Water, water everywhere: Charlottesville’s best swim spots

Photo: Andrea Hubbell Photo: Andrea Hubbell

The best thing about summer? A quick (or not so quick) dip in the pool to cool off. Here are a few of the area’s best offerings, where the water’s cold and the splashes come free.

Pools

Smith Aquatic & Fitness Center

1000-A Cherry Ave., 970-3072

The biggest and baddest of public pools in the area, 27,000-square-foot Smith Aquatic features two indoor pools (one competitive, one leisure), water slides, a play structure and a lazy river.

Onesty Family Aquatic Center at Meade Park        

300 Meade Ave., 295-7532

This outdoor pool near Woolen Mills boasts water slides, in-water playgrounds, a lazy river, a diving board, lap lanes and a zero-depth play area.

Washington Park Pool

1001 Preston Ave., 977-2607

A well-known sledding spot in the winter, Washington Park comes through in the summertime, too, with a lighted swimming pool, zero-depth play area, water slides, a diving board and a mushroom waterfall.

Spray grounds

Forest Hills Spray Grounds 1022 Forest Hills Park Ave.

Greenleaf Spray Grounds 1598 Rose Hill Dr.

Belmont Spray Grounds 725 Stonehenge Ave.

Lakes

(Open daily 11am-7pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Mint Springs Valley Park

6659 Mint Springs Park Rd., Crozet

Eight water acres, one beach acre

Chris Greene Lake

4748 Chris Greene Lake Rd.

Fifty-three water acres, three beach acres

Walnut Creek Park

4250 Walnut Creek Park Rd., North Garden

Forty-five water acres, two beach acres

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