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NYC’s 10 coolest outdoor pools to check out this summer

There’s at least one in every borough

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Summer is coming to an end, which means it’s time to get one last swim in before the season ends. But you don’t have much time left: the city’s outdoor pools close on September 8 (the same day that New York’s beaches close).

So how do you know which swimming spots are worth your time? We’ve got you covered: Here, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best outdoor pools in NYC. And if there are cool pools around NYC that you’re particularly fond of, let us know in the comments.

Looking for more ways to cool off? There are plenty of hotels with rooftop and indoor pools. If water isn’t your thing, check out our guide to places where you can enjoy free air conditioning in New York City.

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1. Tony Dapolito Pool

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Carmine St
New York, NY 10014

The Tony Dapolito Pool, also known as the Carmine Street pool, has been a staple in the West Village for decades. The pool itself is pretty standard, but what makes it special is the wall-encompassing Keith Haring mural that overlooks it.

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2. Hamilton Fish Pool

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Houston and Pitt Street Hamilton Fish Park New York NY 10002 US, E Houston St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 387-7691
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For a swim in a piece of NYC history, head to Hamilton Fish Park. When the Lower East Side park was overhauled in 1936, the intention was to make the Olympic-sized pool its main attraction. “The Hamilton Fish Pool was so highly regarded that the U.S. Olympic Team used it for practice sessions on their way to the 1952 Helsinki Games,” says NYC Parks.

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3. Lasker Rink

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110 Lenox Ave
New York, NY 10065
(917) 492-3856
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During the winter months, this Central Park rink is a hotspot for ice skating and hockey, but in the summertime it is transformed into an outdoor pool. The pool opens toward the end of June and from there will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free and there are free swimming lessons and lap swim programs that are offered free of charge as well.

4. Claremont Pool

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392 E 170th St
The Bronx, NY 10456
(718) 901-4792
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This year, Claremont Park’s pool in the Bronx is part of a group of six “Cool Pools,” which means that there will be lounge chairs for sunbathing, cabana-style shade structures, and poolside activities including fitness classes and games.

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5. Floating Pool

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Tiffany St
Bronx, NY 10474
(718) 430-4601
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In 2006, Barretto Point Park opened up in Hunts Point and with it came the Floating Pool Lady. The floating pool is situated on a barge that was transformed into an 82-foot-long, seven-lane public swimming oasis that docks at the park each summer. It’s about the closest you can get to swimming the river without having to actually swim in the river.

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6. Fort Totten Pool

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338 Story Rd
Bayside, NY 11359
(718) 224-4031
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Located at 338 Story Avenue, Fort Totten Park has a diving, wading, and intermediate pool. The park, which sits in the modernized Civil War fortress, has a “Greenway” area designated only for pedestrians and bikers, NYC Parks says.

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7. Astoria Pool

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19th Street &, 23rd Dr
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 626-8620
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The public outdoor pool at Astoria Park happens to be the city’s oldest, as well as the city’s largest. The Olympic-sized pool first made its debut on July 4, 1936, hosting the finals of the Olympic swim tryouts. Per NYC Parks, the pool has remained largely unchanged in the years since and is decribed as being “one of the most architecturally remarkable public recreational facilities in the country.” The pool reopens for the summer on June 27 and will be open daily from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m.

8. McCarren Park Pool

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776 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 218-2380
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First opened in 1936, McCarren Park’s pool has gone through several changes through the years, but it was reopened in the summer of 2012 after a renovation by Rogers Marvel Architects with a capacity for 1,500 swimmers.

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9. Lyons Pool Recreation Center

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20 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10301
(718) 816-5255
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Head to Staten Island’s St. George neighborhood and you’ll find this Olympic-sized swimming pool that has something for everyone: There are 14 lanes for experts, a diving area, and a small wading pool for the little ones.

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10. Faber Pool

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Faber Street and, Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10302
(718) 816-5259
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Faber Park’s pool, which opened in 1932, was the largest in Staten Island at the time it was built, and provided “children with a safer alternative to swimming in the polluted waters of the Kill Van Kull,” NYC Parks says. And fun fact: Faber Park is located in what once was the home of the Faber family—the owners of the famous pencil manufacturing company which later on became Faber-Castell, Inc.

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1. Tony Dapolito Pool

Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

The Tony Dapolito Pool, also known as the Carmine Street pool, has been a staple in the West Village for decades. The pool itself is pretty standard, but what makes it special is the wall-encompassing Keith Haring mural that overlooks it.

Carmine St
New York, NY 10014

2. Hamilton Fish Pool

Houston and Pitt Street Hamilton Fish Park New York NY 10002 US, E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

For a swim in a piece of NYC history, head to Hamilton Fish Park. When the Lower East Side park was overhauled in 1936, the intention was to make the Olympic-sized pool its main attraction. “The Hamilton Fish Pool was so highly regarded that the U.S. Olympic Team used it for practice sessions on their way to the 1952 Helsinki Games,” says NYC Parks.

Houston and Pitt Street Hamilton Fish Park New York NY 10002 US, E Houston St
New York, NY 10002

3. Lasker Rink

110 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10065

During the winter months, this Central Park rink is a hotspot for ice skating and hockey, but in the summertime it is transformed into an outdoor pool. The pool opens toward the end of June and from there will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free and there are free swimming lessons and lap swim programs that are offered free of charge as well.

110 Lenox Ave
New York, NY 10065

4. Claremont Pool

392 E 170th St, The Bronx, NY 10456
NYC Parks

This year, Claremont Park’s pool in the Bronx is part of a group of six “Cool Pools,” which means that there will be lounge chairs for sunbathing, cabana-style shade structures, and poolside activities including fitness classes and games.

392 E 170th St
The Bronx, NY 10456

5. Floating Pool

Tiffany St, Bronx, NY 10474

In 2006, Barretto Point Park opened up in Hunts Point and with it came the Floating Pool Lady. The floating pool is situated on a barge that was transformed into an 82-foot-long, seven-lane public swimming oasis that docks at the park each summer. It’s about the closest you can get to swimming the river without having to actually swim in the river.

Tiffany St
Bronx, NY 10474

6. Fort Totten Pool

338 Story Rd, Bayside, NY 11359
NYC Parks

Located at 338 Story Avenue, Fort Totten Park has a diving, wading, and intermediate pool. The park, which sits in the modernized Civil War fortress, has a “Greenway” area designated only for pedestrians and bikers, NYC Parks says.

338 Story Rd
Bayside, NY 11359

7. Astoria Pool

19th Street &, 23rd Dr, Astoria, NY 11105

The public outdoor pool at Astoria Park happens to be the city’s oldest, as well as the city’s largest. The Olympic-sized pool first made its debut on July 4, 1936, hosting the finals of the Olympic swim tryouts. Per NYC Parks, the pool has remained largely unchanged in the years since and is decribed as being “one of the most architecturally remarkable public recreational facilities in the country.” The pool reopens for the summer on June 27 and will be open daily from 11 a.m. through 7 p.m.

19th Street &, 23rd Dr
Astoria, NY 11105

8. McCarren Park Pool

776 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
NYC Parks

First opened in 1936, McCarren Park’s pool has gone through several changes through the years, but it was reopened in the summer of 2012 after a renovation by Rogers Marvel Architects with a capacity for 1,500 swimmers.

776 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

9. Lyons Pool Recreation Center

20 Victory Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10301
NYC Parks.

Head to Staten Island’s St. George neighborhood and you’ll find this Olympic-sized swimming pool that has something for everyone: There are 14 lanes for experts, a diving area, and a small wading pool for the little ones.

20 Victory Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10301

10. Faber Pool

Faber Street and, Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10302

Faber Park’s pool, which opened in 1932, was the largest in Staten Island at the time it was built, and provided “children with a safer alternative to swimming in the polluted waters of the Kill Van Kull,” NYC Parks says. And fun fact: Faber Park is located in what once was the home of the Faber family—the owners of the famous pencil manufacturing company which later on became Faber-Castell, Inc.

Faber Street and, Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10302