Looking for a place to cool off? Atlanta’s public swimming pools are a great way to beat the heat, several of which are near a train station. Here are six you can easily get to on MARTA for inexpensive summer fun.
Piedmont Park Pool
The Piedmont Park pool (pictured above) has paid public hours and hours for pool pass holders only. Features include lap lanes, mini lazy river and a children’s area.
For easiest access to the pool, exit the train at the Arts Center MARTA station or ride bus 27 to Piedmont Park.
Ebster Park Pool (Decatur)
Head to the Decatur MARTA station for the Ebster Pool and restaurants and ice shops around Decatur Square that you can enjoy before or after your visit. Be advised that there is limited shade at this pool.
Take the Swanton Way exit out of the Decatur MARTA station and walk a block to Commerce Drive and turn left. At the next intersection, turn right on Trinity Avenue and walk another two blocks (view walking map).
Glenlake Pool (Decatur)
At Glenlake Park, the Glenlake Pool is large with a swallow and deep end. Tennis courts, playgrounds and grills are nearby for a day of fun. Take the Church Street exit out of the station and turn left on Church to reach Glenlake. Walking time is about 13 minutes (view walking map).
Candler Park Pool
Also off the blue line is the Candler Park Pool. Walking time is just under 15 minutes from the Candler Park MARTA station. Nearby is the Candler Park Village on McClendon Avenue, where you can eat pizza at Fellinis or tacos at La Fonda. There’s also a small grocery store for water, sandwiches, snacks and popsicles.
Grant Park Pool
Located near Zoo Atlanta in historic Grant Park, the Grant Park Pool has a large adult pool and children’s pool, plus playgrounds and picnics are options in the park. Walking time to the pool is about 25 minutes from the King Memorial MARTA station, or bike for a shorter commute (Relay Bikes are available for daily rentals at the station). The other option is to use the neighborhood bus, which is route 9. The bus stops about a block away from the pool at Berne Avenue and Boulevard. This bus also stops at the King Memorial station and you can transfer to the bus for free from a train.
Washington Park Natatorium
For a swimming experience all year long, check out the indoor pool at Washington Park natatorium. Take a blue or green line train to the Ashby MARTA station and turn right at street level. At the corner, make a quick left on Lena Street to reach the park. The pool is also near the BeltLine Westside Trail, Lionel Hampton trail and park amenities.
Last updated June 2021