Even though our summer has been mild so far, the forecast is hinting that a warm up is on the way – so you know what that means… time for our 2023 round-up of local spots to get your splash on this summer!
Municipal Public Pools
The 2023 Summer Aquatics season has officially begun, pools opened on June 12th. There are 3 municipal pools offering free admission this summer. Hours are 7 days a week, 1pm to 5pm.
Rules to keep in mind for these pools:
- Children must be 3 feet tall, 3 years old or older, and potty trained
- No swim diapers or floaties/tubes are allowed
4670 E. Butler (Maple & Butler)
Monday through Sunday
*This location will also offer free water aerobics classes for seniors on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30-10:30am.
Frank H. Ball Pool
760 Mayor St. (Ventura & A St)
Mary Ella Brown Pool
1350 E. Annadale (Elm & Annadale)
The following five locations also offer “Learner Pools” which are 2.5-5 feet deep, and to be used by children who are at least 5, but no older than 12, who are at least 3 feet tall.
- Einstein Park – 3566 E. Dakota Ave. (On Dakota, between Millbrook & First)
- Fink White Park – 535 S. Trinity (Hwy 180 & Trinity)
- Pinedale Community Center – 7170 N. San Pablo (Herndon & San Pablo)
- Quigley Neighborhood Park – 808 W. Dakota (Fruit & Dakota)
- Romain Neighborhood Park – 745 N. First (First & Belmont)
There are also pools located at four Fresno Unified High Schools open to the public from 12pm to 5pm on Saturdays & Sundays (not available to the public on weekdays) beginning June 17th and ending July 30th. Admission is free, and the same age/floaty rules as the municipal pools apply.
Participating Fresno Unified Pool Locations:
- Edison High School – 540 E California Ave
- Hoover High School – 5550 N First Street
- Fresno High School – 1839 N Echo
- Roosevelt High School – 4250 E Tulare
FREE Swim Lessons: The City of Fresno offers swim lessons annually, this year they will be offered at 6 different locations. Classes will be offered in the afternoons and early evening, and lessons are free for all Fresno residents & Fresno Unified students.
These splash parks are fixtures of larger city parks in the Fresno area. Amenities include interactive water features, misters, and cascades providing refreshing water play for children at no cost. This year, water features will operate from 10am – 8pm daily.
- Dickey Playground 50 N. Calaveras Street
- Figarden Loop Park 4265 W. Figarden Drive
- Todd Beamer Park 9797 N. Maple Ave.
- Martin Ray Reilly Park 750 N. Chestnut Ave.
- Melody Park 5935 E. Shields Ave.
- Inspiration Park 5770 W. Gettysburg Ave.
- Vinland Park 4695 E. Gettysburg
- Mosqueda Community Center 4670 E. Butler Ave. Water Parks
Of note: if there are any updates regarding public pools and/or splash parks, the PARCs Dept is good about sharing up to date info on their Facebook page, here.
Local Waterparks (Pay to Play)
The Island Waterpark
Ideal for those living closer to the West side of Fresno, The Island Waterpark offers 11 water slides, children’s water play park and lazy river and abundant picnic areas. Tickets are $39.99 for adults and $34.99 for children under 48″ tall. On Wednesdays, tickets are just $26 if you buy online in advance. Daily parking has historically been $5. A season pass is $99.99 and a season parking pass is $20. Of note: so far this season, multiple special deals have been posted on their Facebook page – I’d recommend giving them a follow if you plan to go – you may save some $!
Wild Water Adventures
For those living more Eastward or in Clovis, Wild Water Adventures offering more than 15 slides, a wave pool, children’s play area, abundant shade, and even fishing is a great choice. Buy tickets online or in person.
If you plan to go to either park more than twice this summer, season passes are usually the most economical way to go ($109/person for the season). Daily ticket prices vary and are significantly less expensive if purchased online in advance vs. at the gate (typically $36.99/day, vs. $49.99) for specific daily rates click here.
Blackbeard’s waterslides unfortunately remains closed for the 2023 season, however, their website says they will return in summer 2024.
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