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The 2013 Guide to Outdoor Pools in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Opening dates and hours, features, and prices. By Emily Thompson
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Comments () | Published May 23, 2013

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and, conveniently, so is the opening date for several area pools. After a seemingly endless winter, we’re ready to break out the swimwear and sunscreen. Check out our guide to area outdoor pools both public and private, organized by state—and get ready to dive in.


Private Pools in DC

Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 I St., SW; 202-488-7500
If you’re more interested in socializing than swimming, look no further than Capitol Skyline. This hotel pool is known for its raucous weekend pool parties.
Price: $20 for a day pass, $325 for a single membership, $525 for a family membership (up to five family members).
Hours: Open weekdays 11 to 9 and weekends 10 to 9.

Courtyard Marriott Dupont Circle
1900 Connecticut Ave., NW; 202-332-9300
Surrounded by an enclosed courtyard, this Dupont pool is an oasis in the midst of a bustling part of town.
Price: $20 for a day pass, $250 for a single membership, $275 for a couples membership, $350 for a family membership.
Hours: Open weekdays 10 to 8 and weekends 10 to 9.

One Washington Circle Hotel
One Washington Circle, NW; 202-872-1680
If you’re looking for a good place to dine and dip, this hotel has the perfect deal for you. The pool is free if you spend $35 at the Circle Bistro or the Circle Lounge, so load up on food and drinks before you hit the water.
Price: Free if you spend $35 at the Circle Bistro or the Circle Lounge.
Hours: Open daily 10 to 8.

The Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Ave., NW; 202-638-1616
In addition to a rooftop pool, this Capitol Hill spot also features a poolside bar, massages in a cabana, and yoga on the roof.
Price: $40 for a day pass, including a welcome cocktail.
Hours: Open daily 10 to 10. Bar open daily 11 to 11.

Washington Plaza
10 Thomas Circle, NW; 202-842-1300
With free wi-fi and a poolside bar, this spot has everything you need for a day of relaxation. And at these prices, you’ll want to take advantage of it all.
Price: $50 for a day pass, $800 for a single season pass, $1,500 for a couples season pass, and $2,100 for a family season pass.
Hours: Open daily 9 to 9.

Waterside Fitness and Swim Club
901 Sixth St., SW; 202-488-3701
Cool off and get your workout on at this aquatic gym. Waterside Fitness and Swim Club offers day passes and memberships for both the indoor and outdoor pools.
Price: $10 for a day pass. Season memberships will also be available; the price is TBD.
Hours: Open daily 10:30 to 8. Closed Monday.


Public Pools in DC

Banneker Pool
2500 Georgia Ave., NW; 202-673-2121
This outdoor pool and kiddie pool make the perfect spot for some family fun in the sun. Swimmers looking for a good workout can also head to Banneker Pool weekday mornings between 8 and 10 for laps.
Price: Free for DC residents.
Hours: Open weekdays 1 to 8 and weekends noon to 6. Closed Thursday.

East Potomac Pool
972 Ohio Drive, SW; 202-727-6523
This Olympic-size pool is home to various DC swim teams and is located on Hains Point between the Potomac River and Washington Channel.
Price: Free for DC residents.
Hours: Open weekdays 1 to 7 and weekends noon to 6. Closed on Wednesday.

Francis Pool
2435 N St., NW; 202-727-3285
With two 25-yard lap lanes, Francis Pool accommodates both casual waders and serious swimmers. Swim lessons and water aerobics classes are also available.
Price: Free for DC residents.
Hours: Open weekdays 1 to 8 and weekends noon to 6. Closed on Tuesday.

Volta Park Pool
1555 34th St., NW; 202-645-5669
Right off Wisconsin Ave., this Georgetown pool is a hotspot for students and DC natives alike.
Price: Free for DC residents.
Hours: Open weekdays 1 to 8 and weekends noon to 6. Closed on Monday.

For information about more DC public pools, see this handy map.


Pools in Maryland

Bethesda Outdoor Pool
6300 Little Falls Pkwy., Bethesda; 301-652-1598
This pool has something for everyone: a six-lane lap pool, diving boards, a junior pool, a toddler pool, and even a snack bar.
Price: Varies based on age and residence.
Hours: Open weekends noon to 6 and closed weekends for preseason (May 25 through June 9). Open weekdays 1 to 8 and weekends noon to 8 for summer season (June 10 to August 18).

Ellen Linson Swimming Pool
5211 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park; 301-277-3717
In addition to an Olympic-size outdoor pool and a baby pool, this location boasts a farmers market and a flea market Saturdays throughout the summer.
Price: Varies based on age and residence.
Hours: Open weekdays noon to 6 and weekends noon to 7. Lap swim on weekdays 6:30 to 6.

Martin Luther King Jr. Outdoor Pool
1201 Jackson Rd., Silver Spring; 240-777-8066
In addition to separate leisure and lap pools, this outdoor area also features water slides and a lazy river.
Price: Varies based on age and residence.
Hours: Open weekends noon to 6 and closed weekends for preseason (May 25 through June 9). Open weekdays 1 to 8 and weekends noon to 8 for summer season (June 10 through August 18).

For information about more Maryland pools, see the Montgomery County website and the Prince George’s County website.


Pools in Virginia

Ocean Dunes Waterpark
6060 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-534-3437
If you’re looking for more than just a pool, this Arlington water park has everything from slides and a 500-gallon dumping bucket to mini golf and batting cages.
Price: Varies based on age and residence. $12 for day pass that includes unlimited use of water park, mini golf, and batting cages.
Hours: See the water park website for the summer schedule.

Old Town Pool
1609 Cameron St., Alexandria; 703-548-3776
With a picnic area and a playground adjacent to the pool and diving well, this is the perfect place for a family fun day.
Price: Varies based on age and residence.
Hours: Open weekends noon to 7 (May 25 through June 23). Open weekdays 6 AM to 8 PM and weekends noon to 7 (June 24 through September 2).

The Memorial Pool
901 Wythe St., Alexandria; 703-549-1098
If you’re a parent who’s looking for a kid-friendly pool environment, this is the place for you. The Memorial Pool is restricted to Alexandria residents 13 and under and their parents.
Price: $1 per person.
Hours: Open daily noon to 6 (starting June 24).

For more information about Virginia pools, see the Arlington County website, the Alexandria website, and the Fairfax County website.

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  • maryld3 .

    there's also the vida pool memeberships

  • T.M.

    Also doesn't cover all private pools in DC. The Washington Hilton, for example, north of Dupont Circle has an outdoor pool that offers both seasonal memberships and monthly memberships with the gym there. Poorly researched article.

  • Valerie Silensky-Lowe

    Wow this story is incomplete. Why nothing about private pools not in DC? The public pools in MD is also incomplete. Hamilton Pool in Magruder Park, Theresa Banks, City of Greenbelt, all outdoor pools, all public. Private - Adelphi Pool, PG Pool, College Park Woods Swim Club, Cheverly.

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