Though your kids may often be looking to beat the heat at one of New York City’s outdoor swimming pools for kids and splash parks, it's not always perfect weather for taking a dip. Rainy days are where indoor swimming pools in NYC come in handy! We’ve rounded up the best family- and kid-approved indoor public pools from around the city, including city-run recreation centers and public athletic clubs. Whether you are looking to sign your family up for swim lessons, or your aquatically inclined child wants to join a swim team, we’ve got you covered.
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Best indoor swimming pools in NYC
Asphalt Green Recreation Center
With two locations—one in Yorkville and the other in Battery Park City—Asphalt Green is consistently one of the most popular recreation centers in the city. It’s easy to see why. With membership, you get access to swim classes and clinics for all ages from toddlers to teens. Plus, with designated family swim time on weekend afternoons, you and your crew won’t get lost in the shuffle with more advanced swimmers. Upper East Side: 555 E 90th St, (212-369-8890); Battery Park City: 212 North End Ave, (212-298-2900), asphaltgreen.org. Day passes $35, children $10.
Camp Olympia Family Swim
Who knew a high school was home to such affordable (and fun) aquatic activities for families? Camp Olympia sports club for kids and families is well-known for its family swim time. Held only on Sunday afternoons for just $5 a person, the camp provides pool toys and floats and clearly separates the shallow end from the deep end. Camp Olympia also hosts birthday parties in the indoor pool complete with music, water games and more. John Jay Educational Complex, 237 Seventh Avenue, Erasmus Hall, 911 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, (718-748-7084, campolympiany.com/swimming), Sunday Family Swim session $5.
Community Center at Stuyvesant High School
You don’t have to be a member to enjoy the facilities here. Grab a day pass and enjoy the half-Olympic-sized pool all afternoon. Open family swim takes place on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons until June. After school lets out, family swim time is Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, 3pm–7pm; Thursday–Friday 3pm–8:45pm. If you join the community center, you can also take advantage of the swimming lessons for all ages. 75 Battery Place, Stuyvesant High School, Battery Park City, (211-267-9700, bpcparks.org, Day passes: $15, seniors and children $10.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pool
You will have to splurge on the New York City recreation center membership pass to use these facilities but it’s well worth it (plus, you get access to every New York City recreation center and pool with membership). Located at the site of the 1964 World’s Fair, the aquatic center’s Olympic-sized pool offers wall-to-wall windows with views of the park as well as skylights, so natural lighting is a plus. Open swim sessions are held in shallow 3.5-foot waters: the perfect opportunity for safe splashing. It is currently the only New York City-owned indoor pool that offers day passes. 131-04 Meridian Rd, Flushing, Queens, (718- 271-7572, nycgovparks.org), New York City Recreation Center Annual Membership: $150, seniors and young adults $25, children under 18 free. Day passes: $10.
Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center
This Upper East Side family recreation center finally reopened in 2013 after decades-long closure. The Gertrude Ederle indoor swimming pool may be on the smaller side, but the entire rec center caters toward families. With a New York City recreation center membership, adults and tykes alike can sign up for swimming lessons inside the retro Roman-style tiled mosaic pool center. There’s aerobics classes for adults, and everyone can enjoy free swim time. You might even take kayaking lessons in the pool! Yep, we're serious. 232 W 60th St, (212-397-3159, nycgovparks.org). New York City Recreation Center Annual Membership: $150, seniors and young adults $25, children under 18 free.
Metropolitan Pool and Recreation Center
This public recreation center is one of the oldest in Brooklyn and was built nearly a century ago in 1922 by the same architect who designed the Lincoln Memorial. As with most of the New York City public indoor pools, you have to buy a citywide membership for access. The draw to this 75-foot-long pool is that there are separate swim classes for women/girls and the male members of the recreation center, and there are also separate swimming lessons for kids who want to test out the waters. 261 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, (718- 599-5707, nycgovparks.org), New York City Recreation Center Annual Membership: $150, seniors and young adults $25, children under 18 free.
Riverbank State Park
You’ll have to travel all the way up to Hamilton Heights to swim at this New York State-run park’s pool. But unlike most city recreation centers, you’ll only have to shell out a couple of bucks per person to swim for the day. Adults can purchase a refillable lap swim pass for $30 a month. Recreational family swim is held all day on Sundays, so you can make a family day trip out of the long subway trek uptown. 679 Riverside Dr, Hamilton Heights (212- 694-3600, parks.ny.gov), $2, children under 16 $1, children 4 and under free.
Sportspark Roosevelt Island
One of New York’s family-friendliest pools is pretty unknown outside the community of Roosevelt Island. The pool just reopened on May 1 after extensive renovations and is complete with an Olympic-sized swimming pool, separate swimming area for children with classes for water-shy “little guppies” and nearby recreational games of ping pong. Come during Open Swim times to sign up for membership, or grab a non-resident pool pass for the day. 250 Main St, Roosevelt Island, (212-832-4514, rioc.ny.gov/Sportspark.htm), Day passes: $5, children under 18 $3.