New England’s infamous winters…. what if you could avoid them and relax by the pool instead? These 8 indoor pools will give you that little taste of summer you need to survive the freezing cold.
The BU FitRec is outfitted with not one, but two pools. The recreation pool, set to a comfortable 84 degrees, has lanes for lapping, a ramp for wheelchairs, and a lazy river. The slightly cooler competition pool dips as deeply as 13.5 feet—perfect for water sports. Oh, and there’s a 15-person hot tub!
- 915 Commonwealth Ave., Boston; different membership plans available
This hotel’s pool and fitness facilities are open to members, and there’s a membership option available for people who just want to use the pool. Plus, Wave Health & Fitness is open 24/7. The heated pool recently underwent renovations for a fresh new look!
- 1 Seaport Lane, Boston; Membership plans start at $49, the starting rate for a room changes on a daily basis
Recent renovations at the Y mean the updated, heated pool has both lanes and a play area for children, perfect for families and those looking to get a work out. The Y offers swimming lessons for kids and adults of all ages, water aerobics classes, and swim teams. Lifeguards are always present.
- 316 Huntington Ave., Boston; The Y has Community Days for non-members monthly, free one-day and guest passes are available, as are other membership options
Atlantis has locations all across Massachusetts, but their newly-renovated Cambridge location has a junior Olympic saltwater pool. You can also spend time in the sauna or steam room and take swimming lessons.
- 575 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, inside the Hyatt Regency; Free guest pass available online, memberships start at $59 a month
If saltwater pools are your style, try the Commonwealth Sports Club. You can take a dip on your own, swim laps, or try one of the original aquatic workout classes, like Aqua QiGong/Tai Chi a combination of yoga and water aerobics. The facilities also play host to a hot tub.
- 1079 Commonwealth Ave., Boston; Trial passes available online, joining costs $67-$89 a month
This Watertown club features a seven-lane, 75-foot-long pool that’s consistently 4.5 feet deep, meaning it’s the perfect depth for swimmers of all ages and abilities. The low-chlorine facility is basked in natural light. Try an aquatics class or go for a dip in the hot tub.
- 57 Coolidge Ave., Watertown; Free 7-day pass available online, memberships start at $125 a month
Membership at the Jewish Community Center is open to everyone, no matter his or her religion. The JCC offers babysitting so parents can either take a swim sans kids or have them join for free swim or lessons. Members can also take part in water aerobics and swim team.
- 333 Nahanton St., Newton; 3-day free trial available online, membership starts at $290 for three months
Both hotel guests and private members have access to the full amenities of the Rowes Wharf Health Club and Spa at the Boston Harbor Hotel. The three-lane, 60-foot chlorine pool is set at a warm 83 degrees, the jacuzzi at an even warmer 103 degrees. Saunas, steam rooms, and robe and towel service turn a dip in the pool into a luxury vacation.
- 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston; Membership is $160/month