Where to cool off during the heat wave in Philadelphia


Since we can’t all jump into the swan fountain in Logan Square at once, here are four other places to swim in and around Philadelphia, both public and private. The full list of all 71 outdoor public pools in Philly is here.

O’Connor Pool

2601 South St., Center City

Bring the kids for a dip in the free, public O’Connor Pool at Markward Playground, run by the Parks and Recreation Department. This one attracts families, so expect crowds, noise and big splashes. Weekdays are sectioned off into camp time, swim team practice, swimming lessons, family time and adult time. On Saturday and Sunday the schedule is more relaxed: Noon to 3:50 p.m. is family swim and 4 to 4:50 p.m. is for the adults.

Marian Anderson Recreation Center

740 S. 17th St., Graduate Hospital

We might be about to ruin it, but the Marian Anderson pool is usually one of the less crowded options — though no promises for quiet at any city pool this week. Parks and Rec runs this one too, so it’s completely free. Everyone needs to leave bags and towels behind a chain link fence that separates the pool, so don’t bring anything valuable. Our favorite part is you have to walk through a sprinkler to get in the pool, so everyone gets a little shower before jumping in.

North Shore Beach Club

1031 Germantown Ave., Northern Liberties

All the cool kids go to Philly’s lone adults-only pool club, North Shore, right by the Piazza at Schmidt’s. Membership ranges from $200 to $700, depending on when you buy and whether you’re going for weekdays or the full week option. That might sound steep, especiallycompared to public pools, but you get access to a full summer of kids-free relaxing on lounge chairs or day beds by the1,500-square-feet pool, plus ping pong and other games, a sundeck, provided towels, a bar and restaurant, weekend entertainment and a fire-pit lounge.

Valley Beach Poolside Club

1160 First Ave., King of Prussia

Head outside the city to Valley Beach at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in King of Prussia for a dip in a 22,000-gallon pool. If you’d rather laze on a lounge chair sipping a frozen cocktail, Valley Beach has got you covered there, too. On weekends, local musicians and DJs provide the party atmosphere. Kids can come during the day, as long as they’re with someone 21-plus; after 6 p.m. it’s grown-ups only. Entry is $10 for a one-day pass or $100 for the whole season.

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