The Texas sun is here for the summer and promises to heat things up. Abilene's pools are open and ready to cool you down. The Key City is very fortunate to have a good number of great swimming pools. Here's a list of the awesome pools (and pads) for you to cool off in during the dog days of summer.

Rose Park Adventure Cove

The Rose Park Adventure Cove's new hours are: Closed Mondays through Wednesdays. Thursdays through Saturdays open 11 am till 7 pm and open Sundays from 1 pm till 7 pm. 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 6th.

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
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All splash pads are opened seven days a week and operate sun-up to sun-down hours through Sunday, October 31st. The Splash Pads are absolutely free and children can 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 8 am-5 pm 325-676-6217 or nights and weekends 325-665-3786.

Abilene State Park Pool

Boys Take Turns Diving Into The Pool
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The Abilene State Park pool is open from Saturday, May 296th Memorial Day Weekend, through Sunday, August 15th. It's the oldest pool in the Big Country, operating continuously since 1934.

The State Park pool is closed Monday and Tuesday. Open Sunday, Wednesday, and Thursday: Swim Session 1 is 10:30 am till 1:30 pm and Swim Session 2 is open 2 pm till 5 pm. On Friday and Saturday: Swim Session 1 is 10:30 am till 1:30 pm and Swim Session 2 is 2 pm till 5 pm and Swim Session 3 is 6 pm till 8:45 pm

Pool admission is in addition to the park entrance fee. The cost to get into the pool is $1 for 12 and under and $2 for 13 and up plus the 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 Abilene State Park, visit their website. or call the Abilene State Park at 800-792-1112 for more information.

Abilene Swim Club

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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 as membership is limited to the pool's capacity.

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 couple of great kids slides and an awesome tree-covered picnic area.

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

The Dive Spot

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The Lytle Shores Swim Club aka formerly 'The Dive Spot' is under new ownership. Hours are Monday through Friday from 12 noon until 3 pm. Admission is free for children age 2 and under with a paid adult, and only $4 per person over the age of 3. The Lytle Shores swim club also offers water aerobics, scuba lessons as well as the best swim lessons for children and adults alike.

The pool opens on 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 2021. Visit their website for more information.

The YMCA Indoor Pool

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

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

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