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nyer Jul 14th, 2006 07:46 AM

Swimming pool near NYC
It's going to be scorcher here this weekend, and my air conditioner is on the fritz. A friend me offered the use of his car, and that has me searching for a swimming pool somewhere within about an hour or so of NYC .
Not a NY city pool (though I've heard about the Red Hook and Astoria pools) but someplace a little more "country" (or even suburban!) that allows non -residents.

GoTravel Jul 14th, 2006 08:08 AM

Why don't you just head to the beach? You can get a moderate hotel off a highway or inland.

The beach is much cooler than a pool because of the ocean breezes.

happytrailstoyou Jul 14th, 2006 08:11 AM

The Atlantic Ocean.

Gekko Jul 14th, 2006 08:14 AM

Or the Long Island Sound.

HowardR Jul 14th, 2006 08:24 AM

Why don't you just head out to Jones Beach at an early hour each day.

nyer Jul 14th, 2006 08:26 AM

I did think about the beach BUT not sure if "moderate price" is what I'm seeing in hotels for the area (let alone a Saturday night availability). Beach/ shore traffic is another thing I'm not sure I want to deal with
Also, FYI, many Long Island beaches are closed, as of now. Heavy rains this past week have upped the bacteria count.

Any pool ideas folks?

J62 Jul 14th, 2006 08:26 AM

You could try FDR state park in Westchester (right on the Taconic)

J62 Jul 14th, 2006 08:27 AM

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saps Jul 14th, 2006 08:32 AM

Not a pool but I hear that the Hudson River is great for floating on a tube soaking in the sun :-).'s 9:30 and I am ready for the weekend.

Gekko Jul 14th, 2006 08:35 AM

There's a huge pool in Central Park.

But all public pools will be packed, really really crowded, and not as pleasant as the beach (which will also be crowded, of course, but not as bad).

nyer Jul 14th, 2006 08:39 AM

Wow -- no love here today ;).
Must be the heat!
Doesn't anyone here like nice chlorinated pools instead of salty sticky sand?

MFNYC Jul 14th, 2006 08:47 AM

Jones Beach Park has 2 pools.

happytrailstoyou Jul 14th, 2006 08:48 AM

There you go again, looking for love in all the wrong places.

I Googled "new york city parks swimming pool" and immediately got a long list of pools.

There was a public pool near where I used to live on the East Side of Manhattan, but nothing about it appealed to me.

We used to take the subway out to Rockaway--it was great fun, and that's why I recommended it.

MFNYC Jul 14th, 2006 08:49 AM

There are private swim clubs in NJ, LI, New Rochelle, etc, but they usually don't allow walk-ins unles syou are a member's guest.

MFNYC Jul 14th, 2006 08:52 AM

check this out:

steviegene Jul 14th, 2006 08:55 AM

About an hour and a half away. Lake Candlewood in Danbury/New Fairfield/New Milford.

A little farther approx 2 hours. Lake Lillinonah in New Milford,
Shepaug River in Washington.

New Paltz - Moriello Pool
Mulberry Street - (845) 255-1700 (call them and ask if they allow non-residents.

Check out for a list of rivers and places to swim

Or go to local college and try to sneak into the pool?

Gekko Jul 14th, 2006 08:57 AM

Crowded New York pools are massive bacteria traps. Do you particularly enjoy impetigo and diarrhea?

Try the "Bronx Riviera" up at Orchard.

nytraveler Jul 14th, 2006 09:24 AM

Go to the web sites for New York State Parks, check which have pools (Jones Beach does - but will be crowded) and if they're operating.

Private clubs will NOT let you in on a scorcher weekend - since they'll be mobbed with their own members.

mclaurie Jul 14th, 2006 10:34 AM

You can buy a one day pass or maybe get a freebie at one of the health clubs in Manhattan that has a pool to "test" the club.

The Manhattan Plaza is one of the nicer spots. Here's info but this coupon is apparently expired. Try surfing for another one

mclaurie Jul 14th, 2006 10:36 AM

Despite the nice offer of the car, I think you're far better trying to find a private pool in the city. Any of the "public" pools outside the city will be mobbed and traffic will be grim.

Gekko Jul 14th, 2006 10:40 AM

I agree with McL, but public transportation is also an option of course.

Does Rye Playland have any pools or water parks?

HowardR Jul 14th, 2006 11:05 AM

Wherever you decide to go, leave early. Beaches, lakes, state parks, etc., get crowded and/or filled up early on hot-weather weekends like this one.
I'd avoid Rye Playland.

ekscrunchy Jul 14th, 2006 11:23 AM

What about the pool on the roof of the Parker Meridian? I do love pool swimming and wish there were more alternatives here in Manhattan! You can swim at some city pools when they first open and crowds may not be too bad, especially at the indoor ones.

Dohlice Jul 14th, 2006 12:17 PM

I think Bear Mountain has a public pool. They're generally pretty skeevy. You just know all of those kids are peeing in it, and you know you're not the only one who has this idea! If you're adventurous what about a water park? Dorney or Camel Beach in PA? Also if you drive out to the Jim Thorpe area in PA you can go to Beltzville Lake which is HUGE and you can swim. It's also always a lot cooler there than here. NYH&R has a private beach in Westchester that I haven't tried, but if you know a member it might be nice.

I hate to rub it in, but I will be by the private pool in a development in PA. For future reference, if you rent a house out in one of the places that has a pool you can use all of the ammenities.

nyer Jul 14th, 2006 12:45 PM

OK, got the idea. I guess adults + pool + cleanliness + close to NY is too much to ask. This was a tough request. Thanks for your ideas.
I may just be forced to go visit some cousins w/rugrats in PA and hang out at their town pool

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