Even with the wonderful Chain O’Lakes in our backyard, going to the pool can be a great way to spend part or all of your day during summer. There’s no sand to clean up, plenty of lifeguards to keep everyone safe, a snack shack to keep tummies full, and plenty of chairs to lay on if you’re not chasing a toddler around. With so many choices of pools to frequent during the summer in Lake County, here’s my take on the Antioch Aqua Center.
After we moved to Antioch from across the country, I was very pleased to find out that there was a local aqua center for us to frequent in the hot summer months. Last year we had passes, and we’re getting them again this year because my kids love water, and so do I, and we were impressed with how nice it was to go to the pool, even on a busy day.
Antioch’s Aquatic Center boasts a zero depth area with a play structure and splash fountains, a swirling vortex (we nicknamed this feature the toilet bowl), a “grand staircase” which is nice because there’s plenty of room to get in and out without having to hoist yourself up and scrape your legs when you try to get out of the pool. It also has a six lane, 25-meter pool (that has two lanes during open swim time), a diving board and a 20-foot water slide.
The bathrooms are large and have an area for changing as well as showering. Outside, even if there aren’t any chairs available to stow your towels while you swim, there are a few grassy spots that you can lay your beach towels on to claim your space.
The Aqua Center has a snack bar where you can get food and drinks, which is great if you are planning on staying all day, since no outside food or drinks allowed in the pool area.
During the summer last year, we found that the best time to go was right when the camps were leaving, usually at 1:00 p.m. At that time, there are plenty of chairs available, and we would have the pool nearly to ourselves for thirty minutes to an hour before families starting to arrive.
Even during the busy times, the lifeguards are vigilant and they mean business when you don’t listen and wait your turn for the diving board, or you are in the deep end of the pool without an adult.
There are life jackets for your littles if they don’t know how to swim yet, and a drinking fountain to keep everyone hydrated.
All in all, the Antioch Aquatic Center is a great place to spend the day at the pool, or 60 days at the pool if you’re in my family!
Open June 9 – August 14, Monday – Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.;
Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Tot Swim available 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. June 9 – August 16;
Saturdays 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Camps are usually present from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., weekdays.
Please check the website in advance for pool closures due to swim meets or weather.
What’s your favorite thing to do at the Antioch Aqua Center?