Need to stay cool this summer in the city with your kids? Then head to one of the many free outdoor New York City public pools!
Fifty-five New York City public pools opened for business a few days ago, so you have lots of options to choose from. But how?
Obviously, you just can select the one closest to where you live. Visit the NYC Parks public pool website to find all the locations. Here you will also find the hours operation and rules you need to follow, such as only white shirts and white hats may be worn on the pool decks.
Our friends at New York Family magazine have compiled a helpful list of what they believe are the best free pools in NYC: four in Manhattan, two in Brooklyn and one in Queens. Let us know if you agree with their choices.
Tips for visiting New York City public pools:
- Use must bring a lock to secure valuables. Locks are required to enter.
- Food and glass bottles are not permitted.
- Plastic water bottles are allowed.
- All babies need to wear swim diapers.
- Other than swim shirts, only shirts that are completely white are permitted to be worn in the pool area.
- Stroller parking is available at NYC public pools, but they are left unguarded and nobody is responsible for them.
- All men’s bathing suits need a lining inside. That means no board shorts.
- Kids age 7 and older must use the bathroom of their sex.
- Floaties are not permitted unless they are attached to the swim suit.
- Morning lap swim sessions, swim lessons and exercise classes are available at many pools. Check the pool’s web site.