There is a reason why we love swimming pools so much. Aside from the fact that being in the water is restorative and relaxing, getting in a pool is the perfect way to cool off during the hottest summer days. One of the best things about a swimming pool is that no matter how big or small it is, there is always enough space to swim in it. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Swimming pools come in all shapes and sizes, with some holding more people than others. While it would be great to be able to fit everything you need into one pool, that isn’t always possible. Those who enjoy swimming may have to look for a bigger pool, or if they are fortunate enough to have one close by, they may have to make do with it. If your home has space for a swimming pool, make sure you make the most of it!
Nowadays, bigger isn’t always better when it comes to swimming pools. Thanks to technology and the emergence of green pools, there is now more than one way for a pool to be big and still be eco-friendly. With larger pools, there is the added bonus of creating a larger space for children and adults to swim together. In warmer climates, having larger pools can also be very beneficial for the health of those who use it regularly. Remember, the larger the pool the harder it is to keep clean!
In case you’re wondering, here are some of the worlds biggest swimming pools, ranked from smallest to largest:
The World’s Smallest Swimming Pool
Coral Castle in Jamaica is a tourist attraction known for its iconic white castle on a green hillside. It was originally built in the 19th century and has been featured on screens giant and small, including the big one at the cinema. While it doesn’t hold the record for the worlds smallest pool, it does boast the title of being the most photographed pool in the world. We know what you’re thinking – if you like castles, why not spend a few days at Coral Castle? There are plenty of rooms available for rent and the tour guides are highly knowledgeable about the area’s flora and fauna. This is a great place for families to spend some quiet time together.
The World’s 2nd Largest Swimming Pool
The Amusement Park in Oberhausen, Germany opened in 1890 and is one of the worlds oldest amusement parks. It is definitely something to see and truly takes you back in time to imagine what the world was like in the late 19th century. The Amusement Park is a must for anyone interested in amusement parks and vintage technology. In addition to the vintage rides and games, the park is also home to the worlds second largest swimming pool. Since 1980, the park has been undergoing a huge renovation to ensure that the whole experience feels like it did originally. There are new shops and galleries, additional activities for children, and private rooms for rent if you want to get away from the crowds. It’s an all-round impressive place and something not to miss!
The World’s 3rd Largest Swimming Pool
In 2015, the U.S. National Park Service accepted a bid from the City of Kissimmee to host the 2017 World Aquatics Championships. The aquatic center is located on the banks of the river and has a 25-meter pool with seating for 1,500 people. Aside from the 25-meter pool, there is also a 12-meter by 8-meter pool that can be used for smaller competitions or for individual swimming practice. The whole complex also includes a fitness center, weight room, and locker rooms. The organizers are promising the event will be the “most technologically advanced” and offer a “lifelike” experience for the competitors. The 2019 World Aquatics Championships are set to take place from July 16 to August 2 and will feature swimming pools from around the world.
The World’s 4th Largest Swimming Pool
The 2019 Special Olympics World Winter Games took place in St. Louis from February 25 to March 5. Organizers wanted to create a winter sports experience for athletes with intellectual disabilities and were inspired by the success of the summer games. One of the attractions at this year’s games was Icebreaker, a sculpture of a polar bear hugging a human being. Located in North America’s premiere suburb, the St. Louis Art Museum has a display case full of artifacts from the games.
The St. Louis Aquarium has a whole section devoted to cold weather sports and has over 150,000 gallon of water that it uses to keep the animals cool. One of the attractions is the Polar Bear Pool, which is home to four majestic bears who live on site and are fed twice daily. The bears have been brought over from the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. because they were originally from their native habitat of the Antarctic and could not handle the cold weather. The name Polar Bear Pool is a bit of a misnomer, as the water is actually kept at a comfortable temperature thanks to the use of heat lamps. Tourists can view the bears from underwater windows or walkways surrounding the pool. The bears are most active between 10 am and 4 pm, so if you want to see them in their natural habitat, you may have to visit in the morning or in the evening, depending on the time of year.
The World’s 5th Largest Swimming Pool
In 2018, the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place in Russia from June 14 to July 15. The 32 teams in the tournament were split into four groups and played each other in their pools. The group stages were used to create the world’s fifth largest swimming pool, which is currently located in St. Petersburg. Named after Ludwig Meistrich, the 12.8-meter-long by 8.5-meter-wide pool is the largest of its kind in Europe and provides a stunning sight to those who walk by. Children can learn to swim in a comfortable environment with the help of trained lifeguards. Plus, it’s a cool place to hang out with friends and family during the hottest summer months!
The pool is equipped with water jets that provide passive cooling. A series of tunnels leads from the locker rooms to the pool, allowing the players to keep their cool while having some fun. The cool temperatures inside the pool have also been proven to improve the performance of those who practice or play sports inside it. It really is the perfect place to be!
The World’s 6th Largest Swimming Pool
The Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas is a triumph of the ‘build-able’ concept, boasting the worlds sixth largest swimming pool. The pool itself is home to the Mirage Volcano, a stainless steel mountain that erupts every 15 minutes, providing a cooling effect. The waters of the volcano can be felt in the pool, which is surrounded by faux-volcanoes adorned in bright neon lights. The water in the pool is also believed to be some of the best in the world, thanks to the citys enviable climate. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas – and this pool is no exception! It has everything you might want in a pool, including a Jacuzzi, sauna, fully equipped gym, and more!
You’ll need a health card to use the pool at the Palms Hotel & Casino. It’s one of the requirements upon check-in. It’s an addition to the hotel’s basic room rate, so most likely you’ll have to pay for it separately. You can also get a waterborne wellness card at the information desk for free. Being in the wellness business, I can tell you it’s definitely value for money.
The World’s 7th Largest Swimming Pool
Taking the cake as the worlds seventh largest pool is China’s Haikou Meishan International Airport. The 17,400 square meter pool makes it the largest airport pool in the world. It opened in 2014 and the airport authority claimed it would help to relieve stress and reduce delays due to overbooking. The terminal has three levels with private pools on each level, as well as a wellness centre with a swimming pool. There is also a large outdoor pool that can be used by passengers waiting for their flights. It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that the wellness centre is a sly marketing ploy to attract leisure travelers to the airport.