New York City is a famous concrete jungle where summer heat makes people sizzle and seek desperately a chance to cool down. City hydrants are both popular and extremely famous for providing the needed refreshment but New Yorkers and the people visiting the metropolis should know that the August heat can be fought with some quality pool time. So…here are the best New York City pools with free entrance.
Hamilton Fish Pool
This Olympic size pool can accommodate the large neighborhood of the lower Manhattan. The pool is surrounded by a concrete belt where you can lay in the sun on your towel. The huge pool is perfect for family with kids but you should be careful at the little ones because the concrete tends to get wet and slippery.
The summer oasis placed between Hell Gate Bridges and Kennedy airport is fit to accommodate large masses in an art deco designed Olympic size swimming pool. Here you can do laps and admire the amazing view of the Upper East Side so there is no wonder that this one is a New York favorite.
McCarren Park Pool
If you don’t mind chlorinated water, this is the place to be if you need to beat the heat wave. This is where the North Brooklyn people come to cool off in a 37,000 square foot swimming pool. The large space offers a lot of room for beach chairs and towels and the crowd here is extremely colorful. Because the pool was revamped last year it is extremely sought out by locals, hipsters and tourists.
Red Hook Recreation Area
This is a swimming pool for laps and apart from having to register online for the pool time so the place won’t be too crowded, the participation is free and you can take advantage of the swimming consultancy also offered free by the pool’s swimming specialists.
John Jay Pool
This, free for access New York pool, is placed at the edge of East River. You can take a dive and enjoy the somewhat bohemian scenery. The pool is surrounded by trees so you can relax and lounge in the shade on the pool side.
The important thing to keep in mind is that the New York public pools don’t allow visitors to bring with them beverages, food, snacks or reading material. You can bring your tablet or your kindle but newspapers are a big no-no in public pools.
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