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Sunset Park
44th St. at 7th Ave., Brooklyn; 718-965-6578
Cost: Free
Hours: Daily (11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4–7 p.m.); opens June 28
A line of all-ages visitors wraps around the block to get into this WPA-era pool. But with a wading pool fit for toddlers and an Olympic-plus main pool, Sunset Park is big enough for everybody to enjoy. Plus, there are great views of the waterfront and New Jersey.

Tony Dapolito Recreation Center
1 Clarkson St., at Seventh Ave. South; 212-242-5228
Cost: Free
Hours: Daily (11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4–7 p.m.); opens June 28
This outdoor pool can get pretty crowded, so many try to beat the crowds during afternoon family swim hours. Though the facilities are modest and there are few sun chairs to be found, the rec center has been a West Village staple since it was founded as a bathhouse in 1908.

Hamilton Fish
128 Pitt St., at Houston St.; 212-387-7687
Cost: Free
Hours: Daily (11 a.m.–3 p.m. and 4–7 p.m.); opens June 28
The Loisaida neighborhood favorite is packed with throngs of summer campers and counselors. Even with two pools, the water is usually filled to capacity. Swimmers come prepared: New York public pool rules are strictly enforced here, and visitors can only wear a plain white T-shirt and flip-flops.

Riverbank State Park
679 Riverside Dr. at 145th St.; 212-694-3600
Cost: $2, $1 for children 5 to15, free for children under 4; lap swimming pass $30 per month
Hours: 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; opens June 28
The wading pool and six-lane outdoor pool aren’t open until the Fourth of July, but uptown residents can enjoy the enormous indoor pool year-round. Added bonus for rowdy kids: a designated splashing area surrounded by picnic tables.

Le Parker Meridian
118 W. 57th St.; 212-245-5000
Cost: $75/day, $50/day for children
Hours: Daily (6 a.m.–10:45 p.m.)
Visitors pay the price to have unbeatable views of Central Park and poolside deliveries from Norma’s at this upscale midtown hotel. For those looking for a family staycation away from the masses, the rooftop pool provides a calm oasis.


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