9 Fun Swimming Pools in Sonoma County

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9 Fun Swimming Pools in Sonoma County

When temperatures rise in Sonoma County, there is nothing better than a trip to the pool. Aside from providing a relaxing escape from a too-busy life, pools are also enjoyable and easy places to take summer guests.

Here is a list of great Sonoma County pool escapes that welcome day visitors. Each has a distinct personality, so it's easy to choose a pool that will please your visitor or suit your own mood.

Flamingo Resort & Spa 

With its sleek mid-century modern architecture and Olympic-sized swimming pool — not to mention poolside dining on the patio the Flamingo is a great swimming and sunning destination on a summer's day. 

Next door, the Health Spa Montecito offers a variety of massages and other restorative therapies, and spa guests who book a service for 50 minutes or longer can add a day use pass that includes access to the Flamingo’s pool. 

Details: 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa; 707-545-8530.

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa 

This luxurious resort has an Olympic-sized outdoor pool with both lap and recreational swimming. The pool water comes directly from the natural hot springs below ground; for centuries, Native Americans considered these waters to be so curative that distant tribes would travel for days to bathe in them. 

The pool is available to guests year-round. And if you're not a guest, consider attending one of the Fairmont's festive summertime parties at the outdoor pool, generally held from June to September. There is typically a cash bar and you must be 21 or older to attend. Admission is usually free, with no cover, and valet parking is complimentary.

Details: 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma; 707-938-9000.

Morton's Warm Springs 

Morton's Warm Springs Resort, with 22 acres nestled into a bucolic setting of forested hills and a lively creek, is located in Sonoma Valley about four miles from Glen Ellen's village center. The property's geo-thermal mineral springs, once sacred to the local Wappo Indians, remain accessible today in three mineral spring pools; water averages between 82-84°, and pool depth ranges from 4.5 to 9 feet. The pool area is furnished with comfortable chaises, lifeguards are on duty, and you can safely store your possessions in shower room lockers. 

One-day admission is $15 for adults (ages 18-64); $12 for teens (13-17) and seniors (65+); $6 for kids (3-12); and free for infants 2 and under (with swim diaper). While there you can also enjoy Morton's hiking and biking trails, the baseball field, beach volleyball courts, and other sports areas. There are also plenty of picnic and BBQ sites.

Details: 1651 Warm Springs Road, Glen Ellen; 707-833-5511.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Film director Coppola wasn't exaggerating when he described his Geyserville winery as a "wine wonderland." With a design influenced by Copenhagen's Tivoli Gardens amusement park--and awesome views guaranteed to take your breath away--the family-friendly winery is all about having fun. Aside from various wine-tasting venues, you'll find two connected swimming pools (they total 3,600 square feet) bordered by European-style cabines with showers, a sunbathing terrace, a movie gallery, a performing arts pavilion and a park with game tables and bocce courts. The pools and cabines are open from May through October. Individual pool passes and 4-person cabine packages are available.

Details: 300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville; 707-857-1471.

R3 Hotel

Triple-R's high-spirited, gay-friendly weekend pool parties — with drink specials, jello shots, and music — are wildly popular. This is definitely a party scene, so if you're looking for a pool where you can finish that sci-fi novel and enjoy a peaceful nap in the sun ... well, maybe this isn't the place for you. But if you're up for party-hearty fun, you'll love this seasonal summertime scene. Entry is free (but bring your own towel).

Details: 16390 4th St., Guerneville; 707-869-8399. 

Highlands Resort

The large outdoor pool here, which is beautifully situated amid soaring redwoods and flower-filled gardens (in summer), is clothing optional. In other words, you're free to sunbathe and swim in the nude. Or not, since many guests wear swimsuits. It's entirely up to you. Use of the pool is free if you're staying at Highlands. If you're not, day-use fees-offered from May through October (subject to availability) give access from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. to the pool, BBQ area, hot tub, and library. Bring your own towel, please. The fee is $15 on Saturday, Sunday, and during events; and $10 Monday through Friday.

Details: 14000 Woodland Drive, Guerneville, CA; 707-889-0333.

City of Santa Rosa Public Swimming Pools

Two meticulously-maintained pools in Santa Rosa offer fun-in-the-water time for people of all ages, with lifeguards on duty, lockers to store valuables, and concession stands offering food and beverages. Fees are $5 for adults 18-54 and $4 for children 2-17 (various passes are available).

Ridgway Swim Center, 455 Ridgeway Ave., Santa Rosa; 707-543-3421.

Finley Aquatic Center, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa; 707-543-3760. 

Spring Lake Regional Park 

This 320-acre gem of a park, surrounded by beautiful rising hills, is home to a lake, ponds, woodlands, grasslands and spring-through-summer wildflowers. Among many popular attractions here: the park's 3-acre spring-fed swimming lagoon, which is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The lagoon has a nice beach and lifeguards on duty. This place is extremely family-friendly, and admission is free (but there is a $7 parking fee). 

There is also an inflatable water park in the swimming lagoon. Designed for children 6 and older (adults, too), it features slides, bounce islands and bridges, a trampoline and more. It's open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and admission to the water park is $10 per person; children must be 6 or older, 42 inches or taller, and know how to swim.

Details: 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa; 707-539-8092.

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Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodriguez