One of the best things about vacationing in Las Vegas is the variety. No two casinos or restaurants are alike. Fulfilling the desire to sample the differences makes for a more satisfying Vegas experience.
The various swimming pools have differences worth enjoying, too, though many cater only to adults. But if you’re going to be in Las Vegas for a week or so and looking for something cool to do—literally—during the hottest part of the day, why not sample a few different pools?
Certainly, you’ll want to spend time enjoying the excellent family poolside experience at Bluegreen Club 36™, your getaway HQ—more on that later—but Vegas offers nothing if not a smorgasbord, even when it comes to pool fun. So go on. Have fun. Work your way up and down the Strip for a daily dip.
The Marquee Nighclub & Dayclub Pool
Enjoy music, food, drink, celebrity DJs and adult poolside ambience. The setting—open only to those 21 and older—includes cabanas, infinity pools and a party deck. The dayclub is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., when parties presumably move indoors to the nightclub.
Don’t wait for the weekend, when the cover charge makes this a pricier proposition. Admission is free Mondays through Thursdays.
Go Pool at the Flamingo
You have to be 21 here, too. The two interconnected pools are laid out over a tropical 15-acre spread that includes cabanas, hot tubs and a cascading waterfall. Look for daily giveaways and celebrity DJs.
If you go, be prepared to pay a cover charge.
Mandalay Beach at Mandalay Bay
This one’s for the highest of high rollers only—non – guests of the resort are admitted only if they rent a cabana for a day, which costs $325. On the plus side, 11-acre “Mandalay Beach” offers real sand, a wave pool and a lazy river in addition to regular pools
Wet Republic at MGM Grand
The general public is admitted only to Wet Republic, a 21-and-older day club, and only then for a cover charge as high as $70 for men and $50 for women. The setting includes two saltwater pools plus additional pools and spas as well as a bar.
Bluegreen Club 36
The pool is heated, and indoors, so you can swim and play in climate-controlled comfort year-round. And when you want sun, you can relax on the always-family-friendly fourth-floor sundeck. The pool and sundeck offer the same respite as the rest of the resort—you’re still in Vegas conveniently close to the action, and yet the action, in this case wild poolside action, isn’t in your face 24/7.
Great vacations, the happiest vacations, are all about balance. There’s a time and place for everything, including pools that present everything that Las Vegas can throw at you—and pools that don’t.