Swimming in New York
Swimming in New York is a fun activity if you want to escape the summer heat. During the summer months, Manhattan can get very hot, and humid, so if you’re planning on booking a trip in July or August, be prepared. New York is a crowded city, full of buildings and traffic. Air-conditioning seems to be the only way to keep cool. Manhattan doesn’t offer many places to swim but there are several outdoor options, in other parts of the city. There are also lots of activities and places you can go to beat the heat: New York has several nice beaches!
Beaches in New York
If you love going to the beach, New York has a few good options that allow you to relax, sunbathe, swim and enjoy some outdoor activities during the summer months. New York beaches are normally open seasonally, with the peak season lasting from Memorial Day to Labor Day. During the off-season, however, certain beaches may have limited amenities or access. Here are my picks for the best beaches in New York:
Coney Island Beach
In Brooklyn, you’ll find Coney Island: known for its large beach and amusement park. The beach isn’t that close to Manhattan either, so the best way to get there is by Metro! Why not take the Pizza Tour to Brooklyn and Coney Island? During this tour, you’ll discover Brooklyn, taste pizza and visit Coney Island. You can then stay in Coney Island for as long as you like, to enjoy the sun.
Another New York beach is Rockaway Beach on the south side of Queens. The easiest way to get here is by taking the Rockaway route of NYC Ferry, offering you a nice boat ride at the same time.
Hamptons Day Trip
Spend a day at the Hamptons and mingle with the rich and famous. The Hamptons is quite far from Manhattan and it will take you a while to get there using public transportation. If you want to visit, it’s best to book your New York to The Hamptons day trip in advance. During this tour, you will make a short stop at one of the public beaches of The Hamptons.
Pools in New York
If you are looking for a swimming pool in New York, you can find them in many hotels. If you are not a guest of the hotel you are not allowed to use the pool or you have to pay for it. Keep in mind that most of these pools are not deep, so you may be unable to swim in them. However, they are very refreshing during the warmer months in the city.
DreamWorks Water Park
For a day of water fun, DreamWorks Water Park in the American Dream Mall is the place to be. This indoor pool is the largest in North America. The water park has around fifteen water slides and a wave pool. For toddlers, there are quiet lanes and a large water castle. There are also capsules you can shoot through for the real daredevils. You can easily have hours of fun here all year-round.
Spa in New York
You can also find a pool at the QC NY Spa on Governors Island. This spa has over twenty wellness experiences and two infinity pools. From these outdoor pools, you can enjoy an amazing view of Manhattan while sipping a cocktail in hand.
Water sports in New York
There are lots of other summer activities that you can do in New York in order to escape the heat. Please note that most of the listed activities are seasonal. So don’t miss out if you’re planning on going to the Big Apple during the summer holidays!
Did you know that you can go jet skiing in New York? While cruising the waters, you’ll be able to admire all major highlights of the city. You’ll pass by the Statue of Liberty at 90 km/h! This activity starts and ends at Rockaway Beach. After your jet ski experience, you can enjoy the beautiful weather on the beach.
If you love water sports, but don’t like speeding, kayaking on the Hudson is a good option. You can even go on a tour if you’ve never kayaked before. With a tour, you combine sightseeing and sports. You’ll be able to practise for a while around the dock before following the guide towards the Hudson.
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