Best Swimming Pools in NYC

Summer is upon us, but gladly New York City’s public pools are cool, bright blue, clean, and a lot of them are free. For complete info about all public pools visit The city has over 60 public pools dispersed around the boroughs, all waiting for you to come for a swim. Outdoors pools season is 27 of June until September 1, and all pools are open from 11 AM to 7 PM, with a break for cleaning between 3 PM and 4 PM. If you wish to swim early in the morning or later in the evening check out the adult lap swim program.

All pools allow you to bring only the essentials: a water bottle, a towel, bathing suit and sunglasses is all you need, reading lovers may also bring with them books, but newspapers, electronic devices and other refreshment other than water will have to stay out. So, after you enjoy your dive, you can stop by at a near point for noshing, refreshing up, and twitter updates


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The Floating Pool

This Barge based movable pool has found a steady home in Barretto Point Park, Bronx, and features lockers, and 7 lanes of cool blue waters.

Address: Barretto Point Park, Hunts point, Bronx, at Tiffany Street at Viele Ave

Entry: Free

John Jay Pool

Located on the edge of the East River, this 145 foot long open pool is surrounded by green trees, and overlooking Roosevelt Island.

Address: 77 Cherokee PI, Upper East Side, at 77th street

Entry: Free

Feeling thirsty? Grab a cocktail later at the nearby Jbird cocktails, 339 E 75th Street, between first and second Aves, Upper East Side.

McCarren Park Pool

Fashionable and hip, sometimes even a little bit dangerous according to reviews, this popular beautiful pool attracts many hipsters as well as other crowds that come to bathe in the warm sun of this chlorine colored pool.

Address: 776 Lorimor Street, Greenpoint, Between Bayard Street and Driggs Ave

Entry: Free

And if you want to fuel up with 16 draft beers, visit the nearby Bar Matchless at 557 Manhattan Ave at Driggs Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

McCarren Hotel and Pool, Chelsea Hotels

If you’re up to a more swanky possibility, you can always pay a few extra dollars and visit one of the rare open to the public pools in NYC hotels. At the King & Grove, (Chelsea Hotels) you can book a swim pass 1 day in advance starting at 20$ for 3 hours. A pull pass for the whole day is 45$ or 55$ on weekends. A frequent swimmer can buy a bulk of passes with a discount. If you wish to reserve a sun bed for two on top of that it will cost 275$ for the day.


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The Chelsea Hotel Pool is a salt water pool, one of the largest outdoor swimming pools in NYC; it has a large stylized deck, where you can enjoy dining and lounging, with a selection of light bites, cocktails, beer and wine. The pool pass includes towel service and complementary Wi-Fi. In one word: Style!

Address: 160 North Street 12th street, Brooklyn   

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