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Beat the N.C. Heat: Check Out These Top Swimming Spots in the Suburbs!

Around the Raleigh area, the average summer temperature usually hovers around 85 – 90 degrees… In other words, the next few months are going to get pretty hot. Whether you want to soak up some of that sunshine or get a refreshing break from the heat, there are plenty of pools, lakes, and swimming holes to frequent.

Check out our guide to the top swimming spots around the Raleigh suburbs, from Fuquay-Varina to Fayetteville, and stay cool this summer!

Lake Pines Swim Club

A person jumping into a lake.

A natural swimming hole located in Fayetteville, the Lake Pines Swim Club is hands-down one of our favorite spots. The water comes from an underground spring and is treated to control any algae or bacteria growth, so it’s sparkling clean. In addition to white-sand beaches, the swim club also features multiple slides, diving boards, and even kayaking areas!

Once you’re ready to dry off, feel free to spread out in one of the shelters and cook up lunch on the grill, then get in a quick game of sand volleyball.

Fantasy Lake Water Park

A rope swing.

A man-made lake surrounded by white-sand beaches, Fantasy Lake Water Park is located just minutes from Fayetteville. The park features fun attractions like Tarzan swings and trapezes, paddle boards and kayaks, tons of waterslides, a jump tower, and much more. While some of the attractions have age restrictions, there’s also a kids’ zone specially designated for ages 3 – 11.

If you want to stay on dry land, the park also offers things like shuffleboard, ping pong, cornhole, and horseshoes on the beach.

Sippihaw Swim Club

A swimming pool.

The Sippihaw Swim Club has long been a favorite summertime stop for Fuquy-Varina residents. The club featuers a Z-shaped, Junior Olympic sized pool that ranges in depth from 9 feet to 2 feet—and there’s also a kiddie pool for the youngsters.

While there aren’t any extreme slides or diving boards, the pool does have six swim lanes, drinks and snacks for sale, and plenty of lounge areas.


Swimming in a pool.

ClubWorx—a fitness and health facility in Fuquay-Varina—offers a lot more than a just pool. You can also sign up for swim lessons, a swim team, water aerobics, or even standup paddle boarding! While the pool facilities are often used for the classes or teams, there are designated times for adult lap swims, family swims, and free swims.

Although it’s not a traditional pool, there are a wide variety of resources that members can take advantage of, including kids’ summer camps, personal training programs, and group exercise classes.

Chalmers Pool

People with their feet sticking out of a pool.

With low admission prices ($1 for ages 12 and under and $2 for ages 13 and up), the Chalmers Pool is a popular summertime hangout for the Fayetteville community. The pool itself features a 2-foot kiddie pool with a slide and water playground, as well as a six-lane lap pool that reaches 5 feet in depth.

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No matter the season, you’ll always find something to do around the area. If you’re interested in buying a home in the Raleigh suburbs, take some time to explore our in-depth area guides, browse our buying resources, and use our specialized search tool to narrow down your options.

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