Kansas summers can be downright hot. One of the best places to cool off is at the public swimming pool, but which one is near you this summer?
Whether you’re interested in taking the family for a full day of splash-splash fun or want to cool down dip between sunbathing sessions, let this guide to the state’s outdoor swimming pools inspire your summer fun.
CITY OF COLBY AQUATIC PARK
The City of Colby Aquatic Park (1610 S. Franklin) features a lazy river, shaded cabanas, two diving boards, and slides. Typically opened in late May, it hosts weekly Water Walking and Lap Swim sessions.
WAKEENEY WATER PARK
Splash-splash in the sun at WaKeeney Water Park (716 N. 6th), located a short drive from Kansas Interstate 70. On occasion, the pool invites sun lovers for a Free Swim Day sponsored by an area business. The swimming pool includes a twisting waterslide, shallow water kids play area, and shaded areas for lounging poolside.
GARDEN RAPIDS AT THE BIG POOL
Swimmers love Garden Rapids at the Big Pool (504 E. Maple) in Garden City for its massive size. Tubular slides send swimmers splashing into the water. It’s the first municipal pool in the Midwest to have a Spashtacular Slip Stream Slide allowing you to stand up as you slide down.
SOUTH CENTRAL KANSAS
GREENSBURG CITY POOL
Located at 320 W. Garfield, Greensburg’s swimming pool is highly rated for its features that appeal to kids and adults. They keep the fun going when the pool occasionally hosts themed nights (Pirate Pool Party, anyone?) and night swims.
ROCK RIVER RAPIDS AQUATIC PARK
In Derby, Kansas, Rock River Rapids Aquatic Park (1900 E. James) is a popular attraction for locals and tourists. It includes a zero-depth pool, lap pool, lazy river, and multiple slides. The Green Slide is a windy body slide with see-through features.
LINDSBORG SWIMMING POOL
Need a place to cool off? The Lindsborg Swimming Pool (520 S. 1st St.) allows families to splash-splash starting June 1. A kiddie pool provides zero-depth entry and water spouts for children ages 6 and under. Diving boards, lap lanes, and open swim areas guarantee fun for the entire family. Don’t miss the 153′ waterslide, Thor’s Revenge.
KENWOOD COVE AQUATIC PARK
Salina’s Kenwood Cove Aquatic Park (701 Kenwood Park Dr.) is the place to be when you want “real surf, real fun.” Don’t miss a chance to enjoy the wave pool, lap lanes, spiral slides, and lazy river. When the summer swim season ends, they host a Pooch Plunge for dogs and their owners.
Get relief from summer’s rays in the cool pools at Shawnee’s Splash Cove (11110 Johnson Dr.). Bring an inflatable tube to float through the lazy river that leads you under arched waterfalls. The Mini Wave Pool, a 125-foot full-body slide, and an interactive playground featuring animal characters keep it fun.
GARDNER AQUATIC CENTER
Gardner Aquatic Center (215 N. Center St.) is open daily for summertime fun, and admission is $2 less per person during Twilight Swim. Equipped with ADA-accessible amenities, it is gigantic in size. You can expect three slides and a curvy lazy river that leads to open swim areas with climbable equipment. Interconnected walkways traverse through the water park.
THOMAS A. SOETAERT AQUATIC CENTER
Opening day at Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center (13805 Johnson Dr.) is popular. Lines form around the building to gain entrance to the city’s swimming pool featuring towering slides, AquaClimb, diving boards, and an 8-lane lap pool. A lazy river, Bubble Bench, and interactive pool features entertain families during summer, making it a go-to spot.
LAWRENCE OUTDOOR AQUATIC CENTER
The Lawrence Outdoor Aquatic Center (727 Kentucky St.) draws fun-goers who want two water slides, a zero-depth children’s area, a diving well, spray mushrooms, unpredictable water buckets, and a lap swim area.
PITTSBURG AQUATIC CENTER
When the sun is out, the Pittsburg Aquatic Center (708 W. 9th St.) is open for business during the summer. Go for the diving boards, wide slides fit for two swimmers, and a gigantic swimming pool.
FORT SCOTT AQUATIC CENTER
Lifeguards on duty are ready to welcome you at Fort Scott Aquatic Center (8th and Main), where a kids’ play area, fun-loving slides, and diving boards are the showstoppers. The pool hosts private parties, swim lessons, and water fitness classes.
While this list consists of excellent swimming pools across the state, it does not represent all. Check with the town near you for the closest aquatic center.