Summer Swimming in Indianapolis

Where to Take a Dip

As temperatures start to rise in Indianapolis, you may be ready to pack your pool bag and head out for a swim. Indianapolis, while landlocked, has many options for swimming in the summer, including several city swimming pools within the city limits, and other options in outlying areas. 

Cooling Off in Downtown Indianapolis

For the summer of 2020, IndyParks is opening five of their public pools. The hours are slightly amended, and social distancing guidelines are in place for the safety of all visitors. Riverside Park is less than 3 miles from River West Flats, on the other side of the White River. This regional park is the hub for the White River Greenway trail, so if your pool towel fits in a backpack, this swimming spot is easy to get to by bike. The pool offers shade structures for when it’s time for a swim break. 


Other swimming options in Indianapolis include Willard Park and Douglass Park, both on the east side of downtown and approximately 5 miles from River West Flats. A little further is Bethel Park, near the neighborhood of Fountain Square. A trip to Bethel Park could easily include of post-swimming takeout meal from one of the neighborhood's many eateries. 

Take a Day Trip to the Beach

Looking for a beach rather than a swimming pool this summer? Saxony Beach in Fishers is a short drive away. This man-made public beach is part of the Fishers Parks department and offers sand and freshwater swimming. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available. For those of you looking for a natural beach, Indiana Dunes State Park is straight north via I-65 and is an easy day trip. There you will find Lake Michigan, sand dunes, and on a clear day, the Chicago skyline.


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