Swimming in Columbia

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Moberly Parks and Recreation brings nature and recreation to the community with sports areas, parks, and a swimming pool for the summer. Learn how to swim at the aquatic center, which also features diving boards, a double twist water slide, and a zero-depth entry area, or try a new hobby with archery in the park. Rothwell Park immerses residents in a lush landscape that stretches more than 447 acres including walking trails and a pond.

200 N Clark St
Moberly,
MO
US

In most facilities, a 10,000-square-foot pool filled with 121,000 gallons of water would max out the entire space. But at Renaud Spirit Center, a pool that size is just the beginning. Though it hasn't been deemed a lake by city officials?yet?this massive body of water resides inside the center's Natatorium. Swimmers can splash year-round while zipping down the 185-foot water slide, sneaking in a nap down the lazy river, or doing some laps in separate swimming lanes.

Still, Renaud Spirit Center has 66,000 square feet of space to play with, so there are plenty of other, dryer options to choose from. Visitors can stop into the fitness area, populated by cardio machines and free weights. The center's fitness classes, which range from yoga to fitness classes for seniors. Somewhere amongst its labyrinth of activities, Renaud Fitness Center also boasts a gymnasium, which features two full-sized basketball courts and volleyball courts.

2650 Tri-Sports Cir.
O Fallon,
MO
US

Whether you like to splash around in the swimming pool or prefer a leisurely float, Alligator's Creek Aquatic Center has you covered. This outdoor aquatic facility helps families beat the summer heat, with a pool that features a shallow play area for kids and lap lanes for adults who want to practice their escape from the Loch Ness Monster. For those in search of relaxation, the park's lazy river carries inner tubes along at a gentle pace, whereas a 1-meter diving board encourages the more adventurous to make as big a splash as possible. Two twisting water slides send thrill-seekers flying down a slippery path before they plunge into the water below, and a water playground lets younger visitors enjoy an arch of icy water that shoots up out of the ground. Throughout the summer, the pool also hosts family events including a cardboard boat race, a dog swim, and movie night.

403 Civic Park Dr.
O'Fallon,
MO
US

Forest Lake Tennis Club's experienced tennis pros refine serves and strokes on their eight indoor, air-conditioned courts. A tennis pro diagnoses your stroke for the first hour of the clinic, tinkering with your form and process. For the last half hour, racket raisers can test their newfound ability to defeat challengers with topspins, slices, and smashes that provide a more definitive ending to a match than the time Duke Evers knocked out Rocky Balboa with his autobiography. The clinic is geared toward advanced-beginner adult players, and classes hold a maximum of 32 adults, with a student-to-pro ratio of six to one. Throttle pea-green projectiles Tuesdays–Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7:30 pm.

1012 N Woods Mill Rd
Chesterfield,
MO
US

When the summer heat is too much to handle, the Chesterfield Family Aquatic Center becomes an outdoor oasis of cool water and play. Surge down three water slides, practice your backstroke in the competition pool, or let the currents carry you as you float down the lazy river. The center also houses changing areas, showers, lockers, and a sunny deck. In the aquaplay unit, a massive bucket dumps a waterfall on frolicking groups below and a shallow pool tricks little kids into thinking they're in an endless puddle.

16365 Lydia Hill Dr.
Chesterfield,
MO
US

St. Louis County Parks and Recreation awakens the active side in community members with a bevy of sites and facilities dedicated to sports, outdoor exploration, and kid-friendly fun. Families splash away the summer heat with trips to the pool at the Kennedy Recreation Complex or the St. Vincent Community Center water park, where adults can swim laps in two 25-yard lanes while tykes descend an open water slide and practice their manners at underwater tea parties. The six recreation complexes serve as hubs for everything from fitness classes to ice-skating, and offer a diverse blend of indoor and outdoor activities. For more relaxing amusement, the stewards of the parks and recreation department maintain multiple museums and historic sites as well as outdoor trails, where voyagers can get in touch with nature and add to their collection of acorns that resemble former presidents.

550 Weidman Road
Ballwin,
MO
US