Splish Splash: Where to Swim 2016

by Katie Jackson

Unless you’re fortunate enough to have a neighbor, friend, or relative with access to a swimming pool, those stagnant summer days can get pretty brutal. I mean, I guess there’s always the Slip’N Slide, but do you really want that trip to the ER when you sprain your ankle? Didn’t think so. It’s also probably best to avoid securing your place as the neighborhood oddball by running through the lawn sprinkler. Instead, play it safe and take a tip from us by visiting one (or more) of these local swimming holes this summer:


photo courtesy of The Quarry

For a throwback to your summer camp experience, check out The Quarry in Peninsula. The former rock quarry-turned swimming hole is hidden amongst the woods with only a small tie-dye sign boasting “a very chill place” to let you know it’s there. The natural surroundings are picnic-friendly and open weather-permitting from 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Daily rates are $7.00 ($5.00 after 5:30 pm), and season passes are available for $100 per individual or $225 per family.

The Quarry
1980 W. Streetsboro Rd.
Peninsula, OH 44264
Hours: 12:30 pm – 7:30 pm Thurs – Sun


The City of Akron maintains two outdoor municipal swimming pools which are free of charge. They are located at:

Perkins Woods
899 Diagonal Rd.
Akron, OH 44320
Hours: 1 pm – 7pm  Tue/Thurs/Sat

Reservoir Park
1735 Hillside Terrace
Akron, OH 44305
Hours: 1 pm – 7 pm  Mon/Wed/Fri


In addition to boating and fishing, Portage Lakes State Park has two public swimming beaches located at Lake Nesmith and Turkeyfoot Lake. Swimmers may enjoy the surf and sand at their own risk during daylight hours.

Portage Lakes State Park
5031 Manchester Rd.
Akron, OH 44319


Another jewel of Summit County, Summit Metro Parks, offers two supervised lake swimming locations with concession and vending machines, picnic areas, bathhouses and playground areas. $4 daily admission, or very affordable season pass prices of $30 per adult or $15 per child. Canoe and paddleboat rentals are also available. The parks are open weekdays from 11 am – 7 pm and weekend/holiday hours are 10 am – 8 pm.

Munroe Falls Metro Park
521 S. River Rd.
Munroe Falls, OH 44262

Silver Creek Metro Park
5000 Hametown Rd.
Norton, OH 44230


photo courtesy of Cleveland Metroparks

Going a bit outside city limits, the Hinckley Ledge Pool is a perfect location for a refreshing dip in the water. Complete with a concession stand, picnic tables, basketball and volleyball courts, and an 80-foot by 100-foot heated pool (2-foot deep at the shallow end and 5-foot deep at the deep end), the Hinckley Ledge Pool is the perfect place to spend any summer day. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 children ages 6-11, and 5 and under are free. Open daily from 11 am – 7 pm.

Hinckley Ledge Pool
1151 Ledge Rd.
Hinckley, OH 44233


The ultimate fun-in-the-sun experience can be found at Water Works Family Aquatic Center in Cuyahoga Falls. Whether you’re interested in the thrill of water slides, lap swimming, splashing with friends, taking it slow in the lazy river, or just lounging in a poolside cabana, Water Works has it all! Lounge chairs surround the pool area and there is also plenty of green space to enjoy a picnic lunch or treats from the concession stand. Waterworks is open daily from 11 am – 8 pm. Daily rates start at $7.00 for residents of Cuyahoga Falls ($15.00 for non-residents) and season passes are also available.

Water Works Family Aquatic Center
2025 Munroe Falls Ave.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221


The Shaw JCC is a popular members-only swimming spot among Akronites, offering water exercise classes and private lessons in addition to open swim hours. Several membership levels are available and more information can be found at their website, www.shawjcc.org.

Shaw JCC
750 White Pond Dr.
Akron, OH 44320


Got tots?

The City of Cuyahoga Falls offers six wading pools for children ages 9 and under. All pools are free of charge, have a maximum depth of two feet, and are supervised by certified lifeguard from 11 am until 6 pm through August 16, 2016. Water toys are welcome and all parks offer playground and picnic facilities as well.


Indian Mountain Park
1552 E. Bailey Rd.

Linden Park
241 Roanoke Ave.

Lions Park
641 Silver Lake Ave.

Oak Park
2250 12th St.

Quirk Cultural Center
1201 Grant Ave.

Valley Vista Park
2790 Valley Rd.


(Featured photo courtesy of City of Cuyahoga Falls)