Ever wanted to Swim Across Texas?
When you want to go swimming in Plano we recommend a visit to the Texas Pool, which is built in the shape of the state – the only Lone Star shaped pool in the United States.
It’s a piece of calm in the middle of a quiet neighborhood in Plano, which, as a nonprofit Membership-based pool staffed by an awesome team of lifeguards every Summer and are all highly trained in CPR and using AED equipment.
One local Mom said:
“The Texas Pool in Plano is a legendary place for fun in the sun. It does not disappoint. I like that I am supporting a nonprofit historic landmark and that it’s saltwater. Mermaid/monofin swimming is welcome. There are cool slides, diving, and an island. I was able to bring in my own cooler with drinks and food. A super place to #SwimAcrossTexas!”
Today, The Texas Pool is a 501c3 nonprofit membership supported community pool. Every dime members pay goes toward pool maintenance and the cost of American Red Cross certified lifeguards.
Most of the Texas Pool lifeguards are Water Safety Instructor certified as well and offer swim lessons. which was donated to the pool by Ann Nunnally in honor of her son William.
The Texas Pool is a 168,000 gallon saltwater pool in the shape of Texas, the pool opened in 1961 by Herbert Hunt, of the legendary Hunt family of Dallas.
As of April 2019, they achieved a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Research recently revealed that we are the first ever Texas-shaped pool in existence.
Since 2013, we have operated as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, led by a team of dedicated volunteers who serve as their Board of Directors.
Their swim season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Annual family memberships as well as individual day passes are available for guests. They offer a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere.
Lifeguards are on duty during operating hours.
Texas Pool Hours of Operation
Monday: Closed for maintenance and special groups
Our Fun Tips for your Visit to the Texas Pool
- You won’t be hungry. Bring your own coolers with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Their have BBQ grills for guest use, picnic tables and a snack bar
- It’s perfect for Babies and Toddlers, with a shallow wading area based in “South Texas”
- Kids 10+ can be dropped off solo after a basic swim test
- Mermaid fins are always welcome.
- They have a newly built dry toddler play area
- Nets are available for sand and water volleyball.
- They have a diving board and two water slides.
- They have a Certified Lifeguards & Jr. Lifeguards program for youth
- Check out their Little Free Library & Little Free Pantry and look out for the Cherokee Nation Certified Artist murals
- If you are hunting Pokemon, they have a fun Pokestop
Did you know?
The Texas Pool recently completed a major renovation project, which included re-plastering the Pool’s surface, replacing coping and tiling, and upgrading their water filtration system.
They had an exciting discovery as the demolition phase was being completed in November 2018. As the fiberglass surface was removed, they uncovered remnants of original city tiles. Cities such as Austin, San Antonio, Beaumont and El Paso had been laid in small mosaic tiles.
While we had heard stories of these tiles from former swimmers, this was the first time in decades these tiles could be seen first-hand. As part of the restoration, they worked with Plano artist, Tony Holman, who helped them create new city tiles, inspired by the originals.
They now have eleven city tiles and one Texas Pool tile for all to visit and explore!
The Texas Pool is also featured in our Coloring Book, which is super fun for kids!
Color in Plano: A Coloring & Activity Book for Kids in Plano, TX
Some fun facts
- Opening Day at the Texas Pool on Memorial Day, 1961, featured the Miss Plano Contest and a Boat Giveaway, sponsored by Plano’s Lone Star Boat Company. The winner won a brand new fishing boat, motor and trailer.
- According to Herbert Hunt, developer of the Texas Pool, he chose the name “Dallas North Estates” for the neighborhood surrounding the Texas Pool, because “no one would know where in the heck Plano was.” He envisioned the Texas Pool as the centerpiece of the neighborhood—a unique amenity that would draw young families to move to Plano in the early 1960’s. At that time, Plano’s population was just over 2,000 residents.
- The Texas Pool has been featured in media across the country, including the New York Times, USA Today, Texas Monthly and the Washington Post. Their have visitors from all over the country who come to Swim Across Texas. Please join us!
- It’s filled with 168,000-gallon saltwater pool shaped like Texas.
Call them: 972-881-TEXAS (8392)
Find them: 901 Springbrook Drive, Plano, Texas 75075
Photo Credit: Art is life Motherhood and the Historic Texas Pool.