Public Swimming Pools in Rhode Island
From Newport and Jamestown to Point Judith and all the way south to Westerly, Rhode Island is famous for its broad, sandy beaches. Still, summer doesn't last forever and, regardless of the temperature, sometimes nothing can beat doing a few laps in the pool or a bracing half-hour of aerobic water exercise. For those times, there are some good public pool choices in Rhode Island for residents and visitors alike.
McDermott Aquatic Center in Warwick
The McDermott Aquatic Center in Warwick is one of several municipal public swimming pools in the state. Access to the facility is by day pass at a nominal fee or by seasonal pass. Residents of Warwick enjoy reduced rates but anyone may swim here. Unaccompanied children must pass a swim test before being allowed to use the facility.
Newport Athletic Club in Middletown
The Newport Athletic Club in Middletown makes its pool available to the public for a fee. Voted the best place to swim in winter by the readers of "Newport Life Magazine," the six-lane pool converts to an outdoor facility during the summer months when food and beverage service is available to swimmers during the afternoon.
Budlong Pool in Cranston
The Budlong Pool in Cranston is one of the largest outdoor pools in the country, according to the City of Cranston's website, and is open to the public for a fee. Run by the City of Cranston, access is by day pass only for non-residents. Residents of Cranston may also purchase season, family and individual passes. The season for the Budlong pool is short--from late June to the third week in August. During the rest of the year, says the Cranston Branch YMCA, residents and non-residents may purchase daily passes to its pool during general swim times.