Ann Arbor Fuller Park Pool & Survival Flight Helicopter

Splashes, Slides, and Summer Delights at Fuller Pool

Fuller Park Pool is the first public outdoor pool to open each season and the last to close. It typically opens in mid-May and closes in mid-September.

Our Visit to Ann Arbor’s Fuller Pool

We decided to visit Fuller Park Pool for the first time after school on an early June day

Fuller Pool Ann Arbor

The pool at Fuller Park offers space for family fun and lap swimming. The pool has a shallow end which is great for young kids, lap lanes, and a deep end. When we visited there were several lanes dedicated for lap swimmers. A few of the lanes were available for family fun.

The shallow end has a zero-entry ramp. There were also pool toys for the kids to play with.

Ann Arbor Fuller Park Pool - Shallow End

Fuller Park Pool is perfect for serious lap swimmers. They have 50 meter lap lanes vs 25 yard lap lanes at Vets and Buhr.

The main pool, lap lanes, and deep end typically close to children for 10 minutes at the end of every hour. This break lets adults enjoy the pool alone for a few minutes. It also decreases the crowds allowing a few lifeguards to take a break.

Fuller Park Deep End

The Deep End at Fuller Park Pool allows diving. Kids 12 and younger will need to take a deep end test before swimming in the deep end. The test needs to be taken each year – at each pool.

The deep end test has two parts:

  • Tread water for 1 minute.
  • Swim 50 yards – two lengths of the main pool using a front crawl (aka freestyle). Arms have to come out of the water.

Fuller Pool Slide

Ann Arbor Fuller Park Pool - Slide

The number one reason that my daughter wanted to visit Fuller Park was for their slide. The slide is not connected to the pool. Instead, it exits into a chute. Unfortunately it had a mechanical issue the day we visited so she didn’t get to try it.

Other Fuller Park Pool Activities

Fuller Park Pool also has a Gaga Pit. The Gaga Pit is located inside the pool fence and is only available to pool patrons. There are also charcoal grills in this area.

Ann Arbor Fuller Park Pool - Gaga Pit

Outside the pool gate is the Fuller Park Playground. This is a shady playground that is perfect for a visit before or after the pool. There are also numerous sports fields located throughout Fuller Park.

Visiting Fuller Park Pool Ann Arbor

Age Range

Fuller Park Pool is great for all ages. Children have to be at least 12 or accompanied by someone who is 16+. The water slides do not have an age requirement, but a 42″ minimum height.

However, if you are just visiting with toddlers, I prefer Buhr Park Pool with a separate zero-entry tot pool. Their zero-entry Tot Pool is separate and a great place for toddlers and preschoolers. Children under 12 must pass a deep end test each year (for each pool) to be allowed in the deep end.

Getting to Fuller Park Pool

Fuller Park Pool is one of the Public Pools that Ann Arbor Parks operates. The park’s address is 1519 Fuller Rd. The pool is across the street from the University of Michigan Hospital.

Fuller Park shares a parking lot with the University. There are dedicated parking spaces for the park/pool. Make sure you are parking in one of the designated spaces on weekdays and not in the UM lot. You don’t want to get ticketed.

Fuller Pool Hours

  • June 12-August 27
    • Saturday & Sunday:
      • Open Swimming: 11a-8:30p
      • Waterslide Hours: 11a-8:30p
      • Lap Swim: 9a-8:30p
    • Monday-Friday:
      • Open Swim: 10:30a-7:30p
      • Waterslide Hours: 1-7:30p
      • Tunes at Two: 2-4p with Music Playing
      • Lap Swim: 7a-7:30p
  • August 28-September 17 & May 14-June 11
    • Saturdays & Sundays:
      • Open Swimming: 11a-8:30p
      • Waterslide Hours: 1-8p
      • Lap Swimming: 9a-8:30p
    • Mondays-Fridays:
      • Open Swimming: 4-7:30p
      • Waterslide Hours: 4-7:30p
      • Lap Swimming: 7a-7:30p

Fuller Pool Prices – Updated for 2023

Fuller Park offers daily admission, and multi-visit punch pass.

Daily Admission rates (for a single 2 hour session) are:

  • Adult: $6
  • Youth (ages 4-17): $5
  • Child (3 & under): Free
  • Senior (age 60+): $5

Punch Passes:

  • 10 visits – $40
  • 25 visits – $100
  • 50 visits – $187.50
  • 100 visits – $350

Punch passes can be shared among family members. They are valid for one year at any of the City of Ann Arbor pools.

What to Bring

First, you’ll need the obvious swim gear (bathing suits, goggles, towels, and sunscreen). I also suggest bringing a water bottle. I definitely needed water while we were there.

There are pool chairs on the deck, and a few picnic tables. Several of the chairs and tables are partially shaded by slats. New for 2018 were several shaded circular sofas. My daughter loved lounging in this seat!

Ann Arbor Fuller Park Pool - Circular Sofa

I suggest bringing singles for the vending machines. While the pool closed for kids, my daughter visited the ice cream vending machine for a snack. There is also a beverage vending machine and a snack (candy, chips, etc) vending machine.

Swim Lessons & Summer Camp at Fuller Park Pool

Fuller Park Pool offers swim lessons on weekends during the summer.

New for 2023 all Ann Arbor Parks are offering one swim team – The Octopods. Practices will be held each morning at each of the Ann Arbor City pools. When you register you will pick a location, time, and days of practice. Fuller Park only hosts practice for high school aged swimmers.

They also offer summer camp each week all summer long.

Other Pools & Places to Get Wet

Are you looking for more water fun this summer? Check out our master list of Places to Get Wet.

10 Places to Get Wet: Ann Arbor Swimming Pools

Or check out our lists of:

Events at Fuller Park Pool

Fuller Pool traditionally hosted events including Splash Days & Dive in Movies. These events have not returned since 2019.

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