Choosing the best pool to fit your summer needs

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Getting the most 'splash' for your cash
Making the best pool decision for the summer
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — School is out for the summer and many kids are looking for fun in the sun, but what can you do if you don't have a pool at home?

Here are four things to consider when picking a community pool:

  1. Decide when you will go; some pools have different pricing structures.
  2. Consider if you're looking for weekdays, weekends, or even early afternoon. Morse Park and Beach, for example, charges an extra buck on the weekend.
  3. Think of how old the people who will swim are. Some pools really break down age structures. Franklin Family Aquatic Center charges $4 for children up to 17 years old and $2 for infants. Mooresville Park and Rec on the other hand doesn't charge for infants.
  4. Check the fine print. Plainfield's Splash Island is just one of the pools that charges more for swimmers who don't live in town. If you or your family are going to be a frequent pool visitor, a membership might be your best bet.

Here's one of the best deals we found for a family, based on a family of four. The price for the summer season at Noblesville's Forest Park Aquatic Center is $200 regardless of where you live. To break that down, it's roughly $16 per person, per month. If you visit three times a month it pays for itself.

If that's too much or maybe you'll visit less often consider this: It pays to wait to swim. Franklin Family Aquatic Center and Mooresville Park and Rec are among those with a Twilight Special for the last two hours or so the pool is open. Those prices begin at $2 a person.

Here is pricing for pools and aquatic centers in the area:

  • The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center (Carmel):
    • Adult day pass: $11
    • Senior day pass: $8
    • Youth day pass: $8
    • Adult monthly pass: $42
    • Senior monthly pass: $38
    • Youth monthly pass: $26
    • Adult annual pass: $504
    • Senior annual pass: $465
    • Youth annual pass: $312
    • Adult summer season: $126
    • Senior summer season: $114
    • Youth summer season: $78
  • Franklin Family Aquatic Center
    • Adult (18-64) daily admission: $5
    • Child (3-17) daily admission: $4
    • Infant (2 and younger) daily admission: $2
    • Seniors (65 and older) daily admission: $4
    • Military ID: $4
    • Twilight admission (last two hours open): $2
    • Individual pass: $60
    • Family (max 4) pass: $148, with addition pass $40
  • Splash Island at Plainfield Recreation and Aquatic Center
    • Adult pass: $11 (regular rate), $7 (Plainfield resident)
    • Youth pass $10 (regular rate), $6 (Plainfield resident)
    • Preschool pass: $8 (regular rate), $5 (Plainfield resident)
    • Senior (55 and older) pass: $9 (regular rate), $6 (Plainfield resident)
    • Spectator only pass: $5 (regular rate), $4 (Plainfield resident)
    • Infants 1 year old and younger free
  • Freedom Springs Aquatics Park - Greenwood
    • Adult (18 and older) day pass: $8 (resident), $10 (non-resident)
    • Child (2-17)/senior (55 and older) day pass: $6 (resident), $8 (non-resident)
    • Infant (0-2) daey pass: free
    • Military day pass: $6
    • Individual season pass: $65 (resident), $85 (non-resident)
    • Household season pass: 20 percent off when purchasing four or more individual season passes
    • Splash card: $55 for 10 day passes
  • Forest Park Aquatic Center
    • Day pass (noon-5 p.m.): $6
    • Day pass (after 5 p.m.): $4
    • Family membership fee: $110 (single), $200 (family of two to four), $220 (family of five), $240 (family of six or more; $15 for additional members after six)
    • Infants (younger than 1): free
  • Morse Park and Beach
    • Monday-Friday (1-5 p.m.): $3
    • Saturday-Sunday (noon-6 p.m.): $4
  • Indy Island
    • Adult weekday: $5
    • Child weekday: $4
    • Adult weekend: $6
    • Child weekend: $5
  • Mooresville Family Aquatic Center
    • Adult daily admission: $5
    • Youth (3-17) daily admission: $4.50
    • Infant (2 and younger): free
    • Military ID daily admission: $4.50
    • Spectator daily admission: $3.50
    • Twilight admission (4 p.m. to close): $2.50
    • Individual season pass: $55 (resident), $65 (non-resident)
    • Family season pass (max 4): $110 (resident), $135 (non-resident), $15 additional family member
    • Family PLUS season pass (family member plus one membership that varies each visit): $130 (resident), $160 (non-resident)
  • Summer Break Fishers
    • 2019 membership: $125 (primary member), $125 (additional household members)
  • Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center
    • Adult (12 and older) daily pass: $5
    • Youth (2-11) daily pass: $4
    • Senior (55 and older) daily pass: $4
    • Adult senior season pass: $60 (resident), $90 (non-resident)
    • Youth/senior season pass: $50 (resident), $75 non-resident)