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Best Public Pools In Los Angeles

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While it's still nice and warm in Los Angeles, enjoy a dip in these unique and wallet-friendly pools. But make plans soon: Labor Day means closing time for most public facilities.

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Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA  90402
(310) 458-4904

This gorgeous spread just steps from the Pacific Ocean is where Old Hollywood meets the beach. The Annenberg Community Beach House, which was renovated a few years back is located on the former estate of silent film star Marion Davies. The pool boasts a heated-to-bathwater-temps pool, a new beach house open to the public, an adjacent play area for the kiddos and Davies' neighboring guest house, and more. While tickets range from $4 to $10 per person, Dollar Splash Mondays (except holidays) invite visitors to pay – you guessed it – $1 each.

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Stoner Park Pool
1835 Stoner Ave.
Los Angeles, CA  90025
(310) 575-8286

Yes, this super kid-friendly pool is located at a place called Stoner Park. This aquatic wonderland on the Westside offers more than your average public pool. From spraying fountains, to tall gushing tubes, to an oversized drizzling mushroom and a twisty slide for older children, Stoner Park Pool gives kids that water-park feel for a fraction of the price.

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Pan Pacific Park Pool
141 S. Gardner St.
Los Angeles, CA  90036
(323) 957-4524

While this spacious and well-tended pool at Pan Pacific Park offers basic amenities, it's really about location, location, location. Tucked into the expansive park between Beverly Boulevard and 3rd Street, this pool is only a short walk from attractions such as The Grove, the Farmer's Market and the Fairfax Branch Library. The park itself offers several play areas for kids of all ages, including a smaller patch for the little ones. So, once the family is done splashing in this money-saver of a swimming pool, they can splurge at a nearby lunch spot.

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Culver City Municipal Plunge
4175 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA  90232
(310) 253-6680

A favorite among lap swimmers, this pool located close to Veterans Memorial Park in Culver City has a bonus feature that's a plus for adventurous kiddos – a diving board. However, the pool sports the admirable "safety first" motto, so swimmers must first pass a swimming test and be at least 48 inches tall before taking the diving-board plunge. Fees are a little higher at this public pool than those within the L.A. City limits. That said, it's still an affordable pool.

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Calabasas Swim & Tennis Center
23400 Park Sorrento
Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 222-2782

For the West Valley and beyond, the pool at Calabasas Swim and Tennis Center is a luxurious public oasis. The Junior-Olympic-sized pool and children's pool are both heated year-round, and there are ample times for public swim. See website for schedule. Open swim session fees range from $1 to $3.

Laura Clark is the Founder & Editor of L.A. Story.
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