Where to Go Swimming in Atlanta. Let’s Dive In!

A refreshing dip in the Atlanta summertime is incredibly desirable. Don’t worry if you don’t have a pool in your backyard as there are lots of options including neighborhood pools, hotels, lakes and even a river, and some that won’t cost you a dime!

The City of Atlanta Public Pools

There are 12 neighborhood pools operated by the city of Atlanta and for the second summer, admission is free! You can find the complete list of 12 here!


  • It will often be crowded – school is out and it’s hot- so plan accordingly.
  • Hours: Typically, hours are 12:30 to 7 p.m., and days vary depending on the pool. So be sure to check each pool’s hours of operation before going.
  • Lifeguards are on duty but remember to watch children closely.

City of Atlanta and Private Partners

The city has partnered with this three pools to offer Atlanta residents more options to stay cool. These three pools are open to the public and cost $5 a day for those over two years of age.


  • Be sure to check the individual websites for hours of operation.


Several area hotels offer pool privileges through Resort Pass.

Enjoy more privacy, great views and extra services. This many not be the best option with young kids as there are no lifeguards. Check out the website for all participating hotels, but here are two options.

W Hotel Downtown Wet Deck  Fun 16th floor with massage and spa add-on’s available. Daily Access is $60 for Adults and $25 for Children.

Omni hotel at the Battery Atlanta Positioned 582 feet from the Atlanta Braves’ Homeplate, this hotel overlooks Brave
Stadium. $45 for adults. Includes all-day access to the pool and lobby bar with poolside food
and beverage options on gamedays.


Outside the city Atlanta has good access to lots of Lakes – some with water park features.

Pine Lake (near Stone Mountain) a tiny city near Stone Mountain, opens its lake to the public for non-motorized boating, licensed fishing, and, in season, swimming. A raised berm designates the swimming area. To range past the ropes, swimmers must file a waiver. Pets are not allowed in the water.

Clayton County International Park spring-fed lake has been turbocharged into a child’s paradise, with waterslides, a kiddie pool, and a water trampoline ($15 ages three and up, $13 ages two and under).

Out of Atlanta

Further out, residents can venture to one of these three options. Day passes are available. All three of these lakes are managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, so you can get detailed information here.


  • Admission Cost are typically $5 per car.
  • Dogs are not allowed in the public areas at most of the lakes.

The Hooch

“Shooting the Hooch” used to be an Atlanta rite of passage, but safety concerns in terms of water flow and water quality need to be carefully considered before wading into the Chattahoochee River.


  • Call this hotline for release schedules: 1-855-DAM-FLOW.
  • United States Geological Survey and the National Park Service—constantly monitors water quality and you can find updated conditions here.

If you are looking for more fun things to do or have questions about all things real estate in Atlanta, contact Sarah and Lisa today.  As long time Atlanta residents and real estate experts, they would love to provide information and resources to you!