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Let’s Heat Things Up: It’s Pool Season In Vegas

Last updated: March 22, 2018 at 2:45 pm. Posted by in Things to Do in Las Vegas. 2 Comments on Let’s Heat Things Up: It’s Pool Season In Vegas.

Oh you know, we’re out here enjoying 70-plus degree temperatures – all while the rest of the country is still living in an igloo. No biggie!

Rooftop pool parties, celebrity appearances, surfing on the Strip are just a few of the things to do in Vegas during pool season. And guess what? The party’s already started, baby. Let us hype you up with a few of our best pools in Las Vegas:

GO ahead – go Pool

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Location: Flamingo Las Vegas
Why we love it: It’s never a dull moment with different themes each day.
Must-have drink: Millionaire Mimosa – one gallon fresh-squeezed orange juice, a full bottle of G.H. Mumms Champagne flipped upside down and placed into the bucket, garnished with orange slices. Serves group of five with over-sized neon straws.

There’s a reason why thousands flock to Flamingo’s 21-and-older GO Pool Dayclub every year. In addition to weekly pool parities, GO Pool keeps things hot with celebrity performances. Last summer, Mya, Sugar Ray, Tinashe and LIT dominated the stage.

Here are some events you can expect at GO Pool right now:

  • Throwback Thursday: Enjoy all your favorite old-school hits, as well as beer buckets and bottle specials from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. If you really want to take it back, play classic games like Connect Four (this time, it’s life-size) and cornhole. And what’s a daytime party without beer pong?
  • GO Fridays: Dance to the sounds of 104.3 FM DJ Supa James. Enjoy Miller Lite buckets and bottle specials. Corn hole, life-size Jenga and beer pong all keep the party going.
  • #Daybeats Saturday: Enjoy beer bucket and bottle specials from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., as well as a Booty Shakin’ contest (turn up!). All the fun games like Connect Four, beer pong and cornhole are up for grabs all day. We say make new friends.
  • #Daybeats Sunday: Enjoy all the same fun from Saturday, sans the Booty Shakin’ contest.

Stay up to date with this year’s GO Pool summer lineup schedule.

Not 21 yet? No need to bust out the fake ID, kids. The Flamingo Beach Club shrieks fun in its own way This family-friend pool has water slides, fun for all ages. (Note: Beach Club does have weekly night events for the 21 and up crowd. More details coming soon.)

Hours: GO Pool, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Beach Club, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Go Pool – admission fees vary. Beach Club – free for all Flamingo hotel guests.

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Kickstart your summer 

Kickstart the summer at one of the best pools in Las Vegas- The POOL at The LINQ

The pool at The LINQ Hotel & casino. Photo courtesy of The LINQ.

Where: The LINQ Hotel & Casino
Why we love it: Here, we have a reason to act like a kid, but in a 21-and-older rooftop setting. Plus, there’s a taco hut — enjoy tacos and other pool bites all summer long.
Must-have drinks: The Caddy (Patron Resposado tequila, house-pressed lime juice, sweet and sour, Triple Sec and Grand Marnier float) and the Leche Delicioso (Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, Rumchata, almond milk, whipped cream and cinnamon).

What do animal-shaped floaties, pool tables, beer pong and wild fun-in-the-sun parties have in common? Two words: LINQ Pool. Picture all the pool fun you had as a kid, but add cabanas, daybeds, live DJ music, drinks and Vegas to the mix. Now that’s what we call a winning combination.

You’d have to drop some dough for a cabana or daybed, but the air-conditioned REQ Room is free. Escape the head and choose from two pool tables, shuffle board and foosball table, as well as five flat-screen TVs.

You can also enjoy DJs Friday – Sunday from May through September. Stay tuned on social media and find out more. For now, peep the following specials all season long:

  • Two-for-Tuesdays (industry and local specials): Live DJ music and 2-for-1 drinks, (for those with a valid Nevada or industry ID).
  • Tropical Saturdays: Live music from DJ Mike Attack and 2-for-1 Patron shots. You’ll also have pool parties and games.
  • Champagne Sundays: Live DJ music and free Veuve champagne with any purchase of a bottle.

Throughout summer, there will also be Kickstart Poolside Pregame Parties. This includes top Las Vegas DJs, cabana specials, drink specials and all-out entertainment. And you can’t beat the fun floaties.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily.
Cost: Free to the public for anyone 21 years and older.

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Jersey Shore (and much more) at Drai’s

Where: The Cromwell
Why we love it: You can indulge in the party of a lifetime and still make it on time for dinner… then the night is free to party all over again.
Must-have drinks: Frozen Moscow Mule; Eden’s Apple (Hennessy Black, Cointreau, fresh lemon sour and ripe cold pressed apple juice); or Drai’s Lemonade (Belvedere Original, peach puree, raspberries and fresh lemon sour.

Get ready to fist pump like it’s 2009: Drai’s Beachclub is ready. See “Jersey Shore’s” DJ Pauly D on Saturday, March 17. With “Jersey Shore” back on the air, we imagine your day at Drai’s will be as fun as Pauly D’s hair. You better get your GTL on. (And if you don’t know, you better ask somebody!)

If you’re ready to do it all over again, A-Trak, Sunday March 18. Don’t miss up-and-coming EDM artist Troy Boi Saturday, March 24. We’re still in awe of his stellar performance at last year’s Life Is Beautiful Vegas festival. Other acts to look forward to this year include Zed’s Dead, Deux, Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire, Dada Life and more. While you’re here, enjoy Drai’s signature Frosé or grab a bite from the café.

Get caught up with the latest and the greatest with Drai’s Beachclub calendarYou can also swim by moonlight every Tuesday night.

Hours: Mon. – Thurs., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Night Swim: Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. – 4 a.m.).
Cost: Ticket prices start at $30 for males and $20 for females (subject to change without notice).

Venus if you will

Venus European Pool Lounge - Best adult only pool in Las Vegas

Venus European Pool Lounge. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Where: Caesars Palace (Part of the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis)
Why we love it: The adult-only pool is only steps away from the rest of the pools, so you’re never missing a beat.

You don’t have to take advantage of European-style bathing weekend to have a good time (but if you’re all about even tan lines, then get it, girrrrl!). Venus European Pool Lounge has a chill, yet upbeat vibe. The 21-and-older pool club has multiple cabanas, day beds and even munchies straight from the grill.

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (cabanas, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.); Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (cabanas, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
Cost: Free for Caesars Palace and Nobu Hotel guests 21 and older (subject to change).

Massage time at the pool 

Best pools in Las Vegas - Relax pool side at Caesars Palace Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis

There’s a pool for everyone at Caesars Palace Garden Of the Gods Pool Oasis. Photo courtesy of Caesars Palace.

Where: Caesars Palace’s Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis
Why we love it: How one pool can be so lively, while others are a lot more serene? That’s why we heart this pool so much. You can choose your own experience, all steps away from each other. Plus, what beats drinking out of a real pineapple or coconut – or a poolside massage?

The secret to rest and relaxation: Poolside massages. You can have this at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis. The cabana-lined Jupiter pool is ideal for this since it’s away from all the action and a lot quieter.

Garden of the Gods has a total of seven different pool areas, including the aforementioned Venus pool and Jupiter pool. Temple is family-friendly, Fortuna offers swim-up blackjack and Neptune is ideal for socializing. For all you golden gods and goddesses, Apollo pool is perfect for sun worshiping. If you want over-the-top luxury, the Bacchus pool provides VIP treatment. Raised 18 feet above the pool deck, it comes with cabana host and cocktail servers.

Hours: Now through May 3, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; May 4 – Sept. 30, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Cost: Free for Caesars Palace and Nobu Hotel guests, as well as guests staying at The Cromwell; $20 for non-hotel guests, but entrance is not guaranteed and is subject to availability.

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Work on your 2020 Olympics goals

Where: Bally’s Las Vegas
Why we love it: To practice our freestyle and backstroke, of course!

Bally’s Blu Pool is the only pool on the Strip with a deep end — 12 feet deep that is. So if you want to be the next Michael Phelps, work on your form ASAP.

Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily.
Cost: Free for Bally’s hotel guests.

Surfin’ PH way

Surf the Strip with the FlowRider at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino - Best pools for families in Las Vegas

Hang 10 center Strip at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Photo by Erik Kabik / erikkabik.com.

Where: Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Why we love it: We can practice our Hang 10, dude!
Must-have drinks: Blue Chill Lemonade (Stoli Blueberri vodka, fresh lemonade and blueberries) or the Ocean Front Margarita (Sauza tequila, fresh coconut, agave, fresh pineapple juice and fresh lime).
Cabana specials: $49 on classic cabanas (before taxes and fees) every Thursday.
More specials: $10 FlowRider tickets every Thursday, $99 bottles of New Amsterdam vodka with three complimentary mixers (also on Thursday).

Everybody’s gone surfin’… surfin’ PH way…

If only the Beach Boys can sing that version, we’d be delighted. Who needs to live on an island or along a coast to surf under the sun? In Vegas, you can surf right in the heart of the Strip at Planet Hollywood’s Pleasure Pools. Can’t say that anywhere else! You can also boogie board if surfing isn’t your cup of tea.

When you’re ready to just relax, there’s a 21-and-older pool (with live DJ music and two pool bars) or an all-ages pool for the family. Plus, you can’t beat the center Strip rooftop pool views.

Hours: 10 a.m – 6 p.m.
Cost: Free to the public. The FlowRider is $25 for 30 minutes ($20 for locals) and open to anyone who is at least 54 inches tall to surf (42 inches to boogie board).

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Just… be

Swim with a view of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas.

Paris, France is wishing it had a pool at thebase of the Eiffel Tower. Luck y for you Vegas does. Photo courtesy of Paris Las Vegas.

Where: Paris Las Vegas
Why we love it: It’s the perfect pool to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere (we prefer all by ourselves).

Speaking of rooftop views, you can get that at Paris Las Vegas too. But unlike Planet Hollywood, Paris Las Vegas’ Soleil Pool has a more relaxing atmosphere. The pool has that vibe of a true escape.

Besides a stellar view of the Eiffel Tower, the two-acre rooftop is a quiet respite from the chaos. Plus, if you work up an appetite, there’s the Café du Parc right next door.

If you want a little groove with your relaxation, enjoy live resident DJs on Friday and Saturday.

Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: Free (exclusive to Paris Las Vegas guests).

Lounge Around and make new friends

Relaxing with friends poolside at Harrah's Las Vegas pool

Relax with friends poolside at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Where: Harrah’s Las Vegas
Why we love it: It’s perfect for socializing, but chill enough for a relaxing getaway.
Must-have drink: A double-portion of a pool cocktail served inside a fresh whole pineapple and topped with a homemade Dole Whip float.

Make new friends, or relax in one of the loungers in the pool’s wading area. You can also enjoy summer drinks, poolside games, live DJ music and X Country girl appearances. When you want crazy fun but not crazy-crazy fun, Harrah’s is your hot spot.

Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday. – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public.

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(Do) Go Chasing Waterfalls 

Waterfalls make everything better. Photo courtesy of Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Where: Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Why we love it: It’s your off-Strip tropical island.
Must-have drinks: Strawberry Blonde (Ketel One Citroen vodka, Mike’s Hard Strawberry Lemonade, fresh lemon juice); mango misoma (Bacardi Mango rum, sparkling wine, fresh lemon,orange juices, honey-mango syrup).
Cabana specials: Starting from $300 (daybeds starting at $150).

We know TLC sang “don’t go chasing waterfalls,” but we beg to differ, especially if it’s at Rio’s VooDoo BeachAside from waterfalls, you can bask in the sun while soaking up its Island vibe. There are four pools and three whirlpools, so space is never an issue here.

You can also play volleyball and cornhole if you need a break from sunbathing and swimming.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, hours change to 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Cost: Free to all Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino guests and locals with Total Rewards® cards.

Got pools on your mind now? Good! Now pack your shades and your swim suit and we’ll see you in Vegas.

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2 Responses

  1. Frank

    Hi Jeannie! Great article! Would love your opinion/insight on weekday pools. Will be there a tues-thurs and was looking at Caesars, Planet Hollywood or the Flamingo (Linq and Rio are options too). Love Caesars pool the best, but we would want some level of entertainment during the week. Do you know which pool scenes offer at least some DJ music during the week? Not necessarily ‘pool party’, but just some good loud tunes and a fun environment.

    Thanks for your thoughts!

  2. Jeannie Garcia

    Hi, Frank! Thanks so much for kind words and reaching out to me. GO Pool at Flamingo Las Vega has live music throughout the week, including its summer-long Twisted Tuesdays and Throwback Thursdays. In addition to live DJ-spun music, you can also enjoy drink specials on both of these days. Plus, all the fun starts at 9 a.m. It doesn’t get any better than that! Additionally, the pool at The LINQ (next door to Flamingo) has live DJ music every Tuesday. Cover is free. Both of these pools are for visitors 21 and older and offer a fun, lively environment. Enjoy your stay and don’t forget to pack your sunscreen and shades!