2.) The Swimming Pools
I featured the YMCA in my favorite places to swim in NYC post and my opinion of them still stands. The first time I swam laps at one of the YMCA in NYC I almost cried tears of joy. Most pools at NYC gyms have pretty short lanes, which makes it hard to build endurance with your laps. But the YMCA pools are very long, spacious and clean. The YMCA also offers adult swimming lessons and I’ve even seen people scuba diving in the deep end!