One thing Butler Countians know: It can get really hot here in the summertime.
There are plenty of local places to cool off while you are outside — some of which are very new. We’ve compiled a list of some the area’s most popular attractions to help you beat the summer heat.
The City of Oxford has a brand new place to play called the Oxford Aquatic Center. There will be an official grand opening event on June 15. Located at 6035 Fairfield Road in Oxford, the center has a competition swimming pool with diving boards, a zero-depth leisure pool with a kiddie area, an aquatic play structure, a family slide, a lazy river and a large slide. It also has facilities for party rentals. The Oxford Aquatic Center is free for children 2 and younger, or daily prices range from $5-$7 depending on age.
New this year in the Middletown area is Aqua Adventures Park at Land of Illusion, which until now has been the area’s premiere fall Halloween attraction. The waterpark is now open every day of the week and has an inflatable obstacle course, beach cove and “Aqua Lounge.” Daily, group and season passes are available. A single admission pass for kids is $12.99-$15.99 and for adults is $16.99-$18.99, depending on the day you visit.
If it’s a cheaper trip to a swimming pool you want in Middletown, you may have to travel to neighboring Franklin. The Paul E. Fitzgerald Pool is public and is located at 306 E. Sixth St. in Franklin. It costs $2-$5 per person depending on age, or there are season passes available. Resident passes are for Warren County residents and are a little cheaper than the non-resident passes.
The Fairfield Aquatic Center is a popular swimming spot — it has an 8-lane lap pool, a climbing wall, diving board, large swirling water slide and a sprayground. Visitors will also find a concession stand and can get swimming lessons there. It’s open from noon to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays until Aug. 11. From Aug. 17-Sept. 1 it is open from noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. It’s last day open for the 2019 summer season is noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 2. The FAC is located at 2605 August Blvd.
Spraygrounds (free!) are the popular outdoor place to get some heat relief in the City of Hamilton, which boasts seven of them. Open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily during the summer months, spraygrounds in Hamilton are located at Benninghofen Park, the Booker T. Washington Center, Crawford Woods, Jim Grimm Park on Cleveland Avenue, the North End ball fields, Marcum Park and Millikin Woods. Wear water shoes! Adults must supervise children at the sprayground. See a list of rules on the city’s parks website.
People who are willing to pay for swimming may check out the East Butler County YMCA, or there are a couple of private clubs that require membership, including Riverside and New London Hills Club.
Liberty & West Chester Twp.
There are a number of private places to swim in West Chester and Liberty townships: Beckett Ridge, Windwood, Hy-Crest, the Lakota Hills Swim Club and more. But one of the more popular places to swim in the area is the Lakota Family YMCA in Liberty. The outdoor pool hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. It closes on Labor Day. Membership is required.