According to the United States Lifesaving Association, about 100 people die from drowning in Rip Currents every year. Do you know how to spot a Rip Current — or what to do if you’re caught in one? Watch this video to learn some life-saving tips.
Palm Beach County is a popular location for kids and families who want to ‘get their feet wet’ by splashing in and around the water! The weather is perfect year-round for a day at the beach, or a dip in the pool. The Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department offers plenty of opportunities for people of all ages to be active in the water.
Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation operates six pools and aquatic centers throughout the county. Each pool offers activities and classes like water aerobics, adult lap and open swim time. Be sure to check with each facility for specific times, dates and facility hours.
- Aqua Crest Pool in Delray Beach is heated in the winter for year-round enjoyment. It features a 50-meter pool with a diving well and children’s play pool. Various swim teams practice at Aqua Crest, including the Palm Beach Masters, East Coast Aquatic Club Swim Team, and the Coralytes Synchronized Swim Team.
- Gleneagles Country Club Aquatic Center is located at the CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex in John Prince Park, Lake Worth. It runs from April through September. Programs and activities available at Gleneagles include adaptive swim lessons, aqua motion, family and lap swim, scuba instruction and more.
- Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Center also operates during the winter months, in West Palm Beach. The Palm Beach Masters and Lake Lytal Lightning Swim Teams practice at this facility, and it also offers Water Walking.
- North County Aquatic Complex is located in Jupiter and is open year-round, as it offers a heated pool. It also features a 50-meter pool and a children’s wading pool, as well as water aerobics classes. The Jupiter Dragons, Palm Beach Masters and the Jupiter Dive Club, a competitive spring board diving team, practice at North County
- Pioneer Park Aquatic Center: Belle Glade’s Pioneer Park Aquatic Center is open from May to September, and features a 25 yard pool with tipping water buckets for the kids and water slides.
- Santaluces Aquatic Complex is located in Lantana, is open from May to September. A 25-meter pool, diving boards, and a children’s wading pool are located at the facility.
Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation operates two waterparks, both of which close for the Winter season. Each waterpark offers an affordable opportunity to get the kids outside and into the water. Check out what you can enjoy at these waterparks which open in March for Spring Break!
- Calypso Bay Waterpark is in Royal Palm Beach inside Seminole Palms Park. This waterpark also offers a nearly 900-foot river ride, lily pad walk, four-story high water slides, water playground, as well as a lap pool with diving boards and more.
- Coconut Cove Waterpark is located inside Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park in Boca Raton. The waterpark features an 897-foot river ride, lily pad walk, two water slides, a children’s water playground pool, and more.
Beaches are the number one reason people visit Palm beach County – and Palm Beach County operates 16 beach parks from Tequesta to Boca Raton. Palm Beach County’s South Florida location means any day can be the perfect beach day – for free! Kids and families can spend time basking in the sun (with adequate sun protection), building sand castles, playing catch on the beach, or swimming in the ocean.
Palm Beach County’s Ocean Rescue lifeguards protect swimmers at fourteen oceanfront and inlet parks to ensure beachgoer safety. For an accessible beach experience, beach wheelchairs are available at several parks.
For helpful beach safety information, watch this video.
Splashparks are a great, free way for kids to cool off in the water! Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation operates three brightly colored, interactive splash parks for kids to run and jump in.
The splashparks are located inside John Prince Park in Lake Worth, Westgate Park & Recreation Center in West Palm Beach, and Glades Pioneer Park in Belle Glade. The splashparks in Glades Pioneer Park and Westgate Park are open seasonally; however the John Prince Park location is open year-round!
All three of the splashparks offer interactive features for kids, including rotating spray cannons, ground-level water jets, and animals like frogs and whales. Shade sails are provided at splashpark locations for sun protection. Kids will have a blast splashing around in these water playgrounds, while soaking their friends!
Splashparks are free to use, however for groups of ten or more, weekday reservations are required at Westgate and John Prince Park and a nominal fee must be paid. Please contact each park or facility for more information on reserving the splashpark for a group of ten or more.
For parents and kids living in Palm Beach County, it’s a necessary skill to know how to swim, or, know the basics of water survival. That’s why Palm Beach County pools and aquatic facilities offer swim lessons for people of all ages.
For specific schedules, rates and class information please check with the facility.
For Palm Beach County water-related activities, visit pbcsplash.com.
Visit pbcparks.com for information on all Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation facilities.
The number one New Year’s Resolution is to get healthy & fit – #pbcParks is here to help!
There are so many free & low-cost ways to stay active in our parks, from doing strength training exercises in our free Fitness Zone, to cardio like biking and swimming, there are endless options to help you accomplish your fitness goals in our more than 80 parks and recreation facilities throughout Palm Beach County.
Join Bibi and #pbcParks in this short video as she shows you some of the ways you can get a great workout in our parks.
We make the quality of life for Palm Beach County residents and visitors better by providing diverse, safe and affordable recreation services, welcoming parks, and enriching social and cultural experiences. We achieve this by promoting wellness, fostering environmental stewardship, contributing economic value, and by improving our community every day for this and future generations.
For more opportunities for healthy, happy living, visit pbcParks.com.
For three weeks in December and January, College Swim Teams from around the country travel to Palm Beach County’s Aqua Crest Pool and North County Aquatic Complex to train for the fall season. The teams travel from as far west as Iowa to as far north as Michigan to escape frigid temperatures that make it difficult to train. As students from Michigan State and New York’s Wagner College explain, Palm Beach County’s palm trees and beaches allow them to take a mental break during the winter.
Aqua Crest Pool and North County Aquatic Complex are owned and operated by the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. Providing for athletic programming and facilities is one of the core services of the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. For more opportunities, visit www.pbcparks.com.