The Best NYC Pools for Summer Workouts
Like in a floating pool in the Bronx
There’s a time and a place for sweating it out in a dark studio, blasting the latest Beyoncé while an impossibly-toned fitness model screams that we’re not tapping back hard enough.
June through August is not one of those times.
You’re a warm-blooded human who just wants to cool off and swim some laps. Unfortunately, New York is not the easiest to navigate when it comes to pools.
So we set out to find nine of the best spots in the city for perfecting your breaststroke.
Tony Dapolito Recreation Center (West Village)
Public pools aren’t just for ADD teens. Many actually offer early-bird and night-owl lap swims, during which fitness-minded adults can hit the lanes without interruption. But the raddest thing about this particular West Village spot is its 1987 Keith Haring mural.
Free; 1 Clarkson St. (at Seventh Ave.); 212-242-5228 or nycgovparks.org
Asphalt Green (Upper East Side)
It’s a bit pricey for a monthly membership, but this UES facility is gorgeous. And with swim teams, water-exercise classes and more, there’s something for everyone, regardless of age or ability. Of note: If you’re more of a downtown gal, visit Asphalt Green’s Battery Park City location.
$35 for a day pass; York Ave. and 90th St.; 212-369-8890 or asphaltgreen.org
Barretto Point Floating Pool (Hunts Point, Bronx)
Sure, this one requires quite a trek for a lot of us, but it’s a free floating pool, people. Get ready for seven lanes of freshwater nestled on a moveable barge in the East River.
Free; Tiffany St. and Viele Ave., Bronx; 718-430-4601 or nycgovparks.org
Manhattan Plaza Health Club (Hell's Kitchen)
This swanky Midtown rooftop has a retractable glass atrium in case of the occasional thunderstorm. Day passes are offered only during the week but also include use of the saunas, whirlpool and gym (including group fitness classes). Oh, there’s even a scuba-training program, if you’re into that sort of thing.
$35 for a day pass; 482 W. 43rd St. (at Tenth Ave.); 212-563-7001 or mphc.com
Brooklyn Athletic Club (Williamsburg)
Maybe you want to avoid other humans altogether. In that case, check out the newly opened Brooklyn Athletic Club, which boasts not one but two endless pools, which are basically like treadmills in the water. (You're swimming in against a smooth current that's totally customizable.)
Free single-trial day passes; 8 Berry St. (at N. 13th St.), Brooklyn; 718-416-6929 or brooklynathleticclub.com
Wall Street Bath and Spa (Financial District)
A bit more decadent than your run-of-the-mill lap pool, this Russian spa has a huge pool that?s rarely crowded on weekdays, plus a hot tub and saunas. After your swim, grab a bite at Matryoshka, the Russian restaurant on-site.
$40 for a day pass; 88 Fulton St. (at William St.); 212-766-8600 or wallstreetbath.com
Chelsea Piers Sports Center (Chelsea)
One of the biggest indoor pools in the city, Chelsea Piers boasts six competition-style lanes, as well as expansive views of the Hudson. Another rather pricey one, but a day pass also gets you access to the sundeck, indoor track, rock-climbing wall and basketball courts, among other things.
$60 for a day pass; Pier 60 at 20th St.; 212-336-6000 or chelseapiers.com
Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club (Kips Bay)
Hey, parents: In addition to panoramic river views, Waterside’s got a fully-equipped weight room, personal trainers, saunas and the Swim Sharks Youth Program, meaning you can work on your stroke solo while the kiddos are taken care of.
$20 for a day pass; East River at 25th St.; 212-340-4225 or watersideplaza.com