Indoor Swimming Pools in NYC Offering Day Passes
There are plenty of FREE swimming pools in NYC for kids during the summer months, but if you're looking for year-round options or less crowded waters, the possibilities are more limited. We've rounded up the best bets for indoor swimming pools offering day passes, from private pools to off-the-beaten-path community spots. All are kid-friendly and welcome families for swimming and other water fun.
Read on for indoor pools where you can get swimming in NYC now.
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Pool hours change by season, and we recommend calling to confirm availability before you head out with the kids because these venues sometimes close unexpectedly for private events. Prices are current as of January 2022. Please keep in mind local public safety protocols, and be forewarned: Locker rooms may be off-limits due to COVID.
Manhattan Plaza Health Club – Midtown West
If you're in the mood for a little luxury, try this rooftop pool with a retractable glass roof. The lap pool has a separate area for kids. Day passes include the use of the gym, saunas, and whirlpool. Weekday passes cost $35 per day; the weekend price is $40. Children ages 6-17 enter any day of the week for $10 but must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages 5 and younger are FREE. Kids are only allowed in the pool during children's swim hours, so call ahead or visit the website to confirm the day's schedule. Children's swim classes and monthly and annual memberships are available.
Asphalt Green – Upper East Side
This uptown fitness center features a beautiful indoor Olympic-size pool (where Olympic bronze medalist Lia Neal trained) with excellent kids' programs. Annual memberships cost more than $1,000, but day passes are $35 for adults and $10 for children. The deal is good any day of the week, but you must attend during family swim. Call to confirm hours.
Asphalt Green Battery Park City – Battery Park City
Like the original uptown location, this 52,000-square-foot complex features a lovely indoor pool. Day pass rates and rules are the same as at the Upper East Side location.
Spa Castle offers plenty of spots for a relaxing plunge.
Spa Castle – College Point, Queens
In addition to a variety of spa facilities and services, Spa Castle features a huge Jacuzzi that's not too hot, heated outdoor swimming pools, and a separate toddler pool. Day passes for those older than 2 cost $50 on weekdays and $60 on weekends. One- and 2-year-olds get a slight break at $30 and $35. Those under age 1 enter for FREE. Reservations are only required if you're booking a special spa service.
Wall Street Bath and Spa – Financial District
This Russian spa has a huge pool that's rarely crowded on weekdays—you may very well have it to yourself—plus a hot tub, steam rooms, and saunas. There's also an on-site Russian restaurant, Matryoshka, and various spa services. Although its clientele is mostly adults, it is family-friendly during the daytime hours. Day passes are $50 on weekdays; $55 on weekends, with discounts for multiple passes.
Riverbank State Park – Harlem
This state park in upper Manhattan has a lot to offer, including an indoor Olympic-sized pool that is a total bargain. Pool fees are just $2 for adults and $1 for kids ages 4-15 years old. Children 3 years and younger are free. Affordable monthly passes are also available; learn more on Riverbank State Park's official website.
New York City Recreation Centers – Citywide
Many recreation centers throughout the five boroughs have indoor swimming pools. Though membership is required to use the pools, adult memberships are $150/year—much more reasonable than at a private club—and children under the age of 18 receive free memberships. Not all rec centers have indoor pools, and the ones that do have varied hours, so please call before heading out. Also, be sure to bring along a lock; few items are allowed poolside.
Photos courtesy of the pools
A version of this post was published in 2018; it has since been updated. Amy Sullivan and Katie Nave Freeman contributed additional reporting.