The pools of this city are working at a limited capacity with a modified schedule to kick off summer swimming. As the facilities get more lifeguards on duty, pools will slowly increase the number of days they are open in the week. To all you antsy swimmers out there, please be patient!

In the meantime, here are ten excellent swimming pools for you to check out. Nine exist in town, and one in Lincoln. 

Escape the oppressive heat and connect with your community. Be kind to each other, the facility, and the lifeguards, and you will have done just that.

Hitchcock Park Swimming Pool
The only high dive platform left in town is at the incomparable Hitchcock Park. Found on Thad Smoyer’s Facebook page.

Hitchcock Park Swimming Pool

  • 5025 S 45th St. | (402) 444-4258
  • Tues/Thur/Sat: 1-7 p.m. | Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun: CLOSED
  • Adults: $3 | 3-17 years and Seniors: $1 | 2 and under: Free

Hitchcock Park represents a popular citywide and South Omaha attraction –– some might say it even rivals our zoo. Either way, the swimming pool is one of the park’s best features, and it makes for a must visit for any serious swimmer.

The jaw-dropping part of this local spot is the 10-meter-high diving platform. If you haven’t noticed, those don’t exist much anymore. In addition to that impressive structure, you get access to two solid diving boards, 3 and 5 meters. That is a diver’s dream, with a deep end that swimmingly makes the best-in-town list.

And if your party includes small children, those cats will have plenty to do, too. The little ones get a small splash area, slide, and a zero to 5-foot pool area. It’s not too often that you can have your cake and eat it, too; no other place balances what adults and kids love so much quite this well. That’s why the Hitchcock Pool is unique.

Papio Bay Aquatic Center
Papio Bay has the most water slides on this list of public pools, two full-sized and one for toddlers. Found on @papiobayaquaticcenter’s Facebook page.

Papio Bay Aquatic Center

  • 815 E. Halleck St. | (402) 597-2055
  • Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat: 12-8 p.m. | Tues/Thur: 12-6:30 p.m. | Sun: 12-5 p.m.
  • Adults: $5.75 | 3-16 years: $4.75 | Seniors: $3.75

You have probably taken note of the Reader’s Choice-awarded bike trail at West Papio and know Papio Bay as one of its more popular attractions. The giant, well-kept facility has enough family friendly features to keep the visiting experience fresh all summer long. Swimming here doesn’t get old.

For one, the pool has two diving boards, 1-meter and 3-meter high. Test your skills. For another, there are plenty of sunbathing chairs. So, you can kick back if that is more your style. Hey, there’s no shame in enjoying yourself from the sidelines.

Papio Bay is also a great place to entertain your younger children. Shout out to water slides (there are two). Plus, the main pool features a zero-depth entry, and the toddler area includes a wading pool and butterfly slide. Chances are kids will never want to leave. And you may not want to either.

Spring Lake Swimming Pool
Yes, Spring Lake has one of the few genuine high diving boards left, which is perfect if the monstrous platforms aren’t your style. Found on Facebook page

Spring Lake Swimming Pool

  • 4020 Hoctor Blvd | (402) 444-4267
  • Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun: 1:00-5:00 pm | Tues/Thur/Sat: CLOSED
  • Adults: $3 | 3-17 yrs and Seniors: $1 | 2 and under: Free

If one does not know about the Spring Lake pool, it is liable to slip under the radar (as is the case for many wholesome midwestern comforts). It is a South Omaha artistic statement in another form. But if you make the trip and know where to look, Spring Lake makes for a small yet homey swimming experience. 

The pool has two diving boards, one high and another low. That provides a good mixture for older children and adults who live to dive. And because it’s a smaller (but not too small) swimming area, it is easy enough to keep an eye on them and relax.

If you are looking for a chill pool for you and the kids to visit, this is one place you won’t want to skip over. It practically breathes easy-goingness. And if you are one of those swimmers always on the search for solid diving boards, you will dig it double.

Roanoke Swimming Pool
The name of this lovely pool will likely sweetly conjure fond listening memories of that song, “Wagon Wheel.” Found on website

Roanoke Swimming Pool

  • 4848 N 113th St | (402) 444-4266
  • Mon/Wed/Fri: 1:00-8:00 pm | Sun: 1:00-7:00 pm | Tues/Thur/Sat: CLOSED
  • Adults: $5 | 3-17 yrs and Seniors: $4 | 2 and under: Free

The Roanoke pool is another refreshing swimmer’s choice, beloved by the residents who have come to know this L-shaped neighborhood pool for its comfortability, size, and boards. And this spot is open four days a week, giving you more than enough time to immerse yourself.

What rocks about this pool is it has one of the last genuine high diving boards left in town. And beside it, a low diving board, for those who aren’t trying to get all Olympian about it. Instead, ponder the beginning of life itself – it doesn’t matter, as long as you relax.

The pool features a spray ground area for the kids and an awning for anyone looking to get a bit of shade. So, if you’re looking for a quiet pool with well-rounded diving options and something for the littles you really must check this place out. 

Oak Heights Swimming Pool
On a busy day, the liveliness of the Oak Heights pool recalls the serene pointillism of A Sunday on La Grande Jatte. Found on website

Oak Heights Swimming Pool

  • 10205 U St | (402) 444-4265
  • Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun: 12:00-7:00 pm | Tues/Thur/Sat: CLOSED
  • Adults: $5 | 3-17 yrs and Seniors: $4 | 2 and under: Free

For those looking for another chill pool south of I-80, look no further. Sure, Poseidon may not have created the Oak Heights pool. But it possesses an otherworldly quality, especially to the kids! 

Oak Heights is probably one of the best public pools for small children. With a leisure pool (featuring a fun mushroom play structure and slide) and zero-depth entry, they can have a blast splashing safely. 

But it’s also a rad place for kids of any age to swim and have a good time. They, and for sure, the adults, have ample space to swim exciting laps or make use of nice shady spots to sit on pool chairs in between dives.

Note no floats are allowed. The pool chairs fill up fast, so make sure to grab yours from home. 

Gallagher Swimming Pool
Unlike the thirty-year-old discord between the livewire Oasis brothers, who happen to share the same name as this lovely spot, the Gallagher pool is quite kid-friendly. Found on website

Gallagher Swimming Pool

  • 2936 N 52nd St | (402) 444-4270
  • Tues/Thur: 12:00-8:00 pm | Sat: 12:00-7:00 pm | Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun: CLOSED
  • Adults: $5 | 3-17 yrs and Seniors: $4 | 2 and under: Free

The Gallagher pool is another sweet swimming spot for small children. But it’s also just a very spacious pool that folks of any age can enjoy without too much work. It’s usually not too crowded. And that makes it a perfect place for you and your family to swim in peace and perhaps ponder the importance of water in this life.

Cute structures for the kiddos, including a giant mischievous rabbit next to a cool-looking rock slide, are plentiful. There is also a zero-depth entry for them to get their feet wet. And there are a ton of comfy lounge chairs for you to cheer them on from the sidelines. 

Just keep in mind anyone who enters the pool area must wear swimwear, even if you aren’t swimming. Don’t show up in jeans and then have to go all the way back home. It’s worth showing up prepared!

Cryer Swimming Pool
If you think your dog would love to swim, too, check out the Doggie Dips event, held on August 8th, at specified public pools. Found on Facebook page

Cryer Swimming Pool

  • 11783 Cryer Ave | (402) 444-4255
  • Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun: 1:00-5:00 pm | Tue/Thur/Sat: CLOSED
  • Adults: $3 | 3-17 yrs and Seniors: $1 | 2 and under: Free

While you’re making a list of family-friendly pools, go ahead and add the Cryer pool to it. It’s a tad on the smaller side, but you and yours won’t be disappointed escaping the heat (which includes staying hydrated) at this low-key neighborhood pool. 

Like any good family pool, here, there is a section for infants and small children. That includes a cool fountain to splash around without worries and a very shallow entry section that increases up to five feet in depth to boot. 

The bigger kids and the adults will also enjoy the water slide and low diving board. There are plenty of seats for you to take a rest in between all the fun. You probably don’t have to worry about bringing a chair from home.

Lee Valley Swimming Pool
Do not disturb the lifeguards on duty – they are busy keeping you and others safe! Found on website

Lee Valley Swimming Pool

  • 10605 Charles St | (402) 444-4261
  • Tue/Thur/Sat: 1:00-5:00 pm | Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun: CLOSED
  • Adults: $3 | 3-17 yrs and Seniors: $1 | 2 and under: Free

If you are looking for a good-sized swimming spot tucked away, the Lee Valley pool may be right up your alley. Located in the well-maintained Lee Valley park, this L-shaped pool offers much in the form of entertainment within an artificial landscape without sacrificing serenity. There is plenty of peace to go around.

The mature trees lining the park translate nicely into the pool area for natural shade. And a few parasol structures around the pool offer shade for when you’re out of the water.

Even though this pool may not have as many features as others on this list, it does have a slide. There is also a good amount of chairs to relax poolside. And you can’t beat the green scenery that surrounds this pool! So, this place is more so for people who want a plain jane swimming experience.

Camelot Swimming Pools
Check out the community center and then go for a swim! Found on website

Camelot Swimming Pools

  • 9270 Cady Ave | (402) 444-7300
  • Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun: 1:00-5:00 pm | Tue/Thur/Sat: CLOSED
  • Adults: $3 | 3-17 yrs and Seniors: $1 | 2 and under: Free

Next to the Camelot apartment complex is the Camelot Community Center, beloved by anyone who attends. But outside of that center is the facility’s outdoor swimming pool, where pool-goers and center visitors alike take advantage of a dynamic relaxation experience.

And that’s what is great about this place: You can visit both facilities in one trip and have a great time with the whole family! The pool is no joke, either. There is a diving board to get your kicks and a few different parasol-covered benches to sit down and chill. If you don’t need all the bells and whistles, this is a low-key enough pool to satisfy most folks.

So, if you want a great swimming pool that goes hand in hand with a great community center, this is your place. And hey, you can even rent out this pool (and the center). So, keep that in mind if you ever require need for a big bash this summer. Because building community is all about transferring positive energy among each other, and swimming parties accomplish just that.

Woods Pool (LINCOLN)
Traveling to this out-of-town pool and traversing the titanic diving platform is recommended for the hardcore only. Found on website

Woods Memorial Pool (Lincoln)

  • 3200 J St | (402) 441-7782
  • Mon-Sun: 1-6 pm
  • Adults: $5.25 |Seniors: $4.75 | 3-17 yrs: $4 | 2 and under: Free

Even though the Woods Memorial Pool does not reside in Omaha, local swimmers ought to consider visiting, nonetheless. It’s one of the best in the state, meaning it would be worth the trip, especially if you’re after one crucial component.

It’s all about that high dive platform! Generations have come here for this exact feature, towering at ten meters tall at the highest point. The pool and its perks are often forgotten, especially by Omaha locals, just like Lincoln’s art. Plus, there are two high dives and one low dive.

In addition, the pool boasts lap lanes for self-timed challenges or casual fun. Several picnic tables line the pool for you to relax. And if you come with toddlers, there is a mini slide and spray ground, easily visible to keep an eye on them.

If you are crazy about diving, then you must check out this slightly out-of-town pool. There is also something here for just about everyone.


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