Astoria Park Pool. Photo by Daniel Avila/NYC
Astoria Park Pool, New York City, N.Y.
Opened in 1936, NYC’s largest pool includes an Olympic-sized main pool and a diving pool. Located on the waters edge in Astoria Park, with views of Triborough Bridge and the Upper East Side of Manhattan, the unheated Astoria Park Pool regularly hits its 3,000 capacity. Open late June to early September; free.
Kitsilano Pool, Vancouver, B.C.
Looking out over English Bay at Kitsilano Beach Park, Vancouver’s “Kits” pool first opened in 1931 and is Canada’s longest pool. With beach-style entry and spectacular city and mountain views, the pool draws its water from the bay, making it Vancouver’s only fresh salt-water pool. Open mid May to early September; $5.50.
Barton Springs Pool, Austin, TX
Nestled within Zilker Park’s 358 acres, Barton Springs Pool is fed from a network of underground springs and is a perfect spot for year-round swimming. Voted one of the best swimming holes in Texas, this federally protected habitat hosts almost 800,000 visitors per year and is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the endangered Barton Springs Salamander. Open year-round (Friday through Wednesday); $4.
Second Beach Pool, Vancouver, B.C.
Situated a stones throw from the beach, trails and forest of Stanley Park, Second Beach Pool is an oceanside, family-friendly pool featuring a sloped entry and gradual depths along with three slides for children of all ages and three 50-metre swimming lanes for the serious swimmers. Open May to September; $5.50.