Not even 14 km (8 miles) from Brussels city center you can find the huge Domain of Huizingen
(I wrote about it here and here)
Besides woods, parks and a castle it also houses a big public swimming pool. Not often you have to walk through woods until you finally arrive at a swimming pool.
Just at the entrance we were greeted by a little deer, there is a small zoo with all kind of animals which of course children love to see.
In the middle of the wood is the swimming pool. There is really space for everybody except maybe in the water. We choose a place in the wood overlooking the pool. It was nice and shady there.
When the weather is warm people from Brussels and surroundings come here and stay for the whole day. Picnics are allowed.
Lots of fun for small children and for adults of course
A space for ball games and climbing is also there
And on the top of the entrance building is a very nice restaurant, where you can eat and drink. Flowers are everywhere and this wooden statue stood just at the entrance.
I didn't swim, too many people in the water, I don't like to get wet in my face and I don't like either that people bump into me. So I watched my friends and took pictures instead, while also watching over our belongings of course. We even met people from Waterloo !