Summertime in Paris can be magical but it can also be stifling and stinky. So when the heat and humidity get going, take heart that there are plenty of public pools. Better yet, there are a number that are either outdoors or in facilities with retractable roofs. Here’s a partial list of pools en plein air. Note: If these are not convenient for you, you may find that there is a pool with a solarium — lots of glass and windows — closer to you. While not technically “outdoor” pools, you may enjoy them too.
You’ll want to consult the city of Paris Web site for details on hours, fees, and special offerings. You can pay by the visit or purchase a card for 10 entries or a three-month subscription. Hours and fees can vary by the time of year so it’s always best to check in advance.
34, boulevard Carnot, Paris 75012
Métro : Porte de Vincennes
Piscine Joséphine Baker
quai François Mauriac, Paris 75013
Métro : Quai de la Gare ou François-Mitterrand
Notes: This historic pool is actually suspended in the Seine River. Not to worry, you will be swimming in the pool, not in the river, but the setting is dramatic to say the least.
Piscine de la Butte aux Cailles
5, place Paul Verlaine, Paris 75013
Métro : Place d’Italie
14 rue de l’Ingénieur Keller, Paris 75015
Métro : Charles-Michels, Javel
Route des Lacs à Passy (Bois de Boulogne), Paris 75016
Métro : Ranelagh
Piscine Bernard Lafay
79, rue de la Jonquière, Paris 75017
Métro : Porte de Clichy, Brochant, Guy-Moquet
2, rue des Fillettes, Paris 75018
Métro : Marx-Dormoy
Piscine Georges Hermant
4, David d’Angers, Paris 75019
Métro : Danube
148, avenue Gambetta, Paris 75020
Métro : Porte des Lilas
Two pools in close-in suburban communities also merit mention: the Centre Aquatique in Neuilly sur Seine (a long walk from the Les Sablons metro stop or just a few blocks from the 82 bus stop) and the Palais des Sports in Puteaux, which is on an island in the Seine between Neuilly and La Defense. If you’re not convinced, check out this blog post from one of my favorite Paris bloggers, Emilie Johnson, who regrettably has now decamped to New York City.
Cooling Off in Paris from Gridskipper (note: details on fees and hours are not necessarily up to date)