Jump in, cool down: 9 public swimming pools to visit near Metro

Sure, you could cool down at a beach just a train ride away, but maybe you don’t want to find sand in your shoes for the next month and a half. So what’s the solution? Public swimming pools! This summer, give the beach a break and check out these public pools, all accessible via Metro Bus or Rail.

LA 84 Foundation/John C. Argue Swim Stadium

  • How to get there: Metro Expo Line to Expo/Vermont Station or Expo Park/USC Station
  • Admission: $3.50 for adults, $1 for those 17 and under
  • Days and hours of operation: recreational swimming 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays, closed on Sundays

Hollywood Pool

  • How to get there: Metro Bus 210 to Vine/Lexington or Metro Red Line to Hollywood/Vine Station (about an 18-minute walk to the pool)
  • Admission: $3.50 for adults, $1 for youths and seniors
  • Days and hours of operation: now until August 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays

Santa Monica Swim Center

  • How to get there: Metro Expo Line to 17th Street/ SMC Station then walk to Pico Boulevard/16th St.
  • Admission: $3.50 for Santa Monica resident / $7 non-resident adults, $1.50 for Santa Monica resident / $3 non-resident children, $1.75 for Santa Monica resident / $3.50 non-resident seniors and students
  • Days and hours of operation: recreational swimming Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Highland Park Pool

  • How to get there: Metro Gold Line to Highland Park Station, then about a 10-minute walk to Piedmont/Sumter.
  • Admission: $3.50 for adults, $1 for those 17 and under
  • Days and hours of operation: click here for details

Glassell Pool

  • How to get there: Metro Bus 28 to Eagle Rock/36th St
  • Admission: $3.50 for adults, $1 for those 17 and under, $1 for seniors
  • Days and hours of operation: click here for details

Lincoln Pool

  • How to get there: Metro Expo Line to 17th St/SMC Station then walk to California/14th St.
  • Admission: $3.50 for Santa Monica resident / $7 non-resident adults, $1.50 for Santa Monica resident / $3 non-resident children, $1.75 for Santa Monica resident / $3.50 non-resident seniors and students
  • Days and hours of operation: Lap Swim Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays

North Hollywood Pool

  • How to get there: Metro Red Line to North Hollywood Station, then it’s a short walk to Tujunga Ave/Weddington St.
  • Admission: $3.50 for adults, $1 for those 17 and under, $1 for seniors
  • Days and hours of operation: now until August 13, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m., 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays

Annenberg Community Beach House

  • How to get there: Santa Monica Big Blue Bus 9 to Entrada /East Channel. It’s a 10-minute walk to the beach house or four minute bike ride.
  • Admission: $10 for adults, $4 for youth, $5 for children under 12 months and seniors
  • Days and hours of operation: June 9 through Oct 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

  • How to get there:  Metro Bus 267/264 to Orange Grove/Walnut then it’s about a 14-minute walk to the pool.
  • Admission: $13 for adults, $10 for youths and seniors
  • Days and hours of operation: click here for the recreational swim schedule

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  1. The Beach House in Santa Monica is also accessible using a pedestrian bridge over PCH, just west of Montana Ave. at Palisades Park. It’s a bit more of a walk from the bus stop on 4th St, but this way you avoid having to cross PCH using an underground passageway at Channel Rd. that’s sometimes closed. The highway itself has no crosswalks.