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Time for a Dip: Pools Opening in Washington This Weekend

Just because you don’t live in the ’burbs doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a neighborhood pool.

Photograph by Flickr user Lee Coursey.

As of 5 PM today it is officially Memorial Day weekend. And we all know what that means: the beginning of pool season. You may think that living in the city means you have to miss out on the great suburban joy that is community swimming pools, but you would be wrong. Grab your sunglasses and your floaties and follow the smell of chlorine to these hotel and neighborhood pools.

For early risers, Liaison Capitol Hill opens for an hour of vinyasa yoga starting at 7:30 Saturday morning. Cool off with a post-workout dip in the rooftop pool, or fuel up for your day of lounging with brunch. Just don’t forget to wait for 30 minutes after eating to go for a swim. Reservations are required, and admission is $50.

If rowdy ruckus is your game, then get thee to Capitol Skyline Hotel for Adult Swim, a weekly fun-fest held every Sunday in the summer. Deejays will be spinning tunes and the grills will be churning out burgers and dogs as you lounge poolside with a drink in hand. RSVP and get there early (before 1) for free entrance; cover is $20 after 1. The fun starts at noon and lasts until 6(ish).

Rooftop pool parties are no longer exclusive to DC, thanks to Bethesda’s Doubletree. Guests and locals alike can enjoy Tropical Thursday happy hour starting May 31 from 5 to 9:30, and a dance party from noon to 6 every Sunday. Sip frozen cocktails or bottled beer and enjoy the 16th-story view. Oh, and did we mention the free food? And free cover? True story. 

Don’t forget that all DC public pools open for weekend hours starting Saturday. From noon to 6 on Saturdays and Sundays you can get your sun on at any of the 18 locations (see map here), but bring your ID, as admission is free for all District residents.

If you’re just looking for a simple pool experience without the fanfare, check out the Embassy Row Hotel. The pool will be open to the public for $15, but there are no planned parties occurring. Or if you just want to enjoy a rooftop experience with a pool view, try the Donovan House, which will be available to lounging members of the public for free after 7 PM. Unfortunately, swimming is restricted to hotel guests only.

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