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.

Pools

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.

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

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

Summer Hours for Open Swim
Monday – Friday: 8 AM – 5:00 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. Semi-Annual or Annual Activity Pass available – click here for prices.

City of Lakeland – Simpson Park Pool

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

Summer Open Swim Hours – TBD
Simpson Pool is under construction during the off season. An Opening Date for Summer 2019 has not been announced, check the City of Lakeland website for updates.

Cost: $4 per person/visit OR 20 visit pass for $40. Semi-Annual or Annual Activity Pass available – click here for prices.
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 during the summer – May 13 – July 25, 2019.

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

Cost: $5 per person/visit. Summer Family Pass Available.

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 daily during the summer, weekends only in Spring and Fall.

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.

Hours & Dates: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

  • Spring Weekends: April 27 to May 26 | Saturday and Sunday Only
  • Daily: June 1 to August 7 | Monday – Sunday
  • Fall Weekends: August 10 to October 13 | Saturday and Sunday Only

Admission: $5.00 per person, ages 1 and older (everyone entering must pay admission whether you plan to swim or not)

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City of Winter Haven – Rowdy Gaines Pool

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

Summer Pool Hours (through Labor Day):
Open Swim: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (Mon. – Sun.)
Pool is heated and 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 opens in May:
Pool is open seasonally – mid-May through August. Hours TBD

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

2019 Season:
TBD

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)

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Splash Pads

Barnett Park Splash Pad Lakeland

Barnett Family Park Splash Pad – Lakeland

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

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.

Thursday – Tuesday: 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 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.

EDITOR’S NOTEmany moms have told us the surface of the splash pad is very slippery. Water shoes are strongly recommended as well as reminding kids to walk instead of run.

Splash Pads in Tampa: 

Kiwanis Sprayground 
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
Website

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

Giddens Park

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

The Florida Aquarium, Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park, and Busch Gardens all have water play areas included with admission.

Other local pools that require a membership:

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

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

Lakeland Summer Activities for Kids

Be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide for Summer Camps, FREE Movies, FREE Bowling, FREE Library Events & Activities, Swim Lessons, 4th of July Events, Reading programs, Online Camps, and much more!