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Opened in 1989 and located adjacent to the Johnson Center‚ the Lancaster Aquatic Center offers indoor swimming to the UK community and is the home of UK’s Varsity Swim Dive Team.

During open recreation, we provide 8-22 lanes for lap swimming and we host many recreational events throughout the year.


 416 Complex Drive

Summer Rec Swim Hours                   See Locations page for updates about temporary closures.

Mon-Fri11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
Mon-Thurs   5:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Friday   5:00 PM - 6:00 PM 
Sat & Sun   CLOSED 

Air Temperature: 78°                    Water Temperature: 81°


This facility is open to UK students, faculty‚ & staff with UKID. Cooper Drive Veterans Administration employees and BCTC Cooper Drive employees are eligible for access with departmental identification and employment verification. Spouses and dependents of the UK community are may purchase an annual pool pass membership.

To enter Lancaster Aquatic Center, guest minors must be 48" tall, monitored by an adult, and have a waiver completed by a parent or guardian. 


Guest Passes



  • Free towel service is available during open recreation.
  • Kickboards
  • Pull buoys
  • Suit spinner
  • Day-use lockers are available (may use personal lock)
  • Locker Rental


Lancaster Aquatic Center Control Desk: 859 257-7940

Parking & Bus Service

A pay lot is located on the corner of Complex and Sports Center Drive. 

Check the UK Parking website for rules pertaining to all university parking lots, UK parking permits, and visitor parking. Parking rules are subject to change without notice. The University CATS bus runs along University Drive, which is a short walk to and from the Johnson Center.

For more information on parking and bus routes/times, please visit UK Transportation Services