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Ebster Pool near Decatur’s downtown.
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10 of Atlanta’s best swimming pools for beating the heat

Swimming holes new and old are about to be sardine-packed with hot Atlantans

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Ebster Pool near Decatur’s downtown.
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We’re mere weeks away from the official start of summer, and global warming is in the air, here to make Atlanta’s pools feel that much greater. With temperatures already climbing into the 90s, city dwellers are surely on the prowl for that perfect urban oasis. Well, you’re in luck. Find here 10 prime spots to cool off, get wet, and entertain the kids this summer. The selections range from old-school (Piedmont Park Aquatic Center) to jaw-dropping (St. Regis Atlanta's pool, where drunken cannonballs are certainly forbidden). Grab your swimsuit, your bar money, your kids, and don't forget the sunscreen.

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1. The W Hotel Atlanta—Downtown

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45 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30308

Day passes at hotel pools aren't really a thing in Atlanta, apparently, but the W Hotel Downtown's Wetbar is pretty close. Access is available only through invite or reservation, but "Atlanta's only all-weather rooftop pool bar" offers sweeping views of the Atlanta skyline, signature cocktails, and "special guest DJs spinning sultry sounds" every weekend.

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2. Ebster Pool

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440 West Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030

The City of Decatur's Ebster Pool reopened five years ago after extensive renovations that included an upgraded pool house, new splash pad, and more lanes. Glenlake is another favorite in the area, and both are open to non-Decatur residents. Admission for nonresidents is generally $6, and $4 for kids.

3. Piedmont Park Aquatic Center

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1071 Piedmont Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30309

The aquatic center at Atlanta's marquee park includes a landscaped and partially shaded deck, concessions, locker rooms, and plenty of little accouterments perfect for the kids. As one would imagine, it gets a little crowded at times, but the prices stay reasonable—$5 for adults and free swim on weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m.

4. Grant Park Pool

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625 Park Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

This rejuvenated pool is tucked a couple of blocks off Boulevard and welcomes an eclectic mix of Atlantans every summer. The general rule of thumb is this: Admission is free from 12:30 to 4 p.m. every weekday, and you're going to fork over a few bucks otherwise.

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5. Candler Park Pool

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1500 McLendon Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

Just off the Candler Park Golf Course and surrounded by open green space, this pool is perfectly enjoyable, if not huge. Deal seekers can swim for free from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

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6. Garden Hills Pool

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335 Pine Tree Drive Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30305

Atlanta magazine has called this neighborhood pool "beautiful, shining like a yuppie oasis amid leafy Garden Hills Park in south Buckhead." It's heated and includes a diving board, kiddie pool and nearby picnic areas. Admission will generally run you $5 a head.

7. John A White Outdoor Pool

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1101 Cascade Cir SW
Atlanta, GA 30311
(404) 755-5546
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A kiddie paradise with zero-depth entry, tyke-friendly waterslides, and splashy fountains galore, the John A White Pool is a family oasis on the southwest side of town, off Cascade Road. Daily admission rates range from $1 to $4.

8. The St. Regis Atlanta

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88 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30305

You're going to have to get a room or book a spa treatment between Monday and Thursday to get access, but the “pool piazza” at the St. Regis in the heart of Buckhead is truly something to behold. On top of the aesthetics, it offers cabanas, poolside butlers, and a total of 40,000 square feet—enabling poolgoers to “be as social or as private as they wish.”

9. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center and Aquatic Center

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110 Hilliard St SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 658-1149
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If sitting out in the scorching sun ain’t your thing, check out the still-new natatorium just north of the King Memorial MARTA Station. With a 25-yard lap pool and the city’s first zero-entry indoor pool, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatics Center is a good bet for all ages.

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10. Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts (private, but righteous)

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170 Boulevard SE Suite B-107
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 522-5638
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Enveloped by the former mill built in the late 1800s, the pool at the Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts is the epitome of an urban oasis. But be forewarned: It’s not open to the public. You might try making some friends on Cabbagetown’s Carroll Street to earn an invite.

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1. The W Hotel Atlanta—Downtown

45 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30308
brittenelle, via Instagram

Day passes at hotel pools aren't really a thing in Atlanta, apparently, but the W Hotel Downtown's Wetbar is pretty close. Access is available only through invite or reservation, but "Atlanta's only all-weather rooftop pool bar" offers sweeping views of the Atlanta skyline, signature cocktails, and "special guest DJs spinning sultry sounds" every weekend.

45 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30308

2. Ebster Pool

440 West Trinity Place, Decatur, GA 30030

The City of Decatur's Ebster Pool reopened five years ago after extensive renovations that included an upgraded pool house, new splash pad, and more lanes. Glenlake is another favorite in the area, and both are open to non-Decatur residents. Admission for nonresidents is generally $6, and $4 for kids.

440 West Trinity Place
Decatur, GA 30030

3. Piedmont Park Aquatic Center

1071 Piedmont Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30309

The aquatic center at Atlanta's marquee park includes a landscaped and partially shaded deck, concessions, locker rooms, and plenty of little accouterments perfect for the kids. As one would imagine, it gets a little crowded at times, but the prices stay reasonable—$5 for adults and free swim on weekdays from 3 to 5 p.m.

1071 Piedmont Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30309

4. Grant Park Pool

625 Park Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA 30312
jdsmith13, via Instagram

This rejuvenated pool is tucked a couple of blocks off Boulevard and welcomes an eclectic mix of Atlantans every summer. The general rule of thumb is this: Admission is free from 12:30 to 4 p.m. every weekday, and you're going to fork over a few bucks otherwise.

625 Park Avenue Southeast
Atlanta, GA 30312

5. Candler Park Pool

1500 McLendon Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307
megandtiu, via Instagram

Just off the Candler Park Golf Course and surrounded by open green space, this pool is perfectly enjoyable, if not huge. Deal seekers can swim for free from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on weekdays.

1500 McLendon Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30307

6. Garden Hills Pool

335 Pine Tree Drive Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30305

Atlanta magazine has called this neighborhood pool "beautiful, shining like a yuppie oasis amid leafy Garden Hills Park in south Buckhead." It's heated and includes a diving board, kiddie pool and nearby picnic areas. Admission will generally run you $5 a head.

335 Pine Tree Drive Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30305

7. John A White Outdoor Pool

1101 Cascade Cir SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

A kiddie paradise with zero-depth entry, tyke-friendly waterslides, and splashy fountains galore, the John A White Pool is a family oasis on the southwest side of town, off Cascade Road. Daily admission rates range from $1 to $4.

1101 Cascade Cir SW
Atlanta, GA 30311

8. The St. Regis Atlanta

88 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30305

You're going to have to get a room or book a spa treatment between Monday and Thursday to get access, but the “pool piazza” at the St. Regis in the heart of Buckhead is truly something to behold. On top of the aesthetics, it offers cabanas, poolside butlers, and a total of 40,000 square feet—enabling poolgoers to “be as social or as private as they wish.”

88 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30305

9. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center and Aquatic Center

110 Hilliard St SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
alliv08, via Instagram

If sitting out in the scorching sun ain’t your thing, check out the still-new natatorium just north of the King Memorial MARTA Station. With a 25-yard lap pool and the city’s first zero-entry indoor pool, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatics Center is a good bet for all ages.

110 Hilliard St SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

10. Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts (private, but righteous)

170 Boulevard SE Suite B-107, Atlanta, GA 30312
vuntagebee, via Instagram

Enveloped by the former mill built in the late 1800s, the pool at the Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts is the epitome of an urban oasis. But be forewarned: It’s not open to the public. You might try making some friends on Cabbagetown’s Carroll Street to earn an invite.

170 Boulevard SE Suite B-107
Atlanta, GA 30312