Best Pool Floats to Make a Splash on Vacation or at Home

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The best pool floats are playful but not flimsy. Whether you plan to spend time floating in your backyard swimming pool, at your vacation rental home, or in a fabulous hotel pool, you’ll want to do so atop one of these whimsical babies. Here are our picks for best pool floats to make a splash on vacation or at home.

Whimsical Pool Floats for Vacation or at Home

Giant Pretzel Pool Float

Great for play, everyone will want a piece of this Giant Pretzel Pool Float. Good thing its got space for three kids or two adults. This pool float makes a great choice for children since it prioritizes play over lounging.

This giant pretzel float is great for play ~ Best Pool Floats

This Giant Pretzel Pool Float is great for play (Photo from Amazon.com)

Fire Dragon Party Tube

Set your summer on fire with the Fire Dragon Party Tube. Lovers of Harry Potter or Game of Thrones will slay the pool party from atop this float. Just make sure you have room for this inner tube in your watery lair — it's a whopping four feet wide and two feet tall.

Fire Dragon Party Tube ~ Best Pool Floats

Set the summer on fire with the Fire Dragon Party Tube (Photo from Amazon.com)

Mermaid Tail Pool Float

Set your inner mermaid free with the Mermaid Tail Pool Float. Kids and adults can choose from a green or pink inner tube tail.

Set your inner mermaid free with a Mermaid Tail Pool Float

Set your inner mermaid free with a Mermaid Tail Pool Float (Photo from Amazon.com)

Water Gun Plane Ride-On Float

Sorry, Mom and Dad, this one's just for kids. The Water Gun Plane Ride-On Float comes equipped with a toy water gun. You'd better get two floats for playful water battles between siblings or friends.

What kid wouldn't LOVE this Ride-On Airplane Pool Float?!

What kid wouldn't LOVE this Ride-On Airplane Pool Float?! (Photo from Amazon.com)

Golden Swan Pool Float

Divas of all ages will enjoy this gold gem. Why not show off your tan aboard this Giant Inflatable Golden Swan Pool Float? This chic yet playful pool float is great for moms who like to sparkle day and night. 

Add a little glitz to your summer with a gold swan pool float ~ Best Pool Floats

Add a little glitz to your summer with a Golden Swan Pool Float (Photo from Amazon.com)

Giant Pineapple Pool Float

You don't need to live in a pineapple under the sea to recognize a fabulous pool float when you it! This Giant Pineapple Pool Float fits the bill. It seems to be made for sipping a Pina Colada (or kiddie colada). This float is 73 inches long so you and your drink will stay nice and dry. Can you imagine lazing on this tropical pool float in your swim-up hotel room pool? I sure can!

Pack this giant pineapple float for your next tropical getaway ~ Best Pool Floats

Pack this Giant Pineapple Pool Float for your next tropical getaway (Photo from Amazon.com)

Rainbow Unicorn Pool Float

Unicorns represent magic, mystery and all-out fun, especially when they've got a golden horn and rainbow mane like this Rainbow Unicorn Pool Float. It can hold more than 500 pounds so kids can join right in. 

Every pool needs a Rainbow Unicorn Pool Float

Every pool needs a Rainbow Unicorn Pool Float (Photo from Amazon.com)

Strawberry Donut Pool Float

Kids will love paddling around on this Strawberry Donut Pool Float. This festive pink donut measures more than four feet wide. Who wouldn't love to float down a lazy river in this sweet float?

Who wouldn't love floating down a lazy river in this sweet donut float? ~ Best Pool Floats

You'll look sweet floating down a lazy river in this Strawberry Donut Pool Float (Photo from Amazon.com)

Rosé Floaté

The Rosé Floaté will be the toast of your backyard barbecue. Grab mom a plastic glass of something refreshing so she can sip and float in style.

The Rosé Floaté will please any wine-loving pool goer

The Rosé Floaté will please any wine-loving pool goer (Photo from Amazon)

Double Cherry Pool Float

Pool play is more fun with two than with just one. Grab a buddy and get floating together with this extra fun Double Cherry Pool Float. This float will be the cherry on top of your fabulous summer!

Floating is more fun with two, than with just one especially with this Double Cherry Pool Float

Floating is more fun with two, especially with this Double Cherry Pool Float (Photo from Amazon.com)

Pink Flamingo Pool Float

The Pink Flamingo Pool Float will be the star of your pool party. It's 86 inches long so you’ll have plenty of room to kick back and relax. It can fit up to four small children without sinking. Best of all, the high-quality vinyl keeps cool even in the hot sun. 

No list of best pool floats would be complete without a giant pink flamingo

No list of best pool floats would be complete without a Giant Pink Flamingo Float (Photo from Amazon.com)

Kids Floats

Keep the kids from taking over your precious pool float by buying them floats of their own! This swimming ring comes in four options for children: Purple Unicorn, Blue Fish, Orange Fox, and Pink Swan.

A Purple Unicorn Float like this will keep kids from taking over their parents' floats

A Purple Unicorn Float like this will keep kids from taking over their parents' floats (Photo from Amazon.com)


No matter which you choose, the best pool floats give a splash of excitement to a day of swimming, whether on vacation or at home.

Oh! And you're going to need an electric air pump to inflate your floats, for sure. Believe me!

If you like these pool floats, then you'll love this list of the best hotel lazy rivers and this selection of the best hotel pools for kids.

Of our picks for the best pool floats, which is your favorite?  Tell us in the comments below!

About Lyla Gleason, The Globetrotting Travel Mama

Long before the glamorous world of marriage, motherhood and travel blogging, Lyla Gleason had an exciting career as a travel publicist representing hotels and destinations across the globe. She spent her childhood on Long Island and then attended college and grad school in Boston and lived abroad in Rome. Some of her most favorite vacation spots include the Caribbean, India and Turkey. She is currently a downtown NYC mom who can be found chasing after her 7-year-old daughter, cooking dinner, mingling at blogger events and exploring near and far with a camera in hand. She is the author of GlobetrottingMommy.com, a lifestyle blog dedicated to travel, family fun and fabulous finds. Connect with Lyla on Twitter at @travelmommy.

Comments

  1. Those are all so much fun! I’ve always loved unique floats like these. They’re so much better than plain old boring floats.

    • Lyla Gleason, The Globetrotting Travel Mama says:

      These are so much more fun than the old-school floats. Glad you liked them.

  2. Yep. That’s awesome. Those plain Jane rectangular floats are a dime a dozen. These things are fun, though.

    • Lyla Gleason, The Globetrotting Travel Mama says:

      So glad you liked these fun floats. Out with the rectangle, in with the unicorn!!

  3. wow! Such a great idea. The best choice for a hot summer.
    It look so fun. My kid have to love it so much. Thank you for your sharing.

    • Lyla Gleason, The Globetrotting Travel Mama says:

      Nothing better than floating in a pool on a hot summer day! Glad you enjoyed.

  4. Catherine Sargent says:

    Those are all really cute pool floats. I would have to go with the unicorn or donut float.

  5. These are such awesome pool floats, I would love to have the flamingo one myself, but the pretzel one is awesome too!

  6. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    My favorite are the pineapple and the donut pool floats. That donut one is just too cute! These are so much cooler than the pool floats I am used to.

  7. We used to have a bunch of fun pool floats when I was young. These are all fun, I’m not sure which one amuses me the most.

  8. These are some really cool ones. I like the pineapple one a lot. That’s perfect for summer relaxing!

  9. These are all such fun options! I’d love to take that unicorn for a float on the beach!

  10. These all look so great and have their own characteristics to them. I think they would also make a great gift to bring to a pool party!

  11. I love that pineapple and flamingo! So cute and so fun. Would love to have these to take with us on vacation. So much fun, my kids would love them too!

  12. Those are all SO cute! That unicorn one had me mesmerized. We really should invest in some nicer floaties.

  13. Our family world says:

    Awesome! Summertime is here! Grab any of these awesome pool floats and jump in the water. Perfect for relaxing on and catching some rays, these floats will make a serious statement in the pool.

  14. I like the pink flamingo and the pretzel floats best. My family and I will go swimming on April 9th. The weather will be warm enough by then. I can’t wait to get this tired, old body in the water!

  15. Oh that large pineapple float is calling my name. I can’t wait for warmer weather so I can relax in the pool!

  16. I love fun floats and any of these would make pool time better. I love the flamingo!

  17. Wow.. these are really cute floats.

  18. What an awesome list of pool floats. The flamingo is still our favorite. what a classic.

  19. My wife’s favorite is the giant pineapple. I set up a simple sandbag anchor to keep her in place while floating at the beach. These floaties are real head-turners. As a floating-fanatic’s spouse, I highly recommend buying a good air pump.

    • Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama says:

      Hi David – Thanks for the pool float tips! Yes, a good air pump is super helpful. A sandbag anchor sounds so smart, too! I will have to go see if they offer these on Amazon!

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