It’s almost that time of year when you let out the dreaded statement, “UGHHHH, it’s hot!” Seeing as though we’ve spent most of this year indoors, you might ignore the heat this year and enjoy the sun on your skin. If you’re one of the lucky ones that have the luxury of a private pool, then you should invest in the best swimming pool games and pool toys this summer.
Whether you’re looking for sports games and toys, a few fun options for your kids, or even a few adults-only games, we have you covered. Items on this list are BPA-free and have the outdoors and water in mind. With summer only a few months away, it’s time to consider what you’ll have ready when your guests arrive to your next pool party.
Below, our list of swimming pool games and toys that are sure to help put the spark into your summer pool days.
1. Hoop Shark Swimming Pool Basketball Hoop Set
BEST INFLATABLE HOOP
For those who are looking for an inflatable basketball hoop, Hoop Shark has you covered. This hoop is made from durable, thick plastic with reinforced seams to make sure that the goal lasts for years to come. It also features large bore valves for quicker inflation and deflation. Also, this inflatable hoop has numbers printed on it so that you can keep score when you’re dunking over your friends’ heads.
2. GoSports Splash Hoop
BEST BASKETBALL HOOP
As we all know, basketball is one of America’s favorite pastimes. So, of course, there’s a standard option for your summer pool days. This set from GoSports features one Splash Hoop Pro and two inflatable water basketballs. It has a modern, robust design that sets it a cut above other options on the market. It comes in two colorways, blue and red, that are sure to add a little more competition to the event.
3. JOYIN Inflatable Pool Float Set
BEST VOLLEYBALL NET
Volleyball is another great pool game because you no longer need to risk injury for every ESPN-worthy dive. This net and hoop option from Joyin is perfect for volleyball fans and basketball fans alike. It comes with an inflatable volleyball, basketball and a waterproof net. There are weight bags affixed to both opposite ends of the volleyball net to make sure that the net stands tall and proud in the water.
4. Poolmaster Smash ‘n’ Splash Water Paddle Ball Swimming Pool Game
BEST PADDLE BALL GAME
This simple pool game called Smash ‘N’ Splash will bring paddle-ball style play to your water festivities. It comes with two durable, non-corrosive paddles and two soft splasher balls covered in waterproof materials. The rackets are wrapped in a stretch fabric to help create “springy” paddle action. This set is perfect for the beach, the pool, or even when you just want to play a quick game while you’re bored at home.
5. Big Summer Inflatable Fire Boat Pool Float for Kids with Built-in Squirt Gun
If you’ve got a few little ones running around, this inflatable fireboat from Big Summer will help your kids extinguish the summer heat. It comes fully equipped with a squirt gun on the front of the boat. Simply put the tube from the water gun through the tubing of the boat and inflate the boat. But don’t overinflate the boat, as only 80-90% capacity is necessary and we wouldn’t want it to pop on your little firefighter! Also, this option features high-quality PVC materials that are sure to withstand long, hot summer days.
6. Turn Me On Inflatable Pool Ring Toss Pool Game
BEST RING TOSS
Most people have played ring toss at some point in their life, whether it was at a county fair or even on your phone, and now, there’s a pool version. This inflatable pool ring toss game is perfect for a two to three-person game and comes with four rings. It has a super thick waterproof function that helps keep the game inflated and safe.
7. Max Liquidator 6-Pack Water Blaster Set
BEST ADULT SQUIRT GUN
Probably one of the most known pool games on this list is this water blaster. Water blasters have grown in popularity over the last decade or so, and the trend shows no signs of stopping. Just pull back the handle to fill the canon and then push it forward to release watery mayhem. This pack comes with six in various colors that will catch your eye. They are also lightweight and can float in the pool, which helps during cleanup.
8. Poolmaster Active Xtreme Cyclone Swimming Pool Waterproof Football
BEST WATER FOOTBALL
Another known thing about America is its love for football. This option is a waterproof football that’s suitable for pool play. It is nine inches long and is suitable for in-the-water play and outdoor play. This football comes in a blue or red color option, and it is sure to be a touchdown during summer play.
9. Airhead LOB THE BLOB Cornhole Game
BEST FOR ANYONE
Cornhole has become one of America’s favorite pastimes. With the wooden boards being printed with everything from cartoon characters to sports teams to even seasonal designs, it was only a matter of time before the inflatable pool cornhole became a thing. This option from Airhead suits kids and adults. Throw each of the color-coded bags into the holes on each board to successfully play the game. It also can be used either in the pool or outside the pool for perfect summer day fun.