Miami's Five Best Public Pools

It's the day after Memorial Day, which means, culturally at least, it's officially the beginning of summer. Soon the kids will be home from school all day and your A/C will pumping to the max. If only there were some sort of public facility to entertain the family while keeping everyone cool at the same time. Oh, wait, public pools!

See also: Miami's Ten Best Hidden Parks

Before you take the crew out for a swim, check Riptide's definitive list of Miami's best spots for a dip.

Venetian Pool

2701 de Soto Boulevard, Coral Gables

Perhaps one of the United States' most unique public swimming holes, Venetian Pool was created in 1923 in an old rock quarry. Spring water is pumped in from an underground aquifer. The pool features two historic lookout towers and cascading waterfalls.

McDonald Water Park

7505 West 12th Ave., Hialeah

The lazy river here has Hialeah residents floating through waterfalls and caves, and just for fun, there's a wave pool.

Normandy Isles Park and Pools

7030 Trouville Esplanade, Miami Beach

Sure, this park features a lap pool for adults, but the real attraction here is an aquatic playground for kids. An illuminated deck allows the pool to stay open as late as 8:30 some nights.

Grapeland Water Park

1550 NW 37th Ave., Miami

It should be somewhere in the state constitution that all citizens have access to a lazy river, because hey, sometimes you just need to sit in a giant inflatable raft and float in a circle for a few hours.

Shipwreck Cove Aquatic Center

10200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami Shores

Another center with lap pools for adults and a play area for kids (and the kid in us), but unlike Normandy Isles, this place has a strong slide game going on.

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