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15+ Pools and Aquatic Centers in Des Moines

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15+ Pools and Aquatic Centers in Des Moines

Welcome warmer temps and outdoor pools! Bring on water slides, tube slides, a speed slide, the lazy river, and more. Here is a list of pools and aquatic centers in the greater Des Moines area including the Des Moines Parks and City of Des Moines pools. I have included hours, prices, and some fun details for swimmers of all ages about each pool. Please always make sure to double-check before going. Find a lounge chair and happy swimming!

Not interested in swimming pools? Take a look at our splash pools, wading pools, and spraygrounds guide. This breaks down all of the places to enjoy the water and spray features in Des Moines and surrounding areas without visiting a pool or aquatic center this summer. 

Adel Family Aquatic Center

Address: 1800 South 15th Street Adel, IA 50003

Full Details: For specific park details check here

Daily Admission Fees: 

  • Ages 0-2: $2
  • Ages 3-54: $6
  • Ages 55+: $6
  • Family Day Pass: $25 
  • Evening Family Pass (After 5 p.m.): $16 

Park Hours: 

  • Monday – Thursday: 12:30 to 5 p.m. & 6 to 8 p.m. 
  • Friday: 12:30 to 5 p.m. 
  • Saturday & Sunday: Noon to 1 p.m. (Family Swim) & 1 to 6 p.m. 

Adventure Bay Water Park

Address: 3200 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009

Phone Number: 266-2121

Admission: Admission into the entire park. Prices vary depending on age and when you are going. Learn how you can get discounted tickets

Park Hours: Hours vary depending on the day, holidays, etc. Check their calendar for complete hours.

Altoona Aquatics Park

Address: 1200 Venbury Drive, Altoona, Iowa 50009

Full Details: For specifics about the water park check here.

Day Pass Fees:

  • Resident Day Pass: $7
  • Non-Resident Day Pass: $10

Park Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: Noon to 6 p.m. 
  • Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ashworth Pool: Des Moines

Address: 102 45th St, Des Moines, IA 50312

Full Details: For specifics about the water park check here.

  • Water depth: 4’6” – 13’
  • 50-meter pool
  • 8 lane lap pool
  • Water basketball hoops (2)
  • Baby Pool depth: 1’ – 2’6”
  • 1-meter diving boards (2)
  • 3-meter diving board

Admission: 

  • Ages 2 and Under: Free
  • Ages 3-20: $3
  • Ages 21 and Over: $5
  • 1/2 price after 5 pm Monday – Thursday

Park Hours: 

  • Monday-Friday: 1 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Birdland Pool: Des Moines

Address: 300 Holcomb Avenue

Full Details: For specifics about the water park check here.

  • Water depth: 4’6” – 13’
  • 50-meter pool
  • 8 lap lanes
  • Water basketball hoops (2)
  • Baby Pool depth: 1’ – 2’6”
  • 1-meter diving boards (2)
  • 3-meter diving board

Admission:

  • Ages 2 and Under: Free
  • Ages 3-20: $3
  • Ages 21 and Over: $5
  • 1/2 price after 5 pm Monday – Thursday

Park Hours: 

  • Monday – Friday: 1 to 6:30 PM
  • Saturday: 1 to 6:00 PM
  • Sunday:  1 to 5:30 PM

Cascade Falls Aquatic Center: Ankeny

Address: 2350 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy Ankeny, IA 50023

Full Details: For specifics about the water park, water walking and lap swim check here.

Admission:

  • General: $9
  • 60+: $5  
  • Ages 2 and under: $2

Park Hours:

Open Daily from Noon to 7 p.m. beginning Memorial Day weekend

Clive Aquatic Center

Address: 1801 NW 114th Street Clive, IA 50325

Full Details: For specifics about the water park, fun events, adult lap swim, water exercise options, tot swim, and more check here. Take a look at another Clive popular place for water fun Linnan Park Wading Pool.

Admission:

  • General: $9 
  • 3-12 years: $6
  • 55+: $7 
  • 2 years and younger: Free

Park Hours:

Open Daily 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Dallas Center Community Pool

Address: 1108 Vine Street, Dallas Center, IA

Full Details: 

The new community pool is officially open and it’s such a fun spot to cool off on a hot summer day. The diving board was definitely the highlight of the visit. Stay up to date here

Some notes before you go:

  • Cash or check only
  • There are concessions with snacks such as ice cream!
  • If your child is younger than 6th grade they must take a swim test to swim in the deep end and go off the diving board. They only need to do it 1x during the season.

Admission: 

  • 3-54 years: $6 
  • 55+: $5 
  • 0-2 years: $2  

Park Hours: 

Daily 12:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Aquatic Center: West Des Moines

Address: 1701 Railroad Avenue West Des Moines, IA 50265

Full Details: For specifics about the water park, specific closures, and more check here.

Admission: 

  • Under 3 years of age: Free
  • 3-12 years: $6 
  • 13-54 years: $9
  • 55+: $7 

Park Hours: 

  • Monday – Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Sunday: Noon to 5:45 p.m. 
  • Family Night ($15/family) – Sunday & Wednesday: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

Indianola Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center

Address: 714 W. Detroit Avenue, Indianola, Iowa 50125

Full Details: For specifics about the water park, Tot Splash Time, water walking and lap swim check here.

Admission:

  • General Admission: $7 
  • 2 years and under: Free 
  • Half-price admission Monday – Friday after 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday after 4 p.m. 

Park Hours: 

  • Mon/Wed/Fri: 1 to 7 p.m. 
  • Tues/Thurs: 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Sat/Sun: 1 to 5 p.m. 

Nahas Aquatic Center: Des Moines

Address: 1101 Porter Ave., Des Moines, IA 50315

Full Details: For specifics about the water park, American Red Cross Swim Lessons, and more check here.

  • Zero-depth entry pool
  • Water depth: 0” – 5’
  • Rain drop water feature
  • Waterslides (2) – minimum height requirement to ride is 48”

Admission:

  • Ages 2 and Under: Free
  • Ages 3-20: $3
  • Ages 21 and Over: $5
  • 1/2 price after 5 pm Monday – Thursday

Park Hours: 

6/3 -7/28
Monday-Friday: 1 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

7/29 – 8/13
Monday-Friday: 1 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Northwest Aquatic Center: Des Moines

Address: 4915 Madison Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310

Full Details: For specifics about the water park check here.

  • Zero depth entry
  • Water depth: 0” – 5’
  • Rain drop water feature
  • Waterslide – minimum height requirement to ride is 48”

Admission:

  • Ages 2 and Under: Free
  • Ages 3-20: $3
  • Ages 21 and Over: $5
  • 1/2 price after 5 pm Monday – Thursday

Park Hours: 

6/3 -7/28
Monday-Friday: 1 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

7/29 – 8/15
Monday-Friday: 1 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center: Ankeny

Address:  1220 NW Prairie Ridge Dr. Ankeny, IA 50023

Full Details: For specifics about the water park check here. This is a good place if you have littles who want to swith and splash in water! 

  • Heated Water
  • Zero-depth pool entry
  • Two water slides
  • Sunbathing area
  • Kiddie slide (small slide)
  • Lily pad walk
  • Floor geysers
  • Concessions stand
  • Chaise lounge chairs
  • Kiddie frog slide
  • Splash pad

Admission: 

  • General: $5
  • 60+: $3
  • Ages 2 and under: $2

Park Hours: 

Open Daily from Noon to 6 p.m. beginning Memorial Day weekend

Teachout Aquatic Center: Des Moines 

Address: 2601 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines, IA

Full Details: For specifics about the water park check here.

  • Zero depth entry
  • Water depth: 0” – 5’
  • Rain drop water feature
  • Waterslides (2) – minimum height requirement to ride is 48”

Admission:

  • Ages 2 and Under: Free
  • Ages 3-20: $3
  • Ages 21 and Over: $5
  • 1/2 price after 5 pm Monday – Thursday

Park Hours: 

6/3 -7/28
Monday-Friday: 1 to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

7/29 – 8/13
Monday-Friday: 1 to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.

Valley View Aquatic Center: West Des Moines 

Address: 255 81st Street West Des Moines, IA 50265

Full Details: For specifics about the water park, specific closures, and more check here.

  • They offer a children’s wading pool/area

Admission: 

  • Under 3 years of age: Free
  • 3-12 years: $6 
  • 13-54 years: $9
  • 55+: $7 

Hours of Operation:

  • Saturday: Noon to 6 p.m. 
  • Sunday – Friday Open Swim Hours: Noon to 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
  • Family Night ($15/Family)-Sunday & Wednesday 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday (1/2 Price): 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
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