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Go Swimming in NYC This Summer

July 8, 2019

In case you haven’t heard, New York City public pools opened for the season on June 27th. NYC Parks & Recreation maintains over 50 pools, with open season running through the first week of September. There’s nothing like plunging into cool, refreshing water on a hot day. So grab your suit, gather your friends and family for a day of summer fun by the pool, and dive in. Here’s everything you need to know about NYC pools. 

Outdoor Pools 

New York City outdoor pools are free and open to the public, with certain rules in place for the comfort and safety of the eight million people who call NYC home. For starters, bathing suits are required—no skinny-dipping. Food, glass bottles, electronic devices, and newspapers are strictly prohibited from pool areas. Finally, pool-goers are required to bring a lock to store belongings while swimming. Stick to these simple guidelines and you’ll have a worry-free blast. Below is a short list of favorite outdoor pools. A full list can be found on nycparks.org.

McCarren Park Pool (Greenpoint)

776 Lorimer Street (between Bayard Street and Driggs Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11222
Open Monday – Sunday 11AM-3PM, 4PM-7PM
Pool Size: Olympic

John Jay Pool (Upper East Side)

530 East 78th Street (between Cherokee Place and FDR Drive), New York, NY 10075
Open Monday – Sunday 11AM-3PM, 4PM-7PM
Pool Size: Intermediate and Diving

Hamilton Fish Pool (Lower East Side)

128 Pitt Street (between Houston and Stanton Streets), New York, NY 10002
Open Monday – Sunday 11AM-3PM, 4PM-7PM
Pool Size: Olympic and Wading

Lasker Pool (Central Park)

Mid-park between 106th and 108th Streets, New York, NY 10029
Open Monday – Sunday 11AM-3PM, 4PM-7PM
Pool Size: Olympic and Wading

Indoor Pools

Inclement weather? Season over? Simply prefer swimming indoors? NYC Department of Parks & Recreation has you covered with twelve indoor pools, open year-round in any kind of weather. The use of these pools does require membership, with associated fees: $150 a year for adults, $25 for seniors and young adults 18 to 25. Children under 18 enjoy free membership. Becoming a member grants you access to classes, including Learn to Swim, available for both children and adults, and Adaptive Swim, which offers aquatic exercise therapy for people with disabilities. Recreation Center membership grants access to all New York rec centers throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Below are two neighborhood favorites. For the full list of pools in NYC Recreation Centers, visit nycgovparks.org.

Chelsea Recreation Center (Chelsea)

430 West 25th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenues), New York, NY 10001
Open Monday – Friday 6:30AM-10PM, Saturday & Sunday 8AM-4PM
Pool Size: Intermediate

Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pool & Rink (Flushing, Queens)

Flushing Meadows Natatorium (between Avery Avenue and 131st Street), Flushing, NY 11355
Open Monday – Friday 6:30AM-10PM, Saturday & Sunday 8AM-4PM
Pool Size: Olympic and Diving

If you’re looking for an indoor pool experience beyond New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, with more options for classes and lap swimming, look to Asphalt Green. Asphalt Green is a NYC nonprofit organization that provides high-quality swim, sports, and fitness programs to New Yorkers of all ages. The two locations, in TriBeCa and the UES, offer dozens of swimming opportunities for adults and children, including lessons, group classes, and swim teams. Monthly memberships range from $94 per individual to $284 for a family of four, or $35 for a one-day pass. 

Asphalt Green (Tribeca)

212 North End Avenue, New York, NY 10282
Open Monday – Friday 5:30AM-10:30PM, Saturday & Sunday 7AM-8PM
Pool Size: 25 meters

Asphalt Green (Upper East Side)

555 East 90th Street, New York, NY 10128
Open Monday – Friday 5:30AM-10:30PM, Saturday & Sunday 7AM-8PM
Pool Size: Olympic and 25 meters

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