Beat the heat with a pass at one of these Charlotte pools

When it’s this hot and you want to be outside, you have to be in the water. Growing up on Long Island, despite the short season, many people had some sort of pool in their backyard – three- or 4-foot above ground pools were the norm. (I know some of you are having a happy moment remembering those days, while others are cringing.)

When I moved to Charlotte, I noticed that the pool culture was different. Swimming is not only for cooling off, but is also a time to be social – a place to meet up with friends and other families. There are more community and neighborhood pools for people to join in the South.

What did this Northerner do? When in Rome…we joined a pool.

Check out these outdoor pools in the area:

Huntersville Family Fitness Aquatic Center

Location: 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville

Day pass: $12 adults, $8 youth and senior citizens



Pools: Zero entry pool to 3 feet deep

Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m.-7:45 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Fitness center, indoor pools, group exercise classes

Levine Jewish Community Center

Photo 2 Credit Levine Jewish Community Center

Location: 5007 Providence Road

Monthly: $75 individual, $80-$108 family (varying rates for young adults)

Pools: 3 feet-12 feet, 4 feet-5 feet

Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. – 7.45; Friday 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.; Saturday Noon – 6:45 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 6:45pm

Fitness Center, group exercise classes, indoor pool

Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Pools

Locations: Cordelia Park, 2100 N. Davidson St. and Double Oaks, 1200 Newland Rd.

Day pass: $1

Pools:  3 feet-12 feet deep

Monday – Friday 12-6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Amenities: Free swim lessons

Shannon Park Swim Club

Location: 5126 Grafton Dr. 

Initiation Fee: $125

Summer: $425 individual, $600 new family, $525 returning family

Main pool is 3-11 feet deep, baby pool

Hours: Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Amenities: High dive and standard diving board

Waverly Swim and Tennis Club

Location: 8205 Albemarle Rd

Initiation: $225 adult, $450 family

Annual costs: $325 adult, $425 family

Pools: 3 feet-11½ feet pool with high dive and low dive, baby pool

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. -8:30 p.m.; Sunday 12-7p.m.

Fishing, tennis, covered patio, playground

YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Photo 3 Credit YMCA Greater Charlotte


Harris YMCA, 5900 Quail Hollow Road

Morrison Family YMCA, 9405 Bryant Farms Road

Simmons YMCA, 6824 Democracy Drive

Siskey YMCA, 3127 Weddington Road, Matthews

University City YMCA, 8100 Old Mallard Creek Road

Day pass: Non-members – $20 adults, $10 children under 16

Non-members – $40 adults, $20 under 16

Annual: Pool access is free for all YMCA members. Membership rates can be calculated here.

Amenities: Check here.

Photo 1: Shannon Park Swim Club; Photo 2: Levine Jewish Community Center; Photo 3: YMCA of Greater Charlotte