Spring has sprung, but the spring weather that Vegas locals are accustomed to seems to be taking its time getting here. Typically, March kicks off pool season and the weather accommodates the sun seekers, but this has not been the case. While many Las Vegas pools opened up in March as usual, due to the unusually chilly temps here, they haven’t had much action. Although April is looking to start off cool as well, the long-awaited warm weather is on the way, with average temperatures in the mid-70s to mid-80s in the day with more comfortable temps at night.
If you’re coming to the Ninth Island of Las Vegas and want to add a pool day (or days) into your agenda, there are some things to keep in mind. First of all, if you’re a guest of the property admission into the pool is free, you just need to show your room key. There are pools, like Drais at the Cromwell and Circa in Downtown Las Vegas, that do charge an entry fee for non-hotel guests. Some casino properties do allow guests staying at their sister properties to use their pools. Examples include guests staying at Vdara being able to use the pool at Aria and guests staying at Horseshoe using Paris’ pool (and vice versa).
Secondly, there are some rules when it comes to the pool. Guests must have a room key to enter and some properties require an ID as well. Outside food and beverages are not allowed, but these items can be purchased inside the pool area (expect higher prices for cocktails and food). Some pools are adults only, so keep that in mind if you’re traveling with children.
While cabanas and day beds are available to rent (and typically require a minimum spend), they are continuously monitored and if you’re using them without paying for them, you will be asked to move. Of course, many people visit the pools to party, and that’s fine; however, anyone engaging in inappropriate behavior or excessive drunkenness is quickly escorted out by security.
Next, there are some general things you should know before heading to the pool. The majority of pools close around 5pm, so definitely plan your pool day around that, and know that pools get crowded quickly! If you want a chair or a great spot to chill in the pool, you want to get there early. If you’re wondering what to bring, we recommend footwear (that cement gets hot), sunscreen & chapstick with an SPF (you want to eat lobster, not look like one) and along with the room key and ID mentioned earlier, bring a credit card and/or a small amount of cash (leave your valuables in the safe). Towels are provided, so you won’t need to bring one and if you bring your phone, keep in mind that it may overheat in the hot sun.
Finally, not all pools or pool complexes are created equal. There are pools that are heated, these are typically the year-round pools, although in our experience most pools on the Strip are quite chilly, even in the middle of summer.
Some properties like Caesar’s Palace and Bellagio have a very large pool complex with multiple pools, while others like Harrah’s and New York New York, have smaller, more modest pool areas.
Of course then there are the pools that are an experience in themselves, like MGM Grand with its lazy river and Mandalay Bay, which features actual sand, a lazy river and a wave pool! And of course, Downtown Las Vegas is home to two of the coolest pools in Vegas.
Circa’s Stadium Swim is open year-round, providing guests with quite the pool day experience. Stadium Swim boasts six pools and a 40-foot screen, so this is a perfect spot for those of you who are looking to combine sports and a pool day. This pool complex is also known to be a fun party pool in the evenings. Again, non-hotel guests may access Stadium Swim for a fee and it’s best to make reservations online prior.
Another must-see pool Downtown is located at the Golden Nugget. The award-winning pool, known as the Tank, is not your average pool. Located in the center is a 200,000-gallon aquarium that is home to several sharks!
While you can observe the sharks from the pool itself, you can also get a closer look as you glide through the water slide that goes right though the aquarium. They also have an adults’ only infinity pool located on the second level of the pool complex and offer pool-side blackjack! On Friday evenings, Honky Tonk at the Tank provides live music for guests. For more information on Las Vegas pools, check out our YouTube channel.
If a pool day isn’t for you, there’s always tons of entertainment here in Vegas. Some familiar residencies are taking place in April, including Usher and Maroon 5 at the Dolby Theater at Park MGM. Katy Perry will continue performances at Resorts World Las Vegas and Miranda Lambert will continue her residency at Zappos at Planet Hollywood, which BTW Zappos has changed its name to Bakkt (pronounced “backed”). Barry Manilow is back at Westgate on various dates at the end of April and Foreigner is back at the Venetian at the beginning of April. Sting is back at Caesar’s Colosseum the beginning of April as well.
For other concerts and events, there’s a ton!
- 4/1 Red Hot Chili Peppers (Allegiant Stadium)
- 4/1 Steve Aioki (Omnia Night Club)
- 4/7 New Edition (T-Mobile Arena)
- 4/8 Muse (T-Mobile Arena)
- 4/8 the first concert ever at Hoover Dam will be Billy Idol. Only 250 tickets are available for this event.
- 4/14 Smokey Robinson (Venetian)
- 4/18 The Righteous Brothers (South Point Casino)
Conventions & events…
- 4/1 Great Vegas Festival of Beer
- 4/14-16 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (Las Vegas Motor Speedway)
- 4/22 Anime (Las Vegas World Market Center)
- 4/15 Event Tech Live Las Vegas (World Market Center)
- 4/27-30 Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend
- 4/28-30 Las Vegas Comic Con
- 4/29 Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz & R&B Festival
- 4/14-15 Jerry Seinfeld (Caesar’s Colosseum)
- 4/14 Ray Romano & Brian Regan (Mirage)
- 4/28-9 David Spade & Nikki Glaser (Venetian)
4/1, 4/6 & 4/11Vegas Golden Knights (T-Mobile Arena)
Whether you’re a Las Vegas Local, or just visiting the Ninth Island, be sure to get out and explore this beautiful state! For more information on each of these destinations, check out this video, or tune into Ninth Island Connection on YouTube or YurView (Channel 14) Wednesdays @ 9 PM