10 Free Swimming Pools To Help You Beat The NYC Heat

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10 Free Swimming Pools To Help You Beat The NYC Heat

Gorgeous sunny days call for poolside views!

Summer in NYC is hot and the only way to get through it is by spending those sunny days by a pool.  It can definitely be expensive if you head to private pools every weekend, but there are over 60 public pools throughout New York City you can visit, too! We’ve gone ahead and complied a list of the top ten, which you can check them out below:


1. Lasker Swimming Pool

Where: Central Park at W 110th St and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave)

If you think the Lasker Swimming Pool looks familiar, it because it doubles as the Lasker Skating Rink in winter time. From the end of June until Labor Day, it’s open daily from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, & 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Not only is it free but the pool also offers services like free swim lessons.

2. Hamilton Fish Pool

Where: 128 Pitt St

The Hamilton Fish Pool is great for the whole family. An Olympic sized lap pool is juxtaposed with a wading pool for younger swimmers.

3. John Jay Pool

Where: 530 East 78th Street

Like the rest of the pools, the John Jay swimming pool opens daily from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, & 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM. However, if you’re into laps, adult hours take place from  7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. in July – September and 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (July), ends at dusk (August – September).


4. McCarren Park Pool

Where: 776 Lorimer St, Brooklyn

The McCarren Pool is one of the city’s newest renovated pools. Located at the border of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, the 37,571-square-foot pool and spacious deck and lounge area makes it a great place for tourists and locals alike to stay cool.

5. Brooklyn Bridge Park

Where: 150 Furman St, Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Bridge Park pop up pool will be back this year and is open from 10 am to 6 pm for 45-minute sessions. Pool capacity is 60 people so you’ll probably want to get there earlier to make sure you can take a quick dip.

6. Douglass & Degraw Pool

Where: 230 Douglas Street

This kid friendly pool is great for families. It has a large shaded deck area and a separate kiddie pool as well.

7. Red Hook Recreation Center Pool

Where: 155 Bay St

The Red Hook pool is another one of the city’s full sized Olympic pools with a large recreation area.


8. Astoria Park Pool

Where: 19th St, Queens

The Astoria Park Pool is probably one of the most popular in Queens, and how could it not be with the awesome views of the Triborough bridge? It’s clean, big and great for families or just for doing a few laps.


9. Floating Pool

Where: Tiffany St & Viele Avenue, Bronx

The Floating Pool or, as it’s formally called, the Barretto Point Park isn’t quite as large as an Olympic pool but it’s big enough for a quick cool down. The views are pretty great as well.


10. Lyons Pool

Where: 6 Victory Blvd, Staten Island

Lyons Pool offers the normal public pool hours as well as Early Bird and Night Owl lap hours. Great for kids, families and adults.

For a full list of all the public pools, head over to NYC Parks website, here.

Featured image source [brooklynbridgepark.org by Etienne Frossard]

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