Open Recreation is your opportunity to get moving whenever you have time. With multiple facilities where you can play, swim, run and workout all you have to do is get here! Check our open recreation schedules regularly for the most accurate times.
Our 50 meter pool at the Z Center and our 25 yard pool at Alumni/Wang are both great places to swim a few laps. While the Z Center Pool also accommodates MIT Varsity Athletics, Club Teams and special events, during Rec Swim hours you have the freedom to follow your personal routine without additional instruction.
Women's Only Rec Swim
Women’s only Rec Swim is offered during the academic year at the Alumni/Wang Pool on Tuesdays from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Members and MIT Students have free access, non-members must purchase a temporary guest pass to enter.
Play Badminton at your own pace on one of our 3 courts in Rockwell Cage. Just find a partner, set-up the nets and get moving! We have racquets and shuttlecocks that you can purchase from our Pro Shop, but you’re always welcome to bring your own.
Shoot around, play a game of horse or go full-court! Basketball can be played in Rockwell Cage or DuPont Gym when our courts are available. At our equipment checkout, you are welcome to swap your I.D and borrow a men’s or women’s basketball.
Ice Skating and Ice Hockey
The Johnson Ice Arena operates seasonally from October – March. Members and are welcome to participate during our General Skate and Recreational Hockey times based on our monthly schedules. Nonmembers are not eligible at this time.
For ice skate rentals or ice skate sharpening, stop by our main member service desk at the Z Center.
The Wood Sailing Pavilion grants access to MIT Students and our members who hold an active 6-month or annual membership. The facility is open from April 1st through November 15th and offers a Learn to Sail Program for beginners. Those with experience can obtain a Sailing Card and rent boats for recreational sailing. Open sailing hours are 12:00pm to sunset Tuesday – Sunday and 3:00pm to sunset on Mondays.
For more information visit sailing.mit.edu
The Pierce Boathouse grants access for recreational sculling to adults with an MIT Recreation membership. Those without experience or seeking to develop skills are encouraged to register for our Sculling Instructional Program offered during the summer.
Those with rowing or sculling experience may be cleared for unsupervised recreational sculling April 1 through September 30. In order to use our sculling shells an individual must: a) have at minimum a six month MIT Recreation membership that is active for the duration of the sculling pass, b) pass the swim/boat test, c) pass both a written and practical exam of sculling knowledge, and d) pay the annual fee. If you are interested in rec sculling, but unable to complete any part of the requirements, you may consider a private lesson to help establish competency. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Day/Time: Weekdays, during boathouse open hours
Dates: April 1 (or when the river becomes safely accessible) – September 30
Location: MIT Pierce Boathouse (W8), Charles River
Find an open court and get moving! It’s that easy for our members and guests to play or practice squash at our facilities. The Z Center has 6 squash courts available for open recreation where you can drop-in and play or reserve space for matches with friends.
Serve up a good time on our tennis courts any time of year! Our Outdoor Tennis Courts are available as long as the weather permits while the Indoor Tennis Bubble season runs October through May.
Outdoor tennis reservations can be made on the recreation website up to 48 hours in advance. **2 hour limit per day**. A Recreation Membership or Temporary Pass is required to book. There is no additional fee for booking outdoor courts. Walk-ups are permitted but please note reservations take precedent.
Current Outdoor Tennis Times
Daily Schedule Mon – Fri, 6am – 11pm
Sat – 7am – 9pm
Sun – 9am – 11pm
Indoor Tennis Times *October 3, 2022 – May 7, 2023
Mon – Fri Sat/Sun Prime- Time 6pm – 10pm 8am – 2pm Non-Prime- Time 7am – 2pm 6pm – 9pm
Indoor Tennis Drop-In Rates
*NEW THIS YEAR* NO CASH will be accepted
No Affiliation MIT Affiliation DAPER Member PT $48/hr $46/hr $43/hr Non PT $32/hr $30/hr $28/hr
*PT = Prime-Time, Non PT = Non-Prime-Time
Indoor Season Contracts are available – please reach out to Molly at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
For reservations, choose your location and login:
Outdoor: Online Reservations
Creating a welcoming environment for everyone and every-body is important to MIT Recreation. We aim to provide modifications and adaptive equipment to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy our facilities.
Join us at adapted aquatics! Come and see everything we have to offer, increase your range of motion and flexibility, have fun and meet new people. Adaptive swimming lessons are available to those in need. There are a variety of accessible and adapted equipment provided by the aquatic department for individuals with disabilities. Most equipment is readily available, and conveniently located on the pool deck.
These options include:
Aqua Jog Belts
Personal Flotation Device (Life Jacket) Pool Noodles Swim Fins
ADA Pool Lift
Other adaptive aquatic equipment available with instructor assistance includes:
Adapted and Accessible Gym Equipment
The Adaptive Recreation Program provides an inclusive opportunity for competitive and recreational participation for everyone at MIT. The equipment was designed specifically for the purpose of accessibility, it allows for an enjoyable experience for individuals with disabilities. Much of the adaptive equipment is designed for wheelchair access as well.
This equipment provided by MIT DAPER includes:
Cable System / Pulley System
Arm Bike with adjustable system
Arm Bike without a seat / wheelchair accessible
Therabands / Elastic Bands
In addition, MIT Recreation also offers a women’s only swim time and temporarily extended facility hours for religious holidays.