Water Safety Tip

4 places to go swimming in the Dayton area you might have forgotten about

A heat wave and a holiday weekend means it’s the perfect time to head to the pool.

If you’re looking for something beyond your neighborhood pool, Dayton has plenty of good options a short drive away.

Here are 4 great places to go swimming in and near Dayton that you should totally consider the next time you need a day by the water. We’ll be updating this list throughout the summer, so keep checking back for more pool ideas. 

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🌞Kroger Aquatic Center At The Heights

8625 Brandt Pike, Huber Heights

Swimmers at the Kroger Aquatics Center at The Heights float around the Lazy River on a warm Tuesday afternoon. The parking lot of the water park was almost full by noon.
Photo: Ty Greenlees

This water park in Huber Heights has it all. The family can enjoy the sun with water slides, a leisure pool, a “spray-ground,” and a lazy river.

Hours and info: www.hhoh.org

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🌞Adventure Reef Water Park

2900 Glengarry Drive, Kettering

Adventure Reef Water Park has the biggest waterslide in Montgomery County.
Photo: Dayton Daily News

The 3-acre outdoor water facility has some of the highest and fastest slides in Montgomery County, according to its website. With deck seating, a large water playground and a splash pad, this could be your summer destination.

Hours and info: playkettering.org

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🌞Gardner Memorial Swimming Pool

105 Patterson Rd., Oakwood

Gardner Memorial Swimming Pool was a gift to the residents of Oakwood.
Photo: Gardner Memorial Swimming Pool

The Gardner Memorial Swimming Pool was gifted to the residents of Oakwood to “provide relaxation from Memorial Day to Labor Day.” Although it is a smaller community pool, Gardner still sells lunch and drinks— perfect for a couple of hours poolside to help break up your day. You do, however, need to be an Oakwood resident and purchase a pool membership to go. 

Hours and info: Facebook

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🌞Black Oak Swim Club

1570 Ambridge Rd., Centerville

Black Oak Swim Club in Centerville.
Photo: Swim at Black Oak

There are year-round activities at this member-owned pool facility in Centerville. But in the summertime, it’s all about splashing and sliding into the pool. 

Hours and info: blackoakswimclub.com