Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill public swimming pools and paddling pools

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Children are pictured playing at the Hillside Pool in Hillside Park in this file photo.

Children are pictured playing at the Hillside Pool in Hillside Park in this file photo.

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Tis the season for sweating it out while walking from your front door to your car. Fortunately, the Triangle has many swimming pools and paddling pools to help you cool off.

We’ve put together a list of public swimming pools and paddling pools to help you and your family cope with the unbearable heat of summer days. Don’t forget to take your sunscreen and read by the pool.

To note: Be sure to check daily hours of operation (which may change due to weather, staffing issues, COVID and more) before heading out for your day in the sun. Some swimming pools and paddling pools are also chargeable, even for residents of the city.

To note: Want to be a lifeguard? Many towns in the Triangle are looking for summer lifeguards and pool attendants. Some even pay for lifeguard training and certifications. For more information, visit newsobserver.com/news.

Raleigh: public swimming pools

Raleigh has four year-round pools and four summer pools. Residents and non-residents of Raleigh must pay a fee to visit a swimming pool or aquatic center.

Swimming pool, Buffaloe Road Aquatic Centerfeatures a three-story waterslide, lazy river, and games like water basketball and water volleyball.

Raleigh’s four summer pools:

Biltmore Pool: 701 Crown Crossing Ln. (27610)

Johnson Lake Pool: 5863 Jaguar Park Drive (27606)

Longview Pool: 321 Bertie Drive (27610)

Ridge Road Pool: 1709 Ridge Road (27607)

Raleigh’s four year-round swimming pools:

Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center: 5908 Buffaloe Road. (27616)

Millbrook Exchange Pool: 1905 Spring Forest Road. (27615)

Optimist Pool: 5902 Whittier Drive (27609)

Pullen Aquatic Center: 410 Ashe Ave (27606)

For hours, fees and additional information for all eight pools, visit raleighnc.gov/aquatics.

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Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center features a three-story waterslide, lazy river, and games like water basketball and water volleyball. cseward@newsobserver.com

Cary: public swimming pools

The Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary offers daily recreational swims year-round. For timetables and prices, go to triangleaquatics.org/facility/hours-and-admissions.

Durham: public swimming pools

Durham has two indoor pools (which have scheduled recreational swim times) and three outdoor pools open for the summer. Durham residents 18 and under do not have to pay to use the pools.

Durham Indoor Pools:

Edison Johnson Aquatic Center: 500 Murray Ave W.

Campus Hills Pool: 2000 South Alston Ave.

Durham Outdoor Pools:

Forest Hills Pool: 1639 Dr University

Pool on the hillside: 1221 Sawyer Street

Long Meadow Pool: 917 Liberty Street

For locations, hours and rates, visit dprplaymore.org. For indoor pool recreational swim sessions, visit anc.apm.activecommunities.com/dprplaymore.

Chapel Hill: Public Swimming Pools

Chapel Hill has two indoor pools (with daily recreational swim times) and one outdoor pool open in the summer, which can be reserved for parties:

Indoor pools:

Farm aquatic center: 300 Aquatic Dr.

Chapel Hill Community Center Indoor Pool: 120 South Estes Dr.

Outdoor pool:

AD Clark Outdoor Pool: Hargraves Center at 216 North Roberson St.

Residents and non-residents of Chapel Hill must pay a fee to visit a swimming pool or aquatic center. For locations, hours and rates, visit townofchapelhill.org.

Hillsborough: public swimming pools

The Orange County Sports Complex is located at 101 Meadowlands Dr. in Hillsborough. There are three pools on site: an 11-lane pool, a recreational pool, and a baby wading pool.

There are membership options, but children (12 and under) cost $5 per day, while adults cost $6, according to the website. For hours and additional information, visit oc-sportsplex.com.

Smithfield: public swimming pools

Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center features an eight-lane swimming pool and children’s wading pool. Splash Park’s summer hours begin June 6, according to the website. There are membership and daily hospitality rates for residents and non-residents. For hours and more information, visit smithfield-nc.com.

Morrisville: Public Pools

The Morrisville Aquatic and Fitness Center has a daily recreational swim. It is located at 1301 Morrisville Pkwy. For timetables and prices, go to villedemorrisville.org.

Siler City: Public Pools

Bray Park aquatic facility is located at 700 Alston Bridge Road. It is open from May 28 to Labor Day.

Admission is $5 for visitors ages 3 to 50, and those 50 and older can enter for $2.50. Anyone can enter for $2.50 on Tuesdays, according to the website.

For more information, visit silercity.org.

Wake Forest: public swimming pools

The Holding Park Aquatic Center features a six-lane pool and two waterslides with a plunge pool. The pool opens for the summer season on Saturday, May 28, according to the website. For timetables and prices, go to wakeforestnc.gov.

Knightdale: public swimming pools

Knightdale Community Pool is located at 202 Milburnie Road. It will open for the season on Saturday, May 28. Entry is cash only, and residents and non-residents must pay to enter. For more information, visit knightdalenc.gov.

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Family wading pools can help beat the heat this summer. Gerry Melendez File Photo/The State

Raleigh: Splash Pads, Spraygrounds

Raleigh has a bunch of spray land:

John Chavis Memorial Park, which was recently renovated, has a sprayground. It is located at 505 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. For opening hours, visit raleighnc.gov.

Jack Smith Park‘s sprayground open May 11. It is located at 9725 Penny Rd. For hours of operation, visit townofcary.org.

Three Raleigh Pools — Millbrook, Johnson Lake and ridge road – include access to the wading pool with admission.

Durham: Splash Pads, Spraygrounds

Durham has four spray zones to beat the heat:

East End Park Spray Pad: 1200 N Alston Ave.

Edison Johnson Sprayground: 500 Murray Ave W.

Forest Hills Park Spray Pad: 1639 Dr University

Hillside Park Spray Pad: 1221 Sawyer Street

For opening hours at all four, visit dprplaymore.org/262/Spraygrounds.

Smithfield: Splash Pads, Spraygrounds

from Smithfield Eva E. Ennis Splash Pad is located at 502 Martin Luther King Jr Dr. It is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and gambling is unsupervised. For hours and more information, visit johnstonnc.com.

The Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center Splash Park is located at 600 M. Durwood Stephenson Hwy. There are membership and daily hospitality rates for residents and non-residents. No reservations are needed to use the Splash Park, according to the website. For more information, visit smithfield-nc.com.

Siler City: Splash Pads, Spraygrounds

Bray Park aquatic facility is located at 700 Alston Bridge Road. It is open from May 28 to Labor Day. Admission includes access to the swimming pool and paddling pool, as well as the picnic area.

Admission is $5 for visitors ages 3 to 50, and those 50 and older can enter for $2.50. Anyone can enter for $2.50 on Tuesdays, according to the website.

For more information, visit silercity.org.

Fuquay Varina: Splash Pads, Spraygrounds

Fuquay-Varina Splash Pad is located at 900 S Main St. Residents do not have to pay, but they must obtain a Resident Splash Pad card, which must be renewed annually. Non-residents must pay $2 for all-day admission, while a parent and children under two are exempt. For more information, visit fuquay-varina.org.

Wake Forest: Splash Pads, Spraygrounds

The Taylor Street Park Spray Ground is located at 416 N Taylor St. It’s free and open to the public. For hours and more information, visit wakeforestnc.gov.

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