So you moved to NYC, survived a seemingly never-ending arctic winter and are now looking for respite from the sweltering heat and humidity of a New York summer. Are you wondering where to find a swimming pool in NYC? Read on to find out more about indoor and outdoor swimming pools in NYC.
NYC Parks free outdoor swimming pools – open until September 9, 2018. Be sure to familarize yourself with the “know before you go” information on this site, as the NYC pools have very strict rules for entry, such as the mandatory requirement to bring a suitable padlock for storing your items in the locker.
NYC Parks indoor swimming pools – open year-round, however these require membership to a recreation centre with a swimming pool. Annual membership currently costs $150 for Adults and $25 for seniors (ages 62 and older). Membership is free for anyone under the age of 18.
For a more in-depth guide to NYC’s pools, take a look at the blog 40 Pools, developed by Hannah Borgeson to celebrate her 40th birthday with swims in 40 pools. It was so much fun, she has kept the tally going indefinitely.
If the beach is more your scene, you can venture out to one of NYC’s beaches. You can even take a fun quiz to find out “what beach are you?“. Alternatively, check out an Australian’s guide to beaches in New York.
NYC Parks maintains 14 miles of beaches, all of which are open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty and in closed sections. Closed sections are marked with signs and/or red flags.
Be sure to visit the NYC Department of Health beach advisory before you go to check the water quality, often after rain, the city’s sewerage system is overwhelmed and raw sewerage is pumped directly into the ocean. Beaches which are classified as “Closed” or “Advisory” may be contaminated with sewage or storm runoff.
So now you know where to find a pool in NYC, you’re all set for summer. Enjoy!
Written by Nicole Smith