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Mapping 30 of Greater Boston's Awesomest Swimming Options

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Dear god, the humidity! To help you beat that and the heat, we've mapped 30 different swimming spots around the region, all part of our ongoing Outdoors Week 2014. These spots include public beaches right off the T as well as public wading pools for the kids in Brighton, Somerville and Mattapan; there are also posher, private digs that you may need to know somebody to use. But, hey, a dip on the Colonnade's rooftop or in the Four Seasons' enclosed 44-footer might be worth the hassle.


· Our Outdoors Week 2014 archive [Curbed Boston]
— with research by Marcus Mello

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1. 45 Province

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45 Province Street
Boston, MA 02108

The year-round pool, heated pool is on the luxury condo tower's 11th floor.

2. Royal Sonesta

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40 Edwin H Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02142
(617) 806-4122
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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 runs to 30 feet in length. Open to hotel guests only from 6 am to 10 pm daily.

3. InterContinental Boston

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510 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 747-1000
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It's unlikely you can just stroll into the InterContinental's heated 45-foot pool you must be a hotel guest or a member of the spa/fitness center. Hours, if you're still curious, are 6 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday; and 8 am to 8 pm on weekends.

4. Union Wharf

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343 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109

The heated swimming pool has views of the very much unheated harbor.

5. Four Seasons Hotel Boston

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200 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-4400
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The 44-foot-long indoor pool for residents and guests at the Four Seasons is as tricked out on the inside as you would expect. It's open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

6. Harbor Towers

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65 East India Row
Boston, MA 02110

The luxury condo complex includes a seasonal harbor-side pool.

7. Colonnade Boston

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120 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 424-7000
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Probably the best rooftop pool in Boston, on a hotel or otherwise. It's open thus: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the public for $40, free for hotel guests; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., open to everyone 21 and over for free; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for hotel guests only.

8. Francis J. McCrehan Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

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359 Rindge Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 354-9154
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This outdoor pool is free and open daily until Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

9. Sheraton Boston Hotel

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39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 236-2000
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What's probably Boston's largest lap pool sits beneath a retractable roof.

10. Macallan Building

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141 Dorchester Avenue
Boston, MA 02127

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

11. Archstone North Point

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1 Leighton Street
Cambridge, MA 02141

The luxury rental includes an indoor heated pool.

12. Atmark Cambridge Apartments

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80 Fawcett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 934-0681

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

13. Parris Landing

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The heated pool is adjacent to a grilling area.

14. Boston Harbor Hotel

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70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 439-7000
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If you're not a hotel guest, the 60-foot lap pool and surrounding environment will set you back $25 a day. Call ahead.

15. Westin Copley Place

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10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 262-9600
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The indoor pool is located on the fifth floor and is open to guests and their guests. It's 37 feet long and heated. Hours run from 6 am to 10 pm daily.

16. Clubs at Charles River Park

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10 Whittier Place
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 726-2900
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This indoor-outdoor public pool is available thus: $40 per adult and $20 per child before 4 p.m.; $30 per adult and $10 per child after 4 p.m.

17. Hilton Boston Back Bay

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40 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 236-1100
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The Hilton's seventh-floor heated pool plunges to no more than 5 feet, but is located next to a state-of-the-art fitness center (and a hot tub). All are only open to guests.

18. Revere Hotel

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200 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 482-1800
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It includes a rooftop pool (seventh floor) next to a sweeping deck where cabanas can be rented for $150 for four people. Non-guests wishing to use the rest of the deck and the pool must pay $30 each.

19. Boston College Pool - Flynn Recreation Center

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140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

This indoor, Olympic-size number offers $150 individual memberships and $400 family memberships.

20. Hotel Indigo

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399 Grove Street
Newton, MA 02462
(617) 969-5300
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Thirty bucks gets non-guests into the BOKX Pool Deck at the Indigo. Open Monday through Saturday 11AM to 5 PM and is closed Sunday. CASH ONLY!

21. Carson Beach

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William J Day Boulevard
Boston, MA 02127

Minutes from the JFK/UMass stop! It got new sand in 2012 as well as new walkways, benches, lighting and shade shelters.

22. Constitution Beach

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Homer Street
Boston, MA 02128

Enjoy an open beach near the Blue Line with lifeguards, a bathhouse (with concessions) and a big playground (and tennis courts).

23. Artesani Park Wading Pool

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1255 Soldiers Field Road
Brighton, MA 02135

This one's free for the kids under 6. Open daily until Sept. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

24. Dilboy Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

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110 Alewife Brook Parkway
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 623-9321

This outdoor public pool is open to adults for $2, children for $1, or, better yet, $20 for a family pass.

25. Latta Brothers Pool

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20 McGrath Highway
Somerville, MA

This free outdoor pool is open daily until Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

26. Melnea Cass Swimming Pool

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120 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Roxbury, MA 02119

This free outdoor pool is open daily until Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

27. The Kensington

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659-665 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

The luxury rental includes a sixth-floor, heated pool.

28. Mirabella Pool

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475 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 635-1276
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The outdoor pool is open until Sept. 1 and breaks down thus: children under 6 get in free; children 6 to 12 pay $5 for the summer; adults 18 to 61 pay $15 for the season; and guest passes cost $3 a day.

29. Olsen Swimming Pool

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95 Turtle Pond Parkway
Hyde Park, MA 02136

This free outdoor pool is open daily until Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

30. Ryan Wading Pool

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350 River Street
Mattapan, MA 02126

The free outdoor pool is open daily until Sept. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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1. 45 Province

45 Province Street, Boston, MA 02108

The year-round pool, heated pool is on the luxury condo tower's 11th floor.

45 Province Street
Boston, MA 02108

2. Royal Sonesta

40 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge, MA 02142

Swim or lounge inside an atrium and beneath a retractable roof, next to a deck with views of the Charles. The pool runs to 30 feet in length. Open to hotel guests only from 6 am to 10 pm daily.

40 Edwin H Land Boulevard
Cambridge, MA 02142

3. InterContinental Boston

510 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

It's unlikely you can just stroll into the InterContinental's heated 45-foot pool you must be a hotel guest or a member of the spa/fitness center. Hours, if you're still curious, are 6 am to 9 pm Monday through Friday; and 8 am to 8 pm on weekends.

510 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

4. Union Wharf

343 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109

The heated swimming pool has views of the very much unheated harbor.

343 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109

5. Four Seasons Hotel Boston

200 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

The 44-foot-long indoor pool for residents and guests at the Four Seasons is as tricked out on the inside as you would expect. It's open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

200 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

6. Harbor Towers

65 East India Row, Boston, MA 02110

The luxury condo complex includes a seasonal harbor-side pool.

65 East India Row
Boston, MA 02110

7. Colonnade Boston

120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Probably the best rooftop pool in Boston, on a hotel or otherwise. It's open thus: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the public for $40, free for hotel guests; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., open to everyone 21 and over for free; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for hotel guests only.

120 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

8. Francis J. McCrehan Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

359 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

This outdoor pool is free and open daily until Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

359 Rindge Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140

9. Sheraton Boston Hotel

39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199

What's probably Boston's largest lap pool sits beneath a retractable roof.

39 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02199

10. Macallan Building

141 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA 02127

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

141 Dorchester Avenue
Boston, MA 02127

11. Archstone North Point

1 Leighton Street, Cambridge, MA 02141

The luxury rental includes an indoor heated pool.

1 Leighton Street
Cambridge, MA 02141

12. Atmark Cambridge Apartments

80 Fawcett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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

80 Fawcett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

13. Parris Landing

Charlestown, MA 02129

The heated pool is adjacent to a grilling area.

14. Boston Harbor Hotel

70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

If you're not a hotel guest, the 60-foot lap pool and surrounding environment will set you back $25 a day. Call ahead.

70 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

15. Westin Copley Place

10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

The indoor pool is located on the fifth floor and is open to guests and their guests. It's 37 feet long and heated. Hours run from 6 am to 10 pm daily.

10 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02116

16. Clubs at Charles River Park

10 Whittier Place, Boston, MA 02114

This indoor-outdoor public pool is available thus: $40 per adult and $20 per child before 4 p.m.; $30 per adult and $10 per child after 4 p.m.

10 Whittier Place
Boston, MA 02114

17. Hilton Boston Back Bay

40 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02115

The Hilton's seventh-floor heated pool plunges to no more than 5 feet, but is located next to a state-of-the-art fitness center (and a hot tub). All are only open to guests.

40 Dalton Street
Boston, MA 02115

18. Revere Hotel

200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

It includes a rooftop pool (seventh floor) next to a sweeping deck where cabanas can be rented for $150 for four people. Non-guests wishing to use the rest of the deck and the pool must pay $30 each.

200 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116

19. Boston College Pool - Flynn Recreation Center

140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

This indoor, Olympic-size number offers $150 individual memberships and $400 family memberships.

140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

20. Hotel Indigo

399 Grove Street, Newton, MA 02462

Thirty bucks gets non-guests into the BOKX Pool Deck at the Indigo. Open Monday through Saturday 11AM to 5 PM and is closed Sunday. CASH ONLY!

399 Grove Street
Newton, MA 02462

21. Carson Beach

William J Day Boulevard, Boston, MA 02127

Minutes from the JFK/UMass stop! It got new sand in 2012 as well as new walkways, benches, lighting and shade shelters.

William J Day Boulevard
Boston, MA 02127

22. Constitution Beach

Homer Street, Boston, MA 02128

Enjoy an open beach near the Blue Line with lifeguards, a bathhouse (with concessions) and a big playground (and tennis courts).

Homer Street
Boston, MA 02128

23. Artesani Park Wading Pool

1255 Soldiers Field Road, Brighton, MA 02135

This one's free for the kids under 6. Open daily until Sept. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

1255 Soldiers Field Road
Brighton, MA 02135

24. Dilboy Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

110 Alewife Brook Parkway, Somerville, MA 02144

This outdoor public pool is open to adults for $2, children for $1, or, better yet, $20 for a family pass.

110 Alewife Brook Parkway
Somerville, MA 02144

25. Latta Brothers Pool

20 McGrath Highway, Somerville, MA

This free outdoor pool is open daily until Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

20 McGrath Highway
Somerville, MA

26. Melnea Cass Swimming Pool

120 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Roxbury, MA 02119

This free outdoor pool is open daily until Sept. 1 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

120 Martin Luther King Boulevard
Roxbury, MA 02119

27. The Kensington

659-665 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111

The luxury rental includes a sixth-floor, heated pool.

659-665 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

28. Mirabella Pool

475 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109

The outdoor pool is open until Sept. 1 and breaks down thus: children under 6 get in free; children 6 to 12 pay $5 for the summer; adults 18 to 61 pay $15 for the season; and guest passes cost $3 a day.

475 Commercial Street
Boston, MA 02109

29. Olsen Swimming Pool

95 Turtle Pond Parkway, Hyde Park, MA 02136

This free outdoor pool is open daily until Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

95 Turtle Pond Parkway
Hyde Park, MA 02136

30. Ryan Wading Pool

350 River Street, Mattapan, MA 02126

The free outdoor pool is open daily until Sept. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

350 River Street
Mattapan, MA 02126