Looking for a good way to chill out this summer? You can always hit the water parks listed here, or you can avoid the crowds and pricey admissions by taking a dive into some of DFW’s most awesome public swimming holes.
West Irving Aquatic Center
3701 Conflans Road
Irving, TX 75061
(972) 721-2325
www.cityofirving.org

Thanks to the City of Irving, both residents and non-residents can do much more than take a dip in this splashy aquatic wonderland. With three pool areas that include everything from water playgrounds and waterfalls to an eight-foot rock climbing wall and a wet deck, your kids might not ever want to leave. There’s also a pool with water slides for the little ones and a lap pool for those who want to get in a few strokes. Residents can purchase season passes starting at $25 and day passes from $2. Non-residents can swim for $8 a day, and everyone under three or over 50 can swim for free.

Don Rodenbaugh Natatorium
110 E. Rivercrest Blvd.
Allen, TX 75002
(214) 509-4770
www.cityofallen.org

You don’t have to wait for summer to take the plunge at this 7,000-square-foot indoor water playground—it’s open all year long. Kids really enjoy the water jungle gym complete with water slides and a lazy river, but that’s not all there is to do here. There’s an excellent lineup of swimming programs for all ages and a host of special events such as dive-in movies, swimming competitions and a duck derby. Additionally, if your kids are 10 years or older, you can leave them to splash away while you go workout at the Natatorium’s premier fitness facility. Year-round and seasonal memberships start at $60 for residents and $85 for non-residents. Or visit for the day for $3-$5.

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Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex (Credit, Ilene Jacobs)

Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex
1334 E. Rosemeade Parkway
Carrollton, TX 75007
(972) 466-6399
www.cityofcarrollton.com

Put some wow into summer fun at this massive aquatic oasis, complete with its own water park and kiddie aquatic adventure area on one end and additional swimming pools at the other end. Water slides, water cannons, bubblers, spray bars and a 200-foot lazy river offer plenty of ways to keep cool in the heat. But if that doesn’t get you soaked, then the mini tsunami brought on by the 600-gallon dump bucket will do the trick. While the kids play, serious swimmers can practice their freestyle in the 50-meter Olympic-sized pool or take a dip in two smaller pools. Daily visit prices range from $5 for residents to $10 for non-residents, or purchase a book of 20 tickets starting at $80.

Marine Park Pool
303 N.W. 20th St.
Fort Worth, TX 76106
(817) 624-6588
www.fortworthtexas.gov

Fort Worth may have been a little slow in updating its public pool facilities— after all, it’s been around 60 years since the last pool was opened. However, this brand spanking new aquatic playground, which opened last summer, has made it all worth the wait. Anchored by a huge interactive play structure in the center, this 6,200-square-foot swimming hole offers everything from lap lanes and water spray features to a flume water slide and a submerged deck area that’s ideal for parents to lounge around in while their kiddies splash the day away. Admission prices start at $6 for adults and $5 for anyone under 18, or purchase a pass of 30 visits starting at $112.50.

Fraternal Order of Eagles (Credit, Ilene Jacobs)

Fraternal Order of Eagles
8500 Arturo Drive
Dallas, TX 75228
(214) 327-9563
www.facebook.com/DallasFOE3108

If the aquatic parks aren’t your style, then this 1950s swimming hole will be a refreshing blast to the past. Sure, the Olympic-sized pool has been updated since then, but everything else around this place remains almost the same, from the cheap booze and food to the eclectic mix of friendly folks you’ll find hanging out here year round. And what other public pool offers $1 jello shots and has three bars located right around the pool area? There’s even volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, a kiddie pool and a playground. All of the revenue the organization takes in not only helps keep it afloat, but also funds a variety of charities. Best of all, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can come take a dip and stay around until midnight for only $3 if you’re a member or $7 if you’re not. And the rest of the year, you can take a polar plunge for free.

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Ilene Jacobs is a freelance writer living in Dallas, Texas. Ilene enjoys writing about a variety of topics, ranging from food, fitness and travel, to kids, pets and senior care. You can find some of her work at Examiner.com.