Cool Off At One Of Boston’s Best Swimming Pools

Filed in Lifestyle, Things To Do by on July 15, 2009 3 Comments

When it comes to drowning your sorrows, most Bostonians look towards the drinkable liquids rather than the type you take a swim in. But while the dog days of summer haven’t exactly hit the city yet, there’s no denying our desire to escape the cubicle in favor of a white, sandy beach in the Caribbean. But with vacation days dwindling, the chance to leave the city becomes a bit more difficult. So grab a towel and a bottle of sun block, and head to one of Boston’s local swimming pools for a chance to dip your toes into an urban oasis.

The Colonnade Hotel: Probably the most stylish option out of the bunch, the Colonnade Hotel is known for its contemporary design and high-quality service. Even if you can’t spare the change to rent a tricked-out hotel room for the evening, you still have the opportunity to experience the good life for a day. For a $30 entrance fee, this ultra-luxe roof-top lair can be your dream backyard for an afternoon. The service is top-notch and clientele is well-heeled, so definitely pack a hot pair of shades to soak in the atmosphere.

The Clubs at Charles River Park: Next to the urban jungle of cookie-cutter, high rise apartments known as Charles River Park and the West End Apartments, you’ll find this expansive swimming complex that resembles a country club in the city. Well, minus the country, of course. While you will have to deal with the armies of screaming children and their parents dominating the place, the purchase of a summer pass will guarantee you a cool, summer escape. Rent a cabana for the summer if you’re looking for a hideaway.

Holiday Inn Swimming Pool: Also perched on the edge of Beacon Hill and the West End, the Holiday Inn’s Pool Club is location is nestled on Cambridge Street next to CVS, Whole Foods, and a dozen other businesses that provide snacks and treats for an afternoon by the pool. While the price is definitely a little more friendly than the West End Apartments, this is still a family-oriented environment, so beware of the kiddies. Trust in us, this is no MTV Spring Break Cancun.

Commonwealth Sports Club: In college student and young professional-drenched Allston, people are looking for a vacation from the air conditioner-less apartments and hour-long B-train rides. A spacious swimming complex on top of the Atrium apartment building in Packard’s Corner, the Commonwealth Sports Club is perfect for the recently-graduated frat brother looking for a place to cool off. Luckily, you don’t have to be a member of the sports club to get in, either. $5 is all it costs to gain entrance for one day.

Most of us aren’t able to afford weekend getaways to Miami Beach. And even if you can, chances are your work-clogged schedule simply won’t allow it. So take a Saturday or Sunday to lay low and soak in the rays at one of Boston’s best swimming pools. Who knows? It may be the closest thing to a vacation you’ll get all year.

A contributing writer to, Megan Johnson is originally from Connecticut, and has lived in Boston since age 18. She regularly contributes to Boston MenuPages, Butterfly Diary, Reinventing Beauty Magazine, and SweetTalk on the Spot. You can visit her website at

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  1. Just wanted to say that I’m a member of the Commonwealth Sports Club. It’s a great facility, but the daily rate is actually $25 for non-members and only $15 for members. This rate includes everything and they also offer week long memberships, single month memberships, weekend only options and so much more. It’s a great club with a beautiful indoor salt water pool. The group classes are great too.

  2. TheBostonBlog says:

    Thanks to Emily for updating us on the CSC daily rates.


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