Sacramento is simply swimming in options to survive the sweltering days of summer. State beaches abound, but nobody need drive that far with the area's awesome pools and waterparks right around the corner. For the best ways to get the whole family wet and wild this summer, slip out for Sacramento's best aquatic endeavors.
Barbara Morse Wackford Community & Aquatic Complex
9014 Bruceville Rd.
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Price: $5 daily ages 5 and older/$75 seasonal pass/$3 daily ages 2 to 4/$60 seasonal pass/free children 2 and younger
The Wackford Aquatic Center has plenty to offer swimmers of all ages and skill levels. Part of the Cosumnes Community Services District, the complex boasts three pools: one for general recreation, a competition pool with diving boards and a special playground pool. The latter is only a foot and a half deep and includes interactive underwater play equipment. In addition to the pools, Wackford boasts a 146-foot water slide and four fun water features. Count on changing rooms, a snack bar, lifeguards and water aerobics classes. The pool area can be rented for birthday parties and other special occasions as well. Season passes are available from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and also allow pass holders to use the Jerry Fox Swim Center at 9950 Elk Grove in Elk Grove.
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Deterding Pool (Arden Manor Recreation and Park)
1415 Rushden Dr
Sacramento, CA 95864
Price: $2.50 per person per day/seasonal, evening swim only and group passes also available
Swim and play to your hearts content this summer in Deterding's competition, family and wading pools. An outdoor rinse shower, locker rooms and snack bar make it convenient, and the water slide offers an added splash of fun. Enjoy two-week aquacize programs for $25 to $35. If your young swimmer would like to develop competitive skills in a team-oriented program, check out the inaugural year of the Arden Manor Pirates Swim Club. All children up to age 18 who can swim the full length of the pool are eligible to join. Participation costs are $185 for one swimmer with discounts for additional children.
Roseville Aquatics Complex
3051 Woodcreek Oaks Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95747
Price: $5 ges 5 and older/$2 daily ages 2 to 4/free children younger than 2 with adult admission/additional fees for family nights
The 150-foot Twist and Shout water slide is a truly cool way to enjoy the Sacramento heat, but bear in mind that guests must be at least 48 inches tall to ride. The complex includes an Olympic-sized pool for competitions. Enjoy the beach-entry recreation pool while the kids play at the interactive water features. Swimming classes, family nights, camps and water polo guarantee a good time for all ages, and kids aged 5 to 14 may be part of the Woodcreek Seawolves Competitive Swim Team. Fitness classes here include aquatic Zumba, water jogging and Arthritis Foundation aquatics exercise.
Valerie Heimerich is a freelance writer out of Sacramento. She typically covers animals and community issues. She has volunteered and worked for many organizations helping animals and people.
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