Readers' Choice: Flag Pole Hill in White Rock Park 8100 Doran Circle, near Northwest Highway and Buckner Boulevard 214-670-8740
It would be tough for any city to build a public swimming pool better than this one. Among other features, it has 7,000 square feet of leisure water (which includes a "lazy river," water slides and a playground right in the middle of the pool) and a 25-yard by 25-meter competition pool. The pool sits in a spot that also includes a 5,000-square-foot fitness facility, an aerobics room and a climbing wall. Throughout the year, the natatorium also offers classes, from scuba instruction to yoga. The facility isn't free; year-round membership for adult residents is $165, for non-residents it's $235 (or $4 to $5 will get you in for the day), but that's quite a bargain compared with private facilities that offer similar services.