Dive into Paris – the Best Spots to Swim in the City

by olivia hoffman
Piscine Molitor – Photo by © Ludwig Favre

When the humid summer heat hits Paris, there’s no better way to cool down than by taking a refreshing dip. While getting your toes wet might not be the first thing you think about doing in the city, there are a surprising array of swimming spots that are perfect for both locals and tourists alike.


With the excitement building for the upcoming Paris Summer Olympics, there’s no better time to dive into the city’s aquatic offerings. The anticipation of seeing world-class swimmers compete might motivate you to take to the water yourself, embracing the Olympic spirit right in the middle of the action.

Whether you’re inspired by the athletic prowess of Olympians or simply looking for a way to beat the summer heat, Paris has a variety of swimming spots that cater to every preference. From historic pools to modern aquatic centers here’s your guide to the top places to swim in Paris this summer.

1. Paris Plages

Every summer, the banks of the Seine transform into a beach-like haven known as Paris Plages. While you won’t find a traditional swimming pool here, the floating pools at Bassin de la Villette offer a unique experience. These pools, set up right on the river, provide a fun and unique way to beat the heat. Plus, you can often catch concerts, ice cream vendors, and even pétanque courts nearby.

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2. Piscine Joséphine Baker

Located on a barge on the Seine, Piscine Joséphine Baker is one of the most scenic pools in Paris. This elevated outdoor pool offers stunning views of the river skyline, making it a favorite among Parisians. The barge features a retractable roof, allowing visitors to swim under the open sky or in a covered setting if the weather turns. There’s also a solarium where you can bask in the sun and a fitness area for those who want to stay active.

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3. Piscine de la Butte-aux-Cailles

Tucked away in the charming neighborhood of Butte-aux-Cailles in the 13th arrondissement, this swimming pool is known for its historic significance. Opened in 1924, the Piscine de la Butte-aux-Cailles was originally fed by a natural spring below the ground that dates to Roman times! The serene setting of the pool in the middle of this tranquil neighborhood makes every swim feel like a peaceful escape.

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4. Aquaboulevard

If you’re looking for a more adventurous swimming experience, Aquaboulevard is the place to be. This massive water park in the 15th arrondissement offers everything from wave pools and water slides to hot tubs and lazy rivers. It’s a perfect spot for families and anyone who wants to add a splash of excitement to their summer day.

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5. Piscine Molitor

For those seeking a more luxurious swimming experience*, Piscine Molitor is the epitome of Parisian elegance. This iconic pool, which reopened in 2014 after extensive renovations, boasts a glamorous history dating back to 1929. With its stunning Art Deco design, rooftop terrace restaurant, and high-end amenities including a spa by Paris skincare brand Clarins, it’s a favorite among celebrities and those looking to indulge in a bit of luxury.

*Note that in order to swim here you have to be a member of the Club Molitor or a guest at the hotel.

Check out the fascinating history of this legendary establishment in this short video!

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6. Piscine Pontoise

Located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, Piscine Pontoise is a stunning 1930s pool known for its elegant design and central location. Designed by the same architect for Piscine Molitor, the pool recently underwent a glorious renovation and now offers extended hours, making it a popular choice for both early morning laps and evening swims. With its beautiful glass roof and classic charm, it’s a perfect spot to cool off in this historic quartier.

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7. Piscine Keller

Set in the chic neighborhood of Beaugrenelle near the Eiffel Tower, this 1960’s pool had a complete renovation in 2008 and boasts beautiful amenities in its Olympic-sized 50m pool. You can enjoy open-air swimming and sun-bathing as well as programs such as gentle gymnastics, water fitness, and a lovely free sauna. Open until 10pm on the weekdays and 7pm on the weekends, this pool is a popular spot for those who prefer a swim at sunset.

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8. Piscine Roger le Gall

Situated at Porte de Vincennes in the 12th arrondissement, the Roger le Gall pool is a great place to sunbathe or work on your backstroke. There are two pools here, one open to the public and the other that is reserved exclusively for sports clubs. Located between tower blocks in the 12th arrondissement, it might be tricky to locate but the superb outdoor space terrace and 50m open-air pool will make it worth your while.

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9. Lac Daumesnil

Nestled in the Bois de Vincennes, Lac Daumesnil offers a natural escape in the forest just southeast of the city lines. While swimming in the lake itself is not allowed, you can enjoy a paddleboat ride or simply relax on the grassy shores. Nearby, you’ll find the Chalet des Îles, a lovely spot to explore as you walk around the lake path and enjoy the serene surroundings.

Tips for Swimming in Paris

  • Check Opening Hours: Many pools have specific hours for public swimming, so it’s a good idea to check their schedules in advance.
  • Bring a Swim Cap: In most Parisian pools, wearing a swim cap is mandatory. Don’t forget to pack one to avoid any inconvenience.
  • Stay Hydrated: Summer in Paris can get quite hot, so make sure to drink plenty of water, especially if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors.
  • Explore Beyond the Pool: Many swimming spots in Paris are located near beautiful parks, cafes, and cultural sites. Take the opportunity to explore the surroundings and enjoy the full Parisian experience.

Whether you’re looking for a place to relax, a spot to splash around with the family, or a chic pool to take a dip, Paris has something for everyone. After watching the Olympians in Paris this summer, you might find yourself inspired to grab your swimsuit and dive in!

Written by Olivia Hoffman

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