Cool off in NYC on the cheap at one of the FREE Olympic-size swimming pools and pop-up mini-pools in city parks in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island, including some with picture postcard skyline views.
NYC public pools are open for the 2017 season daily, from Thursday, June 29 through Labor Day. Unless otherwise noted, pools are open 11AM to 7PM with a one hour maintenance break between 3PM and 4PM. to 7PM. Some pools are open earlier for lap swimmers, and nearly all offer FREE swimming lessons.
NYC Public Pool rules:
- Bring your own lock for the lockers,
- Floatation devices, even “wings” for kids are not permitted
- Food, beverages in glass bottles, electronic devices, newspapers and magazines are not permitted in the pool area
- Go early or late to avoid the biggest crowds and the noisiest kids
Here are the largest and most popular public pools in Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island:
McCarren Park, Williamsburg: This historic Olympic-sized pool re-opened in 2012 after a major renovation. It’s huge, with 37,571-square-feet of water that can hold 1,500 swimmers, and often does. There’s also plenty of deck space for tanning. Expect lines to get in on weekends.
- McCarren Park Pool website
- Location: 776 Lorimer St. Tel: 311 (no phone listed on the NYC Dept. of Parks website)
Brooklyn Bridge Park: You get just 45-minute increments to swim at this popular pop-up pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is just 3.5 deep, so grown-ups can teach toddlers and pre-schoolers to swim like a fish. The pool is open 10AM to 6PM daily. There’s also a sand beach to enjoy before or after your dunk.
- Brooklyn Bridge Pool website
- Location: Pier 2, (718) 222-9939
Sol Goldman Pool, Red Hook: Another Olympic-size pool that offers swim lanes during regular hours if the pool is not busy. On weekends, local food trucks are parked outside the recreation center.
- Red Hook Pool website
- Location: 155 Bay St., (718) 722-3211
Free outdoor pools in Queens, Bronx and Staten Island on next page