Family Indoor Swimming in Des Moines

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Family Indoor Swimming in Des Moines

Indoor swimming pools provide the opportunity to swim year-round despite the weather, typically have warm water and you don’t have to worry about sunburn or kids overheating. While Des Moines does not have a huge option for an indoor waterpark, we found a great variety of options in the Des Moines area whether you are looking for a drop-in swim time, a fitness facility, or a night away with a great pool, check out these spots for indoor swimming in Des Moines.

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Pay to Swim

These facilities provide drop-in swim time for the public.

Adventureland Inn

3200 Adventureland Dr Altoona, IA 50009

(515) 265-7321

Adventureland offers an outdoor water park called Adventure Bay during the summer with tube slides, a play area, a wave pool, and a lazy river. Adventureland Inn offers three indoor pool swimming pools, an interactive shallow pool with spray features and other play features, a poolside tiki bar, and two hot tubs year-round. Guests can stay overnight and have access to the indoor pools or go for the day with the purchase of a Splash Pass for $20-$25 per person. Make sure to bring your own towel as these are not provided.

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Multiple Locations

There are multiple locations throughout the metro and they offer public swim time (you do not have to stay there). They suggest families call before coming to swim as the pool must stay within the occupancy level. Call the individual location for hours and price per person which ranges around $7 per person to swim.


275 SW Brookside Drive, Grimes, IA 50111

(515) 300-3282

Natavi is a swim school for everyone offering a variety of classes including swimming lessons, workout classes like Aquatic Aerobics and Pilates, a variety of specialized Yoga Classes (such as a class for autistic children, Pelvic Floor Yoga, and a new Trauma-Informed Yoga starting soon) and family swim time. 

Family open swim is offered frequently during the week depending on the season. Children must be with a caregiver at all times and there is no lifeguard present during this time. Natavi has advanced mechanical and filtration systems to keep the pool clean and the water temperature is kept between 88-90 degrees Fahrenheit for comfort. See their website for their schedule and contact them for current pricing.

Sleep Inn & Suites

5850 Morning Star Court

Pleasant Hill, IA 50327

(515) 299-9922

Sleep Inn & Suites allows for public open swimming between 6:00 AM-11:00 PM for $7 per person in their heated indoor pool. There are other locations in the metro but only this location allows non-registered guests to swim.

Fitness Facilities

There are numerous fitness facilities with indoor pools that charge per individual or per family to access both the pool and the entire facility for the day.

Altoona Campus

1500 8th Street SW, Altoona, IA 50009

(515) 967-0788

The Altoona Campus has an outdoor aquatics park as well as an indoor pool that provides aquatic fitness and swim lessons. They offer open family swim time in between classes which are free for members. Guests can pay $10 each for a day pass to use the whole facility. Click here for more information about their outdoor aquatics park.

Genesis Health Club

4875 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265

(515) 223-5999

Genesis Health Club, formerly known as Prairie Life Fitness, has fitness classes, youth programs, a café, cardio, and strength training equipment as well as an indoor and outdoor swimming pool. Guests can pay $25 per person to swim and use the entire facility for the day.  

Lifetime Fitness

11911 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50323

(515) 362-3500

Lifetime Fitness offers outdoor pools open in the summer months as well as indoor pools open year round. Indoor pools include a whirlpool, lap pool, and leisure pool. During their family swim time, they have free equipment to use and the 25-10 rule applies meaning if your child can’t swim 25 meters continuously without assistance an adult needs to be within 10 feet for safety. Check their Aquatics Schedule for more information. The pools are included in membership and $40 per person for non-members for a day pass to the entire facility.

YMCA of Greater Des Moines

Locations in Indianola, Downtown Des Moines, Waukee, and Walnut Creek

Open Swim is for individuals and families to enjoy the pool. Children 8 years of age and under must be accompanied in the pool by a caregiver at all times for safety. Days/times for open swimming vary with location. Registration may be required to ensure a safe ratio with lifeguards and can be completed up to 3 days before the Open Swim time. Check the Open Swim time schedule for all locations here. YMCA Wellmark charges $30 for a family pass for the day to access the fitness center and pool. They also offer various water exercise such as water walking or lap swim which is a great workout.


In the mood for a staycation? While these hotels don’t allow public swim time, you can enjoy these popular indoor pools as a registered guest.

Hotel Renovo

11167 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322

(515) 276-1126

Hotel Renovo is a 4.5-star hotel with a modern farmhouse style with a fitness center, bar and lounge, outdoor fire pit, bocce ball court, ping pong table, and bag set. It is located within walking distance of the Revel Hotel Lounge and the Machine Shed restaurant. They have a heated indoor pool and hot tub as well as poolside rooms. They regularly offer kids’ swim and movie events. Keep an eye on their social media pages for their next event.

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Ramada Tropics Resort and Conference Center by Wyndham

5000 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50322

(515) 200-2398

The Ramada has an 18,000-square foot indoor water park with water slides, a swim-up bar, and a pirate ship play area. Call before booking as their waterslides are currently closed for maintenance until further notice. Stay in a poolside suite and enjoy their arcade area. 

Stoney Creek

5291 Stoney Creek Court, Johnston, IA 50131

(515) 334-9000

Stoney Creek features a rustic look with extra amenities in their suites including fireplaces, whirlpools, and kitchens in their extended stay cottages. They serve a free hot breakfast, have a 24-hour fitness center and guests can order a drink at Bearly’s Bar which features local beer, wine, and spirits. They have a heated indoor/outdoor pool open from 6:00 AM-10:00 PM with a designated hour for adults only from 10:00 PM-11:00 PM. We really enjoyed our staycation over Spring Break!

Wildwood Lodge

11431 Forest Avenue, Clive, IA 50325

(515) 222-9876

Wildwood Lodge is a boutique hotel featuring an indoor fireplace, an outdoor fire pit, and board games in the lounge. They accept all dogs (up to two) with a fee, provide a fitness center, and a hot breakfast is included. The swimming pool and whirlpool are located on the main level and children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pool hours are Sunday-Thursday from 7:00 AM-10:30 PM (last hour is for adults only) and Friday and Saturday from 7:00 AM-11:00 PM (last hour is for adults only). 

Whitney Alaniz, MOT OTR/L

Whitney Alaniz, MOT OTR/L

Whitney Alaniz, MOT OTR/L is an occupational therapist turned (mostly) stay-at-home mom. She has worked with adults to young toddlers and has a special interest in early childhood development targeting fine motor skills, feeding, sensory processing, and coordination. She loves incorporating this knowledge with her own two little boys through play. When she’s not running after her little ones she enjoys traveling, cooking new recipes and eating chocolate from her secret stash.

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