Des Moines, IA

Where to Take Your Kids Swimming This Summer in Des Moines

Kimberly Ritter

Do you want to take your kids swimming this summer, but aren’t sure where to go? The Des Moines metro area offers a wide variety of pools and beaches for swimming. More locations are opening this summer due to relaxed COVID-19 precautions. Here’s where you can find places to swim in Des Moines near you.
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  • Adventure Bay at Adventureland - Located within Adventureland in Altoona. Admission to Adventureland is required and capacity limitations may apply. This water park opens Memorial Day weekend. See their website for more details.
  • Altoona Aquatics Park - The Altoona Aquatics Park is open June 3rd through August 22nd! Discounts are available for Altoona residents.

Ankeny Pools

Both aquatic centers will be open daily beginning June 3. Season passes are now available online at A 10% early bird discount is available to all Ankeny residents through April 30 at 5 p.m.

  • Cascade Falls Aquatic Center - Cascade Falls Aquatic Center will open for the 2021 season Memorial Day weekend, May 29-31. Hours are noon - 7 p.m.
  • Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center - Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center will open for the 2021 season Memorial Day weekend, May 29-31. Hours are noon - 6 p.m.

Ankeny Splash Pads

  • Dean Park - Located at SW 19th Street & SW College Avenue. The splash pad is open May thru September and is free.
  • Prairie Ridge Splash Park - The splash pad is free to the public between 10 a.m. -11:45 a.m., Monday - Friday starting June 1. After this time each day paid admission is required.


  • Clive Aquatic Center - The Clive Aquatic Center will be opening Memorial Weekend (May 29 - 31) from 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Due to some schools within the area still in session, the Clive Aquatic Center will not be open to the general public from June 1 - 4th. Season fully kicks off Saturday, June 5th.

Dallas Center

  • Lena Moser Swimming Pool - The Dallas Center Lena Moser Swimming Pool will open June 5th. Admission is $2 and capacity is limited to 40 per session. Reservations for sessions are recommended. Call the pool at 515-992-3827 for more details.

Des Moines Area Pools

Des Moines Parks and Recreation swimming pools, aquatic centers, and splash pools will be opening for the season on June 5.

Des Moines Area Splash Pools:

A splash pool is a splash pad with standing water and spray features; offering water play specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under. City of Des Moines splash pools are staffed; however, parental supervision is strongly encouraged.

Des Moines Area Spraygrounds
There are 12 spraygrounds operating daily 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. from May 1 through September 30, free of charge.

Des Moines Area Wading Pools
The Des Moines Parks and Recreation wading pool season extends from June 5 through August 11. The days and hours of operation vary by facility. These water facilities are specifically aimed at children ages 10 and under



Pleasant Hill

West Des Moines

Holiday Aquatic Center and Valley View Aquatic Center open on Saturday, May 29, 2021

Due to recent changes in COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC and changes to Iowa’s mask mandate, not all pools and water parks have announced their hours or guidelines yet for the 2021 season. Check with your local area pools via phone or their website for more details before attending.

Know of a Des Moines metro area pool, wading pool or splash pad we missed? Leave a comment below and I’ll add it to the list!

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