passes for adults, as well as children 8 and up, to use its outdoor heated pool, which is actually open year-round. Plus, families will love the unique water slide, which overlooks the Hudson River, along with the neat splash pad and spray zone. Fees for weekdays and weekends are listed here.
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 – 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 all 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 any time. See website for fees, which vary by age and residency.
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Little ones enjoying the splash area at Westfield 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 $20 per day per person.
Top image: Crystal Springs family pool. Photo courtesy of the center.