The Guide to Attending a Philly Public Pool: Just Show Up

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The Fishtown Swimmo

The Fishtown Swimmo (Photo: Dan McQuade)

When I tell people I was at the public pool, I invariably get the same reply every time: I don’t know how to do that.

I guess it can seem complicated for the uninitiated. The city’s website for public pools[1] isn’t that informative — though there is a very good independent site[2] — and web searches mainly go to news[3] stories[4] about Philly public pools that don’t explain how to actually go to one.

“Do you need a pool card like it’s the library?” a friend asked. I told him no (and that one can look at library books without a library card as well). Fortunately, I am here to help you too. Here is a step-by-step plan on how one can attend a Philadelphia public pool:

  1. Put on a bathing suit
  2. Find a Philadelphia public pool (here’s a helpful map).[5]
  3. Go to that pool and jump in!

If you didn’t know how easy it was before, now you do. Some pools may have restrictions (like adult swim, camp swim, lessons) at certain times, and you might have to sign in, but otherwise the way to get into a Philadelphia the pool is to show up in a bathing suit when it’s open. It’s free! Legitimately, a lot of people do not know this.

Philadelphia actually has 71 outdoor public pools, the most of any city in the country. Every public pool I’ve ever been to has been clean and suitable for swimming. Pool hours are generally Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Adult swim or family swim may be held at certain pools.

Here are some of my favorites:

It’s cooled off a bit today, but the heat wave will be back. And what better way to cool off than by putting on your swim trunks and hopping in a pool. Now you know it’s just as easy as showing up.

  1. website for public pools:
  2. very good independent site:
  3. news:
  4. stories:
  5. helpful map).:
  6. John B. Kelly Pool:
  7. Max Myers:
  8. Ridgway Pool:
  9. Francisville:
  10. aqua zumba class:
  11. pop-up pool project:
  12. O’Connor Pool:
  13. The Swimmo:
  14. named after:

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