Summer Outdoor Pool Guide: That’s Great For Little Babies!


It’s starting to feel like summer, so where is a gentle swimming pool to take your little baby? First, what is a gentle swimming pool? In our definition, a gentle swimming pool is one where there is a section dedicated to the little swimmers. And where there are not many older kids which may be disruptive to the under two years old.

From our prior visits this past year, here are the pools we selected which are friendly and clean for any mom and water lovin’ babe.

Note: Shanghai has an obsession with outdoor pools, so if you want a quieter swimming environment, get there early to secure a spot or, go on the weekdays.

Shimao Riviera Garden

Photo credit: smartshanghai

Located in Pudong, Shimao Riviera has indoor and outdoor swimming areas. The outdoor area also has an open access kiddie pool, so be on alert for pre-teen kids running around and playing around the big wave pool.

Prices: RMB200 per person

Address: 1 & 2 Weifang Lu, Pudong

Tel: 021 6888 8108

JW Marriott Tomorrow Square

By People’s Square park, there are two pools on the terrace. One adult sized pool and a smaller kiddie pool. Since it is located in a hotel, there is more attention on the guests. However, still do not let your kid swim unattended.

Prices: RMB280 adults, RMB150 kids

Address: 399 Nanjing Xi Lu

New World Shanghai Hotel

Another hotel pool with a lifeguard on duty at all times, the outdoor pool area does not have a separate

kiddie section, but the shallow section of the pool is suitable to double as an area for adult to swim with little ones.

Prices: RMB300 adults

Address: 1555 Dingxi Lu, by Yuyuan Lu

Mandarin City

Located inside the compound of Mandarin city, they have an exclusive kiddie pool which is sectioned off (but adjacent to) the adult pool.

Prices: RMB130 adults, RMB80 kids

Address: 788 Hongxu Lu, near Huaguang Lu

Hyatt on the Bund

Inside Hyatt on the Bund, the hotel pool is private and also one of the locations for Mommy Bow’s “Aqua Baby” class. It is not necessary to buy an annual year pass, but if you want to get your feet wet you will need to pay per entry.

Prices: RMB350 adults, RMB190 kids (kids under two for free) An additional 15% service charge is applies

Address: 199 Huangpu Rd (near Wuchang Rd)

Lakeville Casa in Xintiandi

In the heart of Lakeville residences in Xintiandi, their private club has two pools for swimming pleasure, a shallow “kid” pool and an adult pool.

Note: This is for members who live in the compound but if you want to buy a day pass you will need to pay cash upfront.

Prices: RMB100 adults, RMB60 kids

Address: 168 Shun Chang Lu

The Terrace

The swimming pool of Italian restaurant, the Terrace is a great place if you are looking for food, shade and also a “not in Shanghai” place to enjoy a day at the pool. Located in East Xujin district, it is a little trek for the city slickers but it is worth it for a day out.

Address: 99 Lian Min Lu, Building 1

Tel: 021 39800121

Ambassy Club

Includes a baby wading area adjacent to an adult swimming pool with 1.4M at the deep end This is a favorite spot for sunbathers from Spring through Autumn for its central location. There is also an indoor pool if the sun gets too hot for your tiny tot.

Prices: RMB150

Address: Ambassy Court, 1500 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Wulumuqi Zhong Lu, Xuhui district

Opening Hours: Monday 11am –7pm; Tuesday to Friday 9:00am –7:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 8am to 7pm

Things to Remember for Taking Your Baby to the Pool

• Bring a swim cap

• Have swimming diapers on hand

• Bring all swimming essentials: swim suit, goggles, inflatables, sunblock, shades, after sun lotion

• Exercise caution when taking your baby swimming and use common sense and do not leave your child unattended

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