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Swimming Pools + Splash Pads in Lakeland and Polk County

Pools and Splash Pads Lakeland Polk County

Kids love to play in water and there is nothing better than a dip in the pool to beat the Florida heat! If you’ve been searching for local public pools near me or splash pads near me and you are in Central Florida, we can help you find places to get wet and cool off this summer. We’ve got plenty of local swimming pools and splash pads here in Lakeland and across Polk County that are open to the public. Some pools are open seasonally and others are open year-round.

We often hear from people looking for free swimming and free public pools. Most of the pools in our area require a small admission fee, and season passes are typically available for multiple visits. If you’re looking for free swimming near you, try a local splash pad near you instead – splash pads are usually free.

Looking for a Water Park in Lakeland or Polk County? The largest water park is at LEGOLAND Florida, and there is also a slide and water splash area at the Lake Eva Water Park + Aquatic Center in Haines City. If you have toddlers or preschoolers, head to Peppa Pig Theme Park and check out the amazing Muddy Puddles Splash Pad.

Interested in Swim Lessons? Check out our Swim Lessons Guide.

All pools listed below are outdoor public 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.

Pools also close for swim meets and special events so ALWAYS call before you head out to a local pool to be sure they are open! 

Swimming Pools in Lakeland

City of Lakeland - Gandy Pool

404 Imperial Blvd, Lakeland, Florida 33803

Gandy Pool features a 10 lane, 25-yard short course heated pool with one-meter diving board and a 3-4 foot deep recreation pool. A handicap ramp at 0-depth and a hydraulic handicap lift chair is provided. Open year round, hours vary by season, visit the website for more information.

Cost: $4 per person/visit OR 20 visit pass for $40. Semi-Annual or Annual Activity Pass also available.

2024 UPDATE: Gandy Pool is open year round.

City of Lakeland - Simpson Park Pool

1725 Martin L King Junior Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33805

Simpson Pool is open seasonally in the Summer (late Spring through early Fall). Simpson Pool features a 10 lane, 50 meter long course pool and separate diving well with two one-meter diving boards. A hydraulic handicap lift chair is also available.

Located at Simpson Park Community Center, where you’ll find a gym, tennis courts, playground, and a variety of classes for kids and adults.

Cost: $4 per person/visit OR 20 visit pass for $40. Semi-Annual or Annual Activity Pass also available. 17 & under – inquire about dollar days.

2024 UPDATE: As of Friday, 6/14 – Simpson Park Pool is closed for repairs until further notice. Check the City of Lakeland website for updates.

Florida Southern College Wellness Center Pool

111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801

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 during the summer. Visit the website for hours and more information.

Swim Lessons are available from May – July – click here for details.

2024 UPDATE: During the school year the pool is only open to students, staff, and alumni. In the summer, the community can visit the pool for $5 per person, per visit. Call (863)-680-6290 or visit the website for hours and more info.

Swimming Pools in Haines City – Lake Eva Water Park

Lake Eva Haines City

Haines City - Lake Eva Water Park and Splash Pad

321 South 6th Street, Haines City, Florida 33844

The Lake Eva Water Park and Splash Pad is home to a pool and kids’ play area with a zero-depth entry lagoon pool, water slide, splash pad, and water activities. Open daily during the summer, weekends only in Fall.

For a video and photos of the pool and splash pad, check out our article on the Lake Eva Water Park.

2024 UPDATE: The Lake Eva Waterpark and Pool is scheduled to open for the season on May 4, 2024. Check with the City of Haines City for the most up-to-date information.

May 4 – May 26, 2024 – Weekends only from 12pm – 6pm (Saturday + Sunday, also open Memorial Day)
May 31 – August 9, 2024 – Open Daily from 12pm – 6pm
August 10 – September 15, 2024 – Weekends only from 12pm – 6pm (Saturday + Sunday, also open Labor Day)
Please note that dates are subject to change. Special Holiday Hours for June 19 and July 4.

Daily Individual Admission: $5 per person. The daily admission fee applies to all guests, ages 3 and older, entering the facility during open swim. (Ages 2 & under are free)

Know before you go: The pool often reaches Maximum Capacity on summer days, arrive early 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.

Swimming Pools in Winter Haven

City of Winter Haven - Rowdy Gaines Pool

210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven, Florida 33880

The Rowdy Gaines Olympic Pool is an Olympic size competitive pool used for competitive swimming, swim instruction and recreational use. Heated and open to the public year-round for lap swim and open swim.

Cost per person/visit: WH Residents – $2 / Non-residents – $3. Multi-Visit Pass Available.

2024 UPDATE: Spring/Summer Hours for the Rowdy Gaines Pool include Recreational Open Swim from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Mon. – Sun.). Check the website for lap swim hours and any schedule changes.

Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center Pool

801 Martin Luther King Boulevard Northeast, Winter Haven, Florida 33881

The Recreational & Cultural Center pool is an “L” shaped pool measuring 25 yards x 25 meters. Open to the public and used for swim instruction and recreational use from mid-May through August. Check website for operating hours & cost.

2024 UPDATE: Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center and Pool is typically open June through August. Check the website for updates.

Mulberry Pool – Polk County

Mulberry Community Pool

307 Northeast 10th Avenue, Mulberry, Florida 33860

The Mulberry Community Pool is open seasonally during the summer months. Admission is free for City of Mulberry residents, or $5 per visit for non-residents. City of Mulberry residents can pick up a free pool pass by taking a Mulberry water bill to the pool. If you don’t have a water bill you can also take a driver’s license or ID. Check out the Mulberry Community Pool on Facebook for all the updated info.

(Student passes are no longer free – new in 2021, free passes are for city residents only)

2024 UPDATE: The Mulberry Community Pool typically opens in late May/early June. Visit the Mulberry Pool FB Page for updates. Summer Splash is held in late May or early June kicking off the opening of the Mulberry Pool.

Bartow Pool – Polk County

City of Bartow - Sam Griner Pool

2250 South Floral Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830

Pool open during the summer months for open swim. Currently closed.

2024 UPDATE: The Sam Griner Pool is currently undergoing extensive repairs and is closed until further notice. Check the Bartow Leisure Services Facebook page for updates.

Splash Pad in Lakeland

Things to Do with Kids in Lakeland Florida

Splash Pad at Barnett Family Park

730 East Orange Street, Lakeland, Florida 33801

Located at the top of the Lake Mirror Amphitheater, Barnett Family Park includes a splash pad water feature, playground (including the Sunflower Preschool Playground), labyrinth, covered picnic area, restrooms, and a multipurpose field.

The Splash pad is open daily from 10am – 5pm, closed Wednesdays for maintenance.

– No food, drink or glass allowed on the splash pad
– Water re-circulated and treated. Children should avoid drinking the water.
– Water shoes requested
– Persons with Diarrhea should not use the splash pad
– No pets on the splash pad

From time to time the water feature may need to be shut off due to maintenance issues. If the water is ever off during open hours please call Gandy Pool at 863.834.3157 for more information. Water may be turned off due to high winds or low temperatures.

Splash Pad in Winter Haven

Splash Pad Trailhead Park Winter Haven

Splash Pad - Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Trailhead Park

301 Avenue G Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881

The Splash Pad at Trailhead Park is an outdoor amenity for families to enjoy together. The Splash Pad 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.

Splash Pads in Tampa

Kiwanis Sprayground 
The 3,000 sqft play area features colorful, action-packed water features that spray, gush, dump and pour water from a variety of whimsical devices.
1937 Ed Eckert Drive, Dunedin FL 34698 | Website

Water Play at Zephyr Park 
This 7,000-square-foot sprayground includes spray jets and soaker cannons.
5039 4th St, Zephyrhills, FL 33542 | Website

Water Works Park
Includes an enormous bucket drop that regularly tips and drenches everyone nearby. Playground available as well.
1710 N Highland Ave, Tampa, FL 33602 | Website

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park 
Located next to the Glazer Children’s Museum in Downtown Tampa, water sprays out of the ground in a large water play area.
600 N Ashley Dr, Tampa, FL 33602 | Website

Ballast Point Park
Ballast Point Park features a 600 foot pier, a shaded splash park, playground, picnic areas, a gazebo, a boat dock and an impressive view of downtown Tampa.
5300 Interbay Blvd, Tampa, FL 33611 | Website

Julian B Lane Riverfront Park
The play cove offers a fenced children’s play area with equipment for children ages 2 years old to 12 years old.
1001 N Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607 | Website

Visit the City of Tampa website to see photos of these splash pads in Tampa.
The Florida Aquarium, Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park, and Busch Gardens also have water play areas included with admission.

Local Swimming Pools that offer Memberships

Lakeland Family YMCA on Cleveland Heights Blvd.
Fontaine Gills Family YMCA in North Lakeland
Lake Wales Recreation Center (formerly the Lake Wales YMCA)
Eaglebrooke – Lakeland
Grasslands – Lakeland
Lakeland Country Club

Water Parks in Lakeland + Polk County

The Lake Eva Water Park in Haines City is only $5 per person – a perfect way to splash away on a summer day! We’ve got a separate article with photos and video of the Lake Eva Aquatic Center Pool and Splash pad.

LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven is home to a water park that is open seasonally. The LEGOLAND Waterpark includes a wave pool, lazy river, 14 slides, and other interactive LEGO play areas. Annual Passes start at $149, daily admission can be added to your LEGOLAND Theme Park ticket.

Peppa Pig Theme Park has a large splash pad right in the middle of the park with a water dump bucket, slides, and spray features that even the tiniest kiddos can enjoy.

Map – Splash Pads + Public Pools Near You

Pools Near Me – Splash Pads Near Me

If you’re going to be around any kind of water, be sure your kiddos have had swim lessons! We can help you find swim lessons near you with a guide to group lessons, one-on-one swim lessons, ISR swim lessons, and even swim lessons for adults.

Outdoor Activities Guide

Check out our full Outdoor Fun Guide for more outdoor things to do in Lakeland, Polk County, and Central Florida.