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There are dozens of public swimming pools located in the Tampa are, some are free and others are not — here’s a list of the best of them.

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Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA
Various locations, see website
(813) 224-9622

The Tampa YMCA is apparently the go-to facility for swim lessons with instruction available for babies and adults. All YMCA’s provide private lessons, swim teams, swim clubs, and more. If you or your child aren’t interested in lessons, many YMCA locations have open swim times at their heated outdoor swimming pools, which are maintained at 84 degrees all year round. A monthly membership allows for unlimited access to all swimming pools in Tampa area YMCAs.

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Clearwater Beach Family Aquatic Center
51 Bay Esplanade
Clearwater, FL 33767
(727) 462-6020

The Clearwater Beach Family Aquatic Center is definitely a big hit, as it’s only a short drive from Tampa if you’re really looking to get away for a little while during one of those blazing summer days. Fees range from free to about $6, depending on various factors. The Family Aquatic Center’s swimming facility features six 25-yard lap swimming lanes and a children’s play area.

Bobby Hicks Pool
4120 West Mango Avenue
Tampa, FL 33616
(813) 832-1216

Of all the city-run public pools around Tampa, the Bobby Hicks Pool comes highly recommended. But, for a fee, you can get access to more than a dozen public pools run by the City of Tampa for all ages and levels, including lessons and swim team competitions. Single-visit fees range from $2 – $4. The fee is waived during the summer months for children who need financial assistance. See the parks and recreation website for details on the program.

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North Shore Aquatic Complex
901 N. Shore Dr. NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 893-7727

Not too far away in St. Petersburg are several public pools accessible for a fee (a monthly pass costs $12.50 for non-residents), some of which are open year round. Classes are also offered. The North Shore Aquatic Complex, located on the St. Petersburg waterfront and open all year, has a 50-meter swimming pool, diving board, a training pool, a play area, and a slide.

City of Dunedin Highlander Pool
1937 Ed Eckert Drive
Dunedin FL 34698

Young kids will love the FREE Kiwanis Sprayground which is open from 9 am to sunset MON – SUN. The sprayground  and which is an interactive playground with water. It shuts off automatically when lightning is detected. The kids will love the mushroom-like waterfall.  The main pool is large clean and fun to splash and cool off in the admission is $3 Resident/Non-Resident. The Highlander pool facility also offers, restrooms, FUNbrellas, a concession stand, and a shelter. They are a seasonal facility so check their website for dates and times they are open.

Clearwater’s Morningside Pool
Morningside Park,
2400 Harn Blvd.
Clearwater, FL  33764

This complex has something for the youngest members of your family – as well as the teens.  The fenced-off area that contains an activity training pool with water at no more than 3 feet high is perfect for those under 6. Kids can ride a whale and turtle, slide down a frog’s tongue and be sprayed by a large mushroom. The large pool has two lanes open to lap swim with two diving boards and one giant blue slide to appease adventure-seeking teens in your house. Cost is $5.61 for adults, $3.74 for children, but with the purchase of a recreation card, the prices are reduced by half.


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