International Swimming Hall of Fame, Fort Lauderdale

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  • many detailed pieces of informationabout olympic swimmers, mainly mark spitz, johnny weismiller, etc.  more »
  • Going to visit this place known by swimmers from around the world have been disappointed. Externally is kept very badly and maintenance in short supply: items left on Earth, written by now faded and many other details overlooked. In short, seemingly about nothing inviting although the museum itself is interesting and deserves. The sports facility is of a high standard but also everything looks old and a bit too sloppy. A negative surprise in seeing that usually in USA we tend to highlight anything and among other things for their swimming is a sport sorely felt.
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  • A nice place to visit to get the history of swimming if you like it. Beautiful pools to see. See how people train.  more »
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  • Great place to swim outdoors. They have a 50M lap pool and in general isn't too busy. The best value is the 30 (individual) day pass, which you can use over the course of a whole year.
  • A great place to swim (exercise not leisure). There are two 50 yard pools and a dive tower and pool. The water is chilled to competition temperature. It also has a great atmosphere being on Fort Lauderdale beach.
  • Nothing wrong with it, per sey. It's small and I appreciate that it's there, but as a non-swimmer, I found it un-interesting and my 12y/o swimmer only really liked the modern stuff. I mean, you have to pay to park, and pay to get it. It was a little overpriced, although I understand the funds go to help the place. Lastly, the staff were wonderful, they really were.
  • Flashback to 1980. This place still has full size TVs featuring VHS tapes on past events. Old tarnished medals without any explanation tell a story of short sighted staff. The main feature of the whole place is an area in the back corner featuring a worn out head to "lack of toes" maniquin of the Hawaiian surfer 'Duke". It features him in his final days of life with gray hair and using a cane. The maniquin had fallen so many times the nose has been chipped off, missing a hand, the gray hair is unkept. I lived in Hawaii for 20 years and imiges of him in Waikiki feature him as a hot stud, a properly filled out man swimsuit and surrounded my beautiful females. Please update this crippled gross display
  • It is well equipped but the whole place was built decades ago and has had zero renovations. The pools are falling apart, so are the locker rooms. In the locker rooms, the bathroom stall doors have had their locks removed and pieces of trim are falling off. The ceiling is full of holes. Half the toilets don't even work because the the flushing handles are broken. The water that comes out of the water fountains tastes terrible. The lockers are all rusted, some to the point where the bottom has collapsed. The floor tiles are cracked and broken in many places. Personal anecdote: I was there and one of the pools had so much chlorine it tasted like cement, and there were bits of chicken floating in the pool, including a drumstick, that were there the whole week I swam at that pool. At least the place has two large long course 50 m pools that can be converted to 25 yards side to side, along with a diving well with the ability to dive from any height from 1m to 10m.
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