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Around Plano: The top Public Swimming Pools, Splash Pads and Water Parks

As soon as the weather gets hotter here in Dallas Fort Worth, we are looking for the best ways to cool off while getting some fresh air. Around the Plano area, we have free splash pads open between Memorial Day and Labor Day and some of the best Public Swimming Pools where you can spend a whole day having fun with family.

We’ve compiled the best Public Swimming Pools (and some of them are more like Water Parks), Water Parks (Indoor and Outdoor) and the most fun Splash Pads around Plano.

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8 can’t-miss Swimming Pools near me in Plano

Whether you want to be outside this Summer, or beat the heat and keep cool indoors, we have visited all of the local Public Swimming Pools and have picked 8 of the best leisure pools that we want to share with you.

Many of them (like Jack Carter Pool) have slides, water features, deep water pools and some even have a lazy river! Most of these pools are operated by the City of Plano Parks and Recreation Department.

Public swimming pools

The Texas Pool: what you need to know before you go!

If you want to get bragging rights to the fact that you swam across Texas, you need to plan a visit to the Texas Pool. It’s a non-profit, membership-based community pool in Central Plano, which is open to the public during the Summer season.

With a recent renovation, it’s better than ever, with a diving board, water and sand volleyball, cabanas, and free-to-use BBQ grills. We ensure you know everything ahead of time to spend a really fun Summer day getting wet.

The Texas Pool Plano
Photo Credit: Adam Christensen

Splash around fun at Jade Waters Resort Pool at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas

If you head to Downtown Dallas, you’ll no doubt be aware that the Hilton Anatole Hotel and Resort has one of the best local water parks and public swimming pools in DFW – the Jade Waters Resort Pool.

It makes a great staycation, as pool access comes along with a one-night room stay and we love the idea of spending the day by the pool and then crashing in your room without having to travel anywhere.

Hilton Anatole and Jade Waters Dallas

The Best List of Local Splash Pad Parks for Kids

If you head to some of the best parks we have in the area, some of them have Splash Pads installed close to playgrounds, and many of them are operated by the City of Plano Parks and Recreation.

Splash Pads are a really great way for toddlers and kids of all ages to cool off, get wet, and have a ton of fun without the use of sprinklers at home.

Schlitterbahn River Rapids

17 Most Fun Outdoor Water Parks near me in Dallas Fort Worth and Texas

You may not realize which water parks are literally on your doorstep, but many make a good pitstop on a road trip, if you’re heading to Central or Southern Texas or the coast.

Indoor Water Park The Cove

10 of the Best Local Indoor Water Parks Dallas & Fort Worth have to offer!

And for year-round fun (cooling relief in the Summer and warm water to enjoy in the Winter), choose one or more of these great local indoor water parks around the DFW area!


  • Abbie

    Hi, I’m Abbie, super mom, and busy-bee who moved to Plano from London, England with my husband and 2 kids, Jesse and Lucy, in the Summer of 2013. Plano Moms was my lifeline when I arrived as I didn’t know anyone or anything about my new city that I now called home. When I’m not being a Plano Mom or being a taxi service to my kids, working out, cooking and reading (when I find the time!)

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