Summer is upon us and soon the heat and humidity will make New Orleans hotter than a sauna. What better way to cool off than a day at the pool? While other Gulf Coast cities boast beach views, our relaxing time is spent poolside, sunning the day away with a cocktail, some snacks and some friends. Whether you are just learning to swim, an old pro who loves the laps, or you’re just looking for an excuse to slip on a swimsuit and snap that perfect selfie, we have a list of pools where you can work on that tan and float your troubles away.
For anyone who wants a pool and a cocktail
Above the Grid at NOPSI Hotel
317 Baronne St.
Details: It’s Sunday Funday at Above the Grid, NOPSI Hotel’s rooftop pool! Get your swim on starting at 11:00 a.m. and hang out to enjoy a DJ from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. You can also swim during the week, if you prefer. Grab a $40 day pass which includes towels and wifi.
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Alto at Ace Hotel
600 Carondolet St.
Details: Alto is the rooftop oasis at the Ace Hotel where you can swim your cares away daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. While there is a $30 facility fee (including towel service) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, on Monday through Thursday, access to the pool is free! There is also food and Alto’s inspired bar offers a rotating tap, frozen drinks, craft beer and fine wine.
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4125 St. Charles Ave.
Details: The Chloe is a beautiful boutique hotel with gorgeous views. The pool is open to the public daily from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with pool reservations for the day opening at 8:00 a.m. Reservations are $40. Light bites and festive drinks are also available, so there’s no excuse to not make a day of it.
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The Country Club
634 Louisa St.
Details: For 40 years, The Country Club has been one of Bywater’s cool destinations. The pool is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The Country Club also serves food and drinks, so you can enjoy a lovely day relaxing poolside with your favorite cocktail. This spot is being cautious about COVID-19, so check out their guidelines before you head over.
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The Drifter Hotel
3522 Tulane Ave.
Details: The Drifter is one of the more popular swimming destinations in town and, this year, they’re taking reservations in 2-hour blocks for $15. This is their way of making sure everyone stays safe and still has a good time. You can also get an annual membership if you plan on spending a lot of time at the pool.
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130 Roosevelt Way
Details: The Roosevelt Hotel is all about old-school glamour and the hotel rooftop pool is no exception. Featuring sun loungers and a whirlpool tub, the pool space is the perfect place to relax your day away. While this is one of the pricier options on the list (you have to rent a cabana in order to swim), it makes for a great excuse to get some friends together and make a day of it. Pool hours are 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
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For the kids
Cool Zoo at Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine St.
Details: While it’s not a pool in the traditional sense, this is an awesome place to bring the kids for a cool down. Located in Audubon Zoo, the fun starts on June 16th, with a 750-foot lazy river and continues with a huge alligator water slide, spider monkey soakers, water-spitting snakes and more. Cool Zoo has two daily sessions: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and reservations are required. Admission is $8 for zoo members and $10 for non-members.
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Lyons Recreation Center
624 Louisiana Ave.
Details: If you’re looking for a place to work out and get some laps in, Lyons Recreation Center might be the pool for you. This spot also offers swimming lessons and water aerobics. The pool is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Reservations are required and pool dates are June 7th to Aug. 28th.
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Stallings St. Claude Recreation Center
4300 St. Claude Ave.
Details: This pool is great for the kids or for water aerobics and it’s free! The pool is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Reservations are required and pool dates are July 6th to Aug. 26th.
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For the pro swimmer
UNO Aquatic Center
6801 Franklin Ave.
Details: Did you know that UNO Lakefront Arena has a pool for all of you lap swimmers out there? With facilities that feature a 50-meter indoor pool with eight lanes and a 25-yard outdoor pool with six lanes, this is a great spot to work on your butterfly stroke. This pool also offers swimming lessons and has open reservations, if you’re looking to practice a team sport. Monthly membership is $20 and annual membership is $200. Due to COVID, reservations are required, so get your name in the books before you head to the pool.
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