Skip the Beach: The 5 Best Swimming Spots in the Triangle

Young children swimming in a pool with floaties, wearing pink sunglasses.

With summer fast approaching, it’s time to figure out where you’ll be going for swimming and relaxing in the Triangle.

Although this is a landlocked area in the middle of North Carolina, there are plenty of lakes and pools to hop into for a cool down! Whether a well-staffed city pool is your speed, or you’d prefer the thrill of swimming in a large outdoor lake, there’s a lot of fun things to do in the Triangle.

Here are five of our favorite places for swimming in the greater Triangle area.

City of Raleigh Pools and Aquatic Centers

The City of Raleigh’s public pools feature a low admission rate of $4 for Raleigh residents and $7 for non-residents. They have a wide variety of different pools, aquatic centers, and splash pads to choose from.

Visiting a Raleigh pool is a great way to cool off with a swim, and maybe even make a few new friends this summer! Some of our favorites include:

Biltmore Pool

Located at 701 Crown Crossing Lane in Raleigh, the Biltmore Pool features a wading pool, recreational pool, and lap swim area.

Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center

A woman with brown hair floating on her back in a swimming pool.

The Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center is something else entirely. As a result of its many features and perks, it has a slightly different entrance fee.

That being said, this pool is worth it. It features a three-story waterslide, lazy river, water vortex, water basketball and volleyball, three 25-yard lap lanes, and a zero-depth entry with room for little ones to play in the water.

Optimist Pool

Located at 5902 Whittier Drive, Optimist Pool is a part of the larger Optimist Park in Raleigh.

This is a huge Olympic-sized swimming pool complete with a diving well with low and high boards, large baby pool, lap and recreational swimming, city swim league, and more.

Jordan Lake

A family of four sitting on the pier by a lake.

This undeveloped, 14,000-acre reservoir is the perfect place for a day of swimming, picnicking, and beaching.

With nine different access points spread around the lake, there are plenty of spots for soaking up the sun and enjoying the cool water. It has seven swimming beaches, boat ramps, and hiking trails.

Holding Park Aquatic Center

Located in beautiful Wake Forest, the Holding Park Pool & Aquatic Center is set to open for the season this Memorial Day!

The entire facility features a six-lane lap pool, two water slides with a plunge pool, and a children’s pool with a sprayground.

Hidden Attraction: The Eno Rock Quarry

Okay, technically you’re not supposed to swim here. The water is extremely deep in some places and there’s an abundance of algae blooms.

However, many locals enjoy bringing rafts or floaties to float the day away.

Alert: I’m not recommending you swim here. Do not swim here. This is just a beautiful spot to walk, picnic, and enjoy an afternoon near the water.

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