On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than time spent basking in the sun and a refreshing dip in the pool in New York City and this weekend is supposed to be a hot one. I’ve been dying to find a spot I can post up and go for a swim, so I figured I’d share a little bit of my research with you all. I haven’t actually been to these spots yet, but they’re all on my list. Please let me know in the comments if you’ve checked any of them out! Recommendations welcome.Private Pools
Thought a lot of these come with a hefty price tag, it may be worth it for a relaxing and enjoyable day of lounging by the water.
La Piscine at Hôtel Americano
For a luxury hotel, this is one of the cheapest of the bunch for a day pass. For $40 (Monday-Friday, I can’t seem to find out if you can get in on weekends…) you can access the rooftop pool at this Chelsea spot from 9am until 5pm. Lounge by the pool, sip on a cocktail and soak in the city in the best way possible.
Equinox Printing House
If you plan on using the pool several times throughout the summer, get yourself a membership to this $185 per month spot, or if you have a tighter grip on your wallet you can get access to the pool with spa services. The rooftop pool looks pretty large and has many lounge chairs, so get ready to soak in the sun.
This trendy Williamsburg spot is the place to go for $45 during the week or $65 during the weekend. Check out the poolside service or splash around in the water for a relaxing weekend oasis.
All NYC public pools abide by the same rules. Here are the deets: The pool is open from 11am until 7pm, but is closed from 3-4pm for cleaning. To get in you must have a lock, lined bathing suit, and can’t take your phone on the pool deck. Make sure to bring these with you, or you won’t be admitted. If you’re hoping to cover up from the sun, also make sure to bring a plain white T-shirt – colored shirts and dresses aren’t allowed. Based on some reviews, it sounds like they aren’t messing around with these regulations. Check out the website before you visit and make sure you’re following everything for the most enjoyable experience.
Astoria Park Pool
First and foremost, this pool is free so what do you have to lose? There are concession stands, shaded areas and kiddie pools, all perfect for families and 20-somethings alike. It is the largest pool in the city, with an Olympic diving pool and the main pool can hold over 3,000 people.
Barretto Point Park Floating Pool
This place looks straight up awesome. While reviews mention, like with Astoria Park Pool, that they rules are extremely strict, I might give this place a go for the cool factor. Just hop on the 6 train to Longwood and you’ve got a 15 minute walk to the pool. Baretto Point Park is a beautiful area with waterfront views and now, a floating, 6-lane pool. Created on an old barge, this spot moved around for a bit before settling at it’s current home. “The Floating Lady” as it’s known, leaves for the winter each year, only to return for the sunshine and summer days in the big city.
Hamilton Fish Pool
Tucked into a quiet corner of the Lower East Side, this Olympic-sized pool is the perfect spot to cool off on a hot and humid summer day. Again, it’s tough to get in because of all of the rules, but it’s free and just wear a swimsuit, ok? Though it apparently gets pretty crowded, the $0 price tag and opportunity to swim way outweighs a crowd, in my opinion.
This centrally located spot sits at the northern edge of Central Park. In the summer months it’s Lasker Pool and it transforms into an ice rink in the cold winter weather. It’s apparently pretty clean, has a lot of deck space (though concrete) and is an overall enjoyable experience. This one is topping my list for a hangout for those hot days the remainder of the summer.