Cool Off with a Dip in a City Pool
They’re (mostly) free and easy to get to by T
If you’re looking for an escape from the summer’s heat and humidity, but can’t get to the ocean, consider heading to one of several local community swimming pools. Maintained by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, the pools provide a close-by opportunity for an afternoon of sun and summer reading and a refreshing dip. Best of all, they’re free. Below are one that has a fee and three that have no charge—all are easy to get to by public transportation.
Reilly Memorial Swimming Pool
355 Chestnut Hill Avenue
The pool is open through August 24, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take an MBTA Green Line B trolley to the Chestnut Hill Avenue stop, a C trolley to the Cleveland Circle stop, or a D trolley to the Reservoir stop. Call 617-277-7822 or 617-698-1802 for more information.
Francis J. McCrehan Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool
359 Rindge Avenue
The pool is open through September 1, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take the MBTA Red Line to the Alewife stop. Call 617-354-9154 or 617-576-2081 for more information.
Veterans Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool
719 Memorial Drive
The pool is open through August 24, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cross the BU Bridge toward Cambridge and take a left on Memorial Drive. The pool is roughly four blocks down on the left. Call 617-354-9381 for more information.
If location is a bigger priority than cost, try this spot in the North End with great views of Boston Harbor.
475 Commercial Street
The pool is open through September 1, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Adults pay $15, children under six are free. Take the MBTA Blue Line to the Aquarium stop, walk north past Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park, continue straight one block along Cross Street, and take the first right onto Commercial Street. Call 617-635-5235 or 617-635-5166 for more information.
This story was originally published on July 6, 2011; it has been updated to include current information.5 Comments