2023 Pool Season Note: This list has yet to be updated for the 2023 pool season in Las Vegas. Fortunately, the pools listed below that offer non-guest access stay pretty consistent from year to year so it’s still a good guide for the upcoming summer. I’ll be sure to make updates as pools finalize their policies.
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.
Pool decks range from relaxing and low-key on one end of the spectrum, to raucous party environments on the other.
Although Las Vegas is home to numerous pools built to impress, there are others that leave guests wanting…more.
It got us thinking – Are you able to use a Las Vegas pool even if you aren’t staying at the resort?
It depends. Typically, the answer’s no and a room key is needed to gain access to the pool. 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.
Reminder: Las Vegas is fluid and can change quickly. As always, we recommend calling the pool directly to confirm their current policy before making the trip!
Vegas Pools That Are Free for Anyone to Use:
Unfortunately, there aren’t any resorts currently offering free non-guest access to their pool. Topgolf, below, is the only completely free pool in Las Vegas that’s open to all.
Topgolf’s Hideaway Pool: It may not be a resort, but Topgolf’s 2-level pool is open to the public, provided you’re over the age of 21. Note that no purchase is necessary. Just show up, and lounge!
Las Vegas Pools Locals Can Use For Free
Tropicana: Locals can access Trop’s pool for free any day of the week with a valid Nevada driver’s license.
Palms: After being shuttered for 2 years, Palms has re-opened and is allowing locals into the pool for free Monday through Thursday. Just bring your NV ID.
Locals do need to pay a $15 cover on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Las Vegas Pools Anyone Can Use for a Fee:
Caesars Entertainment Properties: Renting a cabana or daybed at your desired pool will guarantee you the ability to enter, even if you aren’t staying at the resort. Cabanas and daybeds can be booked in advance online with your desired property.
Resorts under the Caesars umbrella include Caesars Palace, Paris, Planet Hollywood, Linq, Harrah’s, Cromwell, Bally’s, Rio, and Flamingo.
MGM Resorts Properties: Although no MGM pools offer day passes, the pools are still accessible to those willing to spend up for a cabana or daybed. We’d recommend checking out Mandalay Bay’s beach or MGM Grand’s sprawling pool complex. Both come equipped with a lazy river. Browse cabana rates by resort, here.
Resorts that fall under the MGM umbrella include Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, NYNY, Park MGM, Aria, MGM Grand, Bellagio, and Mirage.
Downtown Grand: Non-resort guests can access Downtown Grand’s rooftop Citrus pool deck with a cabana or table reservation.
Cosmopolitan: A cabana or daybed purchase will unlock access to both the Boulevard and Chelsea pools at Cosmopolitan. The fee you pay up-front is a food & beverage minimum that can then be spent at the pool.
Plaza: The rooftop pool at Plaza is accessible to anyone that rents a cabana which costs $125 on weekdays and $200 on weekends. $50 of that fee is for the rental, while the remaining balance can be used to purchase food and drink at the pool.
Golden Nugget: The Tank pool deck is again accessible to non-hotel guests for a fee payable at the entrance. Pricing ranges from $35 to $45 depending on the day. Note that the pool is reserved for hotel guests only on Saturdays. If interested, you can call guest services at (702) 500-1606 to obtain pricing for your specific date.
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.
Red Rock Resort: Anyone can access Red Rock’s stunning Sandbar pool deck for a $25 cover charge ($10 for kids under 16). Although located away from the Strip, Sandbar offers amenities like poolside gaming, and multiple pools spread across the complex.
Note that non-guest access to Red Rock’s pool is based on occupancy, which could make weekends a bit more challenging. Daybed or cabana rentals will guarantee entry, however.
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 for $25 ($10 for kids under 16).
Note that access is based on occupancy, so it may be more challenging to get in on the weekends. A daybed or cabana rental will guarantee you access, however.
M Resort: Non-hotel guests can access M Resort’s pool for a cover charge of $10 Monday – Thursday and $20 Friday – Sunday. Kids are always $10.
Tropicana: The pool at Tropicana currently offers non-guest access for $5.
Palms: Guests not staying at Palms can still use their pool by paying a cover fee of $15 Monday – Thursday and $20 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Rent a Cabana to Gain Pool Access:
Most pools in Las Vegas are open to the public, provided that you’re willing to pay up to rent a cabana or daybed.
While cabanas require a food and beverage minimum spend or a flat fee to be paid upfront, ponying up for one will often gain you access to your desired pool.
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 provide 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. After taking last summer off, Tao is fresh off of a renovation project that re-imagined the space.
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.
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.
Wet Republic at MGM Grand: A sprawling 54,000 square foot complex, Wet Republic showcases some of the hottest DJ talent available.
Ayu Dayclub: Found at Resorts World, the newest resort on the Strip, Ayu offers a distinctly Southeast Asian vibe. Boasting resident performers like Zedd, DJ Snake, and Tiesto, Ayu is likely to be a popular destination this summer.
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”.
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.
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.
I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.