Choosing the best pool in Vegas is like trying to decide what items to eat at seafood buffet...one must try them all to decide.
The surf culture of the 1960s lives on at Cowabunga Bay
The surf culture of the 1960s lives on at Cowabunga Bay. A wood-paneled station wagon, bright floral beach umbrellas, and a 1967 Volkswagen bus parked alongside the lazy river all showcase the water park's vintage aesthetic. The 35,000-square-foot wave pool even features a backdrop inspired by drive-in theaters, allowing visitors to debate the ending of 2001: A Space Odyssey while swells roll into shore. Cowabunga Bay was voted Las Vegas' best waterpark and features over 25 water slides and attraction.
This 215,000 square foot pool complex area includes 35 cabanas, each includes 42-inch flat panel TV, misters, a sectional sofa, and complimentary pool raft. Put on your sunglasses and soak in an indulgent Vegas pool experience. Aria hotel's three ellipse-shaped pools are perfect for lazing about. Opened year round from Monday through Sunday from 9 AM to 7 PM.
Overlooking the heart of the Strip, the Cosmopolitan's district of three distinct Las Vegas pool experiences: Boulevard Pool, Bamboo Pool, and Marquee Dayclub Pool. Boulevard pools is the largest of the three. A wading pools is perfect for little tots. Also at the pool is The Yard, a fun hang out space offering ping pong, foosball and pool tables.
Planet Hollywood's pool is great, but the problem is that from midafternoon on, it becomes party central, so unless you go early in the day, the atmosphere becomes inappropriate for kids. However, do go early and enjoy this amazing pool, then in the afternoon, solving the pool party problem is easily remedied by going next door to the Paris to swim. Caesars Entertainment allows guests of any of its Las Vegas properties to swim at any Caesars owned hotel of their choosing. This is an option you should take advantage of because the Paris pool is much quieter. While you are at the Paris, there are various other activities your children will enjoy as well, just as there are at other hotels nearby. Virtually every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip has a swimming pool, but Planet Hollywood is home to the only FlowRider on the Strip.
A paradise fit for royalty, Excalibur's pool area features a lush tropical landscape with 30,000 square feet of deck space for ample seating. Four luxurious pools, including a separate pool for guests 18 years of age or older, a water slide and 19 cabanas, each stocked with all the essentials to keep cool, offer guests everything they need for a fun day in the sun. Just steps from the pool, Drenched Bar & Grill offers the latest in casual poolside dining featuring American fare and a full-service bar.
Both The Wynn and Encore offer beautiful, temperature-controlled pools and Jacuzzi spas surrounded by immaculate gardens. Reserve a private cabana at the Wynn, Encore or Tower Suites pools complete with mini-fridge, plasma TV, plush chairs and sofas. Note that there's a secluded, adults-only European pools that permit for topless sunbathing, though this area is completely secluded. 39 cabanas are available for rent. Opened year round.
Another highly recommended location is the Mandalay Bay Pool and Spa,– an all encompassing and truly spectacular experience for both adults and children. The size and scope of this complex is enormous and houses multiple pools, a wave machine, a “lazy river” ride, a sandy beach, private cabanas and a music stage. Imagine bodysurfing on waves up to twelve feet high, your body gliding along the water like a slick-bottomed boat. Or grab an inner tube and lazily float down the “river of relaxation.” Finally, rent a private cabana and indulge in a relaxing poolside massage – your body will love it!
Each of the 10 pools at The Venetian and The Palazzo provides a distinct experience, perfect for fun or relaxation. Lounge on a comfy chair with the sun on your back, take a few laps in crystal-clear water, sip a cool drink, or order something crisp from Wolfgang Puck?s poolside menus. Selected pools are heated during the colder months. The Venetian also features the Canyon Ranch SpaClub which offers a number of signature treatments. On site specialists provide private consultations including preventive health care and stress management. Relax and enjoy – your kids will love you for it. Opened year round.
Located on the eighth-floor, the Level 8 Pool at the Stratosphere is where you can catch some rays on an expansive deck and enjoy increadible views of the city. Three over-sized spas, plenty of chaise lounges and piped-in music set the tone for a truly relaxing experience. Minors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
The Tank at Golden Nugget pool has a full encapsulated 200,000 gallon shark tank right in its center--so while you and your children splish and splash five different species of sharks and a wide variety of exotic fish will be watching you, or rather you'll be watching them. If you plan on having a group, The Tank offers 15 Luxury Cabanas to suit your every need with all of the furnishings like flat screen televisions and private mini-fridges. All cabanas feature your own private server! This pool is open year round.
The Flamingo hotel has always been a desert hotspot and its pool complex only adds to the excitement. This fifteen acre tropical retreat houses four separate pools laced in palm foliage and colorful flowers. Waterfalls and seasonal waterslides provide nonstop refreshment for adults and children alike while the two hot tubs deliver relaxation for those all night gambling go-getters. Private cabanas and food service are also options at the Flamingo as well as a separate kiddie pool in which children can be themselves. Who knows, you could even swim by the spirit of Bugsy Siegel himself. The pool at Flamingo hotel is opened year round.
One must not forget the Bellagio –where beauty meets luxury. It is home to the world famous water fountain display and a grand pool complex. Bellagio's pool area captures the romance of the Old World in the classical setting of a bright Mediterranean Villa. Pools range in size from lap pools to a large swimming area. One of the pools can be reserved for special occasions. A perfect place for your child's birthday party! Opened year round.
And what about the MGM Grand pool complex one of the most elegant swimming and sunbathing experiences in Vegas. The complex features five elegant swimming pools, three whirlpools, a relaxing river adventure, walking bridges, fountains, and, of course, ubiquitous waterfalls. Raft rental is available for the kids. Rent them one while you enjoy the relaxing benefit of the spa. Opened year round.
It must be said that numerous other spectacular pool complexes exist in Vegas – too many to discuss in full detail. Some of these include the Monte Carlo with its Easy River Ride and 520 square foot children's pool, the 12 foot deep pool of Bally's, the Roman-like setting of Caesar's Palace, the airy pools of the Luxor, the poolside messages of the New York-New York and the downtown pools of the Golden Nugget and Binion's Horseshoe.
If you fancy a lush, tropical pool atmosphere than the Mirage Hotel is the place for you. It houses two separate pools and a series of blue lagoons and powerful waterfalls. A bit like Hawaii but without the long and monotonous flight. This pool duo has been labeled the most beautiful in Vegas and is very kid friendly with three fast and furious waterslides competing for their attention. Families can tip-toe around the quarter mile shoreline, take a dip in a bubbly Jacuzzi, sun themselves under the hot Nevada sun, or, if in the mood for exercise, join a water-aerobics class. Opened year round.
Water parks abound in the desert, but Wet 'n' Wild offers something for every member of the family. With adult slides, rides for teens, as well as kiddie pools, for the diverse family, there's an option for everyone.
The Soleil Pool is unlike any other pool in Las Vegas. It is a rooftop pool situated directly under the replica of the Eiffel Tower. Guests can enjoy an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and if they time their visit just right, part of the Bellagio fountain show. The heated outdoor pool is open year round and wheelchair accessible. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. during the summer, but only 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter.
The Tropicana Resort and Casino also boasts an impressive pool complex with five acres of tropically landscaped grounds and watery treasures. Lagoons are plentiful; the waterfalls beckon you, drawing you closer to their frothy droplets. The larger pool has plenty of open space in which families can unwind from the hectic Vegas strip. Hire a floatable raft for your children while you swim up to the conveniently placed blackjack table for a try at your luck. Just fifteen feet away from the main pool is a lagoon for adults only. Hire a babysitter and release those wet and innermost passions of desire. Finally, come to be pampered. Three relaxing outdoor spas offer the perfect place to melt away your worries and sip cold drinks in tropical surroundings.
Las Vegas Municipal Pools
If you want away from the glitter of the hotels then consider the Municipal Swimming Pool on Bonanza Road. It is considered one of the best indoor swimming facilities in the state and offers children's play time, adult fitness classes, scuba diving and synchronized swimming.
Children and water go together like peanut butter and jelly. And what parent wouldn't love to send their kids to pool heaven – Vegas style! Only by experiencing the enjoyment yourself can you fully appreciate what's on offer. So go on, take a dive into Vegas pools and savor the relaxation that will follow.