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Wallet-Friendly Swimming Destinations

Check out these pools in and around Bethesda that offer rates that won't break the bank.

It's hot. It's really, really hot. So where can you go to cool off? To the pool, of course.

There’s plenty of pools in and around Bethesda that offer rates that won’t break the bank, both public and private. Many also offer one-time rates for swimmers without memberships. Here are a few easy and wallet-friendly swimming destination suggestions. If you know of more, tell us in the comments. Happy swimming!

The Bethesda Outdoor Pool, located at 6300 Little Falls Parkway, offers a 50-meter pool, a 25-meter pool, and a junior and a tot pool. If you have a county outdoor pool pass, you can use it here, along with other county outdoor pools. If you don’t, the one-time rates are quite reasonable -- $4 for minors, $6 for adults and $4.50 for seniors who are county residents. Rates are cheaper after 5:30p.m., and a “P12” pass will get you 12 entries for the price of 10.

The downside is that the pool is closed weekdays until June 12. It’s open on the weekends from noon-6p.m. A full schedule is available at the recreation department’s website.

Montgomery Acquatics Center

The center, located near the White Flint Metro station at 5900 Executive Boulevard in North Bethesda, offers an eight-lane main pool, a warm water leisure pool, two hydrotherapy pools, a 10-meter diving platform and interior water slide, along with other amenities, according to a county website. The center is also handicapped accessible.

If you have a county annual pool pass, you can use it here, and at any outdoor or indoor pool operated by the county recreation department. Just remember, your county outdoor pool pass won’t work here.  Like the Bethesda Outdoor Pool, one-time rates for non-passholders are affordable -- $4 for minors, $6 for adults and $4.50 for seniors who are county residents. You can also use your P12 pass here.

The Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA, located at 9401 Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, offers three swimming pools, both indoor and outdoor. Don’t have a membership? Go online to the Y’s website and print out a free three-day guest pass. That should be enough to get you through the heat wave, but if you like the services the Y offers, sign up to be a member and use the pool all summer!

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