Few thrills in life can compare to the excitement of visiting your local public pool in the 1960s. It was a place to relax and have fun with friends and the hub of social life in the summers.
In the 1960s, a swimming pool was a huge luxury. You would probably have hosted pool parties and cookouts if you were lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard.
The public pool was an option for those who couldn’t afford their own pool. Many people went to be with their friends, eat snacks, and hang out as a community. Kids spent almost every summer day there with schoolmates and friends from the neighborhood.
The pool was an essential part of every family’s life, whether they owned one or not. Many families on vacation road trips would stop at motels with pools to relax and cool off before heading back onto the road.
All the kids wore colorful bathing suits and partied in their friend’s backyard or at the public pool, which featured diving boards and slides, along with lounge chairs and umbrellas.
The pools were packed, and kids would bring floaty toys and games with them to the pool. It was the thing to do in the summer of the 60s. Whether families had their own pool, stopped at a motel, or even visited the public pool, memories were made at these social watering holes.
In present-day America, many families have their own pools. Some have in-the-ground or above-ground, and there are even companies that offer pop-up pools. However, none of these at-home options could provide the communal memories of the shared public pools of the 1960s.