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Your Guide to the Best Swimming Pools in NYC - FREE to the Public!

Your Guide to the Best Swimming Pools in NYC - FREE to the Public!

Soak in the Best Swimming Pools in NYC

We may not have a pool at Hyatt Union Square New York, but that doesn't mean you can't jump into one in no time. In fact, thanks to a number of recent initiatives, some of the best swimming pools in NYC (more than 60 total!) are immaculately clean, safe, and entirely FREE to the public. Here are a few of our favorites:


Hamilton Fish Pool

128 Pitt Street

Just over a mile away, this Olympic-size pool in the Lower East Side is a Manhattan classic.


Tony Dapolito Recreation Center

1 Clarkson St

A quaint West Village pool known for having some of the city's last public diving boards, the fact that an original Keith Haring mural decorates the back wall adds to its appeal.


McCarren Park Pool

776 Lorimer Street

Three stops on the L train and a short walk (roughly 18 minutes, total) delivers you to the Kingdom of Cool, where Brooklyn's super-hip hoods of Williamsburg and Greenpoint meet at McCarren Park Pool. Freshly renovated, it's quickly become a favorite among the city's most stylish denizens


Astoria Park Pool

19th Street, Queens

After forty-five scenic minutes on the N or Q train, wade into the oldest and largest public pool in NYC. Olympic lanes, historic Art Deco décor, poolside sunbathing, and breathtaking views of Manhattan also make it one of the city's most popular swimming spots.


Pop-Up Pool at Brooklyn Bridge Park

Between Pier 1 & Pier 2

Uniquely New York, this quaint seasonal pool (open through Labor Day) boasts its own incredible views beneath one of America's most iconic bridges. Accommodating a maximum of 60 swimmers at a time, wristbands for timed 45-minute dips are given at a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to plan your day accordingly.