Swimming options in the Greater Raleigh areaIf swimming is a big part of your summer recreation, you don’t have to give it up when the Raleigh weather turns cooler.  The Triangle area has several great natatoriums with indoor swimming pools that are open to the public year round.  Most charge only a nominal entrance fee & are fully staffed with lifeguards. Check out one that is in your neighborhood.

In North Raleigh, Optimist Pool at 5902 Whittier Drive is covered with a fabric tension structure and houses a 50 meter Olympic size swimming pool for lap and recreational swimming.  They also offer water exercise programs, a city swim league, and Red Cross lifeguard training.   Friday evenings you can bring your kayak to practice your paddling & rolls. The up-to-date facility includes spacious locker rooms and a classroom. It hosts several large-scale swimming competitions during the year.  Down the road at 1905 Spring Forest Drive is the Millbrook Exchange Pool located next to Millbrook High School. It has a smaller covered pool and is ideal for lap swimming.

Also in Raleigh, only a couple of miles from NC State University, is the Pullen Aquatic Center which is part of  the newly renovated Pullen Park.  This brick & mortar building is home to a 50 meter Olympic size swimming pool with 3 & 5 meter diving boards & a warm water therapy pool.  There is a mezzanine with spectator seating, locker room facilities and an outdoor patio.  Since it is a city pool, they offer swim lessons as well as water exercise classes & aquatic therapy programs.  The warm water pool with its zero entry is perfect for getting the little ones toes wet for the first time.

The Triangle Aquatic Center at 275 Convention Drive, Cary is the newest & largest facility.  This non-profit community center which is handicapped accessible has 3 swimming pools – a 50-meter competition pool, a 25-yard program pool as well as a warm water  instructional pool.  Also available is a dry-land fitness area, a full-service cafe & a swim gear shop.  A full array of lessons, classes, training & events are also offered for toddlers through seniors.

If you are searching for some inspiration, join the cheering fans at Willis Casey Natatorium which is home to the nationally ranked Wolfpack Men’s & Women’s Swim & Dive Team.  Although the pool itself is not open for the public to use, entry into the swim meets is free.


This article was written by Lisa Jackson, Senior Listing Broker at Spencer Properties.