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Aquatics Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What are your hours?
A. Hours vary for each location. Please check the location's website:
Como Regional Park Pool
Highland Park Aquatic Center
Great River Water Park
Phalen Beach

Q. Can I bring a cooler, snacks, or beverages with me to the water park?
A. No. Coolers and outside food or beverages are not allowed in our water parks. You may bring in water in a non-glass container. Picnic facilities and grassy areas are located nearby the water parks if you would like to leave a cooler or snacks in your car to access later in the day. Same-day reentry is free of charge, just show your hand stamp or wrist band to an admissions attendant.

Q. Are there concessions at the water parks?
A. Yes. Concessions are offered at all three water parks. We now offer a feature menu with healthy beverages and wholesome snacks. See below or click here for menu options. The feature menu is available only at Highland Park Aquatic Center and Como Pool.

Pool Side Cafe Menu

 Feature Menu


Q. Can I bring a cooler, beverages or a picnic lunch to Phalen Beach?
A. Yes. There are picnic facilities located nearby. There is no glass allowed.

Q. Are there concessions at Phalen Beach?
A. Yes, concessions are available. Free meals are also served twice daily throughout the summer to youth 18 years or younger. Click here for more information on the Free Summer Meals Program.

Q. Is it free to swim at Phalen Beach?
A. Yes. There is no charge to swim at Phalen Beach.

Q. What are the admission prices for the water parks?
A. See our admission prices below.

Under 48" $5
Over 48"  
$6
Family (up to 5 members)   
$20
*Each Additional Member
$4
Deck Free (non-swimming) $3


Q. I'm not going swimming. Do I still have to pay to enter the water park?

A. Yes, there is a $3 deck fee for all non-swimmers entering the water parks.

 Toddler Time
Q. Do you have any toddler-only times?
A. Yes, we have toddler time at Como Pool only. Tot Time is from 9:30am to 11:00am on Saturdays. Admission is $8 for one parent and child pair, a savings of $3. Each additional child is $4 and all children must be 0-6 years old. Only the splash pad will be open for Tot-Time swimming. Concessions will be closed during this time. Everyone is welcome to stay for open swim at 11:00am at no extra cost.

Q. What kinds of amenities can I expect to find?
A. All locations have different amenities. Please check the location's website for more details:
Como Regional Park Pool
Highland Park Aquatic Center
Great River Water Park
Phalen Beach

Q. Under what weather conditions do the outdoor water parks close?
A. Our number one priority is safety. If we see lightning or hear thunder, we will close the pool down and reopen 30 minutes after the last thunder or lightning has been observed.
We may also close if the temperature drops below 70 degrees and it is raining.

Q. Are flotation devices allowed in the pools?

A. Yes, floatation devices can be brought into the children's pools only, with a few considerations.
  1. They must be reasonably sized. Nothing too large is allowed. Size may be determined by how busy the pool is at the time.
  2. Parents must be present and attentive.
  3. Supervisors reserve the right to deny usage of floatation devices if they are deemed unsafe or inappropriate.

Lifejacket Como Pool
Q. Are life jackets allowed?
A. Yes. U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets are allowed at all water parks and Phalen Beach. Life jackets are also available to rent free of charge at the aquatics office. Ask a staff person for assistance.

Q. What is your policy for people who are not toilet trained?

A. Persons who are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers (waterproof diapers) or plastic pants. Swim diapers are available for purchase at the water parks.

Q. Can I wear street shoes on the pool deck?

A. No. Street shoes and high heeled shoes are not allowed on the pool deck.

Q. Are there lockers available?

A. Yes. Lockers are available at all facilities and locks can be rented for $1 per visit. Patrons must remove all contents of their locker at the end of each day. Personal locks left overnight will be removed. Please leave your valuables at home. Saint Paul Parks and Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Q. Where can I park?

A. Free parking is available at all locations.
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