Best Outdoor Pools on Long Island Summer 2023

The complex at Centereach Pool offers lane swimming and a splash pad area for younger kids. Photo courtesy of Centereach Pool
The complex at Centereach Pool offers lane swimming and a splash pad area for younger kids. Photo courtesy of Centereach Pool
6/25/23 - By Thien August

The best Long Island swimming pools include spots in Nassau, Suffolk, and East End where everyone in the family can cool off and splash around.

We've rounded up this list of swimming pools across Long Island that are ready to welcome swimmers this summer. Don't forget to bookmark our Ultimate Long Island Kids Summer Vacation Guide, which is packed with the best things to do on Long Island this season, including our top picks for splash pads, water parks, and more fun sure to keep you cool all summer long.


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Best Swimming Pools in Nassau County

Cantiague Park Pool and water slide
Swim some laps or enjoy the water slide at Cantiague Park's swimming complex. Photo courtesy of Nassau County Parks and Recreation

1. Cantiague Park – Hicksville

This is one of Nassau County's favorite outdoor pools. The impressive complex boasts two water slides, an Olympic-sized pool, a dive pool, a kiddie pool, a training pool, and a sprinkler pool. While it fills up quickly on a scorching summer day, having separate pools is helpful for keeping little ones safe while older kids have fun in the larger pools. Pool entrance fees and hours are located here.

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swimming pool wide shot
Christopher Morley Park boasts an Olympic-sized pool and a kiddie pool. Photo courtesy of the pool

2. Christopher Morley Park – Roslyn

This swimming complex has an impressive diving pool with springboards and platform boards two levels high. If diving from 2 stories up isn't your thing, there's also an Olympic-sized pool and a kiddie pool. Concession-stand offerings are limited, but outside food is allowed in the picnic area. Pool hours and entrance fees can be found on the county website here.

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Jones Beach Pool
With its outdoor swimming pool and world-class beaches, Jones Beach State Park has the feel of a resort. Photo courtesy of the park

3. Jones Beach State Park – Wantagh

Jones Beach is not only one of Long Island's premier beaches, it offers a nature center, basketball courts, miniature golf, concerts, and a swimming pool. Known as the West Bathhouse pool, this Olympic-sized pool is large but can fill up quickly on a hot day, or on a day when the beach is closed. Arrive early to get your spot. There is a parking fee as well as a pool admission fee. Children younger than 5 are FREE.

4. Manorhaven Beach Park – Manorhaven

This 25,000-square-foot pool boasts two water slides, a state-of-the-art play area, and a separate kiddie pool. There’s also a concession stand. The park offers plenty of other aquatic and non-aquatic activities for the whole family. You must be a resident of the Town of North Hempstead, or a guest accompanying a member to enter the pool. Admission fees vary based on age and member status. 

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Water slide at Wantagh Park pool
Kids enjoy the thrill of Wantagh Park's water slides. Photo courtesy of Nassau County Parks and Recreation

5. Wantagh Park – Wantagh

With an Olympic-sized pool, a diving pool, a kiddie pool, an interactive sprinkler pool, and two 30-foot water slides, this park is worth the price of admission. Plan to spend the day and leave time to walk along the waterfront, play on the playground, and fish on the pier. Note that the pool is generally closed to the public Monday through Friday during the morning hours for summer camps. Pool entrance fees vary based on age, and fees are lower if you have a Leisure Pass. Children 3 and younger are FREE. The pool is open to Nassau residents only. 

6. North Woodmere Park – Valley Stream

With six different pools, this swimming complex has something for everyone. Young kids enjoy the kiddie pool, training pool, and interactive sprinkler pool, while older kids, teens, and adults can cool off in the Olympic-sized pool and dive pool. The pool is open to Nassau residents only. Pool entrance fees and hours can be found on the county website.

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a toddler in a kiddie pool
A kiddie pool is perfect for babies and toddlers to keep cool in the hot summer. Photo by the author

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7. Centereach Pool – Centereach

The Centereach Pool welcomes Town of Brookhaven residents and nonresidents alike, though you must make reservations to visit. With a twisting water slide and a sprinkler area for younger kids, this pool seemingly has something for all ages and abilities. Parking is FREE, and the attached playground is large and worth a visit. Pool entrance fees vary based on residency and age.

8. Dix Hills Pool – Dix Hills

With three diving boards, a kiddie pool, a playground area, and food concessions, this outdoor pool facility is great for the whole family. Open to Town of Huntington residents only. Admission fees for residents vary based on recreation card status. 

9. Hidden Pond Park Pool – Hauppauge​

All guests can enjoy swimming in the full-sized pool, dive pool, and kiddie pool. There is a concession stand for food and drinks; coolers and outside food are not permitted. The pool entrance fees for Town of Islip residents, as well as non-residents, can be found on the website.

10. Holtsville Pool – Holtsville​

The second outdoor facility in the Town of Brookhaven has a kiddie pool and a large, eight-lane pool. Make a day of it and enjoy FREE admission to the town's ecology center and animal preserve. There is also a large playground and a picnic area available. Parking is FREE with a Town of Brookhaven resident sticker. Reservations must be made in advance. Pool entrance fees vary based on residency and age.

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11. Montauk Downs State Park – Montauk

This state park isn't just for golfing. The pool at Montauk Downs State Park is the only public pool in the Hamptons. There is a large Olympic-sized pool as well as a kiddie pool, and showers are available. The park also offers championship tennis courts and a grill room that serves breakfast and lunch. Parking is FREE. Fees can be found on the state park website.

This article is updated annually.

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