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Best New York City Swimming Pools

Manhattan Swimming Pools

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Uptown Manhattan Swimming Pools

Abe Lincoln Pool
  • Address: 135th Street and 5th Avenue
  • Phone: 212-491-1714
  • Getting There: 2,3 to 135th St.
  • Pool Type: Outdoor mini pool (3 feet deep)
  • Cost: FREE
  • Hours: Outdoor pool hours are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Overview: Small, shallow pool is great for smaller kids.

Asphalt Green
  • Address: 555 E. 90th St. at York Ave.
  • Phone: 212-369-8890
  • Getting There: 4,5,6 to 86th St.
  • Pool Type: Manhattan's only 50-meter Olympic standard swimming pool
  • Cost: Drop -in day rates are $35 for adults and $10 for kids (drop-in not available weekdays between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.).
  • Hours: Weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Weekends from 8 a.m.to 8 p.m.
  • Overview: Beautiful pool with great kids' programs. Explore Asphalt Green.

Frederick Douglass Pool
  • Address: Amsterdam Avenue between 100th and 102nd Streets
  • Phone: 212-316-3241
  • Getting There: 1 to 103rd St.
  • Pool Type: Outdoor mini pool (3 feet deep)
  • Cost: FREE
  • Hours: Outdoor pool hours are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Overview: Small, shallow pool is great for smaller kids.

Gravity Fitness Center at Le Parker Meridien
  • Address: 119 W. 56th St. near 6th Ave.
  • Phone: 212-708-7340
  • Getting There: N,R,W Q,F to 57th St.
  • Pool Type: Rooftop pool with spectacular views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline
  • Cost: $50 day pass is available for pool only. Call for current membership rates.
  • Hours: Weekdays from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Weekends from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Overview: The glass-roofed pool has an outdoor sun deck and food and beverage service. Visit Gravity Fitness Center to purchase a day pass.

Highbridge Pool
  • Address: 2301 Amsterdam Avenue at 173rd St.
  • Phone: 212-927-2400
  • Getting There: A to 175th St.
  • Pool Type: Outdoor olympic size pool and wading pool.
  • Cost: Absolutely free.
  • Hours: Outdoor pool hours are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Overview: Highbridge Park also has spray showers, volleyball courts, baseball fields, playgrounds, fitness equipment, basketball courts, barbecuing areas, and more.

The Hotel Grace
  • Address: 125 W. 45th St. between 6th Ave. and Broadway
  • Phone: 212-354-2323
  • Getting There: B,D,F,V,7 to 42nd Street
  • Pool Type: Indoor pool with swim-up bar and DJs spinning poolside in the evenings
  • Cost: $10 plus two-drink minimum
  • Overview: The Hotel Grace is a perfect spot for a pool party and hosts monthly Brazilian Night events.

Jackie Robinson Recreation Center
  • Address: 85 Bradhurst Avenue at 146th St.
  • Phone: 212-234-9607
  • Getting There: A,B,C,D to 145th St.
  • Pool Type: Outdoor pool.
  • Cost: Absolutely free.
  • Hours: Outdoor pool hours are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Overview: Jackie Robinson also has an Arts and Crafts room, a computer resource room, two playgrounds, a baseball field, and a basketball court.

John Jay Pool and Recreation
  • Address: 77th Street and Cherokee Place (east of York Ave.)
  • Phone: 212-794-6566
  • Getting There: 6 to 77th Street or 4,5 to 86th Street
  • Pool Type: Outdoor pool with diving
  • Cost: Suggested annual donation of $25 for adults and $10 for teens.
  • Hours: Outdoor pool hours are 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Overview: John Jay is one of the best public pools in Manhattan. A snack bar and playground are nearby.

Lasker Skating Rink/Pool
  • Address: In the middle of Central Park near 110th St. and Lenox Ave.
  • Phone: 212.534.7639
  • Getting There: 6 to 110th Street, enter park and walk westward. By bus, take the M1,M2,M3,M4 to 110th Street.
  • Pool Type: Outdoor pool.
  • Cost: Absolutely free.
  • Hours: From July 1 through Labor day, it's open daily from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Overview: This is one of the city's most popular pools and gets very crowded.

Manhattan Plaza Health Club
  • Address: 482 West 43rd Street at 10th Ave.
  • Phone: 212-563-7001.
  • Getting There: A,C,E to 42nd St.
  • Pool Type: Rooftop pool with retractable glass roof.
  • Cost:$25 day passes are available (includes use of gym and whirlpool).
  • Hours: Weekdays from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Weekends from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Overview: Four-lane lap pool has a separate alcove for kids. Day pass is half the price of the rooftop pool at the Parker Meridien. The MPHC web site offers a coupon for a $10 day pass (workout and pool).

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