We absolutely love going to the Rec Center!!! My kids can never get enough. The zero entry pool is awesome for kids of all ages. There is a large castle with two small slides that also has some water canons that can provide hours of fun. There is also a small frog slide, a teeter totter, and several small water features that were perfect for the little ones. The lazy river is small but has the perfect current to make it really fun going around and around and you can duck into the whirlpool at the center for lots of dizzying fun. There is a three-story slide that loops around and all of my kids absolutely loved this (and I really did too :)). The great thing about the rec center is they allow all kids that want to to use this slide. If your child is a non swimmer then they can ride in your lap or use their coast guard approved flotation devices. There is a large lap pool with a regular diving board and a high dive. The smaller diving board can be used by non-swimmers using a coast guard approved flotation device.
The family Cabanas are perfect for families with mixed genders and ages. There are also nice big lockers available. (make sure to bring a lock or rent one for $1)
We brought our own lunch and after swimming sat at the nice indoor tables outside of the pool area (separated by glass) and ate our lunch. When we had our fill the kids headed over to the climbing wall and spent one hour going up and down. They say the kids need to be 45 pounds or heavier but I have noticed this depends on who is on staff. Also they have a manually operated belay that can be used by lighter kids you just need to ask.
The prices are reasonable but there was not a family discount available so we all paid the full price. We look forward to going each time we visit Durango. This is definitely an activity not to be missed.
Who doesn't like a big water slide and zero-entry pools? This indoor community pool has it all: lap lanes, a lazy river (vortex), diving boards (they do exist, folks) and zero-entry pool area with kid-friendly water areas. And, that's just a portion of what this center offers. It features a climbing wall, full weight and cardio room, plus, water aerobics classes (anyone up for Yo-quatics?).
Getting ready for the pool was a pleasant treat thanks to their family cabanas. I was anticipating having to send my boys through the boys locker room with my husband to get changed. Instead, the family cabanas offered us a much easier changing experience. In the hallway outside the family cabanas there were lockers for bags and purses. They had locks available at the front desk.
My kids could have stayed all day at the pool. My 8 year old daughter must have gone down the three-story high water slide about 2 dozen times. She loved it! And my boys (ages 3 and 2) were brave enough to try the slide with Dad. I brought inflatable toys for them to play with, but they really didn't need them. The only exception was when my daughter used the tube to float around the lazy river.
The staff was very watchful and made sure my kids were safe (even offering me advice about where to stand to get the best pictures).
On Fridays the center offers discounted admission. Children 3 years and under get in free with a paid adult. But, the best part is this: the center offers a Family Pass Price, where you pay for one adult, and everyone else enters at 1/2 price.
And to top that all off with a nice big surprise, the center offers a towel service ($1 per person), so I didn't have to bring wet towels back to the hotel room after our swim (or worse yet, find them mildewed in a plastic bag when we unpacked at home). SCORE!
Disclaimer: Our admission to the Durango Recreation Center was COMPLIMENTARY OF THE DURANGO AREA TOURISM OFFICE. THE TOURISM OFFICE DID NOT STATE ANY REQUIREMENTS REGARDING MY REVIEWS. ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.