Take the family to one or more of these fantastic and fun spots
When the weather gets hot there are fewer places more refreshing than the pool. The Greater Fredericksburg area is teeming with family-friendly swimming. Below are six great places to swim, sun bathe and have an all-around good family day.
Embrey Mill Pool
25 Apricot Street, North Stafford, VA 22554
Let's start with the newest and biggest. Embrey Mill, a master-planned community in North Stafford, features a zero-entry (also known as beach entry) swimming pool with five lap lanes, a slide and separate kids area. The pool is a great place to meet up for a splash, and its nearby playground, great lawn, and terrace with pool panorama are also perfect for meeting with family and friends. In addition to the main café overlooking the pool (a great place for a good meal, drink or glass of wine at the end of the day), Before 'n' After Cafe will run a snack bar by the pool, putting your favorite poolside beverage or snack within easy reach. For more information, contact Embrey Mill. Pool is open to residents only.
Woodlands Pool and Splashpad
2 Northampton Boulevard, Stafford
If you're after an all-encompassing play place for the children, this park features a 25-yard, indoor and outdoor pool with interactive features like water cannons and buckets. Amenities also include a baby pool and a snack bar. It's located in North Stafford in the Hampton Oaks neighborhood, near the Porter Library. Yearly pool passes are available for $350 for a family, or you can pay as you go.
Curtis Park Pool
58 Jesse Curtis Lane, Stafford
Curtis Park Pool remains one of the few pools in the area that offers a diving board. Also one of the largest pools, it is 50 meters by 25 meters and has a snack bar and baby pool. Curtis Park attracts people from southern Fauquier County and south Stafford. Not up for swimming? The park has a skate park that's a hit with preteens and teens. Yearly pool passes are available for $350 for a family, or you can pay as you go.
Pirates Cove Water Park at Massad Family Branch YMCA
212 Butler Road, Falmouth
The YMCA houses two indoor pools and features a full, outdoor waterpark complete with two commercial 30 foot water slides, splash toys for little ones, a 25 meters by 25 meters pool and a 15 foot youth slide. While members get the biggest bang for their buck, nonmembers can pay their way in and enjoy a day of laughter and fun. Family season passes are available for $400 for Y members and $575 for non-members.
Loriella Park Swimming Pool
10910 Leavells Road, Fredericksburg
Loriella Park Pool is a popular summer hot spot for residents of Spotsylvania County. The pool, which is one of the few with a diving board, also has a snack bar and reasonable pricing points for swimmers who want to swim for a day or a season. If you're not game for a swim, or want to pop out of the water for a while, the park offers tennis courts, basketball and a well designed disc golf course. Season passes are available to Spotsylvania County residents ONLY for $180. Others can pay as they go or buy a book of passes.
Dixon Park Pool
1300 Dixon Street, Fredericksburg
Dixon Park pool, the first public pool in the city, offers equal space for those who want to swim and those who prefer to bathe in the sun. For children, the pool offers areas water spray areas and buckets that tip and drench patrons. The pool also offers group rates, and is available for complete rental for those wishing to hold pool parties for birthdays or gatherings. You can pay a daily fee to enter or purchase a book of passes.