Summertime is just around the bend in Colorado and that means the temperatures will soon be on the rise and everyone will be looking for a place to cool off. We have compiled a list of the best pools north of I-70. So, grab your friends, kids, favorite swimsuit, towel and sunscreen and get ready to splish splash your way through the summer.
1. Sunset Pool, Longmont
1900 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont
Two snaking slides announce this pool’s location before you even get to the parking lot. Three diving boards grace the deeper section of the pool, and several lap lanes are available. Sunset also features gradual-depth entry for toddlers or those with stiff knees. The poolside area includes a sandy “beach,” swaths of grass and concrete. A shaded patio and shelter rentals are available. Hot dogs, pizza and pretzels are sold at the concession stand. Located next to Sunset Golf Course on a quiet street in Longmont, this public community pool has a gorgeous view of the snowcapped Indian Peaks.
Note: Bring sunscreen. This pool bakes in the summer.
Open: For limited lap-swim hours now; opens for full summer schedule May 30-Aug. 18; limited lap-swim hours Aug. 19-Sept. 7.
Admission: $4.50 for adult Longmont residents; nonresidents $5.75 ; teen and child rates also available.
2. Eldorado Springs Pool
294 Artesian Drive, Eldorado Springs
Located at the base of Eldorado Canyon State Park, this is a very cool pool … literally. The water is fresh, clear and exhilaratingly cold. Fed directly from Eldorado’s artesian spring, this historic pool comes with a scenic view and has been a popular spot since it opened in 1905. A slide and diving board add to the fun; limited concessions are available. While it’s not spanking-new and lacks some of the bells and whistles found at newer municipal pools, it’s different and refreshing. Bring the kids and floatation devices and soak away your cares.
Note: Bring swim shirts for the little ones. The water can be quite chilly.
Open: Through Labor Day, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.
Admission: $8 for adults, $5 children and seniors. Cash or checks only, no credit cards.
3. Broomfield Bay Aquatic Park
250 Lamar St., Broomfield
This clean, bright, city-run outdoor aquatic park in Broomfield has loads of fun features: two serpentine slides, a leisure pool with gradual-depth entry, an interactive water-play structure, a single (or double) inner-tube slide, otter slides and a separate toddler pool with a waterfall. The lawn area is good for picnics and the concession stand keeps grumbling stomachs at bay. There are several shade structures, but they fill up quickly so be sure to bring sunscreen.
Note: Check out Friday family night from 4-8 p.m.
Open: Through Sept. 7. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday and Saturday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday.
Admission: $4 for residents; nonresident fees are $8 for adults, $6 for ages 4-17 and seniors. Kids younger than 4 free.
4. City Park Pool, Thornton
2141 E. 95th Ave., Thornton
If recent mercury spikes have you dreaming about floatin’ down a lazy river, you’re in luck. Renovated in 2004, City Park Pool in Thornton is a big public water park with fun features galore: a lazy river float path, a 300-gallon water-dump bucket, two big twisting slides — one for speed and one for tubing, zero-depth entry and designated lap lanes. A shallow toddler area with colorful water features, shade tents and vending machines round out the offerings. The pool’s surround is mostly concrete with a few small grassy areas. No diving boards and no concession stand, but this place hops in the hot weather.
Note: This pool is located in a large city park that houses ball fields and a large skate park. Pack a picnic lunch (or dinner) and make this an all-day affair.
Open: Through Labor Day. 1-6 p.m. Monday-Friday open swim; noon-1 p.m. adult lap swim; noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday open swim; 11 a.m.-noon adult lap swim.
Admission: Adults $3.50 for Thornton residents with ID; $4.75 for nonresidents.
5. Water World, Federal Heights
8801 Pecos St.
We feature the largest variety of attractions (49) in America, from Wally World for the tots, to Voyage to the Center of the Earth, the ultimate family water adventure. Water World has more family tube rides than any other park in America. Thrill rides are in abundance also, like the Red Line speed slide. Plenty of picnic areas are available, from covered pavilions to beautifully landscaped grass areas. We feature 3 separate Children’s Play Adventures, including the all new Big Top Family Fun Zone. Two new attractions debuted in 2012 including Colorado’s only magnetic water coaster (The Mile High Flyer)! For 2015, get ready to experience the next generation of water attractions with our newest attraction, Warp Speed!
Note: Water World, one of America’s largest family water parks, is located just 15 minutes north of downtown Denver, Colorado, on 64 beautifully landscaped acres. Since we opened in 1979 with the first two water slides in the state of Colorado, we now boast over 46 water adventures, and have been rated as one of America’s top ten water parks by the Travel Channel.
Open: Park Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Please call 303-427-7873 (SURF) for up-to-date information regarding inclement weather and park operating status. Hours, dates, attractions and prices are subject to change without notice.
Admission: Adults 41.99+ Kids (40″ under) FREE, Children (40″ to 47″) 36.99+tax, General Admission (48″ & above) 41.99+tax and Seniors (60+) 10.99+tax
Do you have a favorite we didn’t include? Please leave a comment and let us know where your favorite Colorado Pools are. Happy Summer Swimming.