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Boston pools: 31 public and private ones, mapped

Including ones for the kids

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The warmer, stickier weather in the Boston area drives thoughts of cooling off. Here are 31 public and private pools to do just that.

These selections include elegant indoor affairs in some of the region’s tonier hotels as well as free spray and wading pools in state- and city-running facilities.

Check the times and the hours—and, in some cases, the fees—before heading out. And let us know if we’re missing a particularly convenient pool. We’ll be updating.

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1. Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton Riverside

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399 Grove Street
Newton, MA
(617) 969-5300
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The pool and its surrounding lounge offer what the hotel describes as a “South Beach-style” experience, complete with entry fee.

In the foreground is a swimming pool. There are lounge chairs and cabanas along the edge of the swimming pool.

2. The Plex (Flynn Recreation Complex)

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140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA
(617) 552-0797
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Boston College offers summer memberships to people not affiliated with the school.

An indoor swimming pool with lanes and diving boards. There is a string of flags hanging over the pool.

3. Atmark Cambridge

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80 Fawcett St
Cambridge, MA
(617) 934-6948
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The luxury rental complex includes a solar-heated private pool.

A swimming pool. There are lounge chairs at the edge of the swimming pool. There are buildings flanking the pool area.

4. Olsen Spray Park & Swimming Pool

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The free outdoor pool is open daily until Aug. 24.

5. Artesani Park Wading Pool

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1255 Soldiers Field Rd
Brighton, MA

This pool is open daily and is free for kids under 6.

6. Francis J. McCrehan Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

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359 Rindge Ave
Cambridge, MA
(617) 354-9154
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This outdoor pool is free and open daily during the summer until Sept. 1.

7. Malkin Athletic Center (the MAC)

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39 Holyoke St
Cambridge, MA
(617) 495-2219

This Harvard facility offers guest and membership fees to swimmers not associated with the university.

A large indoor swimming pool with lanes. There are bleachers surrounding the pool.

8. Cambridge War Memorial Recreation Center

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1640 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
(617) 349-6279

Cambridge charges residents modest fees for using the rec center’s pools, which are open daily.

Two indoor pools next to each other. There are bleachers on one side of the pools.

9. Zesiger Sports And Fitness Center

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M.I.T. offers memberships to its pool-heavy rec center to those not affiliated with the university, but only if an applicant has an M.I.T.-affiliated sponsor.

A large indoor pool with lanes.

10. Melnea A. Cass Recreational Center

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The free outdoor pool is open daily and is part of larger rec center.

11. Latta Brothers Pool

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20 McGrath Highway
Somerville, MA

The free outdoor pool is open daily.

A large in-ground outdoor pool.

12. Ryan Wading Pool

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350 River St
Boston, MA 02126

The free outdoor pool is open daily until Sept. 1.

An outdoor pool. There is a bench in the foreground facing the pool.

13. Hilton Boston Back Bay

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40 Dalton St
Boston, MA
(617) 236-1100
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The heated pool is on the hotel’s seventh floor.

An indoor swimming pool. There is seating to the side of the pool.

14. Sheraton Boston Hotel

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39 Dalton St
Boston, MA
(617) 236-2000
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The indoor/outdoor saltwater lap pool might be the biggest of its kind in the Boston area.

An indoor swimming pool with an open ceiling. There are chairs flanking the pool.

15. Colonnade Boston Hotel

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120 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA
(617) 424-7000
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The rooftop pool on the hotel’s 12th floor opens on May 26 this season.

A hotel pool surrounded by hotel buildings.

16. Royal Sonesta Boston

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40 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA
(617) 806-4200
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Swim or lounge inside an atrium and beneath a retractable roof, next to a deck with views of the Charles. The pool is 30 feet by 45 feet. Open to hotel guests only from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

An indoor pool. The walls have multiple windows letting in natural light.

17. Avalon North Point

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1 Leighton Street
Cambridge, MA
(857) 209-2726
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The luxury rental includes an indoor heated pool.

An indoor pool with a lounge area and high ceilings.

18. Four Seasons Hotel Boston

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200 Boylston St
Boston, MA
(617) 338-4400
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The 44-foot-long indoor pool is open to hotel guests and Four Seasons condo owners.

An indoor pool with various amenities flanking the pool.

19. The Clubs at Charles River Park

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10 Whittier Pl
Boston, MA
(617) 726-2900
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The indoor-outdoor pool here charges per swimmer.

A large outdoor swimming pool.

20. Revere Hotel Boston Common

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200 Stuart Street
Boston, MA
(617) 482-1800
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The rooftop pool on the seventh floor is next to a cabana-filled deck.

An indoor pool with floor to ceiling windows. The windows overlook a lounge area.

21. Frog Pond

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84 Beacon St
Boston, MA
(617) 635-2120

The spray-slash-wading pool in Boston Common’s Frog Pond opens on June 29. It’s free.

A pond surrounded by trees and buildings.

22. The Kensington

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665 Washington St
Boston, MA
(617) 206-4491
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The luxury rental includes a sixth-floor heated pool.

An outdoor swimming pool.

23. 45 Province

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45 Province St
Boston, MA 02108

The heated pool is on the luxury condo tower's 11th floor.

An outdoor swimming pool with a lounge area.

24. Macallen Building

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141 Dorchester Ave
Boston, MA

The luxury condo complex includes an outdoor heated pool that it shares with the Court Square Press complex.

An outdoor swimming pool.

25. BCYF-Mirabella Pool

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475 Commercial St.
Boston, MA
(617) 635-1276
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The pool is open daily until Sept. 1 and has a sliding pay scale for admission.

26. Parris Landing

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The heated pool is adjacent to a grilling area.

27. InterContinental Boston

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510 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA
(617) 747-1000
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The 45-foot, heated pool is open to hotel guests and members of the InterContinental’s spa and fitness center.

An indoor swimming pool.

28. Boston Harbor Hotel

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70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA
(617) 439-7000
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The hotel comes with a 60-foot indoor lap pool.

An indoor swimming pool.

29. Harbor Towers

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65 E India Row
Boston, MA

The two-building residential complex includes an outdoor pool right next to the harbor.

An outdoor swimming pool.

30. Union Wharf Condos

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343 Commercial Street
Boston, MA

The 64-unit complex includes a heated pool right next to the harbor.

31. The Westin Boston Waterfront

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425 Summer St
Boston, MA
(617) 532-4600
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The hotel includes an indoor heated pool.

An indoor swimming pool.

1. Hotel Indigo Boston-Newton Riverside

399 Grove Street, Newton, MA
In the foreground is a swimming pool. There are lounge chairs and cabanas along the edge of the swimming pool.

The pool and its surrounding lounge offer what the hotel describes as a “South Beach-style” experience, complete with entry fee.

399 Grove Street
Newton, MA

2. The Plex (Flynn Recreation Complex)

140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA
An indoor swimming pool with lanes and diving boards. There is a string of flags hanging over the pool.

Boston College offers summer memberships to people not affiliated with the school.

140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA

3. Atmark Cambridge

80 Fawcett St, Cambridge, MA
A swimming pool. There are lounge chairs at the edge of the swimming pool. There are buildings flanking the pool area.

The luxury rental complex includes a solar-heated private pool.

80 Fawcett St
Cambridge, MA

4. Olsen Spray Park & Swimming Pool

Boston, MA

The free outdoor pool is open daily until Aug. 24.

5. Artesani Park Wading Pool

1255 Soldiers Field Rd, Brighton, MA

This pool is open daily and is free for kids under 6.

1255 Soldiers Field Rd
Brighton, MA

6. Francis J. McCrehan Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

359 Rindge Ave, Cambridge, MA

This outdoor pool is free and open daily during the summer until Sept. 1.

359 Rindge Ave
Cambridge, MA

7. Malkin Athletic Center (the MAC)

39 Holyoke St, Cambridge, MA
A large indoor swimming pool with lanes. There are bleachers surrounding the pool.

This Harvard facility offers guest and membership fees to swimmers not associated with the university.

39 Holyoke St
Cambridge, MA

8. Cambridge War Memorial Recreation Center

1640 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA
Two indoor pools next to each other. There are bleachers on one side of the pools.

Cambridge charges residents modest fees for using the rec center’s pools, which are open daily.

1640 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA

9. Zesiger Sports And Fitness Center

Cambridge, MA
A large indoor pool with lanes.

M.I.T. offers memberships to its pool-heavy rec center to those not affiliated with the university, but only if an applicant has an M.I.T.-affiliated sponsor.

10. Melnea A. Cass Recreational Center

Boston, MA

The free outdoor pool is open daily and is part of larger rec center.

11. Latta Brothers Pool

20 McGrath Highway, Somerville, MA
A large in-ground outdoor pool.

The free outdoor pool is open daily.

20 McGrath Highway
Somerville, MA

12. Ryan Wading Pool

350 River St, Boston, MA 02126
An outdoor pool. There is a bench in the foreground facing the pool.

The free outdoor pool is open daily until Sept. 1.

350 River St
Boston, MA 02126

13. Hilton Boston Back Bay

40 Dalton St, Boston, MA
An indoor swimming pool. There is seating to the side of the pool.

The heated pool is on the hotel’s seventh floor.

40 Dalton St
Boston, MA

14. Sheraton Boston Hotel

39 Dalton St, Boston, MA
An indoor swimming pool with an open ceiling. There are chairs flanking the pool.

The indoor/outdoor saltwater lap pool might be the biggest of its kind in the Boston area.

39 Dalton St
Boston, MA

15. Colonnade Boston Hotel

120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
A hotel pool surrounded by hotel buildings.

The rooftop pool on the hotel’s 12th floor opens on May 26 this season.

120 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA

16. Royal Sonesta Boston

40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA
An indoor pool. The walls have multiple windows letting in natural light.

Swim or lounge inside an atrium and beneath a retractable roof, next to a deck with views of the Charles. The pool is 30 feet by 45 feet. Open to hotel guests only from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

40 Edwin H Land Blvd
Cambridge, MA

17. Avalon North Point

1 Leighton Street, Cambridge, MA