Indoor Swimming Pools for Families on Long Island
Many of us have been missing the warmer weather and lounging by the water. With current travel restrictions this winter, it's hard to find a place for kids to dip their feet in the pool. Sure, you can plan an outing to one of these family-friendly water parks nearby, but why not stay home and visit one of the many indoor swimming pools Long Island has to offer?
We’ve rounded up some of the most affordable and family-friendly indoor pools across Long Island. Some are open to town residents, while others welcome non-residents, and many offer swimming lessons, too. So read on for our picks for family-friendly indoor pools across Long Island and find more wet and wild fun in our Guide to Beaches, Pools, and Water Play.
Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate social distancing. If you arrive at a venue that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do.
Indoor Swimming Pools in Nassau County
Echo Park Indoor Pool – West Hempstead
399 Nassau Boulevard
Echo Park Pool is open seven days a week for Town of Hempstead residents who purchase a daily 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 available.
Eisenhower Park – East Meadow
2021 update: Masks must be worn when you're not in the pool, and other safety regulations are in place. You can read about them here.
Merrick and Stewart Avenues
Built in 1998 for the Goodwill Games, the Nassau County Aquatic Center at Eisenhower Park is well-known as one of the nation's top swimming facilities. When it's not hosting major swimming and diving competitions, it's open for public use.
Freeport Recreation Center – Freeport
2021 update: Masks must be worn when not in the pool.
130 East Merrick Road
Facilities here include a fitness center, gym, indoor pool, and seasonal outdoor pools. Residents and non-residents are welcome to purchase a day pass, yearly membership, or summer membership. Special plans for families, couples, and seniors make this an affordable option.
Long Beach Recreation Center – Long Beach
2021 update: The pool is open for lap swim only at this time.
Magnolia Boulevard and West Bay Drive
The Olympic-size pool at “The Rec” is open six days a week to Long Beach residents. Reservations must be made in advance, and strict capacity limits are in place.
The North Hempstead Aquatics Center has a wading pool and six spray towers. Photo courtesy of the Town of North Hempstead
North Hempstead Aquatic Activity Center at Tully Park – New Hyde Park
2021 update: Masks are required while not in the pool, and social distancing must be maintained at all times.
1801 Evergreen Avenue
Two words: water slide. The North Hempstead Aquatic Activity Center is open to the Town of North Hempstead residents seven days a week. In addition to the 100 feet of spiraling water-slide fun, there is a wading pool and six water-spray towers.
YMCA of Long Island – Glen Cove
2021 update: Masks must be worn while not in the pool.
125 Dosoris Lane
While the YMCA does not offer daily passes to the pool as some municipal pools do, there are many benefits to joining. 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 the whole family can go for a dip whenever the mood strikes. Members are free to use any of the six YMCA of Long Island facilities.
Indoor Swimming Pools in Suffolk County
YMCA of Long Island – Multiple Locations
2021 update: Masks must be worn while not in the pool, and social distancing must be maintained at all times.
Just like the YMCA program in Nassau County, Suffolk YMCAs do not offer daily passes to the pool. Members are free to use any of the six YMCA of Long Island facilities, including these in Suffolk: Bay Shore, East Hampton, Holtsville, Huntington, and Patchogue.
Goldfish Swim School – Centereach
2021 update: Currently, the Farmingdale and Garden City locations are not offering Family Swim. To ensure safety, guests and staff are required to wear masks at all times while not in the pool.
You don't have to be a member or enrolled in a swim class to enjoy the family swim sessions offered at Goldfish Swim School. Session times vary by the day of the week, but they generally last from 1-1 1/2 hours. The cost is $5 per person, up to $15 total per family.
This article was originally published in 2013. It was updated by writer Gina Massaro in February 2021.