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How to be a “Cool” Mom This Summer-Where to go for Some Water Fun

It gets hotttttt in San Diego, especially in the summer. If you want sunny warm weather 360 days a year, you are living in the right place! My kids and I are always looking for ways to stay cool, but the malls get crowded, the beach is sandy, and ice cream only works for a short amount of time.

So, we have decided to discover every pool, splash pad, and water park that San Diego has to offer. There are so many places for free, or even a couple of dollars to help us keep nice and cool, and have tons of fun. Plus most of them even offer swim lessons for free or very cheap (awesome bonus, call the location near you to find out details!). I have looked everywhere and asked everyone I know, before finally compiling this awesome list of all the watery fun you and your family need this summer!  So grab some towels, sunscreen and bathing suits and get your swim on!

 

*Always call ahead to the local pools, as prices are subject to change at anytime, or closures can happen without notice.*summer

Splash Pads:

Santee Lakes

$2 wristband

$5 parking

 

Sunset Park Splash Pad in San Marcos

Free. It runs from 10 am- 5pm.

 

Hilton Head Park El Cajon

$2 wristband

Free parking

 

San Diego Safari Park

Free for pass members by the cheetah run

 

Waterfront park

Free parking and fountains

 

Waterparks:

The Wave House in Mission Beach

Free parking. $20/hour plus $10 registration fee

 

The Wave Waterpark in Vista

$15-$19 a person

 

Sea World Aquatica Chula Vista

$44 pass for the 2016 season

 

Legoland Waterpark Carlsbad

$85 per adult

$80 per child

 

Pools:

Allied Gardens Pool

619-235-1143

$2 children

$4 adults

 

Bud Kearns Memorial pool near Downtown

619-692-4920

$2 children

$4 adults

 

Carmel Valley pool

858-552-1623

$2 children

$4 adults

 

City Heights Swim Center

619-641-6126

$2 children

$4 adults

 

Clairemont pool

858-581-9923

$2 children

$4 adults

 

Colina Del Sol pool Lemon Grove

619-235-1147

$2 children

$4 adults

 

Kearny Mesa pool

858-573-1389

$2 children

$4 adults

 

Martin Luther King Jr. pool National City

619-527-3451

$2 children

$4 adults

 

Memorial Pool downtown

619-235-1139

$2 children

$4 adults

 

Ned Baumer Aquatic Center

858-538-8083

$2 children

$4 adults

 

Swanson pool UTC

858-552-1653

$2 children

$4 adults

 

Tierrasanta pool

619-424-0469

$2 children

$4 adults

 

Vista Terrace Pool San ysidro

619-424-0469

$2 children

$4 adults

 

Joan Kroc Center la Mesa

619-269-1460

$8 children

$10 adults

 

FIT athletic pool Carmel valley

858-674-4480

Members are free

 

Loma Verde Rec Center Chula Vista

619-691-5082

$4 adults

$2 children

 

Parkway Rec Center Chula Vista

619-691-5083

$4 adults

$2 children

 

National city municipal pool

619-336-6758

$3 residents

$5 non residents

 

Santee YMCA

Kids pool, waterslide, and lap swim pool

619-449-9622

$3 for residents

$8 for non-residents

 

Mission Valley YMCA

619-298-3576

$3 for residents

$5 for regular

 

Toby Wells YMCA

858-496-9622

$3 for residents

$5 for non-residents

 

South Bay YMCA

619-421-9622

$3 residents

$5 for non-residents

 

Do you have any to add to the list? What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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5 Responses to How to be a “Cool” Mom This Summer-Where to go for Some Water Fun

  1. Xochitl
    Xochitl May 13, 2016 at 7:14 am #

    What a great list! I’m excited to try some of the local splash pads.

  2. Lo May 13, 2016 at 7:36 am #

    Wow! I had no idea there were so many options! My kids used to LOVE The Wave in Vista which has something for all ages, from a wave rider to a baby pool and tons in between. So much fun!!!!

  3. Felicia
    Felicia May 13, 2016 at 8:01 am #

    WOW! I thought I knew a lot if not all of them, but I was so wrong! Also thanks for including the parking, I had no idea on some of those. I know this list will be saving me this Summer. Thanks! 🙂

  4. Nikki May 13, 2016 at 8:46 am #

    alga Norte in Carlsbad, las posas pool and splash pad in San Marcos, woodland park pool in San Marcos…

  5. Christelle May 16, 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    Awesome list! We use to love the Tierrasanta pool when my boys were little.

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