12 Best Swimming Pools for Kids & Families in Shanghai

Shanghai’s Summer is glorious, with almost every day an opportunity to go to the best swimming pools for kids.

We haven’t included many hotel pools, because if you can afford ¥30,000+ for a yearly membership then obviously just pick a top hotel.

We also left out the ‘water parks’, because Shanghai’s water parks are (in our opinion only) urine-soaked hell-holes.

But here’s a good mix of kid-friendly pools in Shanghai.


  • Always take swimming caps
  • Shanghai’s swimming pools are notoriously badly managed. So don’t be surprised at price changes, time changes, rule changes and so on.
  • Always go early (or during weekdays). The popular ones fill up fast and people get pretty territorial over loungers and sitting places.
  • Remember sun-block, sunglasses, hats, umbrellas, snacks and water, towels, swimming costumes.
  • Take care with kids because there is always a chance of some young folk trying to impress each other and not taking care in the pool.
  • Fully check depths of all areas, in case your kids are wading in a shallow area which suddenly drops deeper without warning.


Shimao Riviera Garden

Shimao Riviera Garden Tropical Club

¥120 per adult, ¥60 per child.

Lots of space and drinks served outside.

Address: 1-2 Weifang Xi Lu, by Pucheng Lu, www.shimaousa.com

Grand Kempinski

¥318 per person entry

Nice pool environment with excellent views, lovely changing rooms.

Address: 1788 Lujiazui Ring Rd

Purple Mountain

¥150 for adults, ¥80 for kids

On the fifth floor of a random building, there are two pools, one for kids.

Address: 788 Dongfang Lu, near Zhangyang Lu, Pudong.


JW Marriott Tomorrow Square

Go to this lovely outside pool for RMB 280 per adult, RMB 150 for ages 3-12.

Address: 399 Nanjing Xi Rd
Brilliant City

¥35 entry

An apartment’s pool but they ‘usually’ allow entry for all.

Address: 100 Zhongtan Lu, near Yichang Lu

Grand Plaza

¥150 for adults, ¥50 for kids

Little pool in an apartment on Julu Rd. Gets very busy on weekends so go in the morning.

Address: 568 Julu Lu, near Shanxi Lu

Ambassy Club

¥150 entry

Technically for members but they let in people for one time ‘trial’.

Address: 1500 Huaihai Zhong Rd

New World Hotel

¥200 entry

Big pool, big view, big terrace.

Address: 1555 Dingxi Lu, by Changning Lu, www.newworldhotels.com


Mandarine City

¥100 adults, ¥60 kids

Big but very popular, go as early as possible. They have food and drink poolside.

Address: 788 Hongxu Lu, near Huaguang Lu, Minhang district.

Sofitel Sheshan Oriental

The furthest out but if you live in Minhang or Huacao then you’re almost already there. ¥300 entry to a big outdoors pool, and you can even hire little pedaloes.

The hotel also has a play area inside for ages 2-5 and obviously a buffet restaurant to make it a full day out.

Address: www.sofitel.com


Le Meridien Sheshan

Entry ¥280

In a similar spot but with better views from their pool.

Address: Le Meridien




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