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Old 06-26-2009, 08:26 PM
 
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I've been taking my kids to San Pedro park, because the pool is absolutely beautiful. However, the last 3 times I've been there, I have not been able to get away from people who curse like crazy. I go to the other side of the pool, and there are more people cursing.

Are there any other (free) public pools in San Antonio that attract a family oriented crowd?
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Old 06-26-2009, 10:25 PM
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If I had to guess, I would figure that the lack of an admission fee and the lack of rules about that sort of conduct make the city pools attract a rough crowd.

OTOH, if you had to pay a fee or a membership to get into a place:

- You have more of a stake in making sure your behavior doesn't get you tossed out of that place.
- The well-behaved people are more likely to complain about conduct that makes them feel like they aren't getting their money's worth.
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Old 06-27-2009, 12:06 PM
 
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If I had to guess, I would figure that the lack of an admission fee and the lack of rules about that sort of conduct make the city pools attract a rough crowd.

OTOH, if you had to pay a fee or a membership to get into a place:

- You have more of a stake in making sure your behavior doesn't get you tossed out of that place.
- The well-behaved people are more likely to complain about conduct that makes them feel like they aren't getting their money's worth.
Perhaps a good compromise would be the children's area at the zoo. You can get a year's pass for relatively cheap (much cheaper than buying a membership to a gym with a pool), and yet the attitude is much more family friendly. Our kids go there quite often during the summer (sometimes just for the water area) and we haven't had a problem.
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Old 06-27-2009, 12:52 PM
 
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Perhaps a good compromise would be the children's area at the zoo. You can get a year's pass for relatively cheap (much cheaper than buying a membership to a gym with a pool), and yet the attitude is much more family friendly. Our kids go there quite often during the summer (sometimes just for the water area) and we haven't had a problem.

can you elaborate a little on the kids water area at the zoo??? --- we haven't been to the zoo in years and this must be a new area as i don't remember it...i have always wanted to get zoo passes but never have and the water area sounds like another positive reason to get the passes...

i looked on the zoo's website but i didn't see too much about this area and i only saw 1 picture of it...is it a little pool area or a beachy type area ... are there any fountains or just a walk in and out pool???

thanks for any info...
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:11 PM
 
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can you elaborate a little on the kids water area at the zoo??? --- we haven't been to the zoo in years and this must be a new area as i don't remember it...i have always wanted to get zoo passes but never have and the water area sounds like another positive reason to get the passes...

i looked on the zoo's website but i didn't see too much about this area and i only saw 1 picture of it...is it a little pool area or a beachy type area ... are there any fountains or just a walk in and out pool???

thanks for any info...
It's a beachy type area - probably no more than 2' deep (trying to remember), and is more like a shallow river. It's more walk in and around, though there is a little "rock" outcropping that has water flowing over it. It works well for young kids because it is shaded by trees and has sand. It's not elaborate (as compared to the splashpads at the Braundera YMCA or Schlitterbahn), but combined with the other activities in that area of the zoo it is hard to beat for summer fun.

If you haven't been in a while, you must see the new 'Africa Live' exhibit. Rather than looking at the Hippos from above, you look at them through the glass as they are underwater.
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:13 PM
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If you haven't been in a while, you must see the new 'Africa Live' exhibit. Rather than looking at the Hippos from above, you look at them through the glass as they are underwater.
For a visual on that....check out dweej's pics from her vacation here.....one of the last pics is the hippo butts! Very cool....
Family Trip to S.A. for Spring Break- pics
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:17 PM
 
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It's a beachy type area - probably no more than 2' deep (trying to remember), and is more like a shallow river. It's more walk in and around, though there is a little "rock" outcropping that has water flowing over it. It works well for young kids because it is shaded by trees and has sand. It's not elaborate (as compared to the splashpads at the Braundera YMCA or Schlitterbahn), but combined with the other activities in that area of the zoo it is hard to beat for summer fun.

If you haven't been in a while, you must see the new 'Africa Live' exhibit. Rather than looking at the Hippos from above, you look at them through the glass as they are underwater.
thanks so much for the info --- me thinks a trip to the zoo is in order, but maybe in Sept or Oct, when it isn't so H-O-T!!!
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Old 06-27-2009, 01:29 PM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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It may be worth it to think about paying for a membership at the Alamo heights pool. It's a great facility with 3 pools and tons of activities like bocce ball and dive in movies.
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:53 AM
 
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What about the NISD nautatorium? I'm not sure about the "open swim" times, but I'm betting that there aren't that many people cussing there.

Last edited by flourpower; 06-28-2009 at 10:15 AM..
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Old 06-28-2009, 09:55 AM
 
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Just looked it up... here are the open swim times:
Sat - Sun: 1:00p - 5:00p
Summer Only: Mon - Fri: 1:15p - 4:15p
$4.00/adult
$2.00/child
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