Wang YMCA of Chinatown


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Updated April 14, 2020.

Facility Overview

Facility Name
Wang YMCA of Chinatown
8 Oak Street West, Chinatown
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-2237

Adult Admission Price & Policy

$15.00. (Limit 3 guest visits per year.) [November, 2022]
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Local Hotel(s)
Guests registered at the Doubletree Downtown Boston [(617) 956-7900]: Free. [September, 2019]
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Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
25y, 5 lanes, indoors, 83ºF (28ºC).


Near the New England Medical Center; one can get there by the Orange Line on the T, exit at the stop of the same name. A 10 minute walk from Boston Commons or the South End.
Suffolk County
42.348664, -71.064695

Teams That Use This Facility

We have no web links or contact information for teams that train at this facility.

Facility Notes

A minimum of two lanes are open at all times for lap swim except for Saturdays 9 AM - 12:30 PM, when the pool is used exclusively for swim lessons.
Aqua aerobics is offered at different times and is a drop-in class. Anyone who has paid for a day-pass to the Y may join that class for the day.
There is a spa open all hours the pool is open (even Saturday lesson time), kept at 104 F.

Facility Reviews

This facility is most remarkable for the friendliness of its staff. The pool itself is satisfactory - warmer than many, but this was appreciated during this bad winter. The pool provides kick boards, pull buoys, and water aerobics belts. Caps are required. Towels are provided, but one must bring one's own lock, also on sale for $5. The locker room is no better or worse than any other Y in an older Eastern city.
Great staff and nice facility. I swam on two October weekdays at 6 AM. There was a mix of water exercise and lap swimming going on, sometimes in the same lane, but there were no issues. Everyone was focused and respectful. Wang YMCA is one of the reasons I look forward to going back to Boston.
[October, 2021]
I'll triple the kudos to the friendliness and welcoming attitudes of the staff. As an out-of-town visitor, they offered me a free day pass and then said I could come two more times at $15 per time. When I came in, I was greeted with a smile and a "thank you" for me finding them and coming there. When I walked out, they asked me if I had a good swim. While it doesn't sound like much, both were done with a smile and warmth. In terms of the pool, while it was basic, they had four lanes with speeds marked for lap swimming and one lane that was water walkers / non-lap swimming. On a Wednesday before American Thanksgiving, there ranged between two and seven other swimmers, so I had a lane to myself for a good portion of my hour-long workout and shared with another swimmer for maybe 20 minutes of that time. There's a nice analog pace clock, and plenty of kickboards and pull buoys were available. The water was a tad warm, by probably no more than 82ºF.
[November, 2022]