Make a Splash at Charlotte Pools, Spraygrounds Starting Memorial Day Weekend

If you can't take the heat, jump in the water and cool off!
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Warm days and bright Carolina sunshine mean one thing – it’s the perfect time to make a splash! Be sure to put exploring these public pools and unique spraygrounds at the top of your adventure list this summer. These spots around town make for fun and affordable afternoons – guaranteed to wear out the whole family and keep everyone cool. Watch for more public pools to open as staff positions are filled.

Double Oaks Family Aquatic Center

Bring the towels and sunscreen and head here for some much needed pool time. With a twisty water slide and zero-entry area for the little ones, families can take a vacation without leaving town. Opening day is Saturday, May 29 and individuals and groups can enjoy the facility for 1.5 hours per visit. Time blocks are 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. You must sign up in person on a come, first serve basis due to limited capacity. Hours are  11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. May 29 through June 1. Wednesday, June 2 the facility is closed then Double Oaks will be open Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) throughout the summer. The fee is $2 per person. 2014 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28206

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Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center

The indoor aquatic center includes a 50-meter competition pool, 25-yard therapeutic pool, fitness center, and hot tub. Capacity is limited. You can reserve a lane online for lap swimming and there are some areas for recreational swimming. Cost is $3 for children and $5 for adults. 800 E  M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28202

Spraygrounds

Popular with the younger set, these havens of H2O are usually located in or around parks, restaurants or other entertainment areas so you can make a day of it! You can find these fab places to have fun all around the city and each has unique water features so try them all and find your favorite! Open daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. starting Memorial Day, there’s no room for “I’m bored” this summer. Spraygrounds are free but do not have lifeguards.

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Come on in, the water’s fine!

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