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The Best Private, Public, and Rooftop Pools in NYC for You


Being knee-deep into August not only means that summer is in full swing, but also close to an end. (I know – how dare we say such a thing!) But have no fear – there is still time to romp around in the water, or our case, the pool.

There are countless spots to swim in New York and we’ve compiled a list of the best. While some are free, others charge a fee. But rest assured that the spots we’re recommended are all different, unique, and worthy of helping you spend these next few weeks tanning and relaxing.


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Private and Rooftop Pools

These will take some cash out of your pocket but the perks usually outweigh the price. Fees vary based on a variety of factors, including age. But most provide patrons with plenty of perks including complimentary poolside cocktails and dining.


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Roosevelt Island Rainbow Pool

Address: 30 River Rd, New York, NY 10044

The most visually stunning pool of NYC has to be Roosevelt Island’s 8,000 square foot Rainbow Pool. Rainbow-colored, it lies on the edge of Roosevelt Island, directly on the other side of the East River. From there you can see the Upper East Side of Manhattan and after taking a dip in its vibrant pool, dry up by exploring the rest of  Roosevelt Island.

YMCA Branches

Address: Multiple Locations across all the boroughs of NYC

The YMCA not only has fitness facilities and classes, but almost all of their branches have indoor pools. These pools always have a certified lifeguard and tend to be deeper than their outdoor public counterparts. Purchasing a day-pass will allow you to use the pool, in addition to all of the other amenities offered by the Y.

The William Vale

Address: 111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Are you in town with a group of friends and looking for cocktails and your own poolside Cabana? Swing by William Vale, a hotel, where you can have your own private pool party.  The hotel is located in Brooklyn and steps away from McCarren Park as well as numerous bars, restaurants, and breweries.

La Piscine at Hotel Americano

Address:  518 W 27th St, New York, New York, 10001

La Piscine is a bar and grill restaurant on the roof of Hotel Americano. Alongside it is a pool area, where you can buy a day pass to use. While you’re there, you can lounge on their daybeds, enjoy the bar, and observe the magnificent 11-story view of Manhattan.

Public pools


may be crowded at times, but they’re free! In addition, they have many great public amenities like free early-bird swim lessons for children and adults, lap swimming in clear lanes, free SPF 50 sunscreen dispensers, and certified lifeguards to make sure you swim safely.

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Astoria Pool

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

Built in 1936, this is one of NYC’s largest pools and is considered one of the most scenic because it overlooks the Triborough Bridge. The bridge was, ironically, also built in 1936. The 54,000 square foot main pool can hold over 3,000 people at once. This Queens pool has been a city favorite for decades!

Hamilton Fish Park

Address: 128 Pitt St, New York, NY 10002

Hamilton Fish Park has one of the city’s largest pools. If you get tired of swimming or lounging you can play basketball or handball on one of their courts, go for a workout at their free gym, or take the kids to the playground.

John Jay Pool

Address: 77 Cherokee Pl, New York, NY 10075

One of Manhattan’s hidden gems, this public pool may not get as crowded as some other NYC public pools. It is considerably large and open daily between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.


The Best Private, Public, and Rooftop Pools in NYC for You


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