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Whitney Ranch Outdoor Pool

 

OVERVIEW

Open June 3 through Sept 5, generally from 12-6 M-Thu and 11-6 on Fridays.  This is a great low-key pool for the whole family.  There are areas to entertain a variety of ages.  The water isn’t terribly cold and admission prices are reasonable.

 

COST

$3 for kids (starting at age 3) and seniors

$4 for adults

These prices are for Henderson residents.  It’s a few cents more for those living outside of Henderson.

 

LOCATION

1575 Galleria Dr.

Henderson, NV 89014

 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The outdoor pool at Whitney Ranch is part of the aquatic complex next to the rec center.  When you are looking up information about the pool, the outdoor pool is referred to as the “Activity” pool.  There is a zero-depth entry part with shallow water, some fountain structures, and a play structure with steps and a mini tube slide.  There is a deeper part of the pool too, although I think the deepest might be only 5 feet.  There are lap lanes, but not a full set, only two.  There is a bigger waterslide with a height restriction, and your child should be able to swim when they get to the bottom.

 

WHAT TO TAKE

The usual swimming gear (don’t forget the sunscreen)!  There are lockers you can use, but I prefer to leave my bag on deck, so I don’t bring anything in worth stealing.

 

Henderson pools require that floatation devices be USCG approved, which makes Puddle Jumpers okay, but you can’t have the floating saucers that the babies like to be in. I think this also rules out the old school wings as well.

 

OUR EXPERIENCE

Several of the times we have been to this pool have been for special events, for parties and another time for the Easter egg hunt the pool puts on.  We spend most of our time in the shallow area around the play structures.  Kyler (2) doesn’t love enclosed tube slides in general, even at the park, so he isn’t a huge fan of that, but we find plenty of other things to do.  While the water has never been freezing, it’s definitely not warm and if the outdoor weather is even slightly chilly (or in the evening), we don’t last more than 20 minutes swimming.

 

WHAT WE LIKED

Of all the rec center pools that we have been to, this is one of the more small-child-friendly pools.  The play structure entertains the little guys and I also really like the zero-depth entry.  I like that the deck space is pretty open and doesn’t get too crowded, in our experience.

 

WHAT WE DIDN'T LIKE

I really wish smaller kids were allowed to go down the big slide with an adult.  I understand the rule, but before we moved here we used to go to a pool that allowed it, so Kyler spends the whole time we are there asking to go on the big waterslide.

 

WILL WE GO AGAIN

Not our all-time favorite pool, but we’ll go around a few times a season.

 

LINK

http://www.cityofhenderson.com/henderson-happenings/facilities/overview-of-pools/pool-locations/whitney-ranch-activity-pool

 

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