When you think of Vegas, you're probably picturing casinos, elaborate hotels on the Strip, and incredible entertainment. But don't overlook the pools! Though Las Vegas pool season isn't year-round (most pools open in mid-March and close around mid-October) you might still find some open in the winter as they're a major draw in Sin City. There's everything from adults-only pools to kid-friendly pools to lazy rivers, but the ones with the raging parties are typically the most popular.
The Beach at Mandalay Bay
There might not be a true ocean in sight, but there's still a beach in Las Vegas! The Beach at the Mandalay Bay Hotel has 2,700 tons of sand and offers a quarter-mile-long lazy river; a 1.6 million gallon wave pool; lounge areas with cabanas, daybeds, and even private villas; restaurants and bars; shops; and a fun summer concert series.
Perfect for: Everyone! Families and adults will enjoy the Beach's varied amenities. It's not as much of a party scene as some of the clubbier pools, though.
Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas has not one, but three pools. Boulevard caters to the ultimate lounger day and night, with movies under the stars during the summer months, while the Chelsea pool offers a spa-like retreat. But the most popular pool by far is the Marquee Dayclub, which throws some of the wildest parties on the Strip. By day Marquee has more of a lounge aesthetic, while by night it becomes an extension of the Marquee Nightclub, DJ and all. For the ultimate Marquee experience, you can even book a three-story bungalow in the heart of the pool area that has a private plunge pool and party deck.
Perfect for: Club fiends, music lovers, and ragers (Adult's only)
Liquid Pool Lounge at ARIA Resort and Casino
Liquid Pool at ARIA is a little less chaotic than some of the larger pools in Vegas, but still has a sexy party scene. There are just 85 loungers, 35 daybeds, and eight private cabanas, meaning the party doesn't get too out of control. But DJs spin great beats, here, and everyone has a good time.
Perfect for: A sexy day party that's not as sloppy as some others
Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas
If you want a quintessential Vegas pool party scene with DJs, booze, and a sexy crowd, you'll find that at the Encore Beach Club. The club is famous for bringing in top DJs, so prepare to wait in line to get in. Be prepared to dress to impress—even in bathing suits—as there's a strict dress code.
Perfect for: A stereotypical, raucous Vegas pool party
Tank at the Golden Nugget
There's a 200,000-gallon shark tank right in the middle of the Tank pool at the Golden Nugget. Need we say more? Well there's also a water slide that goes right through it. As you might expect, this pool can be popular with kids, but there's an adults-only infinity pool with a bar on the third floor. If you want to get up close and personal with the sharks, you can book a behind-the-scenes tour.
Perfect for: Marine wildlife lovers
Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace Las Vegas
There's not just one pool at Caesars Palace, but an entire five-acre complex of seven pools all revolving around the theme of the Roman gods. You'll feel transported to ancient Italy with beautiful Roman architecture and lush landscaping. But you're still firmly in Vegas—head to the Fortuna Pool to play some swim-up blackjack. And don't miss the mojitos!
Perfect for: Lounging like a god (and playing blackjack in a pool)
The Pool at Bellagio Las Vegas
Everything about the pool complex at Bellagio Las Vegas is classy. The drinks are straight up and the atmosphere is subdued, without a single hint of overwhelming debauchery. Most guests are there to bask in the Mediterranean-style vibes that are a welcome retreat from the chaos of Vegas. Plus there are poolside massage therapists! Bellagio's pool is definitely a more a subtle approach to fun in the sun, but a worthwhile one.
Perfect for: Relaxation
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. On the kids' side, there are water slides, a café, and kitschy decor that fits into the Flamingo's retro look. On the day club side, you'll experience a more typical Vegas pool party with DJs, celebrity appearances, and flowing booze seven days a week.
Perfect for: Multigenerational trips—send the grandparents and the kids to The Beach Club, and head to the GO Pool for a rager.
TAO Beach at Venetian Las Vegas
There are 10 different pools at the Venetian that include family-friendly options, serene adults-only oases, and even a sporty pool deck. But the party-hard crowd will want to go to TAO Beach, the pool component of the acclaimed restaurant and club. 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.
Perfect for: Partying foodies and celeb-spotters
*Editor's note: TAO Beach is closed for the 2020 season as it undergoes renovations and set to re-open in 2021.
The Mirage Pool and Bare Pool Lounge at the Mirage Las Vegas
The lush landscaping and serene waterfalls make the Mirage Pool feel like an oasis. It can get crowded with sunbathers, but it's certainly more of a place to relax than to party. But if you want more of the Vegas-style atmosphere, head to the Bare Pool Lounge, an adults-only spot where European-style sunbathing is permitted (read: topless). DJs will spin here.
Perfect for: Sunbathing (tops optional)
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 six-and-a-half-acre Grand Pool Complex, with four pools surrounded by waterfalls, three whirlpools, a lazy river, five bars, and a restaurant. For the partiers, there's Wet Republic, a 54,500-square-foot outdoor club with plunge pools and party bungalows, that features a lineup of celebrity DJs during the pool season.
Perfect for: Everyone, from families to ragers
Delano Beach Club at the Delano Las Vegas
The Delano Hotel is a boutique property within the Mandalay Bay complex, and it has its own pool that's just for Delano guests. Given its exclusive nature, the pool is perfect for those seeking comfort and luxury in a bit more of a discerning Las Vegas experience. Enjoy signature cocktails on a luxurious lounge chair or play a game of chess on their oversized submerged chess board.
Perfect for: A boutique experience
Tropicana Pool at the Tropicana Las Vegas
Start your pool day with swim-up blackjack and Tropicana Pool's reverse happy hour. Everyday, Tropicana Pool offers reverse happy hour featuring domestic beers, frozen cocktails and mimosas, so it's a great spot to go in the morning before you hop around to the other pool scenes. Of course, you can always stay for a round or two (or five or 15) of blackjack!
Perfect for: A pregame...at 10 a.m.