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There is no better place to be than poolside during Nebraska’s hot summer months!

5 Refreshing Pools at State Parks

Have you been to any of these swimming pools? Hot weekend ahead! Pool hours and pricing:http://outdoornebraska.gov/swim/

Posted by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission on Friday, June 9, 2017

Watch the video above for a taste of what’s offered or view the complete list of parks below where you can cool off with a splash.

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Ashland, NE

The Family Aquatic Center includes a swimming pool with two water slides, diving area, zero-entry wave pool, water playground, sun deck and concession area.

Mahoney State Park

Ponca State Park

Ponca, NE

Ponca’s new aquatic center features a heated zero-depth entry pool, 172-foot long water slide, climbing wall, diving board, and spray features from small children. Older swimmers may enjoy pool games such as basketball and volleyball. The bathhouse offers a concession area for all park visitors.

Ponca State Park

Chadron State Park

Chadron, NE

Chadron State Park’s swimming pool offers visitors two diving boards, recently renovated bathhouses and a beautiful view overlooking the pines. Lifeguards are on duty. For visitors who like scenery as they swim, this is the perfect location. The spacious outdoor pool overlooks the picturesque Pine Ridge. As a bonus, the bath houses were renovated in 2016.

Chadron State Park

Platte River State Park

Louisville, NE

One of the only two-tiered spray parks in the region, the new spray park at Platte River State Park offers various spray features, three water slides, a waterfall, dump buckets and a fountain, as well as a pavilion that may be reserved for birthday parties.

Platte River State Park

Niobrara State Park

Niobrara, NE

Conveniently located near the park’s cabins, Niobrara State Park’s swimming pool offers visitors a way to cool down in the summer-time heat. This modern pool is handicapped accessible by a recently installed pool lift.

Niobrara State Park

Fort Robinson State Park

Crawford, NE

Rain or shine, the indoor Olympic-sized Lindeken Pool at Fort Robinson State Park is popular among visitors. In addition, the outdoor wading pool and deck caters to sun-worshipers and the youngest of water-lovers.

Fort Robinson state park

Hours & Pricing

Eugene T. Mahoney

Hours

Memorial Day through Mid-August:

Daily 
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Mid-August through Labor Day:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday
4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Closed Tuesday and Thursday

 

Prices

Swimming Daily:

Adults $10
Children $8

Swimming Season:

Adults $135
Children $110
Family Punch Pass $320 (can be used to up to 40 punches)

Ponca

Hours

Memorial Day through Mid-August:

Daily 
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Mid-August through Labor Day:

Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day
12 p.m. –  6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday and Thursday

Prices

Swimming Daily:

Adults $7
Children $5

Swimming Season:

Adults $95
Children $75
Family $180

Chadron, Platte River, Niobrara

Hours

Memorial Day through Mid-August:

Daily 
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Mid-August through Labor Day:

Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day
12 p.m. –  6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday and Thursday

 

Prices

Swimming Daily:

Adults $4
Children $3

Swimming Season: 

Adults $65
Children $45
Family $120

Fort Robinson

Hours

Memorial Day through Mid-August:

Daily 
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Mid-August through Labor Day:

Saturday, Sunday and Labor Day
12 p.m. –  6 p.m.

Closed Tuesday and Thursday

 

Prices

Swimming Daily:

Adults $5
Children $4

Swimming Season: 

Adults $65
Children $45
Family $120

Additionally, many of Nebraska’s state recreation areas have designated swimming areas and beaches for visitors to enjoy.
Find a state recreation area near you

Don’t forget, whether you’re swimming at a pool, lake, or elsewhere, it’s important to be safe while you’re in the water!
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