Swimming Pools, Water Parks, and Spray Grounds in Silicon Valley

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    Where to go swimming in San Jose & Silicon Valley

    Where to Go Swimming in Silicon Valley
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    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.

    Want more exciting family-friendly summer experiences? We’re working to cover other ways to have fun in the Bay Area this summer. Don’t miss our guides the top things to do with kids in Silicon Valley and our list of top summer festivals and events in Silicon Valley.

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    City of San Jose

    City of San Jose, Camden Community Center Pool
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    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-8:30pm

    Admission: Youth (under age 18): $3. Or pay $30 for a pass that is good for 11 swims.
    Adults: $4. Or pay $40 for a pass that is good for 11 swims.

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    City of Santa Clara

    Santa Clara International Swim Center
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    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. 

    Admission to All Pools

    • Adult: $6 (Santa Clara resident) / $7 (nonresident) / $5 (lap swim at ISC)
    • Children: $4 (Santa Clara resident) / $5 (nonresident)
    • Season swim passes are available for individuals and families. Seaons...MORE passes are not valid at the Mary Gomez Pool.
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    City of Mountain View

    Swimming pools in San Jose, CA
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    The City of Mountain View operates two public swimming pools in local parks.

    Eagle Park Pool

    Location: 650 Franklin St., Mountain View, CA

    Admission: $5 (Mountain View resident), $6 (non-resident). Discounts for multi-swim passes and seniors.

    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

    Admission: $5 (Mountain View resident), $6 (non-resident). Discounts for multi-swim passes and seniors.

    Hours: Open year round. Lap swim seven days a week. Recreational swim seven days a week (summer only).

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    City of Sunnyvale

    Sunnyvale Swimming Center
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    The City of Sunnyvale operates one public swimming pool on the campus of Fremont High School.

    Sunnyvale Sports Complex

    Location: Fremont High School, 1283 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road, Sunnyvale, CA

    Admission: Open swim: $4.00 (Sunnyvale resident)/$5.00 (nonresident); Lap Swim: $7.00 (resident)/ $10.00 (nonresident); Water Exercise Classes: $11.00 (resident)/$14.00 (nonresident). Discounts for multi-admission passes and monthly memberships.

    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.

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    City of Campbell

    City of Campbell Community Center Pool
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    The City of Campbell operates one public swimming pool in a local community center.

    Campbell Community Center

    Location: 1 W. Campbell Ave., Campbell, CA

    Admission: $7 day pass. Discounts for multi-swim and monthly passes.

    Hours: Lap swimming--Seven days a week. Aquatic classes Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays. See the drop-in fitness schedule for hours.

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    City of Cupertino

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    The City of Cupertino operates one pool at Blackberry Farm Park.

    Blackberry Farm Pool

    Admission: Tuesday-Friday ($5--Cupertino residents, $7--nonresidents); Saturday-Sunday ($7--Cupertino residents, $9--nonresidents). Discounts for multi-admission passes and monthly memberships.

    Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm. Open summers only.

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    City of Palo Alto

    Rinconada Pool Palo Alto
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    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.

    Rinconada Pool

    Location: 777 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, CA

    Hours: Open seven days a week for lap swim and recreational swimming. Summer only.

    Admission: $6 (adult), $5 (ages 3-17), $3 (age 2 and under). Discount for multi-swim passes. Swim lessons available seasonally.

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    Rotary Ryland Pool

    Ryland Pool San Jose
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    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.

    Admission: Adult: $4 per day. Youth (17 yrs. and under) & Disabled: $3 per day. Seniors (50 yrs. +): $3 per day. Family (up to 5 immediate family members from the same household, 2 adults maximum): $12 per day. Individual Summer Pass: $70*. Family Summer Pass: $175* (up to 5 immediate family members from the same household, 2 adults maximum). Swim lessons are available, see website for details.

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    Waterworks Aquatics

    Waterworks Aquatics San Jose Swimming Pool
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    Waterworks Aquatics San Jose

    Location: 1120 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose CA 95128

    Admission: Lap swimming: $8/person. Recreational Swimming: $5/person. Water aerobics: $12/class.

    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. See website for more information.

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    Ant Swim School Open Swim

    ANT Swim School San Jose
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    Ant Swim School Open Swim

    Location: 520 W. Virginia St., San Jose, CA, 408-387-9724

    Admission: Adults: $4.00, Children (3 -12 yrs): $3.00, Seniors (55+): $3.00

    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.

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    Fair Swim Center

    Swimming Pools in San Jose, California
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    Fair Swim Center

    Location: 1350 Bacchus Drive, San Jose, CA 95122, (408) 259-4522

    Admission: Recreational swim is $5 per person (cash only). Free for children under 3 with purchase of an adult admission.

    Hours: Recreational swim: Saturday and Sunday, 1:00pm - 5:00pm.

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    San Jose State University Aquatic Center

    Swimming pools in San Jose, CA
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    San Jose State University Aquatic Center

    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.

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    Water Parks

    Water parks in San Jose
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    The South Bay is home to three of Northern California's best water parks.

    Raging Waters San Jose

    Location: 2333 South White Road, San Jose, CA

    Admission: Daily theme park admission starts at $36. Season passes are available.

    California's Great America - Boomerang Bay

    Location: 4701 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA

    Admission: Daily theme park admission starts at $39. Entrance to the Boomerang Bay water park is included in all park admission and season passes.

    Read more about California's Great America in this post.

    Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park - Water Oasis

    Location: 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA 

    Admission: Daily theme park admission starts at $34. Entrance to Water Oasis is included in all park admission and memberships.

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    Splash Fountains/Spraygrounds

    Splash Fountain at Plaza de Cesar Chavez, San Jose
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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 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...MORE 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.