Editor's note: this post was originally published July 17, 2014. It was updated June 11, 2015.
Active Life DC: What is your favorite Washington D.C. area place to cool off in the summer?
Johanna Kracke of Vigor Fitness:
"I love that DC has free public pools if you are a resident--I live in Glover Park and there is a great pool at the Jelleff rec center. It's small but has a lap lane, lounge chairs, and a neighboring baseball/soccer field: built in entertainment if there is a game going on."
Check out our popular post from last year, 3 Things To Know About Washington DC Public Pools.
Josef Brandenburg of the Body You Want:
"If I just want to relax and stay dry, then I love going down to the Washington Harbor to get a club soda with lime. If it’s to get in the water nothing can beat a water park. I don’t really like to swim, but the kid in me loves water slides. I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to go with me."
"My favorite DC place to cool off is definitely Navy Yard. Summer evening walks are always a great way to end your day and the Navy Yard Waterfront has all sorts of water options if you need to dip your feet. I've also been known to go on a evening runs and end them by jumping in my pool!"
Jaime Andrews of Jaime Andrews Fitness:
"(Pools, lakes, spray parks, are all good examples) I’m still searching!! I used to live in a building with a pool, but have since moved. Because I see clients on the weekends, beach trips don’t happen often and the hotel/rooftop pools are a bit to scene-y for me. Hoping to check out some of the local DC pools this season!"
Madeline Dolente of MAD Fitness:
"When I want to cool off, I will go to a friend's pool or go paddle boarding along the Potomac. If I want to socialize with friends, I'll go to one of the hotel pool parties, otherwise I like to relax by the pool with my headphones in. Sometimes I'll go to a waterpark or to the beach for the weekend to train so the ocean is close by."
Neechi Greer of FITT Bootcamp:
"Part of me doesn't want to share my secret place. Trinity University has an awesome Olympic sized pool and a great atmosphere. It truly is a hideaway in the summer. I love indoor pools as I can practice my poor swimming skills and on rough workout weeks their whirlpool spa helps with muscle recovery. "
Visit the Trinity University website for info on a pool membership.
"My favorite spot to cool off in the summer is "The Georgia Ave Country Club", aka: the public pool on Georgia Ave (http://www.yelp.com/biz/banneker-pool-washington).
This place is AMAZING. The pool is HUGE."
Chris Perrin of Perrin Personal Training:
"Georgetown Waterfront to cool off. It has shady areas to chill and relax, you can dip your feet in the water, or you can play with the kids in the spray fountain. "
For a complete list of Washington D.C. spray parks and pools, visit the DCDPR website.