It feels like an armpit out there. A hairy, acrid, armpit full of tears and gnashing of teeth. And there are only so many sad icy showers a person can take before the madness sets in. Luckily, the fine folks at the New York Department of Parks and Recreation (in my mind they are led by a plucky Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope type) have really gotten their act together this summer. There are so many great swimming options for those of us who prefer our water chlorinated and free of fishes. Here are some of the best free places to swim this summer. Lap swimmers, newbies, and everyone in between is sure to find their swimming home here.



Red Hook Rec Center: It doesn’t really get any better than diving into an icy pool after spending a day at Ikea, a-bloat with ice cream and cinnamon buns. While away your time in this great pool. If laps are more your deal, they have hours from either from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. or from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.



Astoria Park Pool: This great pool in the heart of Astoria park has a running track and a MASSIVE Olympic-sized pool with equipment for divers, too. In the summer the pool attracts up to 7k people a day, so if you want fun in the sun and prime pool positioning get their early.


Pop-Up Pool @ Brooklyn Bridge Park:  From the June 26 to Labor Day weekend Brooklyn Bridge Park provides a great way to beat the summer head with the Pop-Up Pool! The pool is 30 by 50 feet in size, and maxes out at an easy 3.5 feet deep—making it just right for families with smaller kids, too. Swimmers of all ages and levels are welcome to enter daily from 10 am to 6 pm for 45-minute sessions.


The Dry Dock PoolThis small playground blooms in the summer, when its outdoor pool opens for splashing and swimming. But there’s to do than just swim.  The basketball court fills up with the sound of dribbling and shooting. The play equipment is popular with children from the nearby school, who run over every afternoon to use the slide and other play equipment. Bring a lock for your locker!


McCarren Park Pool:  The pool boasts 37,571 square feet for swimming! Bring a lock — or they won’t let you so much as darken the door! I had no idea this was an active pool again until researching this article. The last time I was there it was to sit on the emptied pool floor and listen to the dulcet crooning of Feist. #Sobrooklyn.

Do you have a favorite swimming spot in NYC?

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