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Mapping Eight Places to Take a Dip in New Orleans

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It's summer in New Orleans, which means everyone is blathering on about the rising temps and horrid humidity. The best solution? A pool, of course. Not everyone is so fortunate to have access to their own private swimming hole and the nearby waterways aren't exactly swimmer-friendly, so we've compiled a map of eight pretty great places to take a dip. These spots include the W Hotel's Adult/Swim series, the inimitable Country Club in Bywater, a few New Orleans Recreation Department-run pools, the Cool Zoo splash park in the Audubon Zoo, and more.
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1. Cool Zoo and Gator Run

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6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

Geared toward the kiddies, this "splash park" in Audubon Zoo has "jumping water spouts, a huge alligator water slide, a spider monkey soaker, water-spitting snakes, and more." The zoo recently added to its water attractions Gator Run, a 750-feet "lazy river" where you can float past the animals. Admission is $12, $10 for Audubon members, in addition to the zoo ticket. [photo: Audubon Institute]

2. The Country Club

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634 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 945-0742
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While no longer clothing-optional, this gay-friendly Bywater spot is still without the stuffy demeanor "country club" suggests. The beautiful cottage has a saltwater pool, hot tub, sauna, bar, restaurant, and a Sunday "Drag Brunch." Admission is $10 Monday through Friday, $15 on weekends and $8 after 5 p.m. daily. [photo: The Country Club]

3. W French Quarter

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316 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 581-1200
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The hotel hosts pool events like "Dive-In" movies nights, where attendees can swim while taking in a movie on the big screen. The hotel will host similar events through the summer; check the hotel's event page for details. [photo: W French Quarter

4. UNO Aquatic Center

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6801 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122
(504) 280-7238
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Open 7 days a week, the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena Aquatic Center has an 8-lane indoor pool and an outdoor pool with a deck and seating. Admission is $5.[photo: UNO]

5. Joe Brown Aquatic Center

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Joe Brown Park
New Orleans, LA 70127

This indoor pool in the rec center at Joe Brown Memorial Park in New Orleans East is open year-round, seven days a week and is operated by the New Orleans Recreation Department. [photo: Friends of Joe Brown Park

6. Whitney Young Pool

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

7. Lyons Pool

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719 Delachaise St
New Orleans, LA 70115

This New Orleans Recreation Department-run swimming pool has swimming lessons for children and adults, a "learn to lifeguard" program, and water aerobics. [photo: Lyons Center]

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1. Cool Zoo and Gator Run

6500 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70118

Geared toward the kiddies, this "splash park" in Audubon Zoo has "jumping water spouts, a huge alligator water slide, a spider monkey soaker, water-spitting snakes, and more." The zoo recently added to its water attractions Gator Run, a 750-feet "lazy river" where you can float past the animals. Admission is $12, $10 for Audubon members, in addition to the zoo ticket. [photo: Audubon Institute]

6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

2. The Country Club

634 Louisa St, New Orleans, LA 70117

While no longer clothing-optional, this gay-friendly Bywater spot is still without the stuffy demeanor "country club" suggests. The beautiful cottage has a saltwater pool, hot tub, sauna, bar, restaurant, and a Sunday "Drag Brunch." Admission is $10 Monday through Friday, $15 on weekends and $8 after 5 p.m. daily. [photo: The Country Club]

634 Louisa St
New Orleans, LA 70117

3. W French Quarter

316 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

The hotel hosts pool events like "Dive-In" movies nights, where attendees can swim while taking in a movie on the big screen. The hotel will host similar events through the summer; check the hotel's event page for details. [photo: W French Quarter

316 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

4. UNO Aquatic Center

6801 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122

Open 7 days a week, the University of New Orleans Lakefront Arena Aquatic Center has an 8-lane indoor pool and an outdoor pool with a deck and seating. Admission is $5.[photo: UNO]

6801 Franklin Ave
New Orleans, LA 70122

5. Joe Brown Aquatic Center

Joe Brown Park, New Orleans, LA 70127

This indoor pool in the rec center at Joe Brown Memorial Park in New Orleans East is open year-round, seven days a week and is operated by the New Orleans Recreation Department. [photo: Friends of Joe Brown Park

Joe Brown Park
New Orleans, LA 70127

6. Whitney Young Pool

New Orleans, LA

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

7. Lyons Pool

719 Delachaise St, New Orleans, LA 70115

This New Orleans Recreation Department-run swimming pool has swimming lessons for children and adults, a "learn to lifeguard" program, and water aerobics. [photo: Lyons Center]

719 Delachaise St
New Orleans, LA 70115