UYC’s Guide: 5 NYC Pools To Cool Off At This Summer

Riding the subway for hours isn’t the only way to cool off this summer New York, we promise. Here’s our roundup of pools in all 5 boroughs of the city that will make you thankful you opted for a staycation this season:

1. With more than 60 public swimming pools in all the boroughs of the city, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation wins the gold star for this category. With (mostly) free does come a few disadvantages though: they are super strict on what you can bring into the swimming area (read: towel, water, and reading material), so no large picnics allowed. Also, they can fill up pretty quickly during the week with camp kids and summer school students, so if crowds aren’t your thing, the weekend may be the safest bet. Cost: Free (a few exceptions)


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2. Located in Queens, Spa Castle has plenty of water activities for you to cool off (or warm up!) Our favorite for the summer season, however, is the rooftop pool. When you get too hot you can go downstairs to the “ice castle sauna” to cool down. How’s that for refreshing? Cost: $45 for weekend day pass, $35 for weekday day pass

3. Chelsea Piers offers pool + Hudson River sun decks…not to mention basketball courts, jogging track, and an extensive collection of exercise equipment. The day pass is a little steep, but hey, it’s cheaper than a flight to Miami. Cost: $60 Day Pass


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4. Making the list mostly because we just love the concept, the floating pool has found its current home in the Bronx. The idea behind the floating pool is that every year it would change locations, giving New Yorkers all over the 5 boroughs equal access to its facilities. The residents of the Boogie-Down are now reaping the benefits of this concept. With vista views of the city, this unique space is a great place to spend a Saturday. Only drawback: it’s located about a mile from any train station, so wear your comfy flip-flops and be prepared to walk. Cost: Free

5. Located on the East River with panoramic views, the Waterside Plaza Swim and Health Club has graciously opened its doors for day passers. You will find it nestled inside a glass enclosed building with a retractable roof that comes down in the summer. There is also a rooftop deck that is perfect for soaking up those NYC rays, complete with a view, of course. Cost: $20 Day Pass for Adults, $10 For Children


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What’s your favorite pool to cool down in over the summer?  Share below!


By: Jessica Tiare Bowen




19 Responses to “UYC’s Guide: 5 NYC Pools To Cool Off At This Summer”
  1. Rahman says:

    For a person who has not been to NY, this post is very attractive as one learns about the department in charge that puts some planning and energy in providing the possibilities for the public to make use of such entertainment and sports facilities. On the other hand, the quality of the facilities at these pools are quite inviting and make one feel tempted to use them.

    Have a nice summer time over there!

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  2. WOW.. love that Chelsea Piers.. I have been there but never knew they would do “sun for a day” type of things tres cool. Love these Jess. You keep giving me reasons to come back to NYC
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    • Used York City says:

      Thanks Stevie! Yeah we go absolutely gaga over any type of rooftop terrace that allows us to sun, so Chelsea Piers is just terrific!;-)

  3. Pamela Morse says:

    I have wanted to go to the one in Queens for a while..Spa Castle indeed. I also love the floating one…Great post, Jess. Thanks.

    • Used York City says:

      Spa Castle seriously deserves its own post…there is SO much there in terms of rest and relaxation…a grown-up’s Disney World!

  4. Salika Jay says:

    Chelsea Piers look interesting. I just love the sun deck. Perfect for some relaxation under the sun, enjoying the view of the city.
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  5. Rebecca says:

    Love the floating pool – barge or glass-bottomed yacht, it’s still a great idea :-)
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  6. Chelsea Piers looks amazing! I could lounge on those chairs for hours.
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  7. hey now I’ve been to chelsea piers – I’ve even learnt to pitch there (that’s the right term isn’t it?)

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  8. Danni says:

    Nice rundown! My husband and I visited New York a few years ago and something like this wasn’t even on our radar! Great advice though for residents and travelers alike. I mean, seriously, who doesn’t love lounging by a pool in the middle of summer!?

    • Used York City says:

      Thanks so much, Danni! Especially in a city that gets as hot as NYC during July and August, we figured it would come in handy for tourists and locals alike!;-)

  9. The floating pool sounds most interesting. Tell me more. Is it a yacht with a glass-bottom pool? (I’m likely over-glamorizing it.) recently posted..Human Head Transplant PlannedMy Profile

    • Used York City says:

      Haha, you are DEFINITELY over-glamorizing it;-) It’s a giant barge floating in the river with an underground pool installed. Still super cool, just not quite yacht-cool;-)

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