Spa Castle — College Point, NY

And the first entry goes to…Spa Castle! One of my favorite places to chill in all of NYC.

Spa Castles outdoor pool

Spa Castle's outdoor pool

Spa Castle is no joke. This five story, 100,000 square foot “water park” is where I spent my last birthday.  Where else can you plop down $35-45 (weekday vs weekend) for an entire day of submersion in indoor and outdoor pools with personal aqua jets? Bake yourself in a series of hot and wet sauna rooms?  Sit by the (nonalcoholic) aqua bar in a clean, heated pool?

Here are some tips for your first visit:
1) Go on a weekday or no earlier than 6pm on a weekend, and on a sunny, warm-ish day:   If you’re aiming for “serene” this is the best way to avoid the families of splashing kids.  They’re open til midnight and I heard evenings are relatively quiet. The outdoor Bade pool has “waterfalls” that will pound your aching back/shoulder muscles into submission.

2) Leave plenty of time to travel and lay around: I spent a good 3.5  hours here — but I could’ve stayed til closing. There’s a food court (with lots of healthy options including smoothies, fro-yo, even Korean food) within the spa.  Spa Castle is a bit of hike from the city but it’s WORTH IT.  If you don’t have a car, you can take the free shuttle to/from the Main St- Flushing 7 train stop. And then you can have dinner at one of the amazing cheap eats in Flushing — a place most NYers outside of Queens hardly get to.

3) Go with a friend you feel comfortable being naked around — or go alone:  The cold/hot baths adjoining the locker room (women and men each get their own) do not allow bathing suits. So you gotta go full-on buck naked.  I went alone the last time, which allowed me to spend as much time there as I wanted without worrying if my friend wanted to stay or leave.  The advantage of bringing a friend along is that she (or he, if you’re in the men’s section) can scrub you down in the relaxing bath and shower area.  So bring your scrubby gloves.

Spa Castle

131-10 11th Ave, College Point, NY 11356

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