Free Swimming Pools in New York City

By: Josh – Josh@CheapInTheCity.com

Last Updated: June 29, 2016

The summer season in the city can be a hot one! Taking a dip in the pool can be a great way to beat the heat. There are private outdoor pools all over NYC, but paying $40 to $300 per person per day just to get in (that’s right, $300 per day!) is out of the question for many.

 

If you’re not willing to fork over a car payment just to get into one of the city’s private pools, you may want to consider one of the 54 completely FREE public swimming pools NYC has to offer. Lifeguards are on duty and there are even special times at select locations for adult only lap swimming!

 

Some locations offer lounge chairs for those who want to catch some rays. Others have bleacher-like seating, where you can put a towel down and lay out. Some don’t have any place to sit at all. Each pool is different, so you’ll simply have to try each one and see what works best for you.

 

COST

 

Totally, 100% FREE for everyone

 

DATES OPEN

 

All pools are open from Saturday, June 25th through Labor Day (September 5th)

 

TIMES

 

Daily from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

There is a break from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and everyone must get out of the pool. If you want to go back in at 4:00 p.m., you will have to wait in a line outside or come back at 4.

 

If you are an adult, the afternoon time (3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.) typically has fewer kids.

 

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

 

You must wear a bathing suit (not shorts, but an actual bathing suit with netting) or you will not be let into the pool area. They actually check before letting you in.

 

You must bring a lock for your locker. Staff will ask to see your lock and won't let you in without one.

 

You MUST take a shower before entering the pool deck from the locker room. Again, there will be someone standing outside the locker room checking to make sure you're wet and will tell you to go back in and shower if you are dry.

 

You may only bring a bottle of water, sunglasses, a towel and a book onto the pool deck. Everything else must be locked away in your locker.

 

Show up to get in line early if you want a lounge chair (where available).

 

ADULTS ONLY LAP SWIMMING

 

Some select locations (see below) have a special time for adults to swim laps. This is a great opportunity for those 18+ to get some quiet time in doing laps in a peaceful environment.

 

Adult Lap Swimming Dates: July 6th to September 3rd

Monday - Friday

 

Adult Lap Swimming Early Bird: 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Adult Lap Swimming Night Owl: 7:00 p.m. to closing

 

MASSIVE POOL IN WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN

 

McCarren Park - ALL DAY 8 LANE LAP SWIMMING

Lorimer Street inside the park

Setting: Outdoors

Type: Massive 37,950 square foot monster

 

MANHATTAN LOCATIONS (BELOW 96TH STREET)

 

Asser Levy SUMMER ADULT LAP SWIMMING AVAILABLE
Asser Levy Place and E. 23rd Street
Setting: Outdoors
Type: Intermediate & Wading
(212) 447-2020
Dimensions: 120' x 45' x 4' & 41.67’ x 25’ x 1.5’

 

Dry Dock
E. 10th St. between Aves. C and D
Setting: Outdoors
Type: Intermediate & Wading
(212) 677-4481
Dimensions: 75' x 60' x 3' & 30' x 20' x 1.5'

 

Hamilton FishSUMMER ADULT LAP SWIMMING AVAILABLE
Pitt Street and Houston Street
Setting: Outdoors
Type: Olympic & Wading
(212) 387-7687
Dimensions: 165' x 98' x 3.5' & 67' x 98' x 2.5'

 

John Jay SUMMER ADULT LAP SWIMMING AVAILABLE
East of York Avenue on 77th St.
Setting: Outdoors
Type: Intermediate & Diving
(212) 794-6566
Dimensions: 145' x 49' x 4' & 60' x 40' x 8'

 

Recreation Center 54
E. 54th St. bet. First and Second Aves.
Setting: Indoors
Type: Intermediate
(212) 754-5411
Dimensions: 54' x 50' x 12'

 

Thompson Street – Children & Parents ONLY
Thompson St. between Spring & Prince Streets
Setting: Outdoors
Type: Mini
(212) 343-0959
Dimensions: 40' x 20' x 3'

 

Tompkins Square Children & Parents ONLY
Ave. A between E. 7th & E. 10th Streets
Setting: Outdoors
Type: Mini
(212) 387-6784
Dimensions: 40' x 20' x 3'

 

Tony Dapolito SUMMER ADULT LAP SWIMMING AVAILABLE
Clarkson St. and Seventh Ave. South
Setting: Outdoors
Type: 2 x Intermediate & Diving
(212) 242-5228
Dimensions: 100' x 50' x 9' &
70' x 21' x 8' & 35' x 47' x 9'

 

Find your pool at: nycgovparks.org/facilities/pools

 

Note: There are 54 total locations all throughout the five boroughs of NYC.

 

 

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