Summer is here and, like most moms, I have been looking for some fun things to do with my son, especially in the local area.
We recently went to the new aquatics center in Elk Grove, California and while we had a really great time, piecing the information together that we needed wasn’t exactly easy.
The CSD website is very helpful but it requires lots of clicking around to get all the information you need. So, I have decided to put it all here in one post for you.
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Elk Grove Aquatics Center Address & Phone Number
9701 Big Horn Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95757
Though, according to a review I read it’s hard to get a hold of anyone. I called after hours hoping there would be a recording with pertinent information. There was not.
Recreational Swimming Hours
Monday - Friday
11:30am - 3:30pm (Through August 14)
July 4 & Labor Day (September 2)
12pm - 5pm
Saturday & Sunday
12pm - 5pm (Through September 1)
No Recreation Swim on 6/15 & 6/16
How much does it cost to get in Elk Grove Aquatics Center?
Under 2 - Free
Ages 2 to 4 - $4
Ages 5 and Up - $7
Shipwreck'd Wristband - $2 (Inflatable obstacle course. Child must be 4 feet tall.)
Season Pass Rates for the Elk Grove Aquatics Center
Pass is good for all recreation swim hours at the Elk Grove Aquatics Center only and does not include Shipwreck'd wristband.
$80 ages 2-4 years
$90 ages 5 and older
Laguna Ridge Resident/Senior: 20% discount
Life vests and floaties for swimming
The Elk Grove Aquatics Center has life jackets available for your use. You can bring your own but it must be Coast Guard Certified.
Can you bring food and ice chests in to Elk Grove Aquatics Center?
Yes! You can bring food and an ice chest to the aquatics center. The rules are very relaxed but you cannot bring in pizza or soda, as they sell those items in the snack bar.
Snack bar food at the aquatics center
Like I said, you can bring in your own food but there is also a snack bar where they sell pizza, nachos, salad, candy, soda and ice cream. I didn’t find the prices outrageous (ok, maybe the $2.50 for a 16 oz. bottle of soda was a little much) but depending on how many people you have in your family, it could get pricey.
I suggest bringing a lunch or coming fed and planning to get ice cream or candy at the snack bar.
Seating at the Elk Grove Aquatics Center
The aquatic center has some reclining lounge chairs lined up on either side of the pool. and some non-reclining chairs in the grass. There are also a few tables with chairs near the snack bar area.
We got there about half an hour after the park had opened and I was able to snag two of the chairs by the pool and a third after someone moved. At that time there was a couple of tables and chairs free but those quickly got taken.
I suggest at least bringing a large beach blanket to sit down on the grass if there are no seats left. Keep in mind, though, the grass area is not very big. I imagine on a busy day it fills up pretty fast and there is limited shade.
There is quite a bit of shade by the bleachers in front of the inflatable and there are umbrellas by the chairs closest to the pool.
Swimming at the Elk Grove Aquatics Center
There is plenty to do at the aquatics center!
There is basically one pool that is solely for swimming, the larger pool has the inflatable obstacle course on one end and dive boards at the other. Then, there is a pool with wading for younger ones and some fun “water showers” as my son calls them. The deeper part of this pool is where the lazy river is. We spent quite a bit of time in there!
There are also two water slides (must be 48” to ride).
All in all, we had a really great day at the new aquatics center in Elk Grove! If you are wondering if it is better than Wackford - our crew had mixed reviews - we like them both!
For your reference, we had 3 kids (ages 4, 10 and 12) and 3 adults (one being a “senior”) and it really was a place that we all enjoyed!
If you’ve gone yet? I’d love to know what you thought or if you have other recreational swimming recommendations and summer activities in the San Joaquin or Sacramento counties, I’d love to see them in the comments.
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