When it's this hot out, all we want to do is submerge ourselves in something larger than a bathtub. It is nice, though, if it's a little more elaborate than your neighbor's above-ground pool*. Fortunately, our area is lousy with pools, swimming holes, and swim clubs—some more legit than others, and many depending heavily on what you're idea of "ew" is. Thanks to all who wrote in with suggestions.
For the stuff beyond the contours of this map: If you want a private swim club experience, be aware that most currently have waiting lists. If you want to swim at a hotel pool, here's a summer 2011 guide that we couldn't improve upon. And remember that there are tons of free rec center pools in the city—you can find a list of the ones with pools here.
* (Mitch Hedberg: "I saw a commercial for an above-ground pool. It was 30 seconds long. You know why? Because that's the maximum amount of time you can depict yourself having fun in an above-ground pool.")Read More