Swimming in New York

Swimming in New York

Swimming in New York is a fun activity if you want to escape the heat in summer. During the summer period Manhattan can get very hot, so be prepared if you’re planning on booking a trip in July or August. New York is a crowded city full of buildings and traffic and air-conditioning seems to be the only way to keep cool. Manhattan doesn’t offer a lot of places to swim, but there are several outdoor swimming options in other parts of the city. There are also lots of other activities and places to go to in order to beat the heat: New York has several nice beaches!

Beaches in New York

If you love going to the beach, New York has a few good options that allow you to relax, sunbathe, swim and enjoy some outdoor activities during the summer months. New York beaches are normally open seasonally, with the peak season lasting from Memorial Day to Labor Day. During the off-season, however, certain beaches may have limited amenities or access. Here are my picks for the best beaches in New York:

Coney Island Beach

In Brooklyn, you’ll find Coney Island: a nice place known for its large beach and amusement park. This beach isn’t very close to Manhattan either, so the best option to get there is by subway! Why not take the Pizza Tour to Brooklyn and Coney Island? During this tour, you’ll discover Brooklyn, taste pizza and visit Coney Island. You can stay at Coney Island for as long as you like to enjoy the sun.

Rockaway Beach

Another New York beach is Rockaway Beach on the south side of Queens. The easiest way to get here is by taking the Rockaway route of NYC Ferry, offering you a nice boat ride at the same time.

Hamptons Day Trip

Spend a day at the Hamptons and mingle with the rich and famous. The Hamptons are quite far from Manhattan and it will take you a while to get there using public transportation. If you want to visit this place, it’s best to book your New York to The Hamptons day trip in advance. During this tour, you will make a short stop at one of the public beaches of The Hamptons.

Pools in New York

If you are looking for a swimming pool in New York, you can find them in many hotels. If you are not a guest of the hotel you are not allowed to use the pool or you have to pay for it. Keep in mind that most of these pools are not deep, so you may be unable to swim in them. However, they are very refreshing during the warmer months in the city.

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Eric’s Tip: “New York is not a city for swimming. If you are travelling with kids, go for a hotel with a pool. Otherwise, the beaches in New York are also a good option to cool off.”

DreamWorks Water Park

For a day of water fun, DreamWorks Water Park in the American Dream Mall is the place to be. This indoor pool is the largest in North America. The water park has around fifteen water slides and a wave pool. For toddlers, there are quiet lanes and a large water castle. There are also capsules you can shoot through for the real daredevils. You can easily have hours of fun here all year round.

Spa in New York

You can also find a pool at the QC NY Spa on Governors Island. This spa has over twenty wellness experiences and two infinity pools. From these outdoor pools, you can enjoy an amazing view of Manhattan while sipping a cocktail in hand.

Water sports in New York

There are lots of other summer activities that you can do in New York in order to escape the heat. Please note that most of the listed activities are seasonal. So don’t miss out if you’re planning on going to the Big Apple during the summer holidays!

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Jet skiing

Did you know that you can go jet skiing in New York? While cruising the waters, you’ll be able to admire all major highlights of the city. You’ll pass by the Statue of Liberty at 88 kilometres per hour! This activity starts and ends at Rockaway Beach. After your jet ski experience, you can enjoy the beautiful weather on the beach.

Eric’s Tip: “I have tested the jet skiing myself and think it is really worth it! And yes, you really go that fast. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second to do it again.”


If you love water sports but don’t like speeding, kayaking on the Hudson is a good option. You can even go on a tour if you’ve never kayaked before. With a tour, you combine sightseeing and sports. You’ll be able to practise for a while around the dock before following the guide towards the Hudson.

Eric’s Tip: “Are you travelling with kids and looking for a cooling activity? Many playgrounds in New York offer different water elements where kids can splash around. Head to the Heckscher Playground in Central Park for instance, just make sure kids have waterproof shoes on!”

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