Swimming Pools in the South Hills of Pittsburgh

Where to Beat the Heat in the 'Burgh with Pools, Splash Pads & Water Parks Before Summer Ends

By Alexus Miller Macaroni Kid Publisher Assistant Intern July 5, 2023

When school lets out and the sun is shining, what's the first thing you think of in the summer? Anything with a body of water you can dip your toes, or your whole body, in. Whether that's your local pool, a pool party, the beach, a water park or a lake day, swimming is THE Summer activity. We've compiled a list of public pools, water parks and splash pads, worth your while, in and around the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Dive into summer before the countdown resets.

Swimming Pools

1. South Park Wave Pool

1 Wave Pool Complex, Bethel Park, PA 15102

(412) 831-0810

11:30 - 7:30 p.m.

This wave pool is not only fun for the whole family, but it's also wheelchair accessible. You can take a trip and have the time of your life with everyone you love. For information on closures due to weather, sign up for Allegheny Alerts or follow Allegheny County Parks on Facebook. 

2. Phillips Swimming Pool

201 Parkfield St, Carrick, PA 15210

(412) 885-7498

1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Come to Phillips for some fun in the sun. When your skin is melting off, you can take a dip here, They also offer lifeguard training for your teen who is looking for a fun summer job! Check out the pool and see if it's the place for you, either visiting or working-wise.

3. Dormont Pool

1801 Dormont Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216

(412) 561-8900

A Dormont pool favorite is the awesome slide here. Guess what? It's open this summer! Check out Dormont Pool today to race your friends and see who's the fastest. A concession stand, a kiddy pool and more await you. Daily rate is $8/person, children 3 and under are free. 

4. Mt. Lebanon Outdoor Swim Center

900 Cedar Blvd, Mt Lebanon, PA 15228

(412) 561-6626

Open swim varies daily, Find lap schedule here

This fun attraction has a lot more than just a pool. This pool offers lap swimming and recreational swimming, as well as a cool slide. But, unlike any other swimming pool, there's a pool-side rock climbing wall. Dare your friends to see who can reach the top, but not when you're soaking wet. You can also rent out this pool for a private pool party Friday's, Saturday's, and Sunday's. Day passes are $10/adult, $9/kid.

5. Whitehall Swimming Pool

100 Borough Park Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15236

(412) 881-3314

12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 10am - 6pm, Sunday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Whitehall Swiming pool is no longer open to the public and guests must provide proof of residency. A Whitehall resident ages 18+ may purchase admission for 2 non-resident guests. Whitehall's pool offers a baby pool with zero-depth entry and bubblers underneath a shade sail for your young ones so you can have fun with your little ones and not have to worry about them getting splashed by a big kid. There is also zero depth entry into the main pool with spray features. This large and fun pool with water slides, diving board and climbing wall will be just what you're looking for to cool down. 

6. Upper St. Clair Pool

Mayview Rd, Upper St Clair, PA 15241

(412) 221-1099

This pool offers year-round aquatic activities such as aquatics group exercise classes, indoor leisure pool schedule, lap pool reservation (open to members only), life guarding classes (American Red Cross Certification) and instructor position, outdoor pool, pool parties and more! This facility is open to non-members Monday through Friday by advanced registration only. No walk-ins will be permitted and no daily visitor passes will be available to purchase on holidays. 

7. Baldwin Pool

742 Lechner Ln, Pittsburgh, PA 15227

(412) 961-4595

Hours Vary

Baldwin’s swimming pool is located in Elm Leaf Park, just below the Borough Building Complex off of Romanus Drive in North Baldwin. This ADA accessible pool is open for both residents and non-residents and will satisfy all ages. There is a set of slides located in the deep end for more fun but don't forget to bring your own chair or pool blanket to lounge on. 

8. Wilson Park Pool

825 Poplar St, Greentree, PA 15220

(412) 921-8414

12 p.m. - 7 p.m., varies 

This pool has a fun slide with a twist, literally. It's got a big deep end with lanes so you can race your friends like you're in the Olympics. The shallow area is also decently big so, you have lots of space to play with your little ones. Green Tree Swimming Pool has a little something for everyone but daily admission is limited to Green Tree residents or guests accompanied by a Green Tree Resident or Season Pass Holder. Non-residents are able to purchase a season pass. 

9. Crafton Swimming Pool

115 W Steuben St, Pittsburgh, PA 15205

(412) 921-9482

hours vary

The Crafton Pool has a nice wading area that follows into the deep end, with a longer wall dividing the two for safety. A concession stand and slides will occupy your little swimmers and leave them satisfied. There is also a separate pool for your little ones to enjoy in peace, equipped with a pirate ship and mini slide. 

10. North Park Pool

S. Ridge Dr, Allison Park, PA 15101

(724) 935-1951

11:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

This pool is a nice way to spend a hot summer's day. Better yet, when you get dried off and your kids want something else to do, North Park is filled with great summer activities. Check out 7 Sporty Outing Ideas For Families Close to Pittsburgh, PA for more information on what the park has to offer and its very own adventure park.

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1. Sandcastle

1000 Sandcastle Dr, West Homestead, PA 15120

(412) 462-6666

11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sitting next to a boardwalk overlooking the Monongahela River, Sandcastle waterpark offers a lazy river, a wave pool, 15 awesome water slides and children's play areas. Family fun is what this waterpark is all about. Come spend the day making memories and splashing out.

2. Idlewild & SoakZone

2574 US-30, Ligonier, PA 15658

(724) 238-3666

10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

This is the best children's theme park and waterpark around. This park has your classic amusement park rides like the turtles, tilt-a-whirl, carousel and more, including unique features and attractions such as Storybook Forest. The waterpark has plenty of slides for your kids to enjoy, a family wave pool, a lazy river and kids play area with a tipping bucket. You can soak away your day here with the whole family.

3. Splash Lagoon

8091 Peach St, Erie, PA 16509

(866) 377-5274

Hours Vary

This indoor waterpark has it all! Try your best at surfing to see if you can hang 10, on the FlowRider. There's even a Tiki Tree House, so you can climb your way to the top, all while getting drenched and exploring the ins and outs of the house. This park is filled with waterslides of every kind and a wave pool and lazy river. There are multiple children's play areas to get splashed in as well. This park will have your kids begging you to go back every summer.

4. The Great Wolf Lodge

1 Great Wolf Dr, Scotrun, PA 18355

(800) 768-9653

10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

This massive indoor waterpark has plenty of attractions for everyone to enjoy. We'll start with the waterpark itself: wave pool, kiddie areas, lazy river, hot springs, slides galore and slide boarding. This park has it all, so you'll never want to leave this resort. When you're still looking for things to do, but you're spent at the waterpark, try bowling or Howler's Peak Ropes Course or Moon Glow Golf. There are too many attractions and opportunities for you to get bored here or to stay for one day. 

Splash pads

Check out Spray Parks and Splash Pads for Kids in the South Hills of Pittsburgh for the best ones around. Your kids will love running around at these places on a hot summer's day.

Get out there and splash around in the South Hills of Pittsburgh! If you and your family love to visit a local pool or waterpark worth the drive that wasn't on the list, let us know, and we'll add them! We hope this list helps you enjoy the last month of summer with your family and friends while you can.