The Six Best Pools in Miami

Summer 2016 officially kicks off next week on June 20. Although it feels like the season never really left — thanks to Miami's year-round hot weather and never-ending humidity — the reality is it did. But now school's out and our favorite time of year is here, and that's worth celebrating. Many things in the 305 might be pricey, but thankfully, the city offers a smattering of free public pools. 

From water parks in Hialeah to SoBe-style pools and Coral Gables' beloved Venetian, take your pick at one of the best public spots around. Grab a towel, snag a floatie, and get your tan on, with occasional and very necessary dips in the water too, of course.
6. McDonald Water Park
7505 West 12th Ave., Hialeah
Sometimes it's nice just to be lazy. At Hialeah's McDonald Water Park, take it waterside by floating through waterfalls and caves as the lazy river wraps around the 17-acre park. The public pool's water park is open seasonally, Monday through Friday from April through October. That means the wave pool is up for grabs too. Grab your sunscreen and spend the afternoon outdoors. Some days are more crowded than others, but the park boasts basketball and tennis courts, a walking trail, and a playground for added entertainment. 
5. Flamingo Park Pool
 1200 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach
Take your workout outdoors at this South Beach pool, which features eight lanes perfect for swimming slow and fast laps. The water is aerated in the summer and heated in the winter, keeping a consistent temperature of about 79 to 84 degrees. The pool also welcomes families and children. There are plenty of lounge chairs, so alternate between tanning and hourly pool dips.
4. Highbar at Dream Hotel South Beach
1111 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
The rooftop pool, located at the Dream Hotel, has made a name for itself by hosting high-profile parties, especially during Winter Music Conference season. The all-white infinity pool, which can easily be mistaken for a scene set on a Greek isle, is one of the only South Beach hotel pools open to the public. And the oceanfront hangout, which frequently hosts daytime and nighttime soirees, usually charges no cover either. Go for a swim or come for a party, because chilling at Highbar is always gratis.
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