We love the pool. Looooooooooove the pool. I know people think of Utah as a snowy place but it gets freaking HOT in the summertime. All of my family in Phoenix and Las Vegas are mocking me right now, I realize. It does though. Something about the altitude simply melts your face off.
My kids think it's super exciting to explore new pools so we've been to a LOT of them. (I can't imagine what they would do if we ever went to Seven Peaks or Lagoon-a-beach. Probably die of joy-induced stroke. Poor kids. It's tough to have a really cheap mom.) Luckily, Utah has some amazing (cheap) pools and pool complexes. Sometimes I think the various city councils are all staffed by teenagers determined to top each other with the BIGGEST BEST MOST FUNNEST MOST AMAZINGEST pool ever. And then they try. Which works out great for me, personally.
Disclaimer: This is not a list of EVERY swimming pool on the Wasatch Front, it's just a list of some of the pools I think are the most fun. If I missed any good ones, let me know in the comments because WE WANT TO GO THERE.
I will just apologize right up front for the picture spacing in this post. I - I just cannot seem to get it together. Bah. Also, I think all of the pools with indoor components are open year-round but you might want to check before heading out.
Utah County Pools
When we lived in Highland this was our home away from home in the summer. Indoor lap pool, beach entry pool with multiple play structures (including a huge bucket that periodically dumps a TON of water on the crowds of kids lining up to be drenched), a lazy river, a hydrotube, a separate toddler play structure with mini-water slides, and an outdoor shallow area for toddlers with squirt guns, etc. $3 per kid.
My gosh you guys, I LOVE this place. It's an outdoor pool complex with a lazy river, a shallow play area for littler kids with a bunch of fun play structures, a lazy river, a huge water slide, a deeper swimming pool, and a Flowrider so you can get your surf on. We love this place. (Stupid cost of gas making it impossible to go there right now, grumble grumble.) $4 per kid.
Orem SCERA pool:
Lap pools, several slides, a bubble couch, a splash pad and water playground, a bunch of play structures, a leisure pool, and a beach entry pool, all for about $5 per kid.
I couldn't find any pictures of the facility and didn't have any on my hard drive. Bother. Warning: This pool gets CRAZY CROWDED. Sometimes they can't let you in because they are already at capacity. $4 per kid.
(Not to be confused with)
PROVO Veteran's Memorial Pool
(Seriously, what's up with the duplicate naming guys? Were they running out of swimming pool names?) Two water slides, play structures, splash pad, deeper swimming pool, etc. $4 per kid.
Waterslides, play structures, lap pool - and an adjacent skate park where your too cool for swimming teenagers (are there such creatures?) can congregate. Not sure if that is an entirely good thing. About $4 per kid.
Davis County Pools
This is our go-to pool right now, since it's pretty close to us. The indoor play area (most of the pool complex) is open year-round. They have a lazy river, a lap pool, a huge water slide, a shallow play area with a play structure, and fountains. And a hot tub for mom. The outdoor play area has a pirate ship play structure for toddlers with water slides, and a swimming pool that's about 2.5 feet (I think?) in the deepest area. $3 per kid.
This is so fun. It's a beach entry pool that becomes a giant wave pool every 15 minutes or so. Huge hit with the kids. You can rent tubes there ($3 each) or bring your own. (I think. Don't quote me on that.) We really, really love it. It reminds me of the old Wet n Wild in Vegas. Bonus: It's open year-round. They have an inflatable bubble dome that they place over the entire pool area in the winter-time. No kidding. $4.50 per kid. (Irrelevant side note: Their website makes me laugh. It's like someone's cute old grandma made a webpage.)
This aquatic center has a lap pool, a beach entry leisure pool, spilling bucket, a lazy river, and play structures. This pool is near Sugarhouse (around I-80 and Highland Drive). $3 per kid.
Centennial Park Swimming Pool
This is an outdoor pool. Huge water slides, a lap pool, water geysers, and a water playground. The lifeguards were pretty grumpy when we went. Teen hormones, what can you do. $3 per kid.
Lap pool, diving pool, an indoor splash zone with slide and tunnel, multiple outdoor pools and diving platforms (some sort of scary). Super fun. $5 per kid.
This is an outdoor pool complex wwith a lazy river, a leisure pool, a lap pool, play structure, a four story water slide, a water playground, and diving boards. $3 per kid.
This pool just opened on the west side (sort of around the airport) in 2010 - three slides, play structures, lazy river, beach entry pool, lap pool - you know the drill. Josh liked the hippopotamus slide, and my kids loved the big red slide. $3 per kid.