VooDoo Beach at the Rio: RECESS Best Family Pools in Las Vegas
Las Vegas is known for it’s summer pool scene; wild, over the top, and barely there bikinis and that’s just the cocktail waitresses! Some casino pools even have their own reality shows fueled on high drama and a lot of cocktails.
But where does that leave the families looking for a more family-friendly atmosphere? RECESS is setting out this summer to find Las Vegas locals and visitors alike some options that won’t have mom covering impressionable eyes and land dad in hot water for staring too hard.
VooDoo Beach at Rio
Our first stop for the best family-friendly pools in Las Vegas is VooDoo Beach at Rio. With free entry daily, you can see why it tops the list! Parents will enjoy the many pools and cool features.
Amenities at the sandy-entry Rio Las Vegas pool complex include four different pool areas, waterfalls, three whirlpools, poolside spa treatments, and two bars – Cruzan Island Bar and VooDoo Beach Bar – where you can enjoy specialty cocktails made by flair bartenders. – Source
What We Liked
It’s free! Yes, saving money on family entertainment can be a challenge in a destination city, we are thrilled this pool offers free entry!
Great location just off the Las Vegas strip and easily accessible from anywhere in the valley.
There are fun things for all ages here! The sandy entry beacons beach lovers and castle-building enthusiastic of all ages. Large and small waterfalls beg to drench fun-lovers plus offers a cool shady spot to chill out, and the shallow pool allows parents to relax with young swimmers still perfecting their doggy paddle.
What to Bring
Definitely consider sand toys and floaties for children. I would also suggest water socks because the sand surrounding the pool is extremely hot and can burn sensitive skin easily. Having the kids in water socks allows them to go from pool to seating area easily and without losing shoes poolside.
Leave the towels at home and have less to carry, there is towel service on site. I actually made a small hideaway fort for the kids to escape the sun in while eating lunch. Do bring in bottled water, this is the only beverage allowed in. No coolers or outside food is allowed in the pool area, but I would think about packing your items in a “Keep Cool” solar bag (the ones found at grocery stores) to store cell phones and help water from becoming undrinkable.
However, if you’ll be on property during meal times, there is an on-site snack bar. Here is where you will spend your money with meals starting at $9 each. My two children shared the chicken fingers with celery and carrots, it was plenty for the both of them. I split the margarita wrap with RECESS editor, Christa, and would opt for another choice next time. There is a fully stocked bar with cocktail waitresses as well, if mom wants to cool off with a margarita (or two).
Also on-site is a small vendor space that retails sunscreen, hats, along with small snack foods. So if you happen to forget yours, no need to pack up and run back home for essentials. I suggest parking valet, it’s a quick walk to the pool from the main entrance, it’s also nice to have the AC going when you get your car back after a day under the hot Las Vegas sun!
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