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Cool Dallas Pools to Visit This Summer

From Lee Harvey’s new swimming club to a Texas-shaped pool in Plano, there are plenty of nearby spots to beat the heat.
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Summers in Dallas can be miserable. Especially when the temps are tiptoeing their way into the “hottest summer ever” record books. And if you don’t have immediate access pool to a pool, you might have to resort to sticking your head into the freezer or cranking up the AC—threatening, as always, the state power grid’s ability to handle power—just to find some relief from the heat. 

But, luckily, easy access to a refreshing pool day isn’t hard to find. We’ve rounded up a list of North Texas pools to that are perfect for a cool summertime daycation. 

Lee Harvey’s Dive In 

It’s time to dive headfirst into summer, which apparently now means a trip to Lee Harvey’s. Owner Seth Smith is taking his beloved dive bar concept literally—on June 18, he opened the Lee Harvey’s Dive In. Across the street from its sister Cedars patio bar, the Dive In is a brand-new swimming pool club, featuring a 30-by-60-foot pool and plenty of cabana seating. Guests can enjoy sips from the outdoor bar or order bites from the Lee Harvey’s kitchen across the street. Smith has plenty of events in the works, too, including July 4 parties and morning yoga classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Hours: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. daily, kids are allowed until 5 p.m. 

Cost: $15 for an adult day pass, $5 for kids, season memberships begin at $350. 

Learn more here.

Omni Las Colinas Hotel

Can’t decide between a pool or lake day? Get the best of both at the Omni Las Colinas in Irving. The hotel pool features breathtaking views of Lake Carolyn and more than 160 lounge chairs. There’s poolside food and drink service from the Lakehouse Waterfront Lounge, games, and more. Reserve a cabana, and get access to a TV, fridge, safe, fruit or champagne, and other VIP services. You can also add on offerings like a mimosa bar or a beer bucket. 

Hours: 6 a.m.–10 p.m. 

Cost: $35 for a day pass; $350 for a cabana 

Learn more here.

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The Texas Pool. Photography courtesy of The Texas Pool

The Texas Pool

Texans love their pools. We also love things shaped like Texas. Put those passions together at the Texas Pool in Plano—the 61-year-old, 168,000-gallon saltwater pool is pretty much a perfect map of the Lone Star State. Wade around in the shallow ‘South Texas’ area, dive into the 10-foot deep-end—er—panhandle, and free swim in three-to-four-feet deep waters “from Houston to El Paso.” The public pool has $20-per-hour cabanas, a butterfly garden, grills, slides, water volleyball, and more. It also boasts that it’s “one of the only mermaid monofin friendly pools in the DFW area.” 

Hours: 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Sat., noon–6 p.m. Sun. 

Cost: $10 per person over age 2; members get in free 

Learn more here

Kimpton Pittman Hotel Dallas

You should definitely eat lunch in Deep Ellum, but why stop there? Spend the whole day relaxing at the Kimpton Pittman Hotel. The Pittman took over the historic Knights of Pythias Temple building, which long was a hub for Dallas’ African American community, in 2020. It’s named for William S. Pittman, the building’s designer and Booker T. Washington’s son-in-law. A day pass here includes access to the outdoor pool, wifi, fitness center, and the weekend Deep End pool bar. You can also book a work pass, which will also get you a guest room from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Pool Deck Hours: 10 a.m.­–10 p.m. 

Swimming Hours: 10 a.m.–sundown 

Cost: $39 for an adult day pass, $29 for kids; $150 for a work pass; $250 for a cabana 

Learn more here.

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The FOE pool. Tim Rogers

Fraternal Order of Eagles

It’s not summer until you spend a day at the FOE. The Fraternal Order of Eagles pool is a hotspot for Dallasites of all ages. Booze from one of the bars, natch, is for the grown-up guests, but there’s a kiddie pool and playground for your little ones and a sand volleyball court for the more competitive of visitors. Of course, hanging by the main pool, plus snacks and concessions, is open to all. 

Hours: Noon–9 p.m. daily. 

Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids

Learn more here.

JadeWaters at Hilton Anatole 

As D CEO’s Will Maddox recently wrote, “Jade Waters at the Anatole looks more like a small water park than a hotel pool, and there are numerous water attractions for all ages.” It’s true—there’s something for everyone, from the swim-up bar and lazy river to the children’s splash playscape and massive slides. Reserve a room at the hotel for the perfect staycation (Will’s guide breaks it all down) or book a day pass to just the waterpark and the Verandah fitness center. 

JadeWaters Hours: 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun.–Thurs, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Fri.–Sat. thru Sept. 6. 

Cost: $99 for an adult day pass, $85 for kids; premium chairs start at $349; premium cabanas start at $1,549 

Learn more here

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The Stoneleigh. Bret Redman

The Stoneleigh

This summer, head to Uptown for a day at The Stoneleigh. A day pass here gets you access to the pool, booze and bites from the poolside bar, and meals at Perle on Maple, the hotel’s French bistro. Cabana passes also include a dedicated server for your group. Additionally, the hotel is constantly putting on pool parties and events like “Yogarita at The Stoneleigh,” where you take a poolside yoga class and enjoy margs and fish tacos afterwards. 

Pool Hours: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. daily 

Pool Bar Hours: noon–6 p.m. Fri.–Sun. 

Cost: Day passes start at $25; cabanas start at $225

Learn more here

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