Queens Outdoor Pools
Astoria Park Pool, Astoria: This popular Olympic-sized pool is the largest in the city, built to hold 3,000 people. There’s a large wading pool for younger kids and non-swimmers, and a knock-out view across the East River to the Manhattan skyline, and plenty of deck space for tanning.
- Astoria Pool website
- Location: 19th Street and 23rd Drive. (718) 626-8620
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Bronx Outdoor Pools
Van Cortlandt Park, Riverdale: Its location within a few minutes walk from the last stop on the #1 train (242nd St.) makes up for its relatively small size. There’s also a wading pool.
- Van Cortlandt Pool website
- Location: W. 242nd St. and Broadway, (718) 548-2415
Baretto Point Park, Hunt’s Point: This is a seven-lane pool on a movable floating barge, which you enter via a gangplank. Like other outdoor city pools, the barge offers features a locker-room, bathrooms and showers. Plus, there’s a great view.
Crotona Pool, South Bronx: This is the largest pool in the Bronx and one of the largest in the city, crowded on weekends with as many as 5,000 people. But there’s ample deck space to wait your turn for no room in the water, or head to the outdoor spray showers to cool off.
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Staten Island Outdoor Pools
Lyons Pool, Tomkinsville: Another two-fer combination of Olympic-size swimming pool and wading pool. It’s the only Olympic-size pool in Staten Island,and it’s just a 15-minute walk from the St. George Ferry terminal. Remember, the Staten Island Ferry also is FREE.
This article was published first in 2015 and is updated annually.