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Best Pools in Tempe

The City of Tempe, Arizona has four public pools and each offer fun ways for kids to stay cool! One pool is even indoors and has waves, which is very unique.

Lucia Perez

Best Pools in Tempe. The City of Tempe, Arizona has four public pools and each offer fun ways for kids to stay cool! One pool is even indoors and has waves, which is very unique.

All Tempe Pools have life vests to borrow. They also require wristbands that identify children 7 years and younger and require these children to be within an arm’s length of someone over the age of 16 at all times. More pools around Phoenix can be found here

Escalante Pool

Features: zero depth entry, dumping buckets, spraying water feature, two slides (44” minimum height)

Depth: zero entry to 3.5 ft

Price: 13+ years: $1.25, 2-12 years: $.75, Under 2 years: Free

Escalante Pool was my favorite of the Tempe pools. It had features that made it enjoyable for all of my kids. My 6 yo and 8 yo are tall enough to touch the ground at every part of the pool and they loved the slides! My 3 yo absolutely loved the spray feature area and the dumping buckets. Escalante Pool is a great choice for kids who prefer to be in water where they can touch the ground. It’s also a good choice for little ones who enjoy spraying and dumping water features in very shallow water.

Escalante Pool is located at 2150 E Orange St., Tempe, AZ 85281.

Clark Pool

Features: zero depth entry, squirting water features, a slide (44” minimum height), heated pool

Depth: zero depth entry to 6.5 ft

Price: 13+ years: $1.25, 2-12 years: $.75, Under 2 years: Free

Clark Pool is brand new this year! We enjoyed Clark Pool because it is one of the only pools that has some morning hours, which is great for my early risers! However, the slide is not open during the morning hours, which was a big disappointment. I also liked that the zero depth entry is separated from the deeper water with a rope. Clark Pool is a good choice if you are supervising multiple children, as it is a smaller pool. I could easily stay with my 3 yo in the splash area and still see my 8 yo who was swimming in the deeper section of the pool.

Clark Pool is located at 1730 S Roosevelt St, Tempe, AZ 85281.

McClintock Pool

Features: splash pad, diving board, two slides (48” minimum height)

Depth: 4 ft to 7 ft (12 ft in diving area)

Price: 13+ years: $1.25, 2-12 years: $.75, Under 2 years: Free

McClintock Pool has a splash pad, which my youngest enjoyed. However, the splash pad is separate from the main pool, which made it difficult to supervise all my kids at once. The slides land in a 3’9” water, but the majority of the main pool is over 5 ft. It has a small area right by the stairs that is 4 ft, but it quickly becomes deeper. McClintock Pool is a great choice for older kids and very strong swimmers who enjoy deep water. However, as a mom of multiple young kids, I prefer a pool that has more shallow areas.

McClintock Pool is located at 1830 E Del Rio Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282.

Kiwanis Wave Pool

Features: wave pool, snack shack, indoors, heated pool, slide

Depth: zero depth entry to 6 ft

Price: 13+ years: $5, 2-12 years: $4, Under 2 years: Free, Tube Rentals: $5 (single) and 8$ (double)

The Kiwanis Wave Pool is indoor and has waves every 15 mins that last for 15 mins and there is an announcement before they start the waves. It is a very popular pool and will stop selling admissions once they have hit capacity, so visit early! They also have a snack shack and many tables for eating, which makes it a great place to spend the day! There is an option to rent tubes and my two oldest loved riding in the tubes during the waves.

The slide was not open when we went and the lifeguard told me it has not been open for a while. All of my kids enjoyed the waves and were exhausted when we left. The wave pool is a great choice for a unique pool experience.

However, I generally visit pools on my own with my kids and the waves would make it difficult for me to safely supervise all four kids on my own. The waves are fairly strong- they knocked over my 3 yo and 5 yo many times and they needed my help to stand back up. When we visited, my husband came with me to help, but I would not visit the wave pool on my own with my kids at their current ages. I would definitely visit again with another adult or once my kids are older.

Kiwanis Pool is located at 6111 S All America Way, Tempe, AZ 85283.

  • Lucia Perez

    Lucia is a transplant from Ohio (via Austin, TX and Columbia, MO) and mom of four. When she isn’t homeschooling or preparing a second (and third) lunch of chicken nuggets, she enjoys finding cheap and free things to do in her endless attempt to expend her children’s energy. She is a self-professed book nerd and will go to great lengths to see trees changing color. She has been known to wear a cardigan in October no matter what the temperature.

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