It began with Party Island. Almost the size of our pool — and clearly meant for a lake — Party Island provided hours of fun before it slowly deflated by the end of the season. Gone, but forever remembered in our hearts. Since then, we kick off every summer with a frivolous new pool toy, oversized raft or lawn game. Sure, none of us NEED these things, but isn’t summer all about kicking back and having fun? So load up on what we think are vacay necessities to keep the good times rolling all season long.
— Holly Parmelee
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ROSÉ POOL FLOAT
Yes way, rosé, and why not sip it (all day) while relaxing on your very own rosé float? This also makes an excellent and festive summer hostess gift.
No need to ever get out of the pool when you have a floating cooler. Shaped like a boat, it has a tie-off to secure it to a pool or dock so it doesn’t float away and the Minnidip Palms inflatable cooler is just so damn cute you have to have it .
PLAYABOULE LIGHTED BOCCE BALL SET
This game works for all ages and is beautiful to boot. When the sun goes down, the glowing bocce balls light up your lawn with beautiful, luminescent colors. Just turn on the LED lights and you can play hours of bocce late into the evening.
POOL BEER PONG
When you’ve tired of chicken fights and Marco Polo, may we suggest you turn to Pool Beer Pong? One of the all-time great games can now be played in the water and you can make this an alcohol-free activity if needed. Not nearly as much fun, but hey, it’s always an option.
Safely let your kids fight while encased in bubble wrap It’s as much fun to watch as it is for them to play.
AQUA GOLF BACKYARD GOLF GAME
Set up on the grass or in the pool to keep your golf skills up to par. The balls have velcro so they stick to the green once you’ve putted and when you put the putting green in the pool it drifts from place to place offering even more of a challenge.
The watermelon ball seems so simple yet is So. Much. Fun. It doesn’t sink, doesn’t totally float and can be bounced — and even dribbled — under water. One of our most used pool toys, this thing is virtually indestructible and will provide hours and hours of fun.
TROPICAL TAHITI FLOATING ISLAND
Obviously I think everyone needs their own Party Island! While this is really meant for a lake, it’s strangely fun to have in the pool. With the cup holders, built-in cooler and open mesh floor to cool your feet, you’ll never want to get voted off the island.