It’s Florida in the summertime — you don’t need us to tell you it’s hot outside, and it’s only going to get hotter. Sometimes taking a dip in a pool can be the best way to beat the heat. If you don’t have your own at home, don’t worry. We’ve pooled together public places to swim in Polk County.
Gandy Pool, 404 Imperial Blvd., Lakeland | $4 | Take a water exercise class like Deep Water Aerobics or Aqua Yoga.
Open swim: Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lap swim: Mon.-Fri. 5:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Simpson Pool, 1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Lakeland | $4 | Children can learn how to swim with morning swim classes.
Open swim: Mon.-Fri. 12-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Lap swim: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
“Rowdy” Gaines Olympic Pool, 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven | $2+ | Dive into this heated pool, open year-round.
Open swim: Sun.-Sat. 1-5 p.m.
Lap swim: Mon-Fri., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
Lake Eva Aquatics Center, 321 S. 6th St., Haines City | $5 | Kids will love the lagoon pool, water slide + splash pad.
Sun.-Sat. 12-6 p.m.
LEGOLAND® Water Park, 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven | Prices and hours vary | Build your own raft and drift down the lazy river.
Rent a pool
Looking for a pool party that’s a little more private? Rent another Lakelander’s pool by the hour with Swimply to have your own oasis for an afternoon.