14 Things You Need for the Ultimate Pool Day

If your idea of summer fun is being in or near the water, then you’ll love our list of pool floats, games and accessories for the ultimate pool day.

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July 09, 2021

The dog days of summer have arrived and it’s going to be hot, hot, hot. There’s no better way to stay cool when temperatures soar than by taking a dip in a refreshingly cold swimming pool. Whether you prefer to float the day away — drink in hand — or kick up your feet in the shade, you’ll love our list of fun floats, games, decor and more from Frontgate's Outdoor Living collection. And if you want to take your pool day into the evening, we’ve got you covered with cool color-changing LED decor, like floating glow balls and cube seats. Juice up your Bluetooth speaker and get your summer playlist ready because it's time for classic summer relaxation at its finest. Here's what you need for the ultimate pool day — and night.

Grab a durable, lounge-ready pool float.

Float in the water any way you like with comfortable, colorful pool floats and noodles that are incredibly supportive and designed for hours of summer lounging. We love the Lazy Day Pool Chair because it sits upright in the water and comes with a built-in cup holder so you can sip on your favorite drink while floating.

Or, up your pool game with a photogenic floatie.

If you need something with Insta-worthy flair, then these trendy pool floats have you covered. This personal Yacht Pool Float from FUNBOY comes with a built-in cooler compartment in the bow and two cup holders on the sides. The luxurious daybed is nine feet long and can inflate in three minutes flat with this speedy pump kit that is totally worth it. Imagine the selfies on these cute floaties!

Keep your pup cool, too.

Help your furry best friend float in style with this Dog Pool Float and Lounger. It features puncture-resistant, vinyl-coated fabric and nonporous foam for strong buoyancy and durability. Once the fabric is dampened in the water, it will help keep your pup cool, too. The float comes in three sizes for dogs up to 80 pounds, as well as six bright hues like raspberry, tangerine and seafoam.

And don't forget about your drinks!

Keep drinks and snacks within reach at all times with this floating ottoman/drink holder. Four cup holders and plenty of space in the middle make it easy and efficient to bring along your favorite beverages and treats while you float.

Get everyone involved with a water game.

Feeling competitive? Play your favorite multiplayer games, like basketball, volleyball and Four Across, without leaving the water. This fun version of Four Across floats along as you play and comes with two mesh storage bags filled with blue and red foam game pieces ready for hours of fun for players of all ages.

If you just want to dip your feet in the water...

Made of durable closed-cell foam, these soft and cushiony poolside seats are super comfortable, easy to tote and will keep your legs protected from hot concrete and your swimsuit from unfortunate snags.

Keep cozy towels within reach.

You’ll love the way these Turkish cotton, cabana-stripe towels feel after stepping out of the cool water. With eight summer-inspired hues to choose from, like sunburst, mango and marine blue, plus the option to personalize with a monogram, this classic beauty will become your go-to towel for the season.

Make sure you have some shade nearby.

Keep your skin protected from harsh UV rays while staying cool with this custom patio umbrella. It comes in more than 40 canopy options (including solids, stripes and patterns), two frame materials (aluminum or teak) and four aluminum frame finishes so you can design the perfect umbrella for your outdoor space. Plus, you’ll love the high-quality Sunbrella® fabric that provides up to 98-percent UV protection and resists fading, stains, mold, dirt and mildew for use year after year.

When you're ready to kick back and relax.

These roomy poolside chaises are perfect for lounging between dips in the pool. The sleek, powder-coated aluminum frame is strong yet lightweight and can easily withstand years of use and weather. Plus, the mesh fabric is supportive and allows air to circulate, keeping you cool on even the hottest days. We love the white-on-white style, but you can choose from two other modern finishes, too.

If you want to feel like you're at a fancy resort.

With enough space for six, the ultra-versatile Baleares Daybed will add a high-end resort look to your pool deck. The five-piece set includes a settee, round ottoman, two curved benches, a retractable Sunbrella® canopy, as well as coordinating seat cushions and all-weather throw pillows. Trust us when we say you’ll never want to leave this cozy lounger. What makes this piece so cool is that you can push all four pieces together and extend the canopy for privacy and shade, or you can pull the pieces apart and create a mini seating area for a group.

Make night swimming more fun with LED lights.

We love when pool days turn into pool nights, and these color-changing LED accessories make night swimming and alfresco entertaining even more fun. These Glow Balls come in four different sizes and include a remote control so you can change the hues from static white to a rotation of colors for a magical effect. For fun outside the water, use the Cube Seat, Rio Outdoor Lamp or Hanging Glow Balls to give your pool deck a party-ready glow for hours.

Keep drinks, snacks and essentials at the ready.

If you plan on being by the water all day, then set up a mobile drink station to keep your favorite beverages nearby. This wicker bar cart features built-in bottle storage and two shelves for chilled drinks, snacks and more. You can even use the lower shelf to house towels and sunscreen.

Stay stress-free with acrylic drinkware.

Made from 100-percent acrylic, this striped drinkware set is perfect for poolside parties, barbecues and more. You can have the look of glass without the worry of broken shards near bare feet. Choose from individual sets of tumblers, old-fashioned glasses and wine glasses, or grab a set of each in different hues for a fun and bold rainbow collection.

Keep drinks chilled all day and night.

Keep drinks cold for hours with some of our favorite beverage-chilling buys, like this double-walled stainless-steel tub that guarantees maximum cold retention and no condensation, making it perfect for outdoor gatherings. Choose from five finishes and two sizes (17 or 21 inches) to keep bottled beverages ice-cold and easily accessible throughout the day.

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