If you haven't had a chance to get away this season and spend some time by the 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 Nassau and Suffolk County's most affordable and family-friendly indoor pools. Check out each location’s website for family swim schedules and rules, as well as information on lessons. And don't forget to take a look at your school district’s website under the “athletics” link to determine if it offers a community swim program.
Find swimming lessons around Long Island, or for other kid-friendly activities you can enjoy in winter, check out our guide to indoor play spaces.
You can join the Hofstra University Swim Center for one, three, six, or 12 months. Photo courtesy of Hofstra University
Echo Park Indoor Pool — West Hempstead
399 Nassau Boulevard
Echo Park Pool is open seven 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 available.
Eisenhower Park — East Meadow
Merrick and Stewart Avenues
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.
Freeport Recreation Center — Freeport
130 East Merrick Road
Facilities here include a fitness center, gym, indoor pool, and seasonal outdoor pools. Residents and nonresidents are welcome to purchase a day pass, yearly membership, or summer membership. Special plans for families, couples, and seniors make this an affordable option.
Hofstra University Swim Center — Hempstead
100 Fulton Avenue
The center boasts an Olympic-sized swimming pool, which is located in the south wing of the university’s Physical Education Building. Enroll in recreational, instructional or competitive activities, which you can join for one, three or six months, or one year.
Long Beach Recreation Center — Long Beach
Magnolia Boulevard and West Bay Drive
The Olympic-size pool at “The Rec” is open seven days a week to residents and nonresidents of Long Beach. Click here for open-swim schedules and here for information on membership.
North Hempstead Aquatic Activity Center at Tully Park — New Hyde Park
1801 Evergreen Avenue
Two words: WATER SLIDE. The North Hempstead Aquatic Activity Center is open to 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. Go ahead, just try to get the kids to come out for lunch.
YMCA of Long Island — Glen Cove
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.
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Water in the Suffolk County Community College Health Club's pool is heated to a toasty 82 degrees. Photo courtesy of the club
Brookhaven Aquatic Center — Mastic Beach
300 Mastic Beach Road
Brookhaven Aquatic Center is open seven days a week to 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
Enjoy the Olympic-sized swimming pool at the community college's 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). Beginner swim classes are held on Saturday and Sunday mornings. There is also a 25-yard lap pool. You do need to become a member to use the pool, but there are various membership levels available.
YMCA of Long Island — 5 locations in Suffolk County
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
Top photo: There's a water slide and plenty more at the North Hempstead Aquatic Activity Center at Tully Park.
This article was originally published in 2013. It was updated in December 2017.