The Best Pools for Families in DC, MD, and VA

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I am so excited for pool season and I am thrilled to share with you the best pools in the area. After researching mom recommendations, I have compiled the ultimate list with the best family-friendly pools. Be sure to check out our Guide to Swim Lessons too.

These are public pools and admission can range, but some are free for residents! Pools are very community building, so be sure to ask local neighbors where they swim during the summer months. There are SO many options for our area. Here are some of our favorites based on location in DC, MD, or VA.

Find our comprehensive MAP on the bottom of this guide. Be sure to share it with friends!

Family-Friendly Pools in D.C.

1. Deanwood Aqautic Center
Address: 1350 49th St NE, Washington, DC 20019
Outdoor pool: No
Parking: Street. Closest Metro: Deanwood (Orange)
Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday: 6am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm

2. Langdon Park Pool
Address: 2860 Mills Avenue, NE
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Street parking available
Hours of operation: Until June 23, 2024 – Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 6pm. Check website for schedule updates after June 24.

3. Banneker Pool
Address: 2500 Georgia Avenue, NW
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Accessible from 9th St, NW
Hours of operation: Until June 23, 2024 – Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 6pm. Check website for schedule updates after June 24.

4. Upshur Pool
Address: 4300 Arkansas Avenue, NW
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Street Parking available
Hours of operation: Until June 23, 2024 – Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 6pm. Check website for schedule updates after June 24.

5. Turkey Thicket Aquatic Center
Address: 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE
Outdoor pool: No
Parking: Parking lot accessible from Michigan Ave.
Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday: 6am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

6. Takoma Aquatic Center
Address: 300 Van Buren Street, NW
Outdoor pool: No
Parking: Parking Lot (3rd St entrance) or Street Parking available
Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday: 6am – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 5pm

The Best Family-Friendly Pools in MD

1. Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool
Address: 6122 Sargent Road, ChillumMD 20782
Outdoor pool: No
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation: Monday – Saturday: 12 – 3pm and 3:30pm – 8pm

2. Rockville Swim & Fitness Center
Address: 355 Martins Lane, Rockville, MD 20850
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation: Until June 16, 2024 – Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 8pm. Check website for schedule updates after June 17.

3. Water Park at Bohrer Park
Address: 512 South Frederick Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation*:
June 15 – August 23, 2024 – Daily: 11am – 7pm
August 24 – September 2, 2024 – Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 6pm
*NOTE: Weekend & holiday admission for City of Gaithersburg Residents & Aquatics Members ONLY.

4. Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center
Address: 5900 Executive Boulevard, N. Bethesda, MD
Outdoor pool: No
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation:
Tuesday & Thursday: 4 – 6:30pm
Friday: 7 – 9pm
Saturday: 2 – 4pm
Sunday: 2 – 4pm & 5 – 7pm
Check website for schedule updates after June 17.

5. Germantown Outdoor Pool
Address: 18905 Kingsview Drive, Germantown, MD
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation*:
May 25 – June 14: Saturday & Sunday 11am – 2pm & 3 – 6pm
Jun 15 – August 11: Weekdays 1 – 4pm & 5 – 8pm / Weekends Noon – 3pm & 4 – 7pm
August 12 – Sept. 2: Noon – 3pm & 4 – 7pm
*Holiday schedule may vary.

6. Olney Swim Center
Address: 16605 Georgia Avenue, Olney, MD 20832
Outdoor pool: No
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation:
Monday & Friday: Noon – 2pm & 3:30 – 5pm
Tuesday & Thursday: 3:30 – 5pm & 7:15 – 8:30pm
Wednesday: 7:15 – 8:30pm
Saturday: 2 – 4pm
Sunday: Noon – 2pm & 3 – 5pm
Check website for schedule updates after June 16.

7. Long Branch Outdoor Pool
Address: 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation*:
May 27 – June 16: Saturday & Sunday 11am – 2pm & 3 – 6pm
Jun 17 – August 13: Weekdays 1 – 4pm & 5 – 8pm / Weekends Noon – 3pm & 4 – 7pm
August 14 – August 27: Noon – 3pm & 4 – 7pm
*Holiday schedule may vary.

8. Glenn Dale Splash Park
Address: 11901 Glenn Dale Boulevard, Glenn Dale, MD 20769
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation: Make a reservation HERE

9. Ellen Linson Splash Park
Address: 5211 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 20740
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation: Make a reservation HERE

10. Allentown Splash Park
Address: 7210 Allentown Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation: Make a reservation HERE

11. Sergeant Hector I. Ayala Wheaton/Glenmont Outdoor Pool
Address: 12621 Dalewood Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20906
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation: schedule may vary.

12. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outdoor
Address: 1201 Jackson Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation*: 
May 18 – June 16: Saturday & Sunday 11am – 2pm & 3 – 6pm
*Holiday schedule may vary.

Family-Friendly Pools in VA

1. Ida Lee Park Recreation Center
Address:  60 Ida Lee Drive, NW, Leesburg, VA 20176
Outdoor pool: No
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation: 
Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 9pm
Saturday: 11:30am – 8pm
Sunday: 8am – 6pm

2. Cub Run Recreation Center
Address:  4630 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA 20151
Outdoor pool: No
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation*:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: Noon – 6pm
*Check website for schedule updates

3. Spring Hill Recreation Center
Address: 1239 Spring Hill Road, McLean, VA 22102
Outdoor pool: No
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 1 – 6pm

4. Ocean Dunes Waterpark at Upton Hill Park
Address: 6060 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22205
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation*:
Monday – Thursday: 11am to 6pm
Friday – Sunday: 11am to 7pm

5. Martin Luther King Jr. Pool
Address: 8115 Fordson Road, Alexandria, VA 22306
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation*:
Monday – Sunday: Noon to 7pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
*Starting June 15.

6. Birchdale Pool
Address: 14730 Birchdale Avenue, Dale City, VA 22193
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation*:
Monday – Sunday: Noon to 6pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
*June 15 to August 16

7. Graham Park Pool
Address: 3605 Graham Park Road, Triangle, VA 22172
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation*:
Monday – Sunday: Noon to 6pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
*June 15 to August 16

8. Hammill Mill Pool
Address: 1721 Carter Lane, Woodbridge, VA 22191
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation*:
Monday – Sunday: Noon to 6pm (Closed on Thursdays)
*June 15 to August 16

9. Veterans Park Pool & Waterslide
Address: 14300 Veterans Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22191
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Summer hours of operation:
Monday – Sunday: Noon to 6pm (Closed on Mondays)

10. South Run Rec Center
Address: 7550 Reservation Drive, Springfield, VA 22153
Outdoor pool: No
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation: Check daily schedule HERE

11. Providence Rec Center
Address: 7525 Marc Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042
Outdoor pool: No
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation: 
Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 6pm

12. Oak Marr Rec Center
Address: 3200 Jermantown Road, Oakton, VA 22124
Outdoor pool: No
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday: 6:30am – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 6pm

13. Dulles South Recreation Center
Address:  24950 Riding Center Drive, South Riding, VA 20152
Outdoor pool: No
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation:
Monday-Friday: 9am – 8:45pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11am – 7:45pm

14. Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness Center
Address: 333 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington, VA 22202
Outdoor pool: No
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation:
Hours vary.

15. Stonewall Park Pool
Address: 8351 Stonewall Road, Manassas, VA 20110
Outdoor pool: Yes
Parking: Yes
Hours of operation:
Summer Hours: Monday – Friday: 11am – 6pm

For a comprehensive list of available pools in your county visit:

In addition to county pools, there are numerous neighborhood community pools, centers, and gyms that offer swimming facilities such as the YMCA, Lifetime Fitness, Bender JCC, and The St. James.

Also, be sure to check out the Ultimate Spray Parks, Splash Pads, and Water Parks Guide for DC, MD, and NoVA.

Don’t forget to check the pool website for weather related closures and/or schedule related changes, before going. Also, make sure to check if you need to make a reservation.

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