As the sun sets later and temperatures increase, your list of where to escape the summer heat should get longer.
Sweltering California days require a cool oasis to lay out, take a dip, and find refuge from the climbing Fahrenheit. Whether swimming laps to work out or splashing in the shallow end, summer swimming is a delightful and refreshing escape.
Silicon Valley is known for its technology and innovation, but its beaches, pools and water parks provide refreshing outdoor activities during the warmer months.
Whether it’s a poolside party or a quiet swim in solitude on a tranquil lake, get ready to slip into your swimsuit and grab your towel this summer. We have a list of fantastic aquatic asylums in the Silicon Valley area so you can dive in and escape the sun's scorching rays.
2500 Stanley Blvd. Pleasanton; 888-327-2725 / Website
Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation area is a 266-acre park with an 80-acre lake that was formerly a quarry. Swimming is the main attraction at the park, with part of the lake roped off so lifeguards can be present, but there are also ample nature trails nearby for walking and hiking. Parking is ample at $6 per vehicle and ample, and fishing permits are $5 a day, plus there are lots of picnic spots for a full day of fun by the lake. In 2017, solar panels were installed that generate enough electricity to almost entirely offset the park’s electricity usage. Fishing derbies are held yearly, and visitors may bring their own boats or rent one.
650 Franklin St. Mountain View; 650-903-6413 / Website
If you're looking for a classic pool, Eagle Park Pool located inside Eagle Park is a heated swimming spot for some recreational fun. There is a diving board and eight lanes for those who want to swim laps, or you can lay out and enjoy the sun without the hassle of going to a beach. Buy a day pass for yourself or your family, or invest in the season pass for unlimited access to this swimming spot. With lifeguards, lockers, showers and picnic tables, this pool is known for being a clean community gathering spot and a haven away from the heat.
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2333 South White Road San Jose; 661-200-9260 / Website
Proclaimed as northern California’s largest water park, Raging Waters has everything from water slides for thrill seekers to a lazy river for those who want to kick back and relax. There are seven different food options, including ice cream, and the Oasis Beach Supplies Shop offers any sunscreen or goggles you might have forgotten. Parking is $6 for cars, children under three get in for free, and daily passes for single admission are $39.99 when purchased online. Adrenaline junkies seeking a more thrilling day of swimming should consider this option in the Bay Area.
4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto; 650-857-0787 / Website
For those looking for an upscale day-cation, a day pass for the Crowne Plaza Palo Alto pool is the perfect escape. Lay out leisurely by the outdoor pool and hot tub open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., or use the fantastic fitness center. Purchase the day pass ($25 for adults, $15 for children) for access to all the amenities mentioned above, plus complimentary Wi-Fi and access to the snack market. For a more exclusive experience, rent a shaded cabana for $100. With plenty of umbrellas for shade and a shallow end for wading a day pass is your ticket to a day of relaxation and luxury.
From seasoned swimmers to novice floaters, Silicon Valley has opportunities for all levels of aquatic enjoyment. Escape the heat with a dip in these refreshing swimming options, or bask in the sun while enjoying a treat from one of our favorite Silicon Valley ice cream shops.
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