Not only is swimming a lot of fun with family and friends, it's a great way to stay in shape too. Whether you prefer the beach and sand between your toes, or the slides and fountains of a public pool, the choices are many in the corridor.
City Park Pool - 200 W Park Rd, Iowa City. The City Park Pool is located outdoors on Park Road in Upper City Park on the northwest side of Iowa City. This is a T-shaped pool featuring a super shallow area on both sides of the ‘T,’ a 50-meter and 25-yard lap swim area, and two (2) one-meter and two (2) three-meter diving boards. The pool depth ranges from 1 to 14 feet. The facility also features a small wading pool for use by young children being directly supervised by a responsible adult (16 years or older). The City Park Pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Coralville Community Aquatic Center - 1513 7th St., Coralville. Features over 11,000 square feet of surface water with a 25-meter L-shaped pool that has zero depth entry, diving boards, three slides, and a splash deck full of fountains and play structures for the little ones to enjoy. The water slides feature an open flume body slide and a space bowl body slide which circles swimmers around 2-4 times before dropping into an 8-foot pool of water. An on-deck shaded seating area allows patrons to escape from the sun. And The Patio, a full-service concession stand, offers something to meet everyone's tastes.
Coralville Lake - 2850 Prairie Du Chien Rd NE Iowa City. Swimming beaches are located on Coralville Lake at Sugar Bottom, Sandy Beach, and West Overlook recreation areas. These beaches are all open to the public for swimming. The Sugar Bottom beach, which is located by the mountain bike trail is free. The other two beaches charge $1.00 per person for persons 12 years of age and older; up to $4.00 per car.
Kent Park - Located 3 miles west of Tiffin on Highway 6. Kent Park Beach is open 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily from the first Saturday after Memorial Day through Labor Day. The beach is NOT lifeguard-supervised. Swim at your own risk.
Lake Macbride - 3525 Highway 382 NE, Solon. Lake Macbride offers swimming as well as refreshments at the beautiful beach area. The Macbride beach is a great place for young and old to cool off on a hot summer day. Swimming is restricted to the designated beach area only.
North Liberty Aquatic Center - 520 W. Cherry St., North Liberty. The North Liberty Outdoor Pool truly offers something for everyone! It allows a spot for toddlers to play, teens to hang out, adults to lounge in the sun and a shaded area for grandma and grandpa to comfortably watch the action. Features: Zero Depth Entry, Mushroom Spray, Floatables & Floatable Walk, Mini Slide Play Structure, Water Slides, Diving Boards.
And if you're not really into swimming, but getting wet sounds like a cool idea:
Fairmeadows Splash Pad - 2500 Miami Drive, Iowa City. The splash pad is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the summer and is free of charge. The splash padoffers 16 different water play stations for kids and adults of all ages.
Wetherby Splash Pad - 2400 Taylor Dr., Iowa City. The splash pad operates from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and is free of charge. The Wetherby Splash Pad is a water playground that provides fun for kids of all ages. The splash pad features 15 water sprays which include the following: an Arch, Magic Mist, Foaming Geyser, Water Jelly, Bucket Trio, Water Tunnel, Umbrella, Fountain Spray, Aquajumper, Spray Cannon, Ground Geyser and a Bollard Activator. The splash pad is touch-activated, and water turns off after a designated period of time.
And when weather doesn't permit, you can always swim indoors:
Coralville Rec Center - 1506 8th St Coralville. The indoor pool is 25 yards long and eight lanes wide, and features: An additional shallow end, Aqua Climb (a poolside climbing wall), separate wading pool, whirlpool spa. Rate is $3.25 per person for a daily pass, ages two and up.
Mercer Park Aquatic Center - 2701 Bradford Dr., Iowa City. The Mercer Park Aquatic Center is divided into three separate sections. The deep section is on the east end of the pool. This section is 25 yards long; depth ranges from 4'6" to 12' and contains two (2) one-meter diving boards. The middle section is 25 yards long; depth ranges from 4'2" to 4'6". The shallow section is on the west end of the pool. It is approximately 2'6" to 4'. There is an outside wading pool area which requires children to have adult supervision. The Mercer Park Aquatic Center is also equipped with a 12 person spa.
North Liberty Rec Center - 520 W Cherry St, North Liberty. Open year round, the City of North Liberty is proud to provide you with the newest indoor swimming facility in the area. This pool was designed to meet the needs of the community as a whole. We strive to provide a wide variety of activities and programs in a safe and clean environment. The pool features: Six Lane 25-meter Lap Swim Area, One Meter Diving Board, Basketball Hoop, Zero Depth Entry, Play Area.
Robert A. Lee Rec Center Pool - 220 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City. This is an L-shaped pool featuring a 25-yard main body, with the water ranging from 3 to 5 feet in this area. The bottom of the ‘L’ is a 10-foot deep diving well which does not have a diving board. There is a wading pool area which requires children to have adult supervision. This pool is in operation on a year-round basis.