Nature June 05, 2017
8 Little Known Swimming Spots In Arizona That will Make Your Summer Awesome
Looking for a chance to cool off when the heat starts to get to you? Here’s a list of 8 awesome places where you and the family can enjoy swimming or splashing this summer!
Please note, Jacobs Pool and Kennedy Pool are temporarily closed.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Aquatic Center at C.V. Wood Community Center, Lake Havasu City
It’s kind of surprising Arizona doesn’t have more indoor water parks with the intense sun and heat some parts of the state experiences but this one in Lake Havasu City is pretty cool. You can opt for the lap pool, wave pool, kiddie pools, or splash areas with a beach vibe for extra fun.
Address: 100 Park Avenue, Lake Havasu City
2. The Crack at Wet Beaver Creek Canyon
The name sounds a little weird but you’ll forget all about that after a dip in the pool here. The picturesque spot can be accessed via the Bell Trail #13, giving you a chance to enjoy the gorgeous scenery all around.
U.S. Forest Service
3. Foothills Aquatics Center, Glendale
This public pool is open year-round for lap swimming and water aerobics but it has some pretty cool features available during the summer! A few of the features include slides, a water playground, and a lazy river.
City of Glendale
Address: 5600 West Union Hills Drive, Glendale
4. Hutch’s Pool, Tucson
You’ll want to check out this lovely swimming hole once the summer heat begins to fade in September or in late spring. The trek there isn’t terribly difficult but it is a long 7.8 miles over and back through Sabino Canyon. The pool at the end of the hike, however, is worth the effort. The water is surprisingly cold, which will be refreshing for a warm day!
5. Jacobs Pool at Jacob Park, Tucson
Open between June and August, Jacobs Pool in Tucson is a family-friendly pool with plenty of activities to let the kids burn off energy. The pool water is low-depth—reaching just four feet at its deepest end—and is equipped with plenty of ways to cool off. You’ll find a water cannon, water buckets, splash pad, and plenty of areas for the kids to safely wade through.
City of Tucson
Address: 1020 West Lind Street, Tucson
6. Kennedy Pool, Yuma
This public pool has some pretty awesome features and is one you won’t want to miss out on if you’re in town. A visit will cost you $5 or less per person and there are free nights hosted twice per week. There are multiple ways to enjoy the pool here, whether you prefer to slide, dive, or just wade through the water.
City of Yuma
Address: 890 East 24th Street, Yuma
7. Mesquite Groves Aquatic Center, Chandler
Want to pass a fun-filled afternoon at the water park without spending a lot of money? You’ll love this aquatic center! Located right next to Basha High School and hidden away from the main road, the public pool has water slides, a lazy river, splashing areas for the little kids, and lap lanes.
City of Chandler
Address: 5901 South Hillcrest Drive, Chandler
8. SB Cove at Bartlett Lake
Located a little ways north of Scottsdale, this reservoir is just far enough from the Phoenix area to feel like you’re escaping the city. Enjoy beautiful views of the desert and mountains surrounding the lake and don’t forget to wear sunscreen!
U.S. Forest Service
Prefer floating to swimming? Then you’ll love floating on the Salt River, which you can read about in
There’s Nothing Better Than Arizona’s Natural Lazy River On A Summer’s Day.