Go Swimming

The Elks Club pool in North Boulder is basic bliss.

It’s a good time for a local roundup of outdoor swimming pools open to the public:

3975 N. 28th Street | 303.635.6946
Open Swim:  12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Daily
Entry Fee:  $7  (no credit cards)
Also:     Friday Night BBQs from 5:30 – 8 p.m. | swimming, music, fabulous food and an open bar
More:   Boulder Beach Club

Elks 2Those crazy kids down at the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks  Lodge know how to run a swimming pool. This is by far my kids’ favorite. It’s old fashioned fun with a high dive, low dive, lap pool and sweet baby pool. The teen-run snack shack offers gobs of $1 candies, chips and sodas. You’ll love the comfy and plentiful lounge chairs, eating tables, and shade galore. The $7 entry fee is a steal. Friday night BBQ parties are a blast, with burgers, brats, and a full bar; entry is free after 5 p.m.  Note: Getting here is a little tricky. Go north on 28th Street past Iris and Kalmia, then look for the “Sunrise Senior Living” sign on the left side of the street. Turn in slowly and continue around the retirement home. As you approach the lodge, head towards the left side for the swimming pool entrance. (Apologies to everyone who didn’t want you to know about this place.) 

1505 30th Street | 303.441.3427
Open Swim:  1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Daily, 12 – 5 weekends
Entry Fee:  $5.25 (ages 60+), $7 (19-59), $4.50 (3-18), FREE (0-2)
More:  Scott Carpenter Pool 


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This central City of Boulder pool has it all:  a gigantic 50’ lap pool, double diving boards, and the best slide in town. Everyone from elite athletes to local swim teams and lesson takers use Scott Carpenter from sun up to sun down, making limited open swim hours the only downside for pure fun seekers.

294 Artesian Drive,  Eldorado Springs | (303) 499-9640
Open Swim:  10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Entry Fee: $10 for adults, $7 for children & seniors
More:  Eldorado Springs  

Eldorado Springs Pool

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The world famous destination pool in Eldorado Springs just outside Boulder is old fashioned bliss. Open in 1905, this is Colorado’s longest running public pool. Set at the foot of beautiful Eldorado Springs Canyon, the exhilaratingly cold, artesian spring water is crisp and clean – a perfect post-hike cool down, and a great way to end a big mountain bike ride. With a gigantic slide and one of the springiest diving boards anywhere, the good times just roll. An upper sun deck makes for a nice afternoon nap, and this place just never seems particularly crowded. Concessions include lunch items like pizza, but are kinda pricey – so you might consider bringing your own; coolers are allowed.          

2102 Spruce Street | 303.441.3426
Leisure Pool Open Swim:  MWF: 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. | TTh: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. | SS: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Except 7/11 & 7/18 (opens at 1 p.m. due to swim meets)
Entry Fee:  $5.25 (ages 60+), $7 (19-59), $4.50 (3-18), FREE (0-2)
More:  Spruce Pool


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If you have younger kids, this City of Boulder pool is a great place. The huge leisure pool ranges from 3’ – 3.5’ deep all the way around, and there’s a wheel chair ramp where littler ones can splash in gradually. A ducky-splash-toy-thingamajig looks like big fun for the younger set too. Hopefully you enjoy shrieking. Teens and college students love Spruce Pool, hanging out on the opposite end by the gorgeous lap pool, alternately sunning and dipping in lazy intervals. The pool offers decent chairs and tables, though it does get crowded. Look for a spot on the big grassy lawn and bring your big towel. It’s a lovely place for picnics, and Snarfs sandwich shop is nearby on Pearl Street. Concessions include popsicles and ice cream treats.  

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