Best public pools in LA

Dive into these public pools when you need a break from the summer beach crowds

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  • Photograph: Courtesy Annenberg Community Beach House

    Annenberg Community Beach House

  • Photograph: Courtesy Culver City Plunge

    Culver City Plunge

  • Photograph: Courtesy Hansen Dam Aquatic Center

    Hansen Dam Aquatic Center

  • Photograph: Courtesy LA84 Foundation

    Los Angeles Swimming Stadium

  • Photograph: Courtesy Rose Bowl Aquatic Center

    Rose Bowl Aquatic Center

  • Photograph: Courtesy Santa Monica Swim Center

    Santa Monica Swim Center

  • Photograph: Courtesy LA Parks Foundation

    Stoner Park Pool

  • Photograph: Burbank Local Guide/Lisa Paredes

    Verdugo Aquatic Facilites

  • Photograph: Courtesy LA Parks Foundation

    Glassell Park Pool

Photograph: Courtesy Annenberg Community Beach House

Annenberg Community Beach House

It might seem absurd to swim at a public pool when we share a border with the Pacific Ocean. But we aren't all lucky enough to blessed with pools in our backyard, and the beach can fall short on shade and parking. You can lounge at a swanky rooftop pool party if you're after a lively scene, but for those summer days when you're just looking for a cheap place to cool off, consider taking a dip in these public pools across the city.


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Annenberg Community Beach House

  • Price band: 2/4
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What started as an opulent beachfront estate is now a modern, community beach club open to the public, thanks to Wallis Annenberg of the Annenberg Foundation, who provided $27.5 million for the transformation. Completed in 2009, the five-acre beach house features a main house with a rec room for board games, ping pong, classes and events. Outside, you'll find a swimming pool and a splash pad, as well as beach volleyball and tennis courts, soccer fields and paddle board rentals.

$10 adults, $4 kids 17 and under, $5 seniors 60+, free under age 1; $1 Mondays, excluding holidays

  1. 415 Pacific Coast Hwy (Santa Monica)
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Culver City Plunge

  • Price band: 1/4

You’ll find exercise addicts and triathlon trainees at this Westside lap pool most of the time. But during afternoon recreation periods, expect to encounter residents looking for a way to cool off without having to cross the 405. Shade seekers may come up short, but those in search of a bit of sun and a splash in the pool will likely find this the perfect spot to lounge around without having to brave beach traffic.

$4 adults, $2.50 under 18, seniors and persons with disabilities; $20-$50 season passes

  1. 4175 Overland Ave (Culver City)
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Hansen Dam Aquatic Center

  • Price band: 1/4

Sure, the beach is just a freeway away, but it’s hard to argue with a zero-entry (think a sloping, beachy shore) pool in the middle of the Valley. This prodigious pool—there’s space for 2,800 swimmers, so your personal space should remain intact—packs plenty of facilities, dual water slides and its own sandy beach. Over at the nine-acre recreational lake, you’ll find people fishing and boating (including pedal boat rentals).

$2.50 adults, $2 adults with LA City library card, free 17 and under, 65 and up and persons with disabilities

  1. 11798 Foothill Blvd (Lake View Terrace)
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LA84 Foundation/John C. Argue Swim Stadium

  • Price band: 1/4

We can’t all be Olympians, but you can certainly channel one with a swim in this leftover pool from the 1932 Summer Olympics. Lap swimmers step aside during recreation hours every afternoon except Sunday, which gives you plenty of time to take a dip in this Expo Park oasis. For kid-toting swimmers, make sure to stop at the fountain-dotted wading pool across from the twin lap pools.

$2.50 adults, $2 adults with LA City library card, free 17 and under, 65 and up and persons with disabilities

  1. 3980 Bill Robertson Ln (Expo Park)
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Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

  • Price band: 1/4

Nestled in the Arroyo Seco, this open-air pool lets SGV dwellers cool off without trekking westward. Serious swimmers need not worry about splashing children, and vice versa: The venue houses separate competition and recreation pools. Family swim hours are held in the shallow end, so you'll have to show up during regular business hours for a jump off the high dive or a quiet session in the warm therapy pool. Make a day of it with a stop at the on-site cafe, where you’ll find sandwiches, wraps and salads—we won’t hold you to that whole "wait 30 minutes before swimming" edict.

$2 adults, $1 for 17 and under

  1. 360 N Arroyo Blvd (Pasadena)
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