The best pool toys and games you can buy

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  • There’s nothing like a nice dip in the pool to refresh you during those long summer months. To liven up the time you spend poolside, we’ve rounded up the best pool toys and games you can buy.
  • Whether you want to play ball, go diving, pretend to be a mermaid, or get the whole family in on the fun, we have a pick for you.

The joys of the backyard swimming pool are many as the temperature inches upward over the long days of summer. Swimming laps, lazily drifting on a pool float, or stretching out on a poolside lounger while slathered in sunscreen are all great ways to enjoy the pool, but sometimes, you crave a little more excitement.

Whether you’re trying to keep your kids busy over summer break, you’re hosting a pool party and want to keep things lively, or you just feel the need for more than aimless swimming, a toy or game specifically designed for the pool is the answer

There are a lot of pool toys and games out there, so we did the hard work for you, and gathered up our favorite games and toys for use in a backyard or community pool, or even at the local lake. Try one or try them all, and watch your pool turn into the most popular playground in town.

These are our favorite pool toys of all kinds:

Updated on 07/03/2019 by Les Shu: Updated selections, prices, links, and formatting.

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Mike Hunter

Mike is the owner of the local pool shop. He's been in the business for over 20 years and knows everything there is to know about pools. He's always happy to help his customers with whatever they need, whether it's advice on pool maintenance or choosing the right chemicals. He's also a bit of a pool expert, and is always happy to share his knowledge with anyone who's interested.

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