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Cool Off with a Dip in a City Pool

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


Many would argue that the ocean is by far the best way to escape from summer’s heat and humidity, but it isn’t always possible to make the trek. Consider heading to one of the local community swimming pools maintained by the commonwealth’s Department of Conservation and Recreation. The pools provide a close-by opportunity for a day of sun, 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

In the heart of Cleveland Circle, next to the MBTA C Line trolley stop, the pool is open daily through August 23. Find hours, facilities, accessibility, restrictions, and directions here. Call 617-277-7822 or 617-698-1802 for more information.

Francis J. McCrehan Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

359 Rindge Ave.

This pool is open daily through August 23. Find hours, facilities, services, restrictions, and directions here.  Call 617-661-0670 for more information.

Veterans Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool

719 Memorial Drive

This pool, on Magazine Beach next to the Charles River, is open daily through August 23. (The spray deck is open through Labor Day, September 3.) Find hours, facilities, services, restrictions, and directions here. On foot, cross the BU Bridge to Cambridge, take a left on Memorial Drive, and walk four blocks down on the left. Call 617-661-0564 for more information.

Find a complete list of pools maintained by the Department of Conservation and Recreation here.

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

Mirabella Pool

475 Commercial St.

This pool is operated by the city of Boston and is open until the end of summer. Bathers must take a shower before entering pool areas and bring their own towels. Alcohol is prohibited. Find hours and admission here and a schedule of events here. Call 617-635-1275 for more information.  


7 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.

  • Jim on 07.05.2018 at 8:45 am

    You can always throw a Baby Ruth candy bar into the pool and watch chaos ensue like in Caddy Shack

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