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So You Wanna Take a Quick Dip? 7 Best Summertime Spots to Swim in NYC

Okay, maybe it's not June 20th yet, but it's definitely summer.

There are a few major ways we can tell: our thighs have begun sticking to the subway seats, Bed Bath & Beyond nearly broke the internet with their Memorial Day AC sale, we can no longer make it through the day without reapplying deodorant. 

We've basically accepted the fact that we're going to be gross, sweaty monsters for the next three months. 

Occasionally though, we can cool off via the many amazing indoor & outdoor pools that New York City has to offer. 

Thank god.

Whether you crave poolside lounging that makes you feel fancy AF or just a quick dip in a community pool, we got you covered.

Read on to discover the best places for a swim in NYC.

1. Astoria Park Pool (19th Street & 23rd Drive - Queens)


Free pools are the best pools, right?

Well maybe not the best, but definitely our bank account's favorite. And this massive, family-friendly pool with a gorgeous backdrop of Astoria Park definitely doesn't disappoint.


This place gets pretty packed on weekends (for good reason), so make sure to show up early to nab the perfect spot.

2. Chelsea Piers Sports Center (Pier 60)


Serious swimmers, rejoice.

Chelsea Piers offers one of the largest indoor pools in Manhattan, making it the perfect spot to work on your Michael Phelps impression (just leave the cannabis at home). 

The pool is unfortunately only open to Sports Center members, but you can also buy a day pass for $60. That might seem steep, but it also gets you access to the Hudson River sundecks, indoor track, fitness classes, and basketball courts. 

3. Barretto Point Floating Pool (Tiffany Street & Viele Avenue - the Bronx)

A pool that floats on a barge overlooking a park? Sign us up, please. 


This decently-sized swimming spot is totally free, and undoubtedly one of the most unique swimming experiences you can have in NYC. 

4. McCarren Hotel & Pool (160 North 12th Street - Brooklyn)


This is definitely Brooklyn's place to see and be seen.

You can grab your day passes online 24 hours in advance, or at the door for $45 on weekdays and $65 on weekends. 

McCarren is another place that gets super crowded, especially on weekends, so either get there early or be prepared to flirt your way into sharing a cabana. 


5. Gansevoort (18 9th Avenue)


Oh, you FANCY, huh? 

The gorgeous pool, DJs, water guns, and amazing views definitely make the Gansevoort the place for a poolside party this summer. 


The pool is only available to those staying at the hotel, but we bet you could find some nice humans that will let you sneak in with them. Perhaps you can strike them a deal by buying them one or two $15 cocktails (WHAT) served at the pool. #worthit

6. Hamilton Fish Park Pool (128 Pitt Street)


Located in the heart of the Lower East Side, this spot is perfect for a lazy weekend hang this summer. 

Both the main pool and wading pool are totally free to the public, and there's plenty of great restaurants and shops just steps away. 

7. Red Hook Pool (155 Bay Street - Brooklyn)

This gorgeous, Olympic-sized pool will have you Rio-ready in no time. Or, you know, it's just a good place to chill in the sunshine on a Sunday afternoon. We wont judge. 


There are designated lap swim hours (7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.), but there's also plenty of spots to veg the hell out with a good book. 

Check out Roosevelt Island's Rainbow Pool! 

[Feature Image Courtesy New Yorker ] 

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