Make a Splash :: Your Lafayette Pool Guide

Where to Swim :: A Guide to Lafayette Pools 

where to swim in Lafayette, LA

With the arrival of June 1 comes the arrival of all things summer and it’s normal to be looking for Lafayette pools. For most moms with toddler aged little ones and above, one of the questions that is bound to be asked is: “Mom, can we go swimming?” And for those of us who lack the dreamy poolside backyard havens, it can be kind of tricky to answer. More than likely, while you probably enjoyed a good pool day as much as the next person pre-babies, it wasn’t necessary to visit weekly to complete personal summer goals. As children are prone to do, they will change the name of the game. I quickly have learned not only do we need access to a pool, but we also need access frequently. This once or twice a summer invite from a friend or family member with a pool wasn’t going to cut it. I, unfortunately, had to find a pool that I could call my own.

Search no more! If you need swim lessons, here is a full list of swim lessons in Lafayette, LA. And if you’re looking for a great splash pad, we have a list of those here, too.

Here are the top places to swim in Lafayette, LA that you can (or can’t) enjoy this summer:

City Club

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Price: Cost of membership ($130 for parents and kids under 8) + $700 one-time membership fee
Details: You can’t beat this mini kids’ waterpark! It looks like a child’s paradise, with a huge water slide, splash pad, and small lazy river. The cost can be a little steep though. If you’re not ready to enjoy City Club’s amenities year-round, this might not make sense for a seasonal summer investment. However, if you are open to a full-year membership, nothing can beat this wonder water ground. When it comes to Lafayette pools, this one tops the list of where to swim in Lafayette, LA.

Red’s (One of the most popular Lafayette Pools)

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Price: Cost of membership ($120 for parents and kids under 8) + $200-250 one-time membership fee
Details: Similarly to City Club, this only makes sense if you are ready to visit Red throughout the whole year. If you do feel ready to commit to a monthly contract, Red’s can be another welcomed oasis with plenty of swimming opportunities for the kids, and water slides and splash pads to offer non-stop entertainment.

Crawfish Aquatics

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Details: This is a frequent name that comes up when discussing Lafayette pools, however, Crawfish Aquatics does not offer a typical summer membership. Instead, they are known for superior swimming lessons for both adults and kids, as well as offering membership for swim teams. But if you are interested in a one-and-done swim party, you are able to book the pool for a $350 private party for up to 20 guests.

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Riverside Swim Club

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Price: $375 includes family membership for the whole summer
Details: Riverside is a staple in Lafayette, located in the River Bend neighborhood. It has been a popular pool spot for over 30 years, but for good reason. Along with an affordable membership, Riverside has your classic pool staples: baby pool, large pool, grills, and diving board. Perfect for the family who is looking for a place to cool off just during the summer months.

Martin Luther King Recreation Center

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Price: $6 per visit per person for 18 years and older, $4 per visit per person for 17 years older and younger
Details: If you need a more affordable drop-in rate, this could be the pool for you! Martin Luther King Recreation Center is located in upper Lafayette and managed by LCG’s Parks, Arts, Recreation, & Culture department. This recreation center not only has an outdoor pool, but other activities for the family including a playground, tennis courts, basketball courts, a weight room and more. This could be the perfect spot to satisfy your family of all ages. The pool is opened to the public on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 2 – 6 PM. It is also opened on Saturday from 3 – 7 PM. 

Swimply

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Price: Varies, $30-$60 an hour
Details: Meet the new Airbnb, except for pools. If you wish you had access to a private pool in your own backyard, you can rent someone’s pool in your area for a set time limit. This is perfect for the family that would like a personal pool experience with the kiddos. Or maybe you’re still covid cautious and/or like to avoid the swimming crowds. Each listing will let you know special amenities each patio offers, such as if bathrooms/showers are available for use. It’s a contemporary way to meet your pool needs, but just like with Airbnb or Uber, it might take the pool market by storm!

A kid at heart, Katie loves all things writing, Harry Potter and musicals. At any moment, she is down for either a cup of coffee or margarita. Her passions are building and improving her community of Lafayette, where she was born and raised, and teaching her one daughter to have a British accent. (Not so successful at that last part yet). She spends her day as a nonprofit ambassador, helping nonprofits amplify their mission and creating more social good.

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