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Cool Off with a Dip in a City Pool

They’re (mostly) free and easy to get to by T


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, most are free and they’re all easy to get to by public transportation.

Reilly Memorial Swimming Pool

355 Chestnut Hill Ave.
Cleveland Circle

The pool, located in the heart of Cleveland Circle right next to the MBTA C Line stop, is open through August 23, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take an MBTA Green Line B trolley to the Chestnut Hill Avenue stop or a Green Line C trolley to the Cleveland Circle stop. Call 617-277-7822 or 617-698-1802 for more information.

Francis J. McCrehan Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

359 Rindge Ave.

The pool is open through September 7, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Take the MBTA Red Line to the Alewife stop. Call 617-661-0670 for more information.

Veterans Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

719 Memorial Drive

Located on Magazine Beach in Cambridge, the pool is open through August 30, 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 617-661-0564 for more information.

If location is a bigger priority than cost, try this spot in the North End with great views of Boston Harbor.

Mirabella Pool

475 Commercial St.

This pool is operated by the City of Boston. Located along the North End’s waterfront, it is open through September 7, 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 (21–61) pay $15; young adults (13–20), children (6–12) and seniors (62+) pay $5; and children under six are free. Take an MBTA Green Line B trolley to Park Street and change to the E line. Take that to the Haymarket stop, cross over to the North End, walk down Hanover St. to the end, and turn left on Commercial Street. Call 617-635-1276 for more information.

Note: Bathers are required to take showers before entering pool areas and must bring their own towels. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.

This story was originally published on July 6, 2011; it has been updated to include current information.

Leslie Friday, BU Today, Boston University
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6 Comments on Cool Off with a Dip in a City Pool

  • Anonymous on 07.06.2011 at 9:45 am

    public swimming pools

    Are there any public swimming pools in Boston?

  • Anonymous on 07.06.2011 at 9:55 am

    Pool # 1 is in Boston

    Dear “public swimming pools”, the first pool listed in Cleveland Circle is in Brighton, which is a neighborhood in Boston. It’s actually not too far from BU-you can take the B line and get off at “Chestnut Hill Ave” and talk a left on Chestnut Hill Ave, and the pool is only about a block away from there.

  • north end on 06.22.2012 at 9:32 am

    There is also a public pool in the north end just a few blocks from north station. It has a beautiful view of the harbor.


  • lsim on 06.22.2012 at 12:44 pm

    Don’t forget about about the pools at FitRec – right on campus and available for all at a very reasonable price!

  • Ginnette Powell on 07.30.2013 at 2:14 pm

    BCYF pools are great with longer hours during the summer, children’s swim, water aerobics etc. not free but very low cost…http://www.cityofboston.gov/BCYF/Summer.asp

  • Withnessie on 08.20.2015 at 5:44 pm

    Swim in lots of strangers’ pee! For free! Uh…. no thanks.

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