A good pool is hard to come by in New York City. Especially one that’s not too crowded and doesn’t have too many rules (no shade to the amazing NYC Public Pools, but, well, there are a lot of regulations to relax there).
Luckily, a handful of hotels and private spaces welcome visitors to take advantage of their lovely pools. For a price of course. One of the city’s best, the 1960s-themed TWA Hotel rooftop pool is the perfect add on to a vacation to kick it off early or extend your trip by checking into the hotel right outside JFK Airport's Terminal 5. It opens for the season on May 26.
Accessible by public transit, the pool also sells passes, so you can take a pool-centric trip to the airport that is very low-stress (no TSA check or boarding pass required).
The rooftop pool offers views of flights taking off, and though open year-round, just debuted a new Endless Summer theme. Reservations are suggested for non-hotel guests. Visiting the pool costs $50 for adults and $20 for children up to age 12. Kids under 5 are free. The price includes admission to the pool and 10,000-square-foot observation deck for an hour and 45 minutes, towels, and seating for dining at The Pool Bar though poolside loungers can’t be reserved.
The Pool Bar's seasonal menu offers small bites (think flatbread, nachos and quesadillas) and aviation-themed summer drinks such as Jet Fuel (cucumber mint water, Aperol, fresh lemon juice and muddled watermelon), Quickie Vacation (vodka, elderflower liqueur, prosecco and fresh lime juice) and the classic Paper Plane (bourbon, Aperol, Amaro Montenegro, and lemon twist). Add a souvenir cup for $4.
Still hungry? The TWA Hotel also has its own food hall, cocktail bar, coffee shop, cafe and more, so you can fuel up on local fare after you dry off.