The pool scene in Las Vegas is among the most awe-inspiring in the world, with many complexes boasting amenities like waterfalls, wave pools, lazy rivers, real sand beaches, and unmatched luxury. Options range from relaxing and low-key, to raucous day party environments. Although Las Vegas is home to numerous top-tier pools, there are a number of options that leave guests wanting… more.
It got us to thinking – Are you able to use a Las Vegas pool even if you aren’t staying at the resort?
It depends. Typically, the answer is no and a room key is needed to gain access to the pool complex. There are exceptions, however, both for visitors staying off property and locals.
Below, we’ll break down which pools you are able to access (for free or for a fee) even if you aren’t staying at the property.
UPDATE: Although this post has been updated for the 2021 pool season, pool access in Las Vegas is fluid and can change quickly due to the ongoing public health situation and capacity restrictions. As always, we recommend calling the hotel front desk to confirm their current policy before making the trip!
Vegas Pools That Non-Guests Can Access For Free:
Topgolf’s Hideaway Pool: It may not be a resort, but Topgolf’s 2 level pool is not only gorgeous but free to the general public that is over the age of 21, even if you don’t plan on golfing.
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing health crisis and current capacity restrictions, there are no Las Vegas resorts offering free non-guest access to their pool.
Other Pools We’re Watching: Historically, Rio, Flamingo, LINQ, Planet Hollywood, and Harrah’s have offered free pool access to non-guests, however are now limiting access to hotel guests (unless you rent a cabana). We will continue to monitor their policy as capacity restrictions ease and update as needed.
Vegas Pools That Locals Can Access For Free:
Tropicana: Locals can use Trop’s pool for free Monday – Thursday, however, need to pay a $10 cover on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Simply show your Nevada ID upon entry.
Additional Pool We’re Watching: In addition to the 2 pools above, Plaza and Rio have historically allowed locals to use their pool for free, however, are currently limiting access to hotel guests. We will monitor their policy and make updates as restrictions ease.
Las Vegas Pools the General Public Can Access for a Fee:
Caesars Entertainment Properties: We were able to confirm that renting a cabana or daybed at your desired pool complex would guarantee entry, even if you aren’t staying at the resort. Resorts under the Caesars umbrella include Caesars Palace, Paris, Planet Hollywood, Linq, Harrah’s, Cromwell, Bally’s, Rio, and Flamingo. Cabanas and daybeds can be booked in advance online with your desired property.
Elation Pool at STRAT: Non-Guests are able to access STRAT’s Elation Pool deck via this Groupon deal that pairs a daybed for 2 people, and 2 complimentary drinks for $99.
Downtown Grand: Non-resort guests can access Downtown Grand’s rooftop Citrus pool deck with a cabana or table reservation.
Golden Nugget: The Tank pool deck is again accessible to non-hotel guests but only from Monday – Thursday. A fee applies and can be paid at the podium at the pool’s entrance. Reservations can be made up to 48 hours in advance. We were informed the price is variable but starts at $30. Call (702) 500-1606 to get pricing for your specific date.
Red Rock Resort: Anyone can access Red Rock’s stunning Sandbar pool deck for a $25 cover charge ($10 for kids). Although located away from the Strip, Sandbar offers amenities like poolside gaming, and multiple pools spread across the complex.
Circa: Stadium Swim at Circa is accessible to guests not staying at the property for a cover charge that starts at $20, but can be more during peak times. Our suggestion? Place a sports bet prior to hitting the pool, then take the game in on the massive 143-foot amphitheater screen. We think you’ll agree that Circa ranks among the best pools in Vegas.
Green Valley Ranch: Like Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch offers a beautiful pool complex away from the Strip complete with a real sand beach. Guests not staying at the hotel can access the pool by booking a cabana, which starts at $150 Monday – Thursday and jumps to $225 on weekends.
M Resort: Non-hotel guests can access M Resort’s pool for a cover charge of $10 Monday – Thursday, $20 Friday – Sunday, and $25 on holiday weekends. Kids are always $5.
Additional Pools We’re Watching: In addition to the ones listed above, the pools at Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand are typically available to non-hotel guests for a cover charge, however are only allowing hotel guests at this time. This may change as capacity restrictions ease. We will be sure to update this post, but checking with these properties to gauge entry policies could be a good idea.
Rent a Cabana to Gain Pool Access:
One last suggestion for gaining entry to another hotel’s pool is to rent a cabana. Typically, cabanas require a food and beverage minimum spend, or for a flat fee to be paid upfront, however, spending up for a cabana will often gain you access. As always, read the fine print when booking online and/or call the property directly to confirm their non-guest policy. More on the ins and outs of Las Vegas pool cabanas here.
Las Vegas Dayclub Pool Experiences:
Sin City is home to numerous dayclubs and pool parties that offer a more upbeat, party atmosphere than a traditional pool. Below, you’ll find some of the more popular pool parties in Las Vegas along with a link to their events calendar so you can easily compare options.
Venetian Tao Beach: A smaller pool/dayclub environment located on the 4th-floor roof of the Venetian. Cover fees typically start at $15 for ladies and $20 for men.
Encore Beach Club: Featuring artists such as The Chainsmokers, Diplo, and Afrojack, Encore Beach Club tends to be a hot draw. Male general admission tickets typically start at $45 and ladies can expect to pay $25 and up.
Palazzo Aquatic Club: The elegance and quality of Las Vegas Sands sister properties are on display at the Aquatic Club. In addition to signature cocktails, the Aquatic Club also offers “boozy ice pops” and “spiked ice cream bars”.
Mirage Bare: The dayclub’s tropical theme is a perfect continuation of the ambiance of the resort as a whole. The club itself is intimate – only 14,000 square feet offering an impressive assortment of specialty drinks.
Aria Liquid: “Energetic DJ’s” keep the music flowing at Liquid which also features a 30 seat bar/restaurant. Admission typically starts at $10 for women and $20 for men.
Cromwell Drai’s: This 35,000 square foot beachclub perched on the roof of Cromwell offers breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip. Caesars Entertainment hotel patrons can gain free entry to the beachclub prior to noon and tickets will need to be purchased by non Caesars guests.
Mandalay Bay Daylight: Featuring a 4,400 square foot pool, Daylight offers a jam packed summer calendar with a cover charge starting at $20 for women and $30 for men.
Marquee Dayclub at Cosmopolitan: A beach club by day and an extension of the nightclub in the evening. Marquee boasts 8 cabanas with their own private infinity plunge pool. Located on the second level of the Chelsea Tower, cover fees start at $30 for men and $20 for women.
Wet Republic at MGM Grand: A sprawling 54,000 square foot complex, Wet Republic showcases some of the hottest DJ talent available.
Las Vegas Pool season typically starts coming to life in early March and is made better by the fact that there are breathtaking pool complexes that allow for non-guest access or Nevada locals access for free or for a small fee. Enjoy the desert sun and kick back after the past year which has been challenging for all of us.