Abilene is very fortunate to have some great swimming pools. Here's a list of awesome pools for you to cool off in, during the dog days of summer.

Rose Park Adventure Cove

The Rose Park Adventure Cove is open Sunday and Monday from 1pm - 7pm
and Tuesday - Saturday from 11am - 7pm. Admission is free for kids 2 & under, $4 for kids under 48” tall, $6 for children over 48” tall and $7 for adults age 18 and up.

The aquatic center features awesome slides. One is the 'Big Green Monster', while the second slide is called 'Big Blue'. The pool includes a kiddie pool, a lazy river and a beach-like pool, called 'Stingray Bay'.

The Rose Park Adventure Cove has a full service concession stand and no outside food or drinks are allowed into the Adventure Cove. The Rose Park Adventure Cove will close for the season on Sunday, September 1st.

For more about the Rose Park Family Aquatic Center, visit the City of Abilene website.

Nelson, Scarborough and Stevenson Splash Pads

The City's newest splash pad
Photo by: Rudy Fernandez

All splash pads are opened seven days a week and operate sun-up to sun-down hours through October 28th. The Splash Pads are absolutely free and children must not be left unattended.

All three pads are subject to close during bad weather. For information or to report any issues, please call Mon-Fri 8am-5pm 325-676-6217 or nights and weekends 325-665-3786.

Abilene State Park Pool

Boys Take Turns Diving Into The Pool
Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The Abilene State Park pool is open from Saturday May 26th Memorial Day Weekend, until Sunday, September 1st. It's the oldest pool in the Big Country, operating since 1934.

The State Park pool is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am - 7pm, with a pool break from 3pm - 4pm daily. Pool admission is in addition to the park entrance fee. Cost to get in is $2 for persons 13 and over plus park entrance or $1 children 12 and under plus park entrance fee.

During the regular season, the pool routinely reaches maximum capacity on weekends. Once the maximum capacity is reached, the pool will not allow any more swimmers in. Park visitors, including campers, are not guaranteed access to the swimming pool. The pool is available for rental after normal business hours. Fees for private pool use will vary, contact the park for more information.

For more about the Abilene State Park, visit their website. or call the Abilene State Park at 800-792-1112 for more information.

Sunfish Swimming Hole

Sunfish Swimming Pool
Photo by: Rudy Fernandez

The Sunfish Swimming Hole & Snowcones has closed permanently. The most recent owners sold it and informed me that Dollar General purchased it and will build a store on that very location in the near future.

Abilene Swim Club

Abilene Swim Club
photo: Rudy F.

The Abilene Swim Club is a "private members only" pool. Non-members can swim but must be accompanied by a member. Call for pool membership availability.

The Swim Club pool is the only pool with a high dive in Abilene now, this eight foot high diving board has lots of takers climbing the ladder. It also has a great kids slide and an awesome tree covered picnic area.

The pool's hours vary. Consult their online calendar for hours of operation as the hours  change. For membership visit Abilene Swim Club website or call 325-704-8714 weekdays 9am to 5pm.

The Dive Spot

Ryan McVay, Thinkstock
Ryan McVay, Thinkstock

The Lytle Shores Swim Club aka The Dive Spot is under new ownership. Hours are Monday - Friday from 1pm - 3pm. Admission is only $4 per person and children age 2 and under get in free with a paid adult. The Lytle Shores swim club also offers water aerobics, scuba lessons as well as swim lessons for kids and adults alike.

The pool will be open through Labor Day Weekend. The Swim Club offers a kiddie-pool, sand volleyball court, tennis court, basketball goal and a jungle gym with swings.

Located at 1701 Lytle Trail, Abilene. The Lytle Shores Pool will not be available for private rental in 2018. Visit their website for more information.

The YMCA Indoor Pools

Redbud YMCA swimming pool
Photo by: Rudy Fernandez

The YMCA has what it takes to run a pool, a great staff and awesome facilities. The indoor pools are great during cold/freezing weather. However, during 100 degree days, the ambient room temperature at the pool was just as hot as outside.

The YMCA pool have open swim sessions beginning at 5:30am and continues off and on throughout the day until 8:45pm daily. Check the YMCA's schedule as the times change on a daily basis.

The YMCA membership cost varies per membership and/or families. For more information about the Abilene Area YMCA. Here's directions to the YMCA on the south side of Abilene.

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