Lifestyle NYC's best public pools: Cool off in all five boroughs By RACHEL SENATORE Updated June 26, 2015 3:41 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Nothing says summer more than a trip to the pool. NYC's pools open on Saturday, June 27. Many of the pools are chock full of history. Eleven Olympic-size pools opened in the 1930s under Parks Department Commissioner Robert Moses. And many are designated landmarks. We've highlighted five of the most refreshing and interesting city pools below -- tell us about your personal favorite in the comments section! All pools are open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., with a break for cleaning between 3 and 4 p.m. Don't forget to bring a combination lock. More info and rules on nycgovparks.org Hamilton Fish Park Pool, Lower East Side Photo Credit: NYC Parks This Manhattan pool first opened on June 24, 1936, with an extensive restoration that was completed in 1992. Fun fact: The U.S. Olympic team used Hamilton Pool for practice sessions before the 1952 Helsinki Games. It's 165-feet-long, usually clean, and there's also a small wading pool next to it for young swimmers. (128 Pitt St.) McCarren Park Pool, Greenpoint Photo Credit: NYC Parks This large, 329-foot-long pool originally opened on July 31, 1936, but closed in 1984. For a few years before the pool reopened, the empty space was used for concerts and free movies, which now continue in other areas of the park. After an extensive renovation, it reopened to the public in 2012. Now, it has change rooms, a locker area and a zero-entry kiddie pool. (776 Lorimer St.) Astoria Park Pool, Astoria Photo Credit: NYC Parks At 330 feet in length, this is the largest pool in New York City and has a view of Robert Kennedy Bridge. It opened on July 4,1936, and hosted the finals of the Olympic swim tryouts that summer. Be sure to check out the fountains on the east end of the pool -- they spray water 25 feet into the air and served as Olympic torches in 1936 and 1964. (19th Street and 23rd Drive) The Floating Pool Lady, Hunts Point, Bronx Photo Credit: NYC Parks This unique pool was inspired by the floating baths that were popular in the early 1900s. The barge, which holds a seven-lane, 25-meter swimming pool, first docked by Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2007, but permanently moved up the East River to Barretto Point Park in 2008. (Tiffany Street and Viele Avenue) Joseph H. Lyons Pool, Staten Island Photo Credit: NYC Parks Lyons Pool (the largest in Staten Island) first opened on July 7, 1936, and underwent a major restoration in the '80s. This spot also includes a wading pool and sprinklers for young swimmers. It's only an eight-minute walk from the St. George Ferry Terminal. (6 Victory Blvd.) By RACHEL SENATORE Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.