Las Vegas may be best known for the casinos, but the resort pools are just as much a part of Vegas culture as card games and slot machines. Many visitors to Las Vegas come for the day drinking and parties, sometimes even more so than gambling. And since every hotel is constantly trying to one-up their neighbors in order to have the most enticing pool, the Strip is now filled with first-class pools that are so much more than just "pools."
To do Vegas pools properly (meaning from the comfort of your own cabana), you’ll need to spend some money on reserving your space. Some pools are open to any Vegas visitors willing to pay, while others are exclusive to hotel guests.
Here are our choices for the city’s best ways to beat the heat. Keep in mind that the Las Vegas pool season opens in mid-March and closes around mid-October, with many of them closed down completely during the winter months.
The Beach at Mandalay Bay
You probably wouldn't expect to find a beach in the middle of the desert, but anything is possible in Vegas. The Beach at Mandalay Bay has 2,700 tons of sand that create a shore with the 1.6 million-gallon wave pool, for an—almost—authentic beach experience despite being hundreds of miles away from the nearest coastline.
In addition to the namesake beach, there's also a quarter-mile-long lazy river that is perfect for floating along on an inflatable tube with a cocktail in hand. On the premises there are lounge areas with cabanas, daybeds, and private villas; restaurants and bars; shops; and a summer concert series. This is also one of the most family-friendly pools of all the complexes in Las Vegas, and you won't have to worry about the kids not enjoying themselves in the wave pool.
Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas
The Marquee Dayclub Pool tells you exactly what to expect in the name: a dayclub. This adults-only complex is for visitors who are 21 or older, and the environment truly feels more like a club than a daytime pool. Every day is a party at the Marquee Dayclub, but the weekends are especially rambunctious when DJs play music and everyone is dancing in the water. And on Friday and Saturday nights, the dayclub turns into an actual nightclub as the parties continue on throughout the night.
Even though it's a part of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, Marquee is one of the pools that anyone with an advance reservation can enter. If you're looking for a party, this is the place to enjoy it.
Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA Resort and Casino
The Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA is an adults-only oasis. While it may not have the party reputation of the Marquee Dayclub, there is still plenty going on to stay entertained. It's an ideal mix between relaxation and boisterous parties, and still without kids around if you prefer a more mature environment. You can book one of the cabanas for intimacy and comfort or, for a more integrated experience, reserve one of the day beds that are practically immersed in the water of the 1,200-square-foot pool. You practically just have to roll off your lounge chair and you're in the water.
Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas
Dress to impress for this upscale Vegas pool party scene. It’s adults-only and famous for bringing in top DJs. White wicker lounge chairs, fantastical red umbrellas, and over-the-top cocktails make this lush three-tiered pool complex a sight to behold. Patrons lounge on oversize lily pads and dance under shower poles—and those who splurge enjoy private bungalows overlooking the Strip, equipped with private dipping pools, showers, and air conditioning. Daybeds have private safes for stashing your things, and the 26 cabanas are outfitted with refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. It's almost like having your own hotel room right on the pool deck.
Tank at the Golden Nugget
The Golden Nugget, which has gone through a number of refurbishments, has one of the most talked-about pools in all of Vegas, and with good reason. This multi-level structure revolves around a 200,000-gallon shark tank, and you'll feel as if you are actually swimming with sharks. On top of that, there's a waterslide that goes right through it. Book a behind-the-scenes tour if you want to get up close and personal with the marine life.
As you might expect, the pool is popular with kids, but there’s an adults-only infinity pool with a bar on the third floor, too. Beyond the aquarium, there’s also a big variety of great cabanas that come stocked with TVs, safes, sectional sofas, host service, and mini-fridges, and at prices that are not so exorbitant compared to other resorts on the Strip.
Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace Las Vegas
The pools at Caesars Palace are like a mix between an Ancient Roman bath mixed with the opulence of Hearst Castle. Eight distinctively different pools are spread around a massive outdoor complex surrounded by Roman columns, godly statues, and an 18-foot waterfall. Head to the Fortuna Pool to play swim-up blackjack or to the adults-only Venus Pool Club to chill out away from the family scene. The pool complex is massive—there are 44 cabanas of all different types around the property—so you can just wander the pools until you find one that fits.
If you want an extra luxurious afternoon, be sure to book a poolside massage with Qua Spa and they'll come right to your cabana.
The Pool at Bellagio Las Vegas
If you’re looking for a more tranquil scene, head to the five pools of Bellagio Las Vegas. The atmosphere is relaxed and most guests are there to bask in the Mediterranean atmosphere that is a welcome retreat from the Strip. Poolside massage therapists and roving servers make it extra lovely. For those who want the extra VIP treatment, the reservation-only Cypress Premier Lounges include a personal host, infused water, smoothie shots, Evian misters, and chilled towels. The cabanas come with Wi-Fi, HDTV, a fully stocked refrigerator, and pool rafts.
While many of the big resorts accept any visitor who buys a day pass, the Bellagio keeps access restricted to hotel guests only. Children younger than 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to enter.
The Beach Club Pool and GO Pool at Flamingo Las Vegas
There are two sides to the pool scene at Flamingo: family-friendly at The Beach Club Pool and adults-only at the GO Pool Dayclub. On the Beach Club side, there are water slides, a cafe, and kitschy decor that fits into the Flamingo's retro look. There’s plenty of fun to be had in a pool complex that’s not so big it’s overwhelming, but not so small that your kids accidentally wander into a wild bachelor party. On the dayclub side, you'll experience a more typical Vegas pool party with DJs, celebrity appearances, and flowing booze seven days a week.
TAO Beach at Venetian Las Vegas
There are 10 different pools at the Venetian that include family-friendly options, serene adults-only spots, and even a sporty pool deck. But the party-hard crowd will want to go to TAO Beach, the pool component of the internationally acclaimed restaurant and club. When TAO Beach opened in 2007, it was one of the first dayclubs to enter the Las Vegas scene and, even though pool parties are now the norm across the Strip, TAO continues to be one of the best.
Snack on delicious dishes while listening to the hottest DJs spin, then splash right into the pool to cool down. Special celebrity guests are known to make appearances here, so keep your eyes peeled.
The Mirage Pool and Bare Pool Lounge at the Mirage Las Vegas
Lush landscaping and serene waterfalls make the Mirage Pool feel like a sanctuary. It can get crowded with sunbathers, but it's certainly more of a place to relax than to party. Swim up and behind the waterfall and you'll feel as if you've emerged in an actual tropical watering hole.
If you want more of the Vegas-style atmosphere, head to the Bare Pool Lounge, an adults-only spot where European-style sunbathing (read: topless) is permitted.
Grand Pool Complex and Wet Republic Ultra Pool at the MGM Grand Las Vegas
There's a pool for everyone at the MGM Grand. For families and relaxation seekers, there's the 6.5-acre Grand Pool Complex, with four pools surrounded by waterfalls, three whirlpools, a lazy river, five bars, and a restaurant. There's so much to it that it feels like a small town instead of a pool.
For party seekers, head to the Ultra Pool at MGM Grand, also known as Wet Republic. It packs thousands of revelers into two saltwater pools plus daybeds, cabanas, and bungalows. It’s all part of a 54,500-square-foot outdoor club with massive LED displays with special effects and a bar that seems to stretch on endlessly. A legend of Vegas' party scene, Wet Republic is open to non-hotel guests with day passes.
Delano Beach Club at the Delano Las Vegas
The Delano Hotel is a boutique property within the Mandalay Bay complex that has a pool just for Delano guests. The Beach Club brings Miami vibes to the Strip and, given its exclusive nature, the pool is perfect for those seeking comfort and luxury in a bit more discerning Las Vegas experience. Enjoy signature cocktails on a luxurious lounge chair or play a game of chess on their oversized submerged chessboard. There are even hammocks strung up on the palm trees, so you can pretend you're really lounging away on some tropical island.
Tropicana Pool at the Tropicana Las Vegas
You can enjoy all of the best parts of Las Vegas—swimming, gambling, and cocktails—all from the Tropicana pool deck. Start your day with swim-up blackjack and happy hour at Tropicana Las Vegas. Each day, Tropicana Pool offers a morning-time happy hour featuring domestic beers, frozen cocktails, and mimosas, so it's a great spot to go for breakfast (don't feel bad, you're in Vegas). The pool is only open to hotel guests and Nevada residents, so it's relatively mild compared to the other party scene resorts.