That's why we've put together a list of public pools — including information about cost and hours. We hope it'll be useful during those dog days of summer! Have a favorite pool we should add to this list? Let us know in the comment section below.
Button Bay State Park
5 Button Bay State Park Rd., Ferrisburgh, 475-2377, vtstateparks.com/htm/buttonbay.htm
: Free with $2-3 park admission; free admission for children under 4
: Open swim seven days a week from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 3-7 p.m
Elm Street Recreation Center
Elm Street, Montpelier, 223-6829, montpelierrec.org
: For Montpelier residents: $3.50 for children through high school; $5.50 for adults; $11.50 per family. For nonresidents: $7 for children through high school; $10 for adults; $19 per family
: Open swim Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-8 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 1-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-5:30 p.m.
Maple Street Park and Pool
75 Maple Street, Essex Junction, 872-3370, ejrp.org
: $4 for children; $6 for adults; $2 off with proof of Essex Junction residency
: Open swim Monday-Friday from 12:30-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 11:15 a.m.-8 p.m.; pool open exclusively for families from 5-6 p.m. seven days a week.
Middlebury Town Pool
298 Buttolph Drive, Middlebury, 388-4020, townofmiddlebury.org
: $2 for children 15 and under; $3 for adults
: Open swim seven days a week from 1-4:45 p.m. and 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Myers Memorial Pool
40 Pine Street, Winooski, 652-8143, winooskivt.org
: For Winooski residents: $1 per child; $2 for adults; $5 per family. For nonresidents: $2 per child; $4 per adult; $8 per family; free for YMCA members
: Open swim Monday-Thursday from noon-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from noon-7 p.m.
Sand Hill Pool
208 Sand Hill Road, Essex 878-2973, essex.org
: For Essex residents: $2 for children under 18; $3 for adults. For nonresidents: $3 for children under 18; $4 for adults
: Open swim Monday-Friday from 1-8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from noon-8 p.m.
St. Albans City Pool
99 Aldis Street, St. Albans, 524-6796, stalbansrec.com
: For St. Albans residents: $5 for children and adults. For nonresidents: $7 for children and adults. For residents and nonresidents: half-price admission from 7-8:30 p.m.
: Open swim Monday-Friday from 1-5 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. and 6-8:30 p.m.
In Vermont, there are a limited number of days when it's hot enough to swim in an outdoor pool. For many families, joining a swim club is too expensive. The lake is an option, but you might not always feel like communing with nature.