I've only been to one other indoor swimming facility in Raleigh (Pullen Aquatic) but Buffaloe Rd. is by far the nicer and probably the newest.
I took my 1 year-old son after I dropped his brother off at preschool. At 10am when the place opened we walked right in and paid our admission ($3 child, $7 adult for Raleigh residents) and headed for the dressing area. There are two really nice family changing rooms with fold-down tables, a toilet, sink, and shower. Then we headed for the pool.
There's a lap pool but we were bound for the kiddie pool. The ramp into the kiddie pool allows the littlest ones to frolic in only 6 inches of water and it reaches a maximum depth of 1 foot 6 inches. There are plenty of sprinklers, sprayers, and showers in the kiddie area. A small water slide provides even more fun. The staff also puts out a generous supply of float toys, cups, balls, etc. for the little ones. We spent most of our time in this area.
Buffaloe also has:
- water basketball goal
- 3 story water slide
- lazy river
- birthday party area with tables
We had a great time but the large digital clock on the wall told us it was time to go pick up my preschooler. I can't wait to go back.
|view of the lazy river from the water slide (photo courtesy of City of Raleigh)|