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Where to go swimming in San Jose & Silicon Valley
Summer is here and I'm always looking for ways to beat the South Bay's heat. While a few of our public pools have cut back service or closed in recent years due to the ongoing California drought, there are still more than a dozen family-friendly pools, water parks, and aquatic facilities here in Silicon Valley. These places offer a fun way to escape from the summer heat.
Click through the slideshow for a list of the best swimming pools, water parks, and splash fountains in San Jose and Silicon Valley. All of these pools are open to all ages. While memberships are available at some, all allow day passes or single day admission.Continue to 2 of 15 below.
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City of San Jose
The City of San Jose operates two public swimming pools in local community centers.
Camden Community Center
Location: 3369 Union Ave., San Jose, CA 95124, 408-614-7665
Hours: Monday-Friday: 7:00am - 9:00am & 3:30pm - 6:00pm; Saturday: 9:00am – 3:00pm; Sunday: Closed. Open year-round.
Admission: Adults: $6 day pass/$45 month; Student/disabled/senior (50+): $3 per day/$36 per month. Swim lessons are available, see website for details.
Overview: Lap swimming is available in dedicated lanes, Monday through Saturday year-round with a lifeguard on duty at all times.
Mayfair Community Center
Location: 2039 Kammerer Ave., San Jose, CA 95116
Hours: Mon-Sat 2:30pm-4:30pm. Tues, Wed, Fri 7:00pm-8:30pmContinue to 3 of 15 below.
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City of Santa Clara
The City of Santa Clara operates four swimming pools across the city. For more information, check their website.
George F. Haines International Swim Center (ISC)
Location: 2625 Patricia Drive, Santa Clara, CA
Hours: Open summers only. Recreational swim seven days a week. Adult lap swim Mondays through Fridays.
Montague Swim Center
Location: 3750 De La Cruz Boulevard, Santa Clara, CA
Hours: Recreational swim on Saturdays and Sundays. Open summers only.
Warburton Swim Center
Location: 2250 Royal Drive, Santa Clara, CA
Hours: Recreational swim on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Closed Thursdays. Open summers only.
Mary Gomez Pool
Location: Butcher and Rebeiro Streets, Santa Clara, CA
Hours: Recreational swim Monday through Saturdays. Open summers only.Continue to 4 of 15 below.
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City of Mountain View
The City of Mountain View operates two public swimming pools in local parks.
Location: 650 Franklin St., Mountain View, CA
Hours: Open year round. Lap swim seven days a week. Recreational swim seven days a week (summer only).
Rengstorff Park Pool
Location: 201 South Rengstorff Ave., Mountain View, CA
Hours: Open year round. Lap swim seven days a week. Recreational swim seven days a week (summer only).Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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City of Sunnyvale
The City of Sunnyvale operates one public swimming pool on the campus of Fremont High School.
Location: Fremont High School, 1283 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road, Sunnyvale, CA
Hours: Open seven days a week for lap swim. Water fitness classes Monday through Friday.
Overview: Public swim and swimming lessons for both children and adults.Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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City of Campbell
The City of Campbell operates one public swimming pool in a local community center.
Campbell Community Center
Location: 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA
Hours: Lap swimming--Seven days a week. Aquatic classes Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays. See the drop-in fitness schedule for hours.Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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City of Cupertino
The City of Cupertino operates one pool at Blackberry Farm Park.
Blackberry Farm Pool
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. Open summers only.Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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City of Palo Alto
The City of Palo Alto operates one public swimming pool complex in a local park. The Rinconada Pool has one 14-lane lap pool plus a children's wading pool with lemon drop geysers and a circular waterfall.
Location: 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA
Hours: Open seven days a week for lap swim and recreational swimming. Summer only.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Rotary Ryland Pool
Rotary Ryland Pool
Location: 421 N. 1st St., San Jose, CA 95112, 408-614-7665
Hours: Monday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 7:30pm; Friday 2:30pm - 7:30pm; Saturday/Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm. (Holiday Hours - July 4 & September 5: 1:00pm - 5pm.) Open May through September.Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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Location: 1120 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose CA 95128
Hours: Recreational Swim: Friday: 6:00pm – 7:30pm; Sunday: 3:00pm – 4:00pm. Lap Swimming: Monday - Friday: 7:00am - 2:30pm, 7:00pm - 8:00pm; Saturday: 7:00am - 9:00am & 12:00pm - 4:45pm; Sunday: 7:00am - 9:00am & 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Overview: Various programs from lap swimming, classes, and open swim.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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Ant Swim School Open Swim
Ant Swim School Open Swim
Location: 520 W. Virginia St., San Jose, CA, 408-387-9724
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 11:15am & 1:00pm to 3:45pm. Saturday, 9:00am - 11:45am.
Overview: Public swim and swimming lessons for children and adults.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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Fair Swim Center
Location: 1350 Bacchus Drive, San Jose, CA 95122, (408) 259-4522
Hours: Recreational swim: Saturday and Sunday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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San Jose State University Aquatic Center
San Jose State University Aquatic Center 404
Location: SJSU, 1 Washington Sq, San Jose, CA
The SJSU pool is closed for the 2016 summer season as construction begins on the new university recreation and aquatic center.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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The South Bay is home to three of Northern California's best water parks.
Location: 2333 South White Road, San Jose, CA
Location: 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA
Location: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CAContinue to 15 of 15 below.
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Splash fountains (or "spray grounds") are a great way to cool off quickly on a hot summer day. These fountains, usually at city parks, are continuously spraying water formations that you can run through to cool off.
In San Jose, both the Plaza de Cesar Chavez (intersection of South Market and San Carlos Streets) and the Mayfair Park (2039 Kammerer Ave.) splash fountains are running 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.
In Sunnyvale, kids can play on a pirate-themed splash pad (the "S.S. Seven Seas") at Seven Seas Park (1010 Morse Ave., Sunnyvale, CA), pretend they are an astronaut at the space-themed splash pad at Lakewood Park (834 Lakechime Dr.), or step into a garden at Ortega Park (636 Harrow Way). Open daily 10-6pm.
These City of San Jose parks have splash fountains, but they are turned off for the 2016 season because of the ongoing California drought. Find more information on the city website: Almaden Lake, McEnery Park, Bestor Art Park, McLaughlin Park, Butcher Park, Noble Park, Capitol Park, Parma Park, Carrabelle Park, Rainbow Park, Cataldi Park, Rosemary Garden, Cimarron Park, Roy Avenue Park, Erikson Park, San Tomas Park, Huerta Park, T.J. Martin, La Colina Park, Thousand Oaks, Lincoln Glen Park, Townsend Park, Martin Park.