The Complete Guide to Dallas Pools: Public(ish)

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Valerie Thompson
Editor: The days of constant sweat are upon us. Fortunately, Dallas has an especially fine array of pools. Some are easy to find, some are ... less so. Deb Doing Dallas has a way with these things, fortunately, and she'll be leading you on a tour of pretty much every pool you hope to dip a toe in this summer. They're divided into three categories: Hotels, residential and public(ish).

First up: Public(ish) and ornamental pools. These are the pools that are mostly open to the public, though some have a few rules. Maybe you can bend them? Just remember if you get caught, the Morning News told you to try.

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Fraternal Order of Eagles (F.O.E.)

Neighborhood: East Dallas. Like so many beautiful trees, East Dallas.

What to wear: This is an anything-goes kind of pool, but vintage one-pieces are generally on fine display. Something to show off any ink worth bragging about, short shorts, long shorts. The lady that comes to you with the Jello-O shots wears jeans even in August. Whatever you want, but no cut-offs.

What to drink: Jell-O shots and always with friends, new or old. A surprisingly impressive top-shelf margarita and a cold Lone Star. A perfect pool if you are feeling generous. Every time I have closed a tab at the F.O.E. it is somehow $10 less then I think it should be.

Who you will meet: Attractive single parents, Dallas liberals who still own guns, hipsters who always say they are going to "join" the F.O.E. and never do.
Suggested pool toys and accessories: Oh! All of the above, bring your floaties, your tubes, your beach balls, your diving games. But know that the F.O.E. has plenty of kids with distracted parents -- you can also just play with their toys, because they will be bringing A LOT. Also, bring some OFF.

Tips and tricks: Pack a pair of shorts -- impromptu volleyball games are more fun when you join in! And don't forget that the F.O.E. allows guests to bring food and non-alcoholic drinks. A quick way to earn your spot as life of the party is to fire up that grill. Related: I have had a pizza delivered to the lawn.

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Valerie Thompson

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Valerie Thompson


KU DE TA

Neighborhood: Downtown Dallas

What to wear: High heels with bathing suits is not a thing I readily encourage, but if you were ever going to indulge ladies, this is the pool.

What to drink: White sangria and Champagne by the bottle.

Who you will meet: Ku De Ta is a beautiful oasis in Dallas and to truly enjoy the surroundings I like to go during off-hours. That said, it's the closest thing Dallas has to a Vegas-style pool experience, so during peak hours ... expect the kinds of folks who enjoy Vegas-style pool experiences.

Suggested pool toys and accessories: Don't bring a thing. In fact, this members-only club encourages you to pare down and offers towel service to all of their guests. Oh, and about getting one of those memberships: It's all I know a guy who knows a guy.

Tips and tricks: No, but really, go with a small group that already includes a member or two, behave in all the right ways, misbehave in all the fun ways and your invitation for membership will hit your cabana before the afternoon is over.

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11 comments
debdoingdallas
debdoingdallas

Dear Friends Complaining About My Sharing the F.O.E.'s existence:

You realize that in the last two summers your pool has hit capacity on the regular? The secret is out my friends, apologies. I waited as long as I could, but it hasn't been a secret for several years now. Don't worry, I still have some though. 

I had not noticed the food and drink signs and I have definitely gotten away with bringing in a trusty Sonic drink but it seems you cannot take food anymore to the F.O.E till post-Labor Day. Don't worry though, on the weekends the grill is up and running and just as reasonably priced as the bar!

xod

Chris Clinton
Chris Clinton

We don't scream it there's signs we simply point them out also what Doug said

Kaia Vilberg
Kaia Vilberg

FOE review has some info wrong - You used to be able to take in food/drink on weekends, but you can't anymore (until after Labor Day I believe). They have signs up, it's on their website, and they scream it at you as you enter.

Cindy Quebe
Cindy Quebe

Granbury went to the beach and brought in sand and made there on beach !!!

Doug Grabowski
Doug Grabowski

Deb: Stop sending people to the FOE. It was best kept a secret. shhh

TexMarine
TexMarine

This just in, all East Dallas Pools are closed to non-East Dallas residents. Go away.

Z0RR0
Z0RR0

What happened to revive?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

In the last F.O.E. picture, is that John Hamm in the sunglasses looking at the camera, and Billy Gibbons standing up texting?

TheJeremyAdams
TheJeremyAdams

@debdoingdallas Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are welcome through the week.  We only restrict outside food and non-alcoholic beverages on weekends and holidays -- those time we will have The Grill open with all food proceeds benefiting one of our charities.

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