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Here’s where to swim in New Orleans this summer

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2016 and has been updated with the most recent information.

Summer has officially begun, but New Orleans has been sweltering for at least a month. If you haven’t staked out a cool, wet place to spend the hottest months of the year yet, then you’re probably regretting it. Never fear—we’ve compiled a list of swimming holes you can visit this summer in New Orleans. These options range from a fancy rooftop pool to indoor lap pools to refreshing natural bodies of water.

If you'd rather keep things splashy at a hotel, check out Curbed NOLA's map of the 17 best hotel pools in the city.

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1. Bayou Segnette State Park Wave Pool

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7777 Westbank Expy
Westwego, LA 70094
(504) 736-7140
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Deep in the West Bank, you’ll find this beautiful state park and wave pool, which can rock up to 400 swimmers. Open through August 1, the pool has a $13 admission fee for adults and a $10 fee for kids.

2. Cool Zoo and Gator Run

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6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

Geared toward children, this "splash park" in Audubon Zoo has jumping water spouts, a huge alligator water slide, a spider monkey soaker, and water-spitting snakes. The Gator Run is a 750-feet "lazy river" where you can float past the animals. Admission is $12, but $10 for Audubon members, in addition to zoo admission.

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3. Whitney Young Pool

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Also known as the Audubon Pool (it's across the street from Audubon Park), this public pool is operated by the New Orleans Recreation Department. Through September 2, it's open seven days a week, and swimming lessons and adult water aerobic classes are available.

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4. The Drifter Hotel

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3522 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
(504) 605-4644
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This trendy midcentury modern hotel in Mid-City has a program that allows one person and a guest year-round access to the pool and courtyard. You also get into The Drifter Hotel venue events for free. A Swim Club pass will run you $200 if you work in the service and hospitality industry, and $299 if you don’t.

The pool is open all year from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends. One-time entry to the pool is $5 on weekdays and $10 on weekends, excluding special events.

5. Lyons Pool

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719 Delachaise St
New Orleans, LA 70115

NORDC-run swimming pool has swimming lessons for children and adults, a "learn to lifeguard" program, and water aerobics. The pool is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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6. Lemann Pool

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536 North Prieur Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

This indoor pool right off the Lafitte Greenway in Treme pool is open through August 4. Fun fact: The public pool has murals wrapped around all of its four corners created by local youth and the Arts Council of New Orleans.

The pool is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. for water aerobics.

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7. NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans

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317 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70112
(844) 439-1463
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NOPSI Hotel’s rooftop pool and bar, Above the Grid, invites locals to swim every Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There’s no admission fee, and highlights include cocktail specials, games, and a DJ.

8. Ace Hotel New Orleans

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600 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 900-1180
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The Ace Hotel’s rooftop pool and bar is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, all year long. Non-guests have to spend at least $25 for admission “during peak hours Friday–Sunday,” according to the website.

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9. The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

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130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112
(504) 648-1200
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The pool here is open to the public, but you have to rent a cabana, and it's not cheap: prices range from $175 to $350 a day, but the cabanas accommodate up to eight guests and come with a bunch of amenities, including bottled water and fresh fruit.

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10. Le Meridien Hotel

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333 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 525-9444
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At the Le Meridien New Orleans, the rooftop pool deck is open to locals. A $20 day pass gets you pool and gym access, plus wi-fi, and cabanas are available for an additional $200.

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11. W French Quarter

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316 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 581-1200
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Featuring a swanky courtyard, the hotel sells daily passes to non-guests for $20. Passes include pool access and a $20 food and beverage credit 

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12. Loews New Orleans Hotel

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300 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 595-3300
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The local Loews Hotel has the distinction of being home to an indoor pool open to the public. But here's the catch: you need to purchase a $25 day pass or a $45/month membership to the hotel's spa and fitness area to enjoy the heated saltwater pool.

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13. UNO Aquatic Center

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6801 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 280-7238
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Open seven days a week, the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena Aquatic Center has an eight-lane indoor pool and an outdoor pool with a deck and seating. The Aquatic Center sells day passes for $10 and monthly passes starting at $15/month.

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14. The Country Club

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634 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 945-0742
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This Italianate mansion has a saltwater pool, hot tub, sauna, bar, restaurant, and a weekend "Drag Brunch." Admission is $15. It might also be worth taking a look at the redesigned interior, too.

15. Fontainebleau State Park

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62883 LA-1089
Mandeville, LA 70471
(985) 624-4443
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Yes, it’s on the Northshore, but this white sand beach on Lake Pontchartrain merits the drive. Admission is $3, and people ages 62 and over get in free.

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16. Stallings St. Claude Recreation Center

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4300 Saint Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117

The Lee Ledbetter-designed facility reopened in summer 2015 after years of abandonment post Hurricane Katrina. The (free) pool is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 2 p.m to 6 p.m.

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1. Bayou Segnette State Park Wave Pool

7777 Westbank Expy, Westwego, LA 70094

Deep in the West Bank, you’ll find this beautiful state park and wave pool, which can rock up to 400 swimmers. Open through August 1, the pool has a $13 admission fee for adults and a $10 fee for kids.

7777 Westbank Expy
Westwego, LA 70094

2. Cool Zoo and Gator Run

6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
Photo courtesy of the Audubon Nature Institute

Geared toward children, this "splash park" in Audubon Zoo has jumping water spouts, a huge alligator water slide, a spider monkey soaker, and water-spitting snakes. The Gator Run is a 750-feet "lazy river" where you can float past the animals. Admission is $12, but $10 for Audubon members, in addition to zoo admission.

6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

3. Whitney Young Pool

New Orleans, LA
Via NORDC

Also known as the Audubon Pool (it's across the street from Audubon Park), this public pool is operated by the New Orleans Recreation Department. Through September 2, it's open seven days a week, and swimming lessons and adult water aerobic classes are available.

4. The Drifter Hotel

3522 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70119

This trendy midcentury modern hotel in Mid-City has a program that allows one person and a guest year-round access to the pool and courtyard. You also get into The Drifter Hotel venue events for free. A Swim Club pass will run you $200 if you work in the service and hospitality industry, and $299 if you don’t.

The pool is open all year from 7 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends. One-time entry to the pool is $5 on weekdays and $10 on weekends, excluding special events.

3522 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119

5. Lyons Pool

719 Delachaise St, New Orleans, LA 70115

NORDC-run swimming pool has swimming lessons for children and adults, a "learn to lifeguard" program, and water aerobics. The pool is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

719 Delachaise St
New Orleans, LA 70115

6. Lemann Pool

536 North Prieur Street, New Orleans, LA 70112
Photo by Eric Craig/Curbed NOLA

This indoor pool right off the Lafitte Greenway in Treme pool is open through August 4. Fun fact: The public pool has murals wrapped around all of its four corners created by local youth and the Arts Council of New Orleans.

The pool is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. for water aerobics.

536 North Prieur Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

7. NOPSI Hotel, New Orleans

317 Baronne St, New Orleans, LA 70112

NOPSI Hotel’s rooftop pool and bar, Above the Grid, invites locals to swim every Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There’s no admission fee, and highlights include cocktail specials, games, and a DJ.

317 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70112

8. Ace Hotel New Orleans

600 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Courtesy of Ace Hotel

The Ace Hotel’s rooftop pool and bar is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, all year long. Non-guests have to spend at least $25 for admission “during peak hours Friday–Sunday,” according to the website.

600 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

9. The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel

130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112

The pool here is open to the public, but you have to rent a cabana, and it's not cheap: prices range from $175 to $350 a day, but the cabanas accommodate up to eight guests and come with a bunch of amenities, including bottled water and fresh fruit.

130 Roosevelt Way
New Orleans, LA 70112

10. Le Meridien Hotel

333 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Courtesy of Le Méridien New Orleans

At the Le Meridien New Orleans, the rooftop pool deck is open to locals. A $20 day pass gets you pool and gym access, plus wi-fi, and cabanas are available for an additional $200.

333 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130

11. W French Quarter

316 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Courtesy of W New Orleans — French Quarter

Featuring a swanky courtyard, the hotel sells daily passes to non-guests for $20. Passes include pool access and a $20 food and beverage credit 

316 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

12. Loews New Orleans Hotel

300 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130

The local Loews Hotel has the distinction of being home to an indoor pool open to the public. But here's the catch: you need to purchase a $25 day pass or a $45/month membership to the hotel's spa and fitness area to enjoy the heated saltwater pool.

300 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130

13. UNO Aquatic Center

6801 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Open seven days a week, the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena Aquatic Center has an eight-lane indoor pool and an outdoor pool with a deck and seating. The Aquatic Center sells day passes for $10 and monthly passes starting at $15/month.

6801 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

14. The Country Club

634 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117

This Italianate mansion has a saltwater pool, hot tub, sauna, bar, restaurant, and a weekend "Drag Brunch." Admission is $15. It might also be worth taking a look at the redesigned interior, too.

634 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117

15. Fontainebleau State Park

62883 LA-1089, Mandeville, LA 70471

Yes, it’s on the Northshore, but this white sand beach on Lake Pontchartrain merits the drive. Admission is $3, and people ages 62 and over get in free.

62883 LA-1089
Mandeville, LA 70471

16. Stallings St. Claude Recreation Center

4300 Saint Claude Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117

The Lee Ledbetter-designed facility reopened in summer 2015 after years of abandonment post Hurricane Katrina. The (free) pool is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sundays from 2 p.m to 6 p.m.

4300 Saint Claude Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117