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.

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
: 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 – pool opens May 26:
Daily: 12 PM – 5 PM
Simpson Pool is open only during the Summer.
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.
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 – 4 PM (May) 12 – 6 PM (June – August)

Cost: $5 per person/visit

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 14 to May 20 | Saturday and Sunday Only
  • Daily: May 25 to August 10 | Monday – Sunday
  • Fall Weekends: August 11 to October 14 | 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)

Click here to see the 2018 Haines City Family Water Park & Pool Flyer

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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 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 May 26:
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  /

2018 Season:
May 25 – August 12
Mon – Fri; 11am – 7pm
Saturdays: 10am – 6pm
Sundays: 1pm – 6pm

April 2 – May 24 and August 13 – October 31
Saturdays: 11am – 3pm open swim

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 Family Park Splash Pad – Lakeland

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

Thursday – Tuesday: 10am – 5pm / Closed Wednesdays for Maintenance

**Barnett Splash Pad is NOW OPEN!**

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.

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!

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!