New York City boasts about 14 miles of beaches, mostly on the Atlantic Ocean, and hundreds of public pools, many of which are in Brooklyn.
But when are they open, and when are they closed?
Public Outdoor Pools
Public outdoor pools in Brooklyn (and city-wide) always open from the Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Monday. They are open seven days a week from 11 am to 7 pm. They do close for a half hour cleaning from 3:30 to 4 pm.
After the outdoor public pools are closed for the season, you can swim indoors in public pools throughout the borough. However, the outdoor public pools are free, and the indoor pools are part of public athletic centers that may charge a fee.
Public pools are free, but a few trendy private pools are opening throughout Brooklyn. You can visit these pools if you purchase a day pass. In Williamsburg, the McCarren Hotel and Pool offers guest passes to their outdoor luxury pool. Or you can head to the new rooftop pool at The William Vale Hotel. Both are seasonal pools and you must pay to use them. They tend to stay open until mid-September.
All public pools are absolutely closed after Labor Day, whether or not there's a sweltering heat wave in September. (You can't argue with City Hall, as they say.)
- When do the public pools open for the summer? The NYC Parks Department announces the exact date of the pool opening in the spring. Check with the Parks Department if you are interested in swimming lessons, senior swim or other special programs because they don't always start on opening day, but often a few days later. Dates vary.
- When do the public pools close for the season? The last day you can use the public pools is the Labor Day Monday. Dates vary. So don't arrive, flip-flops and towel in hand, after Labor Day Monday.
- Is the pop-up pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park a public pool? Yes, the pop-up pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park is a public pool, although the rules for this pool differ from other public pools. The pool is open from 10 am to 6 pm for 45-minute sessions. You must arrive a half hour before your swim time to get a wristband. There are lines for this pool, so getting there early is advised. The pool isn't as large or deep as other NYC pools, which makes it an ideal spot for families with young children. Next to the pool is a small man-made beach, where you can relax as you wait for your swim time.
The NYC Parks Department maintains 14 miles of beaches, all of which are open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. In Brooklyn, the three sandy beaches are at Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Manhattan Beach.
- When do the beaches open, with lifeguards? The NYC and Brooklyn public beaches open on Memorial Day weekend. All beaches are subject to health and weather-related closings. During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty and in closed sections. Closed sections are marked with signs and/or red flags.
- When do the beaches close? The last day of the season is Labor Day Monday. It's both prohibited and dangerous to swim in the Atlantic Ocean without the protection of a watchful lifeguard. But people do it because the beaches are not roped off (unlike the public outdoor pools which are closed and drained). Avoid the temptation to swim on your own, though; many local beaches experience hard-to-detect rip tides. Every season, people drown because they swim after the beach season is over, or later in the day during the season but after the lifeguards have left.
Edited by Alison Lowenstein