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Best Public Swimming Pool

Druid Hill Park

Photo By Jefferson Jackson Steele

800 Wyman Park Drive, (410) 396-6477

Posted 9/19/2001

Being adults (at least legally), we like to swim with other adults and not be subjected to endless games of Marco Polo as we attempt laps in the deep end. Still, we're not such grinches that we want kids banished from our sight--the sound of children's laughter is half the fun of summer. Druid Hill Park's public pool achieves the perfect balance, thanks at least in part to its physical setup--a wading pool for little ones, a deep tank for serious swimmers, and an enormous main pool with depths varying from two to six feet. In addition, Druid Hill Park's pool offers two two-hour adults-only swimming sessions a week and chances for early-morning laps on some weekends. Besides being set in the city's most accessible park, the pool also boasts the friendliest management we've encountered at any of the city's public pools, and it's a bargain to boot--$1.50 per visit, and just $25 for a summer-long membership.

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Other Awards for Best Public Swimming Pool:

Patterson Park, 9/13/2000

Roosevelt Park (Hampden), 9/17/1997

All Awards for Druid Hill Park:

Best Place to Work-out, 9/16/2009

Best Place to Play Tennis, 9/19/2007

Best Park, 9/20/2006

Best Place to Play Tennis, 9/20/2006

Best Park, 9/21/2005

Best Place to Play Tennis, 9/21/2005

Best Park, 9/22/2004

Best Place to Swim, 9/22/2004

Best Park, City, 9/13/2000

Best Place for a Gay Pride Festival, 9/17/1997

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