Whether it’s for exercise or relaxation, swimming is a great way to cool off from the Hong Kong heat. Plus, swimming can have a number of other health benefits, including lower blood pressure, improved heart health and increased energy. And what’s more, swimming is a fun activity for the whole family to enjoy.
With 44 public pools spread throughout the city, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to cooling off this summer. Many of these pools also have kiddie pools and water slides for the little ones to splash around in, which makes them perfect for family outings. Adult admission costs HK$17 during the week and HK$19 on weekends (and public holidays), while children under three are free.
For those looking to swim in a beautiful location, you’ll want to head to Kowloon Park. This gorgeous pool complex has an indoor main pool, along with outdoor leisure pools, a round stepping pool and diving pool. Plus, they even have a 50m lap pool for those who prefer to get a workout in.
If you’re looking to hit the water with a bit of a view, then Chai Wan’s public pool is for you. This beautiful pool boasts stunning views of the city skyline, along with a toddler and water slide area for the kids. There’s even a swimming school and training pool, making this an ideal place for adults and kids alike to get some exercise and have fun!
Another one of our faves is the Morrison Hill swimming pool, which is a great option for families. This pool has an indoor and outdoor pool with a kids pool complete with water slides, animals, and more to keep the younger ones entertained. And, if they’ve used up all their energy, there’s a playground right nearby to give them something to do.
The best part about this pool is that it’s close to the MTR, so it’s easy to get to from almost anywhere in the city. The only downside is that it’s a public pool, so you’ll need to bring your own towel and change of clothes.
This pool is another great option for kids, with four giant water slides to help them burn off some steam. This pool is located in the middle of a huge park, so there are lots of other things to do, too.
If you’re planning to visit a public pool, please remember that cut-off shorts and other frayed clothing are not allowed as they can damage the pool’s filtration system. Also, children under the age of three or anyone who is not fully toilet trained must wear a swim diaper. Adults in sexually suggestive clothing will not be allowed to enter the pool, either. And, of course, no alcohol or drugs are allowed in the swimming area. Be sure to check the LCSD website for full information before heading out!