It’s getting HOT out there and if you’re not lucky enough to have your own pool, you’re definitely going to want to seek one out. Public pools are a fun way to connect with friends and enjoy cooling off.

Grab some lunch, some beach chairs (don’t forget the sunscreen!) and check out these local swimming pools around the seacoast area for you and the kids to enjoy a nice dip!

Seacoast Outdoor Public Pool Directory

Exeter Outdoor Pool and Splash Pad
Daniel R. Healy Memorial Pool (603) 773-6151
4 Hampton Road (Route 27), Exeter NH
Open: June 20 – August 
Click here for rates and hours of operation.

The Exeter outdoor pool and splash pad is a great place for families with young children. The splash pad offers a safe environment for little ones to cool off and a sitting area where parents can park their beach chairs and watch the kids play with the many water sprayers and jets. The adjoining pool is equipped with lifeguards and there is also a small concession stand with food and drinks. Adjacent to the pool area is one of the area’s best playgrounds with giant wooden structures, swings and slides in an enclosed wooden fence. Resident and non-resident season passes available.

Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool
110 Portland Avenue, Dover NH (603) 516-6085
Open: June – Labor Day 2023
Click here for rates and hours of operation.

The Jenny Thompson Outdoor Pool is a 50-meter competition pool located next to the Dover Ice Arena. This pool is mainly used for competitive and recreational swimming as well as occasional lessons during the summer. The Jenny Thompson pool is a favorite destination of many summer camps during the hot summer months as the pool also has a large grassy area for kids to play on. Opening near the end of June, the Jenny Thompson Pool hosts many regional swim meets during the summer including USA Swimming sanctioned meets. The Jenny Thompson pool is a wonderful place to spend those hot summer days. They even host birthday parties!

Pierce Island Pool
99 Pierce Island Road, Portsmouth NH (603) 427-0717
Open: June 26 – August 2023 
Click here for rates and hours of operation.

The Peirce Island Pool is the perfect place to spend a hot, lazy summer afternoon. It has been keeping children and adults cool since 1945 and was refurbished in 2003 with a new deck, fence, and play area. With a length of 100 yards, a width of 33 yards and a gently sloping depth from 14 inches to six feet it provides plenty of fun space for every age and ability. The pool opens in late June and operates 7 days/week for nine weeks (closing late August). Weekday mornings at the pool are reserved for children’s swimming lessons. Afternoon, weekend and evening hours are for everyone and include 6 lap lanes at the deep end for serious swimmers. Resident and non-resident season passes available.

The Seacoast Family YMCA
550 Peverly Hill Road, Portsmouth NH (603) 431-2334
Open: June – August, 2023
Click here for information on pool hours.

The YMCA in Portsmouth has an outdoor pool and deck area great for families looking to cool off. If you are not a member, you can purchase a Family Day Pass or print out this coupon for a Try the Y Membership Pass good for one visit.

UNH Outdoor Pool
Hamel Student Recreation Center
128 Main St. Durham, NH (603) 862-2031
Open: June 12 – September 4, 2023 (tentative)
Click here for information on pool hours.

The newly renovated UNH Outdoor pool is now open! The Outdoor Pool has zero depth entry, swim lanes and plenty of space for free swimming. Increased social space around the pool is a great place to relax when not enjoying the water. New restrooms and bathhouse incorporate a display celebrating the history of the Outdoor Pool. You are welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic drink (no glass containers please). Day passes, multi-day visits and season memberships are available.

The Works Family Health & Fitness Center
Click here for information on pool hours.

Fountains, dump buckets, water spouts, mushroom, 70 foot water slide and much more! The Works outdoor pool has it all. Limited number of lounge chairs and umbrella tables available. You are welcome to bring your own food and non-alcoholic drink (no glass containers please). Day passes available.

Please note that all pools have their own rules about bringing in outside chairs, umbrellas, food/drink and floats. Please contact the pool offices for clarification on pool rules and any covid restrictions. Go get your swim on!

More than just a Pool

Water Country
2300 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, NH
Open: Daily June 24-Aug 31
Plan ahead by checking the Summer 2023 visiting details.

Adventure Bay at Candia Springs
446 Raymond Road Candia, NH
Open: Daily through September 4, 2023


Looking for more ways to chill out this summer minus the “lifeguard on duty” stress of it all? Check out SKC’s Seacoast Directory of SPLASH PADS that are all open for the season.

For more ideas on daily summertime fun be sure to check out the SKC calendar!



Seacoast Area Outdoor Pools, Seacoast Public Pools

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