Kids love to play in water and there is nothing better than a dip in the pool to beat the Florida heat! We’ve got plenty of local swimming 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.
Pools in our area are reopening this summer following protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit their websites or Facebook pages to learn more about social distancing and other safety procedures.
Interested in Swim Lessons? Check out our 2020 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!
City of Lakeland - Gandy Pool
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.
SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: Gandy Pool reopened on June 1. Visit the website for operating hours and other details on current safety protocols.
City of Lakeland - Simpson Park Pool
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.
SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: Simpson Park Pool reopened on June 1. Visit the website for operating hours and other details on current safety protocols.
Florida Southern College Wellness Center Pool
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.
SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: The Florida Southern College Pool is currently closed with no announced reopening date. Swim lessons have also been canceled for summer 2020. Their hope is to be able to offer private swim lessons Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. Please check our site for more information about private swim lessons and swim lessons summer of 2021.
City of Haines City - Family Water Park & Pool at Lake Eva
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 daily during the summer, weekends only in Spring and Fall.
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.
SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: The Lake Eva Waterpark and Pool reopened on June 1 with limited capacity. It will have two operating sessions from 11:30 am-2:00 pm and 3:00 pm-5:30 pm to allow for appropriate sanitation. No swim lessons or rentals until further notice. Daily Individual Admission: $5 per person. The daily admission fee applies to all guests, ages 1 and older, entering the facility during open swim.
City of Winter Haven - Rowdy Gaines Pool
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.
SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: Rowdy Gaines Pool reopens May 29 for swim team and lap swim. Recreational swimming will resume June 5. More info.
Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center Pool
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.
SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center and Pool will open June 5. More info.
City of Bartow - Sam Griner Pool
SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: Sam Griner Pool opens Friday, June 19th lap swimming. Check the Bartow Leisure Services Facebook page for updates on recreational swim.
Mulberry Community Pool
The Mulberry Community Pool is open to City of Mulberry residents only, or students (and their families) who attend a Mulberry School: Purcell Elementary, Kingsford Elementary, Mulberry Middle School, Mulberry High School, and Mulberry Christian School. All children under the age of 15 must have a free valid Pool Pass. Check out the Mulberry Community Pool on Facebook for all the updated info.
SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: The Mulberry Community Pool will reopen June 16, 2020 and operate during the hours of 9AM to 6PM, Tuesday through Saturday. Visit the Mulberry Pool FB Page for updates.
Splash Pad at Barnett Family Park
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.
SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: The Splash Pad at Barnett Family Park is currently closed with no announced reopening date. Check the City of Lakeland website for updates.
Splash Pad - Winter Haven Chain of Lakes Trailhead Park
The Splash Pad at Trailhead Park is a new 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.
SUMMER 2020 UPDATE: The Splash Pad at Trailhead Park in Winter Haven is open daily.
Splash Pads in Tampa:
The 3,000 sqft play area features colorful, action-packed features that spray, gush, dump and pour water from a variety of whimsical devices.
1937 Ed Eckert Drive, Dunedin FL 34698
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
Other local pools that require a membership:
LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven is also home to a water park that is open seasonally!