In case you don't have a countdown going, summer is just around the corner, Buffalo. Some would say the winter holidays comprise the "most wonderful time of the year", but some (me) would say the most wonderful time of the year is summer. It only lasts about three months in Buffalo, and there's so much to take advantage of!

Swimming is not only a great summer activity to do with family and friends, but it's also an awesome workout.

Don't have a pool? Visit your local public pool! Can't swim? Most public pools offer cheap swimming lessons for all ages! Plus (whether you're into safety or eye candy), they're fully equipped with certified lifeguards.

Here's a list of public pools and splash pads throughout the Buffalo area.

Northtowns (Amherst, Cheektowaga, Clarence, Depew, Lancaster, Grand Island, Niagara Falls, Lockport, Williamsville)

85 North Forest Rd., Williamsville
716-631-7275

Located behind Williamsville Town Hall -- 5583 Main St., Williamsville
716-632-4120

Located at Garrison Road, S. Ellicott Street and Park Drive, Williamsville
716-632-4120

Towne Park Pool

2600 Harlem Rd., Cheektowaga
716-897-7207

Dingens Street Swimming Pool

701 Dingens St. near Harlem Road, Cheektowaga
716-897-7207

Maryvale Pool

735 Maryvale Dr. near Beach Road, Cheektowaga
716-897-7207

10405 Main St., Clarence
716-741-8927

Fireman's Park (Full Size Pool and Wading Pool)

Located at Terrace Boulevard and Erie Street, Depew
716-685-4910

Located at Brady Avenue and Vandenburg Avenue, Lancaster
716-684-3320

Located at Broezel Avenue and Ronald Drive, Lancaster
716-684-3320

Located at Hyde Park and Pine, Niagara Falls
716-286-4940

Located at Center Street and 15th Street, Niagara Falls
716-284-4940

Located at Frontier and 91st Street, Niagara Falls
716-284-4940

Located on Rogers Avenue across from Washington Hunt Elementary School (50 Rogers Ave., Lockport)
716-433-1267

Outerwater Park Community Pool

Located at Trowbridge Street and Corinthia Street, Lockport
716-433-1267

Southtowns (Alden, East Aurora, Hamburg, Lackawanna, Orchard Park, West Seneca)

Alden Town Park + Kiddie Pool

Located on Park Street, Alden
716-937-4280

690 South St., East Aurora
716-652-8866

80 Torry Dr., Hamburg
716-649-6170

Green Lake (Yates Park)

4726 South Buffalo St., Orchard Park
716-662-6450

50 Legion Pkwy., West Seneca
716-674-6005

Buffalo Area (Buffalo, Kenmore, Tonawanda)

716-851-9670

Pools, Wading Pools + Splash Pads

Shoshone Pool -- Foot of Beard Street
Allison Pool -- 50 Reese St.
Centennial Pool -- Foot of Porter Avenue
Houghton Pool -- 36 Spann St.
JFK Pool -- 114 Hickory St.
Kensington Pool -- Corner of Kensington Avenue and Grider Street
Masten Pool -- Best Street and Orange Street
Riverside Pool -- 2505 Niagara St.

Wading Pools

Crowley St. Wading Pool -- Crowley and Tonawanda
MLK Jr . Wading Pool -- Humboldt Parkway and Best Street

Splash Pads

Allison -- 50 Reese St. (next to pool)
Cazenovia -- By Cazenovia Casino
Centennial -- Foot of Porter (next to pool in Lasalle Park)
Kensington -- Grider and Kensington (next to pool)
Lanigan -- Fulton Street (Between Chicago Street and Louisiana Street)
Schiller -- Sprenger Avenue
Lincoln -- End of Quincy Street
Masten -- Best Street (next to JBW Stadium)

251 Brompton Rd., Tonawanda
716-693-3505

401 Mang Ave., Kenmore
716-873-6225

1200 Parker Blvd., Buffalo
716-833-7757

425 Mang Ave., Kenmore
716-875-8777

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Contributed by Katie Swaine