Top Picks for Swimming Pools in the Boise Area + Water Safety!

The sad truth about drowning is every kid is at risk even if they can swim. Go over a few of these live-saving tips with your kids to prevent tragedy from striking. Water safety isn’t just about keeping kids safe in a pool. Bathroom water safety is also very important. And things you might not think about like: catchment ponds, drainage ditches and runoff areas in your neighborhood can be a dangerous hazard.

Supervision is the #1 Rule – All kids should be watched by an adult whenever they are around water. This is true whether the water is in a bathtub, a wading pool, a front yard fish pond, a swimming pool, a spa, an ocean, or a lake.

Young children are especially at risk. They can drown in less than 2 inches of water. That means drowning can happen in a sink, toilet bowl, fountain, bucket, inflatable pool, or a small body of standing water around your home, such as a ditch filled with rainwater.

Always watch children closely when they’re in or near any water, no matter what their swimming skills are. Even kids who know how to swim can be at risk for drowning. For instance, a child could slip and fall on the pool deck, lose consciousness, and fall into the pool and possibly drown.

Young kids and weak swimmers should have an adult swimmer within arm’s reach to provide “touch supervision.”

Pool Rules:

If you have a pool, please insist that the following rules are followed:

  • Keep toys away from the pool when the pool is not in use.
  • Empty blow-up pools after each use.
  • No tricycles or other riding toys at poolside.
  • No electrical appliances near the pool.
  • No diving in a pool that is not deep enough.
  • No running on the pool deck.

Boise Aquatic Center: Indoor Swimming Pool 

5959 N Discovery Way (208) 377-9622

Partnered with West Valley YMCA, this pool is entirely indoors. Open all year round. 

Hours: Mon-Fri 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. Saturday 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Sunday 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Entry Fee: Day Pass – Youth $4.13, Adults $9.01. Family month pass $54.60 (family of 5). Adult month pass $32.75. Youth month pass $16.40.

Borah Pool & Borah Park splash pad

801 S. Aurora Dr | (208) 608-7675 

Borah Pool is open from May 24th to August 18th.

Hours: Daily 1:30 to 5:30 pm and 7 to 9 pm. August 19th to August 30th 3:00 to 6:00 pm (The shallow area is also open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:35 to 6:35 pm).
Lap Swim (16+ years): Daily 12:05 to 1:30 pm. Mon-Fri 5:35 to 6:35 pm. August 19th – August 30th, Daily 1:00 to 3:00 pm and 6:00 to 7:00 pm.
Entry Fee: 11 years old and under $2.00, 12-17 years $2.50, adults $3.75, 65+ free.
Season Passes: 17 and under $20 (Boise resident), $31 (non-residents). 18 and older $38 (Boise resident) $58.90 (non-residents).

Fairmont Pool

7929 W Northview St. (208) 608-7680

Fairmont Pool is open from May 24th to August 11th.

Hours: Daily 1:30 to 5:30 pm and 7 to 9 pm.
Lap Swim (16+): Daily 12:05 – 1:30 pm. Monday, Wednesday, Friday (two lanes only): 4:30 to 5:30 pm Mon-Fri 5:35 to 6:35 pm.
Entry Fee: 11 years old and under $2.00, 12-17 years $2.50, adults $3.75, 65+ free.
Season Passes: 17 and under $20 (Boise resident), $31 (non-residents). 18 and older $38 (Boise resident) $58.90 (non-residents).

Ivywild Pool 

2250 S Leadville Ave. (208) 608-7675

Ivywild Pool is open from May 24th to August 18th.

Hours: Daily 1:30 to 5:30 pm and 7 to 9 pm.
Lap Swim (16+): Daily 12:05 to 1:30 pm.
Entry Fee: 11 years old and under $2.25, 12-17 years $2.75, adults $4.00, 65+ free. Family Swim, Wednesday Evening/Weekends: Per family rate of $10.00.
Season Passes: 17 and under $20 (Boise resident), $31 (non-residents). 18 and older $38 (Boise resident) $58.90 (non-residents).

Lowell Pool 

1601 N 28th St. (208) 608-7675 

Lowell Pool is open from May 24th to August 11th.

Hours: Mon-Sat 1:30 to 5:00 pm and 7 to 9 pm. Sun 1:30 to 5:00 pm.
Lap Swim (16+): Mon-Fri 12:30 to 1:30 pm and 5:05 to 6:35 pm. Sat-Sun: 12 to 1:30 pm.
Entry Fee: 11 years old and under $1.50, 12-17 years $2.00, adults $3.25, 65+ free.
Season Passes: 17 and under $20 (Boise resident), $31 (non-residents). 18 and older $38 (Boise resident) $58.90 (non-residents).

Natatorium Pool and Hydrotube 

1811 E Warm Springs Ave. (208) 608-7680 

The Nat is open from May 24th to August 18th.

Hours: Mon-Sat 1:30 to 5:30 pm and 7 to 9 pm. Sun 1:30 to 5:30 pm.
Lap Swim (16+): Daily 12:05 to 1:30 pm. Mon-Fri 5:35 to 6:35 pm (limited space). June 10th to July 26th, Mon-Fri 6:30 to 8 am.
Entry Fee: 11 years old and under $2.00, 12-17 years $2.50, adults $3.75, 65+ free.
Season Passes: 17 and under $20 (Boise resident), $31 (non-residents). 18 and older $38 (Boise resident) $58.90 (non-residents).

Roaring Springs

400 W. Overland Road (208) 884-8842

Partnered with Idaho Family Magazine for $10.00 OFF Wednesdays 

Hours: Daily 11:00 to 8:00
Entry Fee: Full-day admission: $26.99 and $31.99, depending on height. Kids 3 and younger are free with an adult. Kids must be 12 or older to be on their own. 

Season Passes: Check website

South Pool 

921 S Shoshone St (208) 608-7680 

South Pool is open from May 24th to August 10th.

Hours: Mon-Sat 1:30 to 5:00 pm and 7 to 9 pm.
Entry Fee: 11 years old and under $1.50, 12-17 years $2.00, adults $3.25, 65+ free.
Season Passes: 17 and under $20 (Boise resident), $31 (non-residents). 18 and older $38 (Boise resident) $58.90 (non-residents).

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