Baltimore residents don’t have to go to Ocean City for a dip in the water. For those who want the allure of the beach without the sand, here’s a roundup of what the Baltimore area’s pool scene has to offer.
When you want a rooftop view
777 S. Eden St., Harbor East; 410-732-8702. The Eden isn’t dubbed the “paradise pool” for nothing; it is one of the few apartment buildings in Baltimore with a rooftop pool. Columns and lush greenery decorate the 20-foot-by-15-foot pool and add to the ambiance of a summer oasis. The downtown Baltimore complex’s pool is heated on cooler summer days and is only available for Eden residents — however residents are allowed up to two guests at a time. It can hold up to 30 people. After a dip in the pool, guests can warm up by the new fire pit or stargaze from the sky lounge.
When you want fine dining
200 International Drive, Baltimore; 410-576-5800. The Splash Pool Bar & Grill at the Four Seasons gives hotel guests a chance to enjoy a rooftop view over a meal. For those who don’t reside at the Four Seasons, they can enjoy the pool Monday-Thursday with the booking of a spa service or cabana rental starting at $235 and $150, respectively. The infinity pool provides a scenic illusion over drinks by the bar.
Tip: There are a few parts to the Splash Pool Bar & Grill. Check out the fourth floor for the Splash Terrace and the fifth floor for the Harbor Terrace.
When you want a poolside bar
300 Light St., Baltimore; 410-528-1234. The Hyatt Hotel’s Inner Harbor location sits right by the water but the waterfront hotel has a pool of its own. Level up to the sixth floor for views of the Inner Harbor along the poolside bar to complete the summer experience. Add a fire pit, s’mores kits and a life-sized chess game and you have a mini-vacation destination.
When you hope to run into Michael Phelps
5700 Cottonworth Ave., Baltimore; 410-433-8300. The historic Meadowbrook Swim Club was built in 1930 by the George Morris Co. in Baltimore’s Mount Washington area. Aside from being Michael Phelps’ hometown practice pool, Meadowbrook also offers a 50-meter-long pool, a children’s outdoor pool, an indoor therapy pool, indoor hot tub and heated indoor and outdoor pools. Along with plenty of options, guests also have plenty of time — the pool stays open until Nov. 1. Seasonal or yearly memberships are offered.
Tip: Meadowbrook is known for its talented swimming coaches and offers swimming lessons in two-week sessions until Aug. 2.
When you want to bring the family
5659 Cedar Lane, Columbia; 410-730-3180. The Swansfield Mini Water Park is a one-stop shop for all your pool day destination needs. As part of the Columbia Association, the park is a place to bring family and friends, complete with a six-lane heated main pool, a pool slide, a snack bar and umbrellas for shade. The park is open from May 25 to Sept. 8.
Tip: Columbia Association residents can visit all pools for free on the second Sunday of each month up to Aug. 11.
When you want to swim and have a business meeting
Ninth and Main streets, Laurel; 301-776-7419. Laurel’s Municipal Pool is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The 92,000-square-foot swimming complex’s attractive features include a main pool, lap pool, baby pool, a diving well, snack bar and a meeting room. The pool site was built in 1953 and was once a cotton mill that employed over 700 people. Swimming lessons are provided for babies up to adults.
Tip: Guests can rent the meeting room for meetings or parties.
When you want to slide
101 Reedbird Ave., Baltimore; 443-984-7308. The Cherry Hill Splash Park is one of the Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks’ six public parks. This park is kid-friendly and features a large slide. Season pool passes can be purchased online for $30 per person. For those who would rather not commit for the entire season, daily admission is $2 per two-hour swim session.
Tip: All city parks follow Code Red Heat Alert rules. On days and periods of extreme heat, normal swim sessions will be suspended, and pools will operate on two-hour open sessions with a 30-minute intermission.