Written by Claire Leaden and Bianca Bahamondes
It’s officially outdoor pool season!
With the summer heat finally beginning to settle in it’s time to seek out where you’ll be taking a dip this summer when you’re in need of a break from the sweltering sun. Lucky for us there are plenty of free, public outdoor pools opening up this week!
This Saturday, June 26, all of NYC’s public outdoor pools will once again be open to the public for the summer season. 49 pools (as some are closed for construction) across the city are open to swimmers starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. They’ll be open daily until 7 p.m. through the end of the season, which this year falls on Sunday, September 12. The pools will however close briefly each day from 3 – 4 p.m. for cleaning.
Find the full list of NYC pools in each borough here, including eight in The Bronx, 14 in Brooklyn, 13 in Manhattan, seven in Queens and seven in Staten Island.
Some of our favorites (see the full list here) include the Floating Pool Lady in The Bronx, Astoria Park Pool in Queens, and McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn.
Some rules you should know about before taking a dip?
- You must have a swimsuit to enter the pool area
- Shirts with colors on them are not allowed on the deck
- Bring a sturdy lock to store any items you are bringing
- Leave food, glass bottles, electronic devices, and newspapers at home
If you want to step up your swim time, the city offers a host of free swimming programs for kids, adults, and seniors:
Indoor pools continue to remain closed at this time. For more specific info, visit the NYC Parks website.
Featured image source [brooklynbridgepark.org by Etienne Frossard]
For private pools to enjoy with a day pass or membership, see our list of 10 fabulous hotel & rooftop pools in NYC here!
Also published on Medium.