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Best Pools in New Orleans

Check out our list of some of our favorite New Orleans pools.

The Country Club (Photo: Paul Broussard)

We know, we know: Summer is hot. And while diving into festivals and concerts is one way to stay cool (figuratively, at least), sometimes you need a fully submerged experience. Grab the floaties and the SPF. We’ll see ya at the pool.

Cool Off for the Day

You don’t have to go far to find a pool in this city

The Gator Run Lazy River at Cool Zoo, part of the Audubon Zoo. (Photo: Paul Broussard)
The Gator Run Lazy River at Cool Zoo, part of the Audubon Zoo. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Cool Zoo at Audubon Zoo

Besides already being a great place to take the family during the summer months, the Audubon Zoo houses the fun and refreshing Cool Zoo, a splash park featuring a lazy river, water spouts, a water slide, and more. The Cool Zoo is open for weekends beginning May 4 and is open for the summer season seven days a week from May 27 to August 4. From August 10 to September 2, Cool Zoo is open on weekends only before closing for the season.

UNO Aquatic Center

Just because you’re a few years past your college graduation doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of this university’s top-notch facilities. For only $10 for a day pass, you’ll have access to the University of New Orleans Aquatic Center’s indoor and outdoor pools. You can also purchase monthly or annual memberships if your swimming habits know no season.

The Country Club

This once clothing-optional Bywater institution is a great place to cool off and is one of the best places for a delicious and entertaining Sunday brunch (people-watching included). Entry rates are $15 all seven days of the week.


The New Orleans Recreation and Development Commission (NORDC) operates and maintains 15 outdoor swimming pools. These free public swimming pools are open during the summer months to all ages; however, children under eight years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Swim classes are also offered during the summer months.

Alto at the Ace Hotel (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Ace Hotel

This sleek spot on Carondelet Street has a rooftop pool that’s open to the public. Swimmers (or loungers) who aren’t guests of the hotel pay a $25 pool access fee during peak hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Poolside lunch, dinner, and drinks are available along with free Wifi.

W New Orleans – French Quarter

For $20, receive access to the W French Quarter’s courtyard pool. Your pool pass includes a $15 food and beverage credit to use during your visit. Buy your passes here.

The Drifter Hotel

While the Drifter offers an annual pool membership, you can join in on the fun by attending an event held poolside. Pool party yoga on Saturday mornings begins with gentle stretching led by NOLA Tribe Yoga and provides access to the daytime pool party that follows. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here.

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