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Palm Beach County is popular with children and families who want to splash in and around the water. The weather is perfect year-round for a day at the beach or a dip in the pool. The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department offers plenty of opportunities for people of all ages to be active in the water.

Pools & Aquatic Centers:

Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation operates six pools and aquatic centers throughout the county. Each pool offers activities and classes, such as water aerobics, adult lap and open swim time. Be sure to check with each facility for times, dates and facility hours.

      1. Aqua Crest Pool in Delray Beach is heated year-round. It features a 50-meter pool with a diving well and children’s play pool. Various swim teams practice at here, including the Palm Beach Masters, East Coast Aquatic Club Team and Palm Beach Coralytes synchronized team.
     2. Gleneagles Country Club Aquatic Center is at the Club Managers Association of America Therapeutic Recreation Complex in John Prince Park in Lake Worth. It runs from April through September. Programs and activities include adaptive swim lessons, aqua motion, family and lap swim, scuba instruction and more.
     3. Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Center also operates during the winter in West Palm Beach and offers water walking. The Palm Beach Masters and Lake Lytal Lightning swim teams practice here.
     4. North County Aquatic Complex in Jupiter is heated year-round, featuring a 50-meter pool and a children’s wading pool, as well as water aerobics classes. The Jupiter Dragons, Palm Beach Masters and the Jupiter Diving Club, a competitive springboard team, practice here.
    5. Pioneer Park Aquatic Center in Belle Glade is open from May to September, featuring a 25-yard pool with tipping water buckets for the children and waterslides.
    6. Santaluces Aquatic Complex in Lantana is open from May to September, featuring a 25-meter pool, diving boards and a children’s wading pool.

Waterparks:

The county parks department operates two waterparks, which close for the winter. Each one offers an affordable opportunity to get children outside and into the water. Check out what you can enjoy at these waterparks, which open in March for spring break.

    1. Calypso Bay Waterpark is in Royal Palm Beach inside Seminole Palms Park, offering a nearly 900-foot river ride, lily pad walk, four-story high waterslides, water playground, lap pool with diving boards and more.
     2. Coconut Cove Waterpark is in Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park west of Boca Raton, featuring an 897-foot river ride, lily pad walk, two waterslides, a children’s water playground pool and more.

Beaches:

Beaches are the No. 1 reason people visit Palm Beach County, and the county operates 16 beach parks from Tequesta to Boca Raton. Children and families can spend time basking in the sun (with sun protection), building sand castles, playing catch on the beach or swimming in the ocean — all free.

Palm Beach County’s Ocean Rescue lifeguards protect swimmers at 14 oceanfront and inlet parks to ensure safety. Beach wheelchairs are available at several parks for accessibility.

Watch this video for beach safety information.

Splash parks:

Splash parks are a great, free way for children to cool off in the water. The county operates three brightly colored, interactive splash parks for children to run and jump in.

The splash parks are in John Prince Park in Lake Worth, Westgate Park & Recreation Center in West Palm Beach and Glades Pioneer Park in Belle Glade. The splash parks in Glades Pioneer Park and Westgate Park are open seasonally, but the John Prince Park location is open year-round.

The splash parks offer interactive features for children, including rotating spray cannons, ground-level water jets and animals such as frogs and whales. Shade sails provide sun protection. Children will have a blast splashing around while soaking their friends.

Splash parks are free, but groups of 10 or more require weekday reservations at Westgate and John Prince parks for a nominal fee. Please contact each park for more information.

Swimming lessons:

It’s a necessary skill for parents and children in Palm Beach County to know the basics of water survival or how to swim. That’s why county pools and aquatic facilities offer swim lessons for people of all ages.

Check with the facility for schedules, rates and class information.

Visit pbcsplash.com for county water-related activities and pbcparks.com for information on county parks and recreation facilities.

You can also see if swim lesson vouchers are available through the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County.

And you can download the SafeMap App, free from Children's Services Council, which can show you locations for low-cost swim lessons.


Bibi Baksh is public relations specialist for Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department.


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