Richmond's oldest, grandest swimming destination, the Richmond Plunge, is open for classes and some recreation family swim hours.
It's a HUGE, warm water (chilly air!), indoor, semi-salty, affordable, rec-swim-friendly pool off of 580 at the Canal/Garrard Blvd. exit in Richmond (technically Point Richmond). The huge indoor pool has no fountains, toys, water slides, or baby zone, but it does have nice warm water, beautiful wall murals, and clean locker rooms.
Look for a popular Zumba class, junior lifeguard classes, and tot splashers for little ones.
As my friend Sarah says, “It rocks! Be sure to keep it in the back of your brain if you're hunting for a place to swim in the cooler months, as I always am.”
Plan your visit to the Plunge
Fees: $6.25; Youth $3.75; Tot Splash Fees: $2/swimmer with discounts for Richmond residents.
Hours vary. It's best to call ahead (510) 620-6820 or check out the current schedule. Due to strict occupancy restrictions, you will want to head there on the early side of the open swimming hours.
Address: 1 E. Richmond Ave, Richmond
The Richmond Swim Center has similar programs with more offerings for tots and families.
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