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Places to Swim in the Champaign-Urbana Area

May 10, 2024

Whether you're looking to cool off on a hot day or get some exercise, the Champaign-Urbana area has plenty of great swimming spots. Check out the best places to take a dip below!


Places to swim in champaign-urbana and beyond

families and locals playing in a pool in Champaign-Urbana


Sholem Aquatic Center (Champaign): May 25–August 11, 2024

Sholem Aquatic Center in Champaign is a family favorite. This outdoor facility features a zero-depth entry pool for young children, a 660-foot lazy river, and waterslides to plunge, twirl and spiral your way down. Season passes are available here.


Crystal Lake Family Aquatic Center (Urbana): - MAY 25–AUGUST 14, 2024

Crystal Lake Family Aquatic Center is located at the north end of Crystal Lake Park in Urbana. With sand areas, wet decks, a climbing wall, and all the pool fun you could hope for, it's a definite must in the summer. For hours of operation, admission, and memberships, click here.


Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center (Rantoul): - Opening season - MAY 25, 2024

The Hap Parker Family Aquatic Center in Rantoul is a favorite for many looking to explore swimming options outside of C-U. One of the highlights of the center are the two amazing water slides that splash down into 350,000 gallons of crystal clear water. The zero-depth entry pool also features water toys for children, lanes for swimmers, and diving boards. For season passes and hours, click here.



The Tuscola Swimming Pool is also ready to welcome swimmers for the summer! This large pool is equipped with a long water tube slide and a diving board. Additionally, the area features a wading pool for small children, a pavilion seating area for picnics, Tropical-Sno shaved ice operation and vending machine concessions. Nab a season pass and check out their hours of operation here. 


Monticello Family Aquatic Center: - OPENING SEASON - MAY 27, 2024

At the Monticello Family Aquatic Center, enjoy a ton of room to swim across the 5,750sf main pool, 12-foot diving well, and 2,400sf zero-depth pool with 16 water features. Check out their hours and season passes here.


Arthur Community Pool - May 27 to Mid august, 2024

At the Arthur Community Pool, heat is no match for a cool, refreshing swim! Stop by Monday-Sunday from 12-6pm.


Splash pads

kids playing on a splash pad in Champaign-Urbana

If you're looking for a splash pad in the Champaign-Urbana area, then you're in luck. You can find three across our area that are sure to come in handy when the family needs to cool off. 


Hessel Park Splash Pad - Champaign

Splash and cool off at Hessel Park from the hours of 6 a.m.-11 p.m. 

Douglass Park Splash Pad - Champaign

Need to cool off around Douglass Park? Make sure to stop by and splash - open 24hrs!

Rantoul Sports Complex Splash Pad - Rantoul

The Rantoul Sports Complex splash pad opened at the facility's ribbon-cutting ceremony at the end of May 2021. If you're around Rantoul, you can stop by the splash pad to cool down!


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