If you haven't had a chance to get away this winter and spend some time by a pool, there's still hope--and you don’t have to brave the crowds at the airport to do it. Why not visit one of the many indoor swimming pools Long Island has to offer? We’ve rounded up some of the Island’s affordable family-friendly indoor pools. Check out each location’s website for family swim schedules and rules, as well as info on lessons. And don't forget to take a look at your school district’s website and look under the “Athletics” link to determine if it offers a community swim program.
For other kid-friendly activities you can enjoy in the winter months, check out our Inside Activity Guide.
Echo Park Indoor Pool
399 Nassau Blvd., West Hempstead
Echo Park Pool is open 7 days a week from 10am to 10pm for Town of Hempstead residents with a daily, seasonal or annual pass. The facility has an Olympic-sized pool with a dive tank, men’s and women’s sauna, lockers and a snack bar. Swim classes are also available.
Hofstra University Swim Center
100 Fulton Ave, Hemptstead
Located on the campus of Hofstra University, you and your family can take advantage of the Olympic-sized swimming pool, which is located in the South Wing of the University’s Physical Education Building. Enroll in the recreational, instructional or competitive activities, which you can join for 1, 3 or 6 months, or 1 year. The hours of operation are as follows:
September through June: Monday-Friday, 6am to 8pm; Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5:45pm; July and August: Monday-Friday, 6am to 9am, 12:30pm to 1:30pm, and 4pm to 8pm; Saturday-Sunday, noon to 5:45pm. Call 516-463-5081 for more information.
Long Beach Recreation Center
Magnolia Blvd. and West Bay Dr., Long Beach
Click here for information on membership.
The Olympic-size pool at “the Rec” is open 7 days a week to both residents and nonresidents of Long Beach. Click here for open swim schedule.
North Hempstead Aquatic Activity Center at Tully Park
1801 Evergreen Ave., New Hyde Park
Two words: WATER. SLIDE. North Hempstead Aquatic Activity Center is open to Town of North Hempstead residents 7 days a week. In addition to the 100 feet of spiraling water-slide fun, there is a wading pool and six water-spray towers. Go ahead, just try to get the kids to come out for lunch!
YMCA of Long Island Glen Cove
125 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove
While the YMCA does not offer daily passes to the pool as some of the towns' pools do, it does offer a free one-week pass for families to visit any of the Long Island locations. Perhaps the allure of one-stop shopping for kiddie yoga, pee-wee sports, crafts and FREE drop-in child care will inspire you to buy a membership so that the whole family can go for a dip whenever the mood strikes!
Merrick and Stewart Aves., East Meadow
Built in 1998 for the Goodwill Games, The Nassau County Aquatic Center at Eisenhower Park is one of the finest swimming facilities in the United States. While it regularly hosts major swimming and diving competitions, it is also open to the public. Pool hours are from 9am to 5pm daily.
300 Mastic Beach Rd, Mastic Beach
Brookhaven Aquatic Center is open seven days a week to both residents and nonresidents of the Town of Brookhaven, with a special family swim day on Sundays Call 631-281-2870 for open swim sessions.
Suffolk County Community College Health Club: Brentwood Campus
1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood
Enjoy the Olympic-sized swimming pool at the Suffolk County Community College: Brentwood Campus. The pool is heated to a warm 82 degrees and can be enjoyed by people of all ages (young children must be supervised by an adult). Beginning Swim classes are held on Saturday and Sunday mornings. There is also a 25 yard lap pool that can be used. You do need to become a member to use the pool, and there are various membership levels available.
YMCA of Long Island
Bay Shore, East Hampton, Holtsville, Huntington, Patchogue
Just like the YMCA program in Nassau County, the Suffolk YMCAs do not offer daily passes to the pool as some of the towns' pools do, they do offer a free one-day pass for families to visit any of the Long Island locations. Perhaps the allure of one-stop shopping for kiddie yoga, pee-wee sports, crafts, and FREE drop-in child care will inspire you to buy a membership so that the whole family can go for a dip whenever the mood strikes!
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Originally posted on January 8, 2013