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UPDATE: May 1, 2023

Abilene area swimming pools are opening up for the 2023 season. While most pools are still trying to staff up. As a matter of fact, the Abilene Swim Club is hiring. Several others are opening and offering swim lessons. Most pools are open to the public however, there are a few that require a membership.

Here are the pools you will find in and around Abilene. The Adventure Cove at Rose Park has swimming pools and fun slides. The Abilene Swim Club, Lytle Shores Swim Club, and the YMCA's indoor pool.

My favorite Abilene State Park pool in Buffalo Gap will not be opening due to the continual updating of the oldest pool in West Texas.

The Adventure Cove at Rose Park

At the City of Abilene Adventure Cove in Rose Park, your family will get to enjoy a leisure pool with an awesome zero-depth beach entry, a relaxing lazy river, several fun water slides, a concession stand, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

The Adventure Cove is set to open on Saturday, May 27, 2023. Their hours will be as follows:

  • Monday: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Tues-Sat: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The cost of admission is $4 for kids under 48” tall, $6 for kids 48” and over, $7 for adults (18yrs & older), and children 2 years old or under are free.

Photo by: Facebook/Adventure Cove/City Of Abilene-Mari Cockerell
Photo by: Facebook/Adventure Cove/City Of Abilene-Mari Cockerell

Abilene Swim Club

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

The Abilene Swim Club is the only pool with a high-diving board in Abilene. The eight-foot high-dive has lots of takers climbing the ladder. It also features a couple of great kids' slides and an awesome tree-covered picnic area.

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

Photo by: ASC
Photo by: Abilene Swim Club

UPDATE: Abilene State Park Pool is CLOSED for 2023

The Abilene State Park pool is the oldest swimming pool in West Texas and has been operated continuously since 1934. However, according to the State Parks' recent press release.

Our historic pool will be closed this summer for some much-needed structural repairs. We wish the timing were better, but this 90-year-old grande dame needs help now. Come cool off in our lake and under our shady trees. Thank you for your patience as we work to preserve your park.

If you planned your camping trip around our pool schedule and wish to cancel, please call our Reservation Center at (512) 389-8900 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9am to 5pm) to receive a full refund. We apologize for any inconveniences. Source: Abilene State Park

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

Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Lytle Shores Swim Club

The Lytle Shores Swim Club is in my opinion the best place for kids to learn how to swim. Several of my children graduated from the Dive Spots swim classes.

Furthermore, this pool is open to the public and is extremely family-friendly. Hours may vary as swim lessons are taught all throughout the day. Admission is free for children ages 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, and scuba lessons (this is where I got dive certified). This Swim Club offers a kiddie pool, a sand volleyball lot, a tennis court, a basketball goal, and a jungle gym with swings.

Located at 1701 Lytle Trail, AbileneVisit their website for more information.

Photo by: Facebook/TheDiveSpot
Photo by: Facebook/TheDiveSpot

The YMCA Indoor Pool

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, on 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 continuing 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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