Happy July 1st! I am SO excited about Summer 2009, it's gonna be awesome, as soon as this rain goes away for good... Today also announces the opening of Lasker Pool in Central Park which is the best kept secret in NYC. This is a gorgeous outdoor pool, clean and never too busy. Best part....you guessed it, it's free! This info isn't on they're site but I swam here tons last year and they offer lap swimming early in the mornings (7-8:30am) and in the evenings (7-8:30pm). It's almost like swimming in the ocean because the water is so warm. Did I mention it was awesome yet? Definitely check it out. Other great free city pools include John Jay on the East side btwn 76-78th streets and a great indoor pool is Chelsea, on West 25th Street.
*Note at Lasker pool you can only bring a water bottle, towel, and a book in the facility so bring a lock to use public lockers for everything else. Located in Central Park @ 108th Street-109th Streets (mid-park)
For more information, please call Lasker Pool at 212-534-7639.