Summer Fun in Kansas City

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10 Great Pools

Surf Simulator at the Bay Water Park


It’s fins up at the Bay Water Park in Kansas City. The star attraction is the surf simulator where you can learn to “carve” and “duck dive” just like the pros do. After you hang-10, the leisure pool features a lazy river with “rockin” waves and two gargantuan tube slides for the thrill seekers in your family. There’s also a separate family play area for the littlest swimmers.

Leawood Aquatic Center


The Leawood Aquatics Center in Leawood, Kansas, has a resort atmosphere as it sprawls over an area with plenty of leafy shade trees and lots of grass. This pool boasts many different areas to enjoy from the separate fenced-in baby pool with a triple miniature slide, to the zero-entry pool for the pre-school set with a whale slide and jumbo padded animals to climb on including alligators and snakes. This pool also has an impressive waterfall. The larger pool has a high dive along with two other diving boards and lap swimming lanes. there’s also a separate water slide area and a spray park.

Lenexa Rec Center - Indoor Pool Complex


Tired of applying sunscreen every hour? If the answer is yes, grab your pool noodles and head to the 14,000-square foot indoor swim facility at the Lenexa Rec Center in Lenexa, Kansas. Thrill seekers will love the two 40-foot water slides and climbing wall and slower paced swimmers can mellow out in the lazy river. There’s also a “warm water wellness pool” for those looking for relaxation.

Mission Family Aquatic Center


The Mission Family Aquatic Center in Mission, Kansas, has something for everyone; from slides and toddler areas to an impressive lap pool. It also has an adult only pool where romance has been known to blossom. According to lifeguard lore, three couples that met in the adult pool have gotten married in the past year.

Night Swim at the Prairie Village Pool Complex


Swim under the stars at the Prairie Village Pool Complex in Prairie Village, Kansas. For four days during the summer (June 8, June 22, July 6 & July 20), the pool stays open until 10 p.m. so you can splash under the stars.

Indoor Pool at the Olathe Community Center 


If you want to escape the beating sun, swim indoors at the Olathe Community Center Pool. This massive pool has a lazy river, hot tub, rock climbing walls with four waterfalls and diving platforms plus two water slides.

The Spring Aquatic Center


The Spring Aquatic Center in the Northland holds close to a million gallons of water and every drop is used for wet and wild fun. The pool has a zero-depth entry area, a lazy river, two water slides that dump you off into a plunge pool and a vortex that kids like to call the toilet bowl for its nonstop swirling action. There’s also a spray park for younger kids.

Summit Waves in Lee's Summit


Summit Waves in Lee’s Summit is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this summer and the pool is still a total splash. The 904-foot-long action river is theme park worthy and the water playground area with dump buckets and mini-slides is great for the toddler set. It also has a body and tube slide that are some of the longest in the metro. a dedicated six-lane lap pool is great for those who want to get in a workout and the lifeguards are diligent about keeping non-lap swimmers out of the area.

Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center


Thomas A. Soetaert Aquatic Center in Shawnee, Kansas is a mini water park. From having the fastest body slide in the metro (yes, we timed the body slides) to a climbing wall, tube slide, floating lily pads, a lazy river, a diving zone and a vortex, it’s a summer paradise.

Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center


At Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center in Overland Park, come for the 60-foot long curly slide and stay for the family slide where you can go in tubes side-by-side and race your friends. This pool is the largest in the op.