Asphalt Green has a pair of campuses with beautiful indoor pools.
Asphalt Green has a pair of campuses with beautiful indoor pools.

Indoor Swimming Pools in NYC That Offer 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.

Pool hours change by season, and we recommend calling to confirm availability before you head out with the kids, because the venues sometimes close unexpectedly for private events or other reasons. Prices are as of January 2021. 

Indoor Swimming Pools in Manhattan Offering Day Passes That are Open Now 

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Riverbank State Park – Harlem

679 Riverside Drive at West 145th Street
212-694-3600
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 5-15 years old. Children 4 years and younger are free. Affordable monthly passes are also available; learn more on Riverbank State Park's official website

Indoor Swimming Pools in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Sports Club – East New York

2021 Update: Pool day passes are only available for ages 16 and older. 
1540 Van Siclen Avenue between Schroeders and Seaview Avenues
718-514-6440
This six-lane pool offers day passes in summer for ages 16 and older ($20) only.

Indoor Swimming Pools in Queens

 


Spa Castle offers plenty of spots for a relaxing plunge.

Spa Castle – College Point, Queens

2021 Update: Reservation required. Not all services will be available at this time. Check the website for a departmental list and revised hours of operation. 

131-10 11th Avenue near 131st Street
718-939-6300
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.

Pools That are Temporarily Closed or Not Offering Day Passes

Asphalt Green – Upper East Side

2021 Update: The fitness centers and pools for both locations are currently open to members only.
555 E. 90th Street, at York Avenue 
212-369-8890
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

2021 Update: The fitness centers and pools for both locations are currently open to members only.
212 North End Avenue near Warren Street
212-298-2900
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.

Community Center at Stuyvesant High School – Battery Park City

345 Chambers Street at North End Avenue
212-267-9700
This indoor pool is open on evenings and weekends with dedicated family swim time on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Day passes cost $15 for adults and $10 for children younger than 18, and include access to all facilities but not classes. 

Sportspark – Roosevelt Island

2021 Update: Temporarily closed for renovation. 

250 Main Street
212-832-4514
What better way to get to the pool than jump on the tram to Roosevelt Island? A visit to the isle's Sportspark comes cheaply: Non-resident day passes are $5 for adults and $2 for children. The pool has been undergoing renovations, so call ahead to confirm hours and fees.

Wall Street Bath and Spa – Financial District

2021 Update: At this time, the spa and pool are only open for adults 18 and older; no children are allowed.
88 Fulton Street between William and Gold Streets
212-766-8600
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, just go during the daytime hours. Day passes are $50 for adults and $35 for children ages 2-12, with discounts for multiple passes.

New York City Recreation Centers – Citywide

2021 Update: New York City’s recreation centers and indoor pools remain closed to the general public until further notice.

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. Strict rules are enforced, so please call ahead before heading out. Also, be sure to bring along a lock; few items are allowed poolside.

Camp Olympia Family Swim – Brooklyn

John Jay Educational Complex, 237 Seventh Avenue
Erasmus Hall, 911 Flatbush Avenue
718-748-7084
Brooklyn families need not be enrolled in this organization's swim lessons to take advantage of its fabulous price for family swim. Just $7 a person covers admission for the Sunday afternoon sessions (4-5 pm) at each spot. The one drawback: Space is limited, and sessions last just one hour, so we recommend arriving on time!

Manhattan Plaza Health Club – Midtown West

2021 Update: Swim sessions are reserved for members only at this time.
482 West 43rd Street near 10th Avenue
212-563-7001
If you're in the mood for a little luxury, try this hotel rooftop pool with a retractable glass roof. The lap pool has a separate area for kids. Day passes include 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.

Eastern Athletic Club – Brooklyn

2021 Update: Swim sessions are reserved for members only at this time. 
482 West 43rd Street near 10th Avenue
43 Clark Street, Brooklyn Heights
718-625-0500
17 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
718-789-4600
Both locations of this full-service gym offer day passes. Adults pay $25 for admission; those 16 and under pay $7. Children are restricted to open swim time at the Prospect Heights location. At the Brooklyn Heights location, children can use the racquetball and squash courts in addition to the pool's open swim session.

Waterside Plaza Swim & Health Club – Kips Bay

2021 Update: Facility is temporarily closed.
Waterside Plaza, East River between 25th and 29th Streets
212-340-4225
This pool is located inside a luxury riverfront residential complex and has a retractable skylight roof, which opens during the summer. Day passes are $20 for adults and $10 for children up to age 12, and are good whenever the pool is open. Children's swimming lessons are available.

Astoria Sports Complex – Astoria, Queens

2021 Update: Swim sessions are reserved for members only at this time. 
34-38 38th Street between 34th and 35th Avenues
718-729-7163
At the popular Queens athletics center, nonmembers can swim in the 82-degree Olympic-style pool for $15 per hour. A bathing cap is required, and the four swimming lanes are organized into warm-up, sprint, pace, and circle swimming, so this is not a place for little kids to merely splash around. Children's swim lessons are available.

Another trick: You can always sign up for a FREE one-day trial guest pass to check out the pool at your local YMCA.

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.

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