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Top 10 Ways to Keep Cool


  1. Pop-Up Pool
  2. If you’re looking to beat the heat, pop by our Pop-Up Pool, a 30 X 50 foot oasis, open for park-goers from 10 am to 6 pm, all summer long.
    ©Alexa Hoyer

  3. Water Lab
  4. Experiment at the Water Lab, the park’s most popular playground, which features a water-jet field designed to dazzle kids (and their parents).
    ©Julienne Schaer

  5. Lizzmonade
  6. Squeeze in a few minutes to try Lizzmonade at the Pop-Up Pool beach and enjoy ice cold, made-to-order lemonades - and after six at night … sangria, wine, and craft beers.
    ©Etienne Frossard

  7. Ample Hills Creamery
  8. There’s an ample amount of frosty deliciousness at Ample Hills Creamery, located at Pier 5, a must-visit destination for ten flavors of ice cream.
    ©Etienne Frossard

  9. Bargemusic
  10. If the breeze off the East River is music to your ears, then you’ll be singing the praises of Bargemusic, a floating concert hall moored at Fulton Ferry Landing.
    ©Julienne Schaer

  11. East River Ferry
  12. For a cool way of getting around, the DUMBO stop on the East River Ferry is conveniently located at Pier 1.
    ©Etienne Frossard

  13. Kayaking
  14. Join us at the Pier 2 dock on Thursdays and Saturdays for our free public paddles. Hop in a kayak and enjoy a cool float on the East River.
    ©Etienne Frossard

  15. Fishing
  16. Catch a few windswept hours on the waterfront - and maybe something more - when you cast out from Pier 5. There are bait preparation and fish cleaning tables at the end of the pier.
    ©Julienne Schaer

  17. Pier 1 Playground
  18. Catch a cool breeze off the East River as the kids play, slide and climb at this playground located at the edge of Pier 1.
    ©BBP

  19. Picnic Peninsula
  20. You’ll be made in the shade with our water resistant umbrellas at Pier 5 grilling and eating headquarters - it’s perfect for summer barbecues.
    ©Etienne Frossard

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