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Best Places to Go Swimming in Grand Rapids– Our Top Five

We’re getting a little bit of a break from the heat this weekend. But soon enough, it’ll be 90 degrees + again and we’ll all be looking for places to cool down.  Before you break out the kiddie pool in the backyard (not that there’s anything wrong with that) check out the list we’ve compiled of the Top 5 Places to Go Swimming in Grand Rapids.

via flickr user Dhammika Heenpella

Neighbor’s Pool

Now is the time to make nice with anyone you know with a pool.  Hey, it’s free and it’s a good way to get to know your neighbors. Of course, “So… can I swim in your pool?” might not be the way to approach it. Try “John and I were thinking a game night would be fun. What do you think of poolside Pictionary? We’ll bring the margaritas!”  If your friends are gracious enough to provide the space, you should be willing to pony of up the food/ drinks/ entertainment.

via flickr user John Eisenschenk

Millennium Park

A beach in GR? Yes, there is one!  Millennium Park is southwest of Grand Rapids, between Johnson Park and John Ball Park. There is a beach, swimming area, splash pad area for kids, plus a refreshment stand and 2 additional playgrounds. There is a small admission fee.

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Grand Rapids City Pools

Let me start with the bad news… City of Grand Rapids pools don’t open until July 5th. So we’ve got a bit to go yet. But, come July, you can visit the outdoor pools at Briggs Park, Martin Luther King Park, and Richmond Park for $2- $5  per person. Season passes are also available for individuals and families.

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Fitness Centers

Places you might not think of to take a dip– your local gym. There are some with  pools that offer day passes. Make sure you check the schedule though, if laps are you’re thing, you don’t want to show up in the middle of water aerobics. Likewise, lap swimmers won’t like you splashing around in their midst if you’re just out to relax– check for open swim times.  The YMCA has several locations with pools and offers daily admission, as does MVP Sportsplex.

via flickr user Paladin27

The Lakeshore

I know, I know, we are talking about places to swim in Grand Rapids… well, lucky for us, Grand Rapids isn’t too far from the Lakeshore. An hour or less drive will get you to Grand Haven, Muskegon, Holland, or South Haven. It’s one of the loveliest parts of living in Michigan, you can’t get too far along without running into a beautiful beach.

And that totally beats a kiddie pool any day.

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