Stay cool: These unique Vegas hotel pools kick it up a notch

We know there are day clubs and nighttime pool parties. This blogger is a huge fan of both. But let’s say you’re 18 and can’t party just yet or you’re bringing the kiddos and want to cool off together. Or, you just want to have a blast at the pool without the clubby feel.  Just in time for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, we rounded up the best Vegas pool activities that’ll help you keep your cool. And lucky for us, it’ll be nice and sunny in Vegas for the next month and a half.

Gow with the flo... Florider that is at Planet Hollywood. Dude... kowabunga! Photo courtesy of Planet Hollywood.

Just go with the flow…you know? FlowRider at Planet Hollywood will have you saying cowabunga in no time. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Fun waves ahead at FlowRider

Not to be mistaken with Florida-based rapper Flo Rida, FlowRider at Planet Hollywood’s pool takes you on a different kind of beat. We had the chance to ride the wave earlier this summer. While this is fun for all ages and skill levels, you do have to have some sense of balance. And if you’re not an expert surfer or snowboarder it’s best to start flat on your tummy and boogie board. Once you get the hang of staying on the board and going with the waves, you’ll have a blast (a totally tubular one at that!) on this refreshing, thrill-seeking ride. The FlowRider is open to both hotel and non-hotel guests. Admission is $25 for 30  minutes. All-day passes are also available. You must be at least 48 inches to ride the wave.


We can dig it. Flamingo pool, courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Paradise and slides at Flamingo

Cue the tropical music. You might be in the heart of the Strip at Flamingo, but you’ll feel miles away from the bustle. You can party at the hotel’s adult-friendly GO Pool, but the Beach Club Pool is fun for families and thrill-seekers alike. Here you can enjoy water slides that’ll have you screaming in glee and waterfalls you can hide behind (or sit beneath) to escape the heat. Plus, all the amazing greenery makes this a popular Vegas hotel pool destination. This pool is exclusive to hotel guests, but locals can access GO Pool for $25. If you have time, check out the free Wildlife Habitat and take some selfies with flamingos, exotic birds and turtles.


Round up your chess peeps and play for drinks. Delano Beach Club, photo courtesy of MGM Resorts.

Checkmate: Play chess at Delano

If you’re into chess, then you’ll love the submerged, life-size chess pieces at Delano Beach Club. Show off your skills and socialize with other pool goers. After an intense game of chess — in the equally intense heat — you can relax on one of the many loungers surrounding the pool. This pool is exclusive to Delano guests.


Let it be a lazy day. Monte Carlo pool, photo courtesy of MGM Resorts.

Lazy river loungin’

You’re on vacation so you have every right to do as you please. And if that means absolutely nothing, even better. Located within the 11-acre Mandalay Beach, the resort’s lazy river is the ideal relaxing getaway. The lazy river has a 3 mph current, slow enough for you to mix and mingle with that cutie on the raft in front of you. Mandalay Beach also has several palm trees, waterfalls, a sand beach and even a wave pool.

Monte Carlo also has a lazy river called the Easy River ride and a wave pool. The kiddos can bask in style with their own wading pool and child-sized beach chairs. MGM Grand also has a lazy river. Since this is a popular resort, keep in mind you might be shoulder to shoulder with fellow swimmers. Tip: We always suggest renting a raft. Even though you might have some strangers clinging on to your float, pay no mind to them. You can work on your tan while enjoying the ride. See? You can still multitask while doing nothing at all. All three lazy rivers are for hotel guests only, with the exception of Mandalay Beach summer events.


Wait, what? This is Vegas? Have a beach-y keen day at Lake Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Westin Lake Las Vegas.

White sand beaches

This may not be Cancun, but you can pretend it is for half the day. White sand beaches have already become a thing on the Strip, with Mandalay Beach and Rio as popular go-to spots.

If you don’t mind a 30-minute drive away from the Strip, Riatta Beach at Lake Las Vegas is definitely worth it. Not only do they have a beach, but there’s also a decent-sized manmade lake where you can kayak, paddle board and do other water activities. And while we’re way past our sand castle days, we’re almost sure you’d be tempted to build one. Access to Riatta Beach is available for Hilton Lake Las Vegas, Westin Lake Las Vegas and Aston MonteLago Village Resort guests.

Drai's Beach Club is also the Cromwell's hotel pool Monday thru Thursday.

Drai’s Beach Club is also the Cromwell’s hotel pool Monday thru Thursday. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Rooftop Pools

Sand beaches are great, but rooftop pools might be your cup of tea. And we’re definitely not knockin’ on that, either. We love rooftop pools, especially in Vegas. At Paris Las Vegas’ Soleil Pool, you can work on your tan while admiring an up-close view of the Eiffel Tower. And while the Stratosphere Tower is at the end of the Strip, it still catches our attention. We feel the same way about its pool, Radius. Located on the 25th floor, you’ll be spoiled with views of the Strip and the surrounding mountains. Pair sunset views with a signature cocktail in your hand and you’ve seriously got it made.

Drai’s Beach Club is another one of our favorite Vegas rooftop pools. On weekends it’s all all-out, crazy day club experience but throughout the week, the vibe couldn’t be more opposite. Depending on availability, you can plop on any of the day beds and feel like a million bucks. This is also a fine time to peek across the street and see the Bellagio fountains show. LUX Pool at SLS offers a similar vibe and this blogger is a huge fan of both. Unlike its party-loving sister Foxtail Pool, LUX Pool is a lot more chill. The layout is simple too – you’ll find pool loungers all around the rectangular center pool, with the bar conveniently located at one end. And if it’s not too busy, the large cabana at the opposite end offers air-conditioning and comfy seating for free.

The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a favorite for tourists and locals alike. Not only does Boulevard Pool host nighttime poolside concerts, you can also watch movies here during the summer. Hosted every Monday night from end of May through mid-September, watch your favorite classics, enjoy snacks and even take a dip in the pool. And luckily, you have two more chances: Sept. 7 you can see “Rango” at 7 p.m. and “Life of Pi” at 9 p.m. On Sept. 14, the entire family can watch “Kung Fu Panda” and “Kung Fu Panda 2.” The kids will love you for it. The cost is only $5 per person, but free for hotel guests.


Shark show and swim – sounds like a plan. The Tank, photo courtesy of Golden Nugget.

Swim with the sharks at Golden Nugget

Swim with the sharks? Your thought is probably um, no thanks! Flashbacks of “Jaws” may even come to mind. But here it’s a different story. Come to The Tank at Golden Nugget, which has an enclosed water slide that zips through a 200,000 gallon shark aquarium. You’ll find several shark species, sting rays and exotic fish from around the world. Take a break and relax on one of the wicker chairs and admire the aquarium, along with the pool’s waterfalls. Fees for non-hotel guests are $25 daily. We suggest calling ahead of time to make sure there’s availability.

If the sharks here intrigued you, Golden Nugget offers a behind-the-scenes shark tank tour for $30. Available Thursday – Saturday at 3:30 p.m., you’ll get an inside look at the aquarium, learn about shark behavior and more.

After all this pool talk, we’re ready to sneak off to one right now. Peep our other Vegas pools to add to your splish-splashin’ end-of-summer bucket list.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.