Central Indiana has so many great pools, splash pads, aquatic centers, and water parks. Growing up in Florida, so many people had pools that the only community pools were generally small neighborhood pools that belonged to apartments. Even if there was no readily accessible pool, nowhere in the state in more than about 90 minutes from the beach. So it has been with much excitement that I’ve gotten to explore some local options on the north side. This afternoon, I visited Forest Park Aquatic Center in Noblesville. Open daily at noon, Forest Park Aquatic Center stays open until 7 Monday through Saturday and closes an hour earlier, at 6, on Sundays. Due to weather or low attendance, the park will sometimes close, so be sure to visit their Facebook page for the latest information.
It’s super affordable at just $5 per person or $3 after 5pm, but they also have memberships if you want to be at the pool virtually every day of summer. When I parked, I saw it was busy, but thankfully I went on a weekday, so it was not overcrowded at all. I bought tickets where they accepted cash and credit card. They gave me wristbands and I entered to find an Olympic-size pool for adults that had a big slide, which was exciting. To the right of that was a smaller dive pool with multiple diving boards and a 3-tier diving platform. I believe a diving team was practicing while I was there. In front of the dive pool was the kids’ area.
Forest Park Aquatic Center has a zero-depth entry pool for the littlest kids and beginning swimmers. There were a few geysers and a big, pink frog with a slide for its tongue. The pool cinched in the middle under at least a dozen water jets spraying and opened back up at about two and a half feet deep. It maxed out before it got to 4 feet, so my little one was able to enjoy most of the kids’ pool without any swimming skills needed. The nearby splash pad is also great for kids regardless of whether or not they can swim.
There were lots of chairs available and lots of room to lay out in the sun, but also a fair number of both oversized umbrellas and umbrellaed picnic tables.
You’ll also find changing rooms complete with restrooms, showers, and small lockers. I didn’t find a baby-changing table, but those are hit or miss in men’s restrooms.
Staffed with friendly kids on summer break and lifeguards who appeared to be college kids, Forest Park Aquatic Center also had a small snack bar with very affordable concessions. These were by no means movie theater or sports venue prices. There was a slew of candy options, frozen treats, and hot items like hot dogs, pretzels, and nachos served from gloved hands with a smile as well as fountain Pepsi products for a buck. Since you aren’t allowed to bring outside food or beverages, they’ve really done a great job of making sure there are affordable options for families with nothing on their menu costing more than $3. Fans of Kona Ice will be happy to know that when I was there, Kona Ice had a little stand setup inside.
1077 Cicero Rd, Noblesville, IN
For information call 317-773-4649.
Pool Closed Dates – Friday, July 8th, Saturday, July 9th, and Sunday, July 10th
Reduced or limited hours beginning in August due to the start of 2016-2017 school year.
1077 Cicero Rd