13 of NYC’s best public pools: Cool off in all five boroughs

At 120 feet long, the pool at the Asser Levy Rec Center offers a lot of space to stretch out and get your laps in -- if you get there early. It's typically a clean pool with warm water and on hot days, it can become a bit crowded. The Rec Center also has an indoor pool that you can take advantage of as well. Pictured, Jayden Martinez, 7, of Brooklyn, jumps into the pool. (390 Asser Levy Pl.) Photo Credit: Vincent Barone

When the city gets oppressively hot, sometimes the only thing that can cool you down is a dip in a pool.

There are more than 50 pools across the five boroughs, but not all are created equal. To help cool you off as the mercury rises — and rises — we’ve highlighted 13 of the most refreshing and interesting city pools.

All pools will be open daily through Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a break for cleaning between 3 and 4 p.m. Enjoy extended pool hours until 8 p.m. this weekend during the heat advisory, when temperatures are expected to reach into the triple digits.

Make sure you read the rules at nycgovparks.org before you go so your visit goes smoothly.

And in case you want to swim with a view (and a cold beverage), check out our rooftop pool guide, too.

Scroll down to take a virtual dip in our favorite public pools before they open for the season.

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