Although Colorado’s April snow showers and chilly May days make warm summer weather seems highly improbable, the heat is on its way. With this weekend’s forecast hovering in the 80s, it’s a perfect time to take advantage of Boulder’s many swimming destinations. Whether you’d prefer to keep cool in the pool or make a water adventure out of the day, Boulder has something for you.

Scott Carpenter Pool

Located in central Boulder, Scott Carpenter Pool is a great place for a low-key pool day. Home to Boulder’s only 50 meter pool, you can get in a great workout and recover with a nice trip down the water slide and lounge session in the sun. On select Friday nights throughout the summer, you can even try your hand at inner tube water polo and other fun family events.  

Spruce Pool

Spruce Pool is far and away one of Boulder’s best family spots. Teeming with children, it’s a great place to enjoy some quality splash time with the little ones. If you’re, say a babysitter looking for a way to get out of the house, this is a great place to do it.

Eldorado Springs Pool

If you’re looking for a bit of a day trip, try out the Eldorado Springs Pool. This spring fed pool is located just about 20 minutes outside of Boulder. Originally opened in 1905, it is renowned for its crisp water and relaxing pool deck. Surrounded by hiking and biking trails, it’s a great way to end a day of outdoor adventure that Boulderites love so well.

Boulder Creek

Boulder Creek is absolutely essential to the greater Boulder community. Just last weekend, we celebrated its influence during the Boulder Creek Festival. It’s a great way to explore downtown all summer long. Whether you float down in a tube, surf the rapids in a kayak, or just dip your toes into an eddy the creek is a great way to unwind and stay cool. Just remember to exercise some common sense and wear a lifejacket and helmet for the more extreme activities.

Boulder Reservoir

This is the closest you’ll get to the ocean in Boulder, and what an excellent substitute it is. With a sandy swimming beach and several floating dive platforms, the Boulder Reservoir is the perfect scene for a family picnic and swim day. If you’re looking for a bit of adventure you can rent canoes, sailboats, stand up paddleboards, kayaks, and even hydrobikes. For information about boating, fishing, and rentals, check out

Pro-tip: At 5,430’, Boulder sunshine is intense. That sunshine is part of what makes Boulder skies so bright and beautiful. Unfortunately, it also makes Boulder sunburns some of the pinkest around. Make sure to always wear sunscreen!