Summer is definitely here, with all the warm weather ahead of us it's a great opportunity to soak up some fun at one of Boise’s community pools. Just in Boise alone, there are seven locations each filled with neighborhood personality and different amenities. Each year all pools open on the very last day of school for the Boise School District calendar which is June 1st (1:30 pm). With more than just splash pads and water slides, during the summer season, Boise Parks and Recreation also hold swim classes and other aerobic sessions for all ages.
Where to swim in Boise
Lowell Pool - Boise North End
1601 N 28th St - (208) 608-7675
A vintage destination here in Boise's North End, it’s practically a landmark. With its Art Deco look, This large oval-shaped pool will definitely have you feeling nostalgia for older days past. Here, there is limited deck space; pool goers will be surprised that the changing rooms are actually located underneath the pool.
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday: 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. Entry Rates: 11 years old and under $1.50, 12-18 years $2.00, adults $3.25.
Fun Facts: Oval shaped, above ground pool built in the Art Deco Style, 30-yards in length. The deep end is 12 feet deep, with a diving board.
Natatorium Pool and Hydrotube - Northeast Boise
1811 E Warm Springs Ave - (208) 608-7680
Just off Warm Springs Ave, the Natatorium is considered a Boise landmark and one of the hot destination spots on our list. The "Nat" is complete with a full-size rectangular pool with diving boards, a wading pool for the little ones and hydro-tube. At 240,000 gallons, is one of the largest outdoor pools in Boise. It’s pretty much like a mini water park but without the hefty price tag.
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday: 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Entry Rates: 11 years old and under $2.00, 12-18 years $2.50, adults $3.75.
Fun Facts: The original Nat was completed in 1892. On Mayor Dave Bieter's list of Top Things to Do in Boise. Separate wading pool for children 6 and under. The deep end is 12 feet deep, with two one-meter diving boards.
Ivywild Pool - Southeast Boise
2250 S Leadville Ave - (208) 608-7675
This Southeast Boise pool has a little something for everyone. The large pretzel slide is by far one of the most popular attractions. Two drop off slides make for an exciting splash into the pool. This pool is also kid friendly with a toddler wading area with play features.
Hours: Daily 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Entry Rates: 11 years old and under $2.25, 12 - 18 years $2.75, adults $4.00. Family Swim Wednesday Evening/Weekends: Per family rate of $10.00.
Fun Facts: The wading pool was designed for pre-swimming children ages 6 years and under. The American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard program is offered at Ivywild Pool for children ages 11 to 14.
South Pool - Boise Bench
921 S Shoshone St - (208) 608-7680
Like it’s counterpart, Lowell Pool, this location is of very similar design. A sizeable oval-shaped pool, reminiscent of many summers past, complete with changing area below deck. This pool has been a Boise Bench neighborhood staple for decades.
Hours: Monday-Saturday: 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Entry Rates: 11 years old and under $1.50, 12-18 years $2.00, adults $3.25.
Fun Fact: This pool was completed in 1953 one week after Lowell Pool above. 3100 square feet surface area, 168,000 water gallons.
Borah Pool - Boise Bench
801 S Aurora Dr - (208) 608-7675
Spruce up on your diving skills with not one but two diving boards. Pool goers can enjoy the large L-shaped pool with six swimming lanes. A shallow area is dedicated to non-swimmers and toddlers complete with playing amenities to keep the fun happening.
Hours: Daily June 2 - August 21 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. August 22 - September 5 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Entry Rates: 11 years old and under $2.00, 12-18 years $2.50, adults $3.75.
Fun Fact: The shallow area has a step in entry and slide for children age 5 and younger. Separate "spray-ground" area on the Northeast side of the pool.
Fairmont Pool - West Boise
7929 W Northview St - (208) 608-7680
Here, there is a little space for everyone, complete with a large rectangular 6 lane pool. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30-5:30 p.m., and all day on Sundays, the pool is also host to an inflatable obstacle course.
Hours: Daily 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Entry Rates: 11 years old and under $2.00, 12-18 years $2.50, adults $3.75.
Fun Facts: Fairmont pool is available for private parties in the late evenings seven days a week.
Boise Aquatic Center: Indoor Swimming Pool - West Boise
5959 N Discovery Way - (208) 377-9622
In partnership with the West Valley YMCA, this pool is entirely indoors! Fun to be had all year round. Not only is there an indoor pool and spa to enjoy but plenty of fun with the pretzel slide, numerous diving boards, and a dedicated non-swimmer/toddler pool.
Hours: Monday-Friday: 5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Saturday: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Entry Rates: Day Pass – Youth $4.13, Adults $9.01.
Fun Facts: 50-meter swimming pool with water slide. Children’s pool with slides and water toys. Hydrotherapy pool.
To get in on the fun, you can visit your local pool to purchase a one day pass or a season pass which allows you to visit any of the Boise community pools for the season. Season passes can be purchased by phone (208) 608-7680 or at the Fort Boise Community Center. For more information regarding pool hours, entry fees and for directions visit Boise Parks and Rec page here. There’s no better way to beat the heat this summer than cooling off in a pool!