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Where to Go Swimming in Lexington, Kentucky

Linda Sarhan was a stay-at-home homeschooling mom for over 10 years.

Cool off during the heat of summer with a dip in a pool.

Cool off during the heat of summer with a dip in a pool.

Summers in the South

Summers can really heat up in Lexington, Kentucky. As the sun beats down on the city, residents often look for ways to cool off and beat the scorching heat. What better way to do so than to take a swim. Luckily, Lexington, Kentucky is in no short supply when it comes to pools open to the public. On top of that, there are several private pools across the city to buy a membership to, as well. Here are some of your options for public and private pools as well as where you can find swimming lessons or teams to join.

Family Aquatic Centers

Lexington, Kentucky has four family aquatic centers located around town. These include Castlewood (320 Parkview Avenue), Southland (625 Hill-n-Dale Drive), Tates Creek (1600 Gainesway Drive), and Woodland (601 East High Street). Each aquatic center has concession stands with healthy food items on the menu. They also have a bathhouse, diving boards, slides, outdoor play areas, and much more.

Castlewood, Tates Creek, and Woodland aquatic centers are open from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, and from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday. Southland Aquatic Center is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, and from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday.

Daily admission to each of these locations is $5.00 for ages 16 and older and $4.00 for children 15 and younger. If you and your family plan to make swimming a frequent activity this summer, consider purchasing a pool pass. Individual passes are $50.00 and $160 for a household with up to six people.

Neighborhood Pools

There are also three Olympic-sized neighborhood pools in Lexington's city limits. These neighborhood pools include Douglass (701 Howard Street), Picadome (469 Parkway Drive), and Shillito (300 Reynolds Road). Just like the family aquatic centers, these neighborhood pools include bath houses, but instead of concession stands, they have vending machines.

Douglass and Picadome neighborhood pools are open from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, and from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Sunday. Shillito neighborhood pool is open from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday through Saturday, and from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Sunday. Admission to these neighborhood pools is $4.00 for ages 16 and older and $3.00 for those 15 and younger.

Homeowners Association Pools

Some neighborhoods in Lexington are a part of a neighborhood homeowners association. Many of these neighborhoods have pools the residents can enjoy without paying for membership each summer. So if you are looking to buy a home, consider buying one in one of Lexington's neighborhoods that has association pools. This allows you to get to know your neighbors and eliminates the hassle of upkeeping an in-ground pool in your backyard.

Swim Lessons and Teams

Here are some options to consider if you need to build up your pool skills or enjoy lap swimming for exercise.

Lessons

Each year Lexington Parks and Recreation holds swim lessons for children at select pools. The participating pools include Castlewood, Shillito, Southland, Tates Creek, and Woodland. The cost of these swim lessons is $25.00 per child.

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There are four sessions in the series of swim lessons offered by the parks and recreation department. There are four sessions scheduled throughout June and July.

  • Level 1: Water Exploration. For children who are just starting out or even fearful of the water.
  • Level 2: Primary Skills, covering the basic swimming skills
  • Level 3: Stroke Readiness
  • Level 4: Stroke Development
  • Level 5: Stroke Refinement
  • Level 6: Stroke Proficiency

For more information, call (859) 288-2980 or visit the Lexington Parks and Recreation office at 469 Parkway Drive.

Teams

For those between the ages of 5 and 15 who enjoy swimming, consider joining one of Lexington's many swim teams. Swim teams generally start practice around the beginning of June and will end with a championship meet in August. These will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 5:30 pm. Swimmers must be able to pass the Red Cross Level 3 class in order to participate. The cost to enroll in a swim team ranges depending on the level of competitiveness and the facilities you will practice in. Browse the options to make sure you pick something affordable.

For more information, call 859-288-2980 or visit the Lexington Parks and Recreation office at 469 Parkway Drive.

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Birthday Parties

Summer in Lexington is a great time to have a birthday. While other kids have to go to Champs, Gattitown, or other indoor venues for their birthday parties, kids with birthdays in the summer can throw a pool party at the Woodland Aquatic Center. The birthday pool party package includes one and a half hours of pool time, forty-five minutes in the private party room with a hostess and meal package. The meal package includes hot dogs, fries, drinks, and cupcakes.

The cost of the birthday pool party is $70 for one to ten kids with two adults. Birthday parties must be booked and paid for at least ten days in advance. Call (859) 288-2973 or visit the Lexington Parks and Recreation office at 469 Parkway Drive to get your party booked.

Keep in mind that although many apartments and hotels in Lexington have in-ground pools, you cannot swim in them without being a resident or guest; many will threaten legal charges against trespassers. Honestly, with all of the swimming options around town, there is no need to run the risk of getting in trouble. Choose another option and enjoy a relaxing, cool day at the poolside!

© 2015 Linda Sarhan

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