Pools, Splash Pads and Water Parks in Lakeland and Polk County

2017-10-03T10:51:48+00:00 June 30, 2017|Outdoor Fun, Summer Fun, Things to Do|

There is nothing better than a dip in the pool to beat the Florida heat! We’ve got plenty of local pools and splash pads here in Lakeland and across Polk County that are open to the public. Check out the options below to find a place to get wet and cool off this summer.


All pools listed below are outdoor pools that close during inclement weather and do not offer refunds, call prior to visiting if the weather is questionable. Holiday hours vary, call before visiting on Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and any other holidays.

City of Lakeland – Gandy Pool

Kelly Recreation Complex – 404 Imperial Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803 (MAP IT)
Website  /  (863) 834-3157

Summer Hours for Open Swim (through August 10)
Monday – Thursday: 12 PM – 5:30 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM
Open year round, hours vary by season.
Click here to see Lap Swim hours.

Cost: $4 per person/visit OR 20 visit pass for $40

City of Lakeland – Simpson Park Pool

1725 Martin Luther King Ave., Lakeland, FL 33810 (MAP IT)
Website  /  (863)834-2286

Open Swim Hours
Monday – Friday: 12 PM – 5 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 12 PM – 5 PM
Simpson Pool is open seasonally only during the Summer. Last day for 2017 is Sunday, September 24.
Click here to see Lap Swim hours.

Cost: $4 per person/visit OR 20 visit pass for $40
17 & under – inquire about dollar days.

Florida Southern College Pool

111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801
Website  /  863.680.6290

Florida Southern Wellness Center is home to a 25 yard, 8 lane competition pool with an additional, shallow recreation area. The pool is open to the public year round.

Pool Hours:
Monday-Friday, 1 PM – 7 PM
Saturday-Sunday, 12 noon – 6 PM

Cost: $5 per person/visit

Haines City Pool Water Park Lake Eva

City of Haines City – Family Water Park & Pool at Lake Eva

555 Ledwith Avenue, Haines City, FL 33844 (MAP IT)
Website  /  863-421-3700

The Haines City Family Water Park is home to a pool and kids play area with a zero-depth entry lagoon pool, water slide, splash pad and water activities. Open seasonally during the summer, weekends only after school begins. Check website for closing date for 2017. 

Know before you go: The pool often reaches Maximum Capacity on summer days, arrive at 12pm to avoid waiting to enter the pool. There is also a large playground next to the pool at Lake Eva Park. Visit the pool website to see a full list of rules.

Summer Hours: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM daily. Only open weekends after school begins, pool closes in August/September. Check website or call before you go.

Admission: $5.00 per person, ages 1 and older

City of Winter Haven – Rowdy Gaines Pool

210 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33880 (MAP IT)
Website  /  (863) 291-5656

Summer Pool Hours (March 18 – Sept. 4)
Open Swim: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Mon. – Sun.)
Pool is open year round, hours vary by season. Check website for fall/winter hours.
Click here to see lap swim hours.

Cost per person/visit: WH Residents – $2 / Non-residents – $3
10 Punch Pass – $18 Resident / $27 Non-resident
20 Punch Pass – $30 Resident / $45 Non-resident
60 Punch Pass – $80 Resident / $111 Non-resident

City of Winter Haven – Recreational & Cultural Center Pool

801 Ave T NE, Winter Haven, FL 33881 (MAP IT)
Website  /  (863) 291-5656

Pool Hours:
Recreation Swim – 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Mon. – Sun.)
Pool is open seasonally – mid-May through August

Cost per person/visit: Free – Youth 15 and Under
Residents $2 / Non-residents $3

City of Bartow – Sam Griner Pool

2250 S Floral Ave, Bartow, FL 33830 (MAP IT)
Website  /  (863) 534-0120  /  parks.info@cityofbartow.net

2017 Season: June 3rd – August 9th (CLOSED for 2017 as of August 10)
Mon. – Fri. – 11 AM to 7 PM
Sat. –  10 AM to 6 PM
Sun – 1 PM – 6PM

Daily Cost: $3 Resident / $4 Non-resident (tax included)
Family Pass (up to six people): $80 Resident / $90 Non-resident (tax included)
Individual Pass: $40 Resident / $50 Non-resident (tax included)

Splash Pads

Splash Pad Trailhead Park Winter Haven

Splash Pad at Trailhead Park – Winter Haven

4th St NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881 (MAP IT)
Website /  (863) 291-5656

The Splash Pad at Trailhead Park is open year round from 10am – 7pm.  There are two first-come first-serve shaded picnic tables areas and an on-site bathroom. There is also a playground at the park. Splash Pad is FREE.

**CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE** – Barnett Family Park Splash Pad

730 E Orange St, Lakeland, FL 33801 (MAP IT)
Website  /  (863) 834-2280

**Barnett Splash Pad is currently closed with no set reopening date. Check the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Facebook page for updates**

Other local pools that require a membership:

Lakeland Family YMCA on Cleveland Heights Blvd.
Fontaine Gills Family YMCA in North Lakeland
YMCA Lake Wales

LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven is also home to a water park that is open seasonally!

Check out our SUMMER FUN GUIDE for more summer activities and events!

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