25 Best Swimming Pool Games for 2021

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Are you looking to buy a pool game for your pool?

I’ve compiled a list of the best swimming pool games with the highest ratings that are selling like hotcakes this year, so I’m pretty confident your kids will love at least one of the pool games from the list.

Let’s get started!

What is The Best Swimming Pool Game?

Check out this list of the best 25 swimming pool games that are selling like wildfire right now.

1. Swimline Giant Shootball

This Giant Shootball is perfect if your kid loves playing basketball. The float is 45 inches tall, and the package includes one ball.

This comes with multi-ports, so your kids won’t have to fight over one hoop. And it is made of heavy gauge vinyl, which doesn’t easily break, making it much better quality than you’d expect from such a toy. 

Since it’s so much fun to play, you may find it challenging to drag your kids out of the pool when they get ahold of this. Kiss your chance goodbye at ever playing this game when your kids are around. But it’s all worth it since your kids will at least have a blast.

As an added benefit, it can even be used as a riding toy in the swimming pool since it’s so sturdy.

2. Intex Water Slide

Who needs to go to a waterpark when you have an Intex water slide at home? This water slide is a perfect combination of fun and safety. 

The slide weighs 37 lbs, which makes it sturdy enough to withstand most abuse. It also comes with an inflatable stepping mat along with handles and climbing steps for extra safety. 

The weight limit is 176 lbs, so it’s best not to jump on the slide with your kid simultaneously. That might be too much for the slide to handle.

The recommended age for this slide is between 6 to 18 years old. But adults are more than welcome to have fun with it as long as they meet the weight requirement.

As a last note, make sure you have an electric inflation pump when the slide arrives to inflate it.

3. Poolmaster Pro

The Poolmaster Pro is a poolside basketball game that’ll be a great addition to any type of pool.

You can simply place this thing on your deck, and your kids will have a field day with it. It’s made of durable enough materials that it can easily withstand harsh weather conditions. In fact, many customers comment on this product lasting for at least three to four years. 

In other words, there’s no need for you to constantly store it away from outside when the weather gets bad. 

The size measures 34-inches wide and 25.5-inches tall, which is small enough that you won’t feel like it’s taking up too much of your deck space.

The durable, hand-woven polyethylene net will survive even if your kids pull on it occasionally. The base can be filled with water or sand for added stability.

It will take about 10 to 15 minutes for you to assemble the product. But it’s a simple process, and you don’t need any special tools to get the job done.

4. Swimways Basketball and Volleyball Combo Set

If playing basketball from your pool sounds awesome, why not add volleyball into it? That’s exactly what this Swimways combo set has done. Your kids no longer have to pick between the two; it can do both.

This product conveniently transforms from one form to another. And if you’re a parent, you know kids get bored easily. So this will occupy your kids’ attention a little longer.

Setting up is simple without requiring any tools and will only take you about 5 minutes. And since it’s made of plastic, you won’t have to worry about rust.

Just like the Poolmaster Pro, you can fill up the base with water or sand for more stability. But I’d recommend you fill it up with the sand since there’s a possibility of leakage with water. It’s also a lot more convenient to change to another form when you have sand in the base instead of water.

5. Betheaces Water Guns Toys for Kids

How many times have you bought your kids heavy, bulky water guns only for them to take up precious space in your garage a few weeks later? That’s why Betheaces water guns serve as a great replacement for traditional water guns.

They are portable and lightweight. The size measures only about 15 inches with a 1.77-inch diameter. This doesn’t mean it’s flimsy. It’s durable enough that you won’t have to worry about leakage. The Betheaces also comes with an impressive shooting range of 30-ft, which your kids will love.

Another feature that I like about this water gun is how easy it is to fill up with water. You just need to dip the nozzle in the water and pull the handle. This means you won’t need to fill up the water gun for your kids constantly.

Furthermore, the Betheaces is made of eco-friendly plastic material that’s non-toxic to the human body, and the materials aren’t hard like traditional water guns. Safety always comes first before anything else, which is another reason why this toy gun is an excellent choice for your kids. 

6. Swimline UFO Spaceship

If you want to gift your kids with a real-life UFO Spaceship, this is as close as it gets. The UFO Spaceship allows you to float around your swimming pool and defeat your worst enemy with the spaceship weapon.

This spaceship will make your kid feel like a real hero in the universe defeating aliens, as long as you convincingly play the role of aliens.

The product is made of heavy gauge vinyl for increased durability, and it measures 45-inch in diameter.

This product’s weight capacity is 140 lbs, so you should resist the temptation to hop on it when your kids are not around. That said, many customers report that it’s even durable enough for most adults, so you can certainly give it a shot.

One downside is that the watergun only shoots about 3 to 4 inches. So if you’re looking for something with a good shooting range, this product may disappoint you a little.

7. Jilong Water Wheel

This inflatable water wheel toy is a hamster wheel equivalent for kids. Your kids will love this because of the unique motion that they don’t get to experience often. 

The size measures 49 by 33, so it’s suitable for kids of all ages.

The Jilong is constructed with Sturdy l-Beam with rainbow strings for durability and aesthetics. Your kids will feel like they are moving with the rainbow as the wheel’s rolling in the water.

The package also includes a repair patch in case you may need it in the future.

8. Driveway Games Floating Cornhole Set

Driveway Games cornhole game set is a perfect addition to your swimming pool if you’re looking for a fun outdoor water game. Unlike many other pool toys, it’s easy to enjoy this game together with your kids.

The package includes one inflatable corn-hole game board, eight waterproof buoyant bean bags, and one mesh carry bag. These are all made of resilient materials that don’t easily rip. And they come with a speed safety valve, making them easy to inflate.

The game board will move along with your water for the extra challenge, making it more engaging.

One potential downside is that there’s only one target. But that really is all you need to have a ton of fun with your kids.

9. Watermelon Ball

If you’re looking for a swimming ball that looks just your favorite summer fruit, you’ve found one.

Your kids can do anything and everything they’d like with the watermelon ball. They can kick and pass the ball if they’re up for some soccer play. They can also dribble the ball around in the water if they’re up for some basketball action.

Filling up the ball is straightforward using your garden hose. And when it’s properly filled with water, it’ll float on the surface, so you won’t have to reach into the water to pick it up.

These are also excellent for pool parties and for people of all ages. The ball is made of durable materials and will last years without requiring any maintenance.

If you want to bring extra fun to your pool time with your family, this will be a great addition.

10. Swim Thru Rings

Not only are Water Sports Swim Thru Rings a great deal of fun, but they are also excellent for improving your kids’ aquatic athleticism.

Swimming around the pool without any challenge can get stale after a while. These rings will test your kids’ swimming skills, and it’ll motivate your kids to jump inside the pool.

The ring’s diameter is 31 inches, which is big enough to swim through, but small enough that it won’t take up too much space And the adjustable air chambers let you modify the underwater depth.

These rings used to have issues with leaking liquids and rusting. But it’s no longer a problem with the updated version.

11. Swimline Starfighter Pool Toy

Starfighter pool toy is another fascinating pool float from Swimline. Just like the UFO Spaceship, it can comfortably support weight up to 140 lbs. But please do not it’ll eventually break if someone who weighs much more than that constantly sits on it.

This toy is primarily for little kids (under 10), so I suggest you consider that before buying one.

The downside is that you can’t really move around the pool while you’re on the float. Also, the water gun that comes with it tends to pull out frequently, which can get annoying.

12. Poolmaster Toss N Splash

The Toss N Splash will test you and your kids’ throwing skills like no other. The package comes with a floating game, 10 game balls, and 9 pockets. 

The pockets represent different points, with the center pocket giving the highest score. And the game balls come in two sets of different colors so that kids can form teams and compete against each other.

Just because it’s a floating game doesn’t mean it has to stay in your pool. You can even bring the game indoors and play it with your kids. As long as there’s water or hard surface, this will stay up just fine.

When your kids inevitably get bored of it, as they do with most toys they have, you can even turn this into a dog toy. The word on the street says dogs absolutely love using this as a float.

This product would’ve been even better if the balls were a little heavier since they’re lighter than even ping pong balls. The balls also tend to bounce off inflatable rings quite easily, which is fine, but it does make the game a bit more challenging.

13. Bulzi Bucket Beach

Bulzi Bucket is a cornhole game that’s rated 4.8 on Amazon, with hundreds of reviews. In other words, people absolutely love this game.

The game will engage you and your kids like no other. So just be careful not to get too competitive and make your kids cry.

The buckets and balls will float nicely on the surface, so you don’t have to dive into the water to pick up balls.

Its collapsible design allows you to conveniently carry it anywhere you want. And the carrying case that comes with the package makes it easy for you to store it.

It takes merely 20 seconds to assemble the whole thing, making it easy to play right away wherever you take it.

One minor downside is that the carry bag is a little tight. This makes it a little difficult to take the bucket out of the bag at times.

All in all, if your family is a fan of cornhole game, you guys will absolutely love this.

14. GoSports Splash Hoop 360 Floating Pool

Make your kid feel like the Michael Jordan of the swimming pool with this GoSports splash hoop.

This is a perfect replacement if your pool still has a cheap-looking hoop that’s years old. The Splash comes with a modern design and a sturdy frame that makes it durable against impacts.

Nothing kills the fun faster than struggling for hours trying to figure out how to put everything together. With this hoop, you’ll only have to spend a few seconds to assemble so that you can spend more time having fun with your kids.

The package contains one splash hoop, two water basketballs, and a ball pump. It doesn’t come with any unnecessary fluffs that are only there to make you think you got your money’s worth. You get exactly what you need to have the most amount of fun with your kids.

The basketball is equipped with an anti-slip grip, preventing annoying slippages as you’re about to throw the ball. The hoop’s weight is only 5 lbs, so it’s easy to pick it up.

If you’re looking for the best hoop for your pool, I highly recommend this one.

15. Intex Pool Volleyball Game

As awesome as pool hoops are, it can be just as fun to play some volleyball with your kids inside the pool.

The Intex pool volleyball game is a fantastic product that will provide you with lots of fun and exercise time.

It comes with a floating net and an inflatable volleyball. You’ll also get anchor bags, which help to keep the net in its place inside the pool. Just make sure to fill up the bag with sand or rocks to add some weight to it.

For the net and volleyball, you’ll want to use an electric pump to expand them.

This game is fun to play for people of all ages, and I’d say it’s a steal for its price.

16. JOYIN Underwater Swimming Pool Game

Joyin diving pool toys will make diving fun for your kids.

This all-in-one-package comes with diving rings, water torpedo bandits, diving sticks, and pirate treasures. And each one comes with 4 pieces (6 pieces for pirate treasures) for a total of 18 pieces of toys. This is a great deal if you consider the price.

It’s also easy for you to come up with different game ideas since each toy comes in different colors.

But most importantly, the toy materials meet US Toy standards and aren’t toxic for your children.

17. Blue Wave Aqua Golf Backyard Game

If any of your family members is a golf enthusiast, the Blue Wave golf game will be the best pool game for them.

For golfers, there’s aren’t too many better ways to spend your Saturday afternoon than playing a round of golf in your backyard pool.

While you may not reach a professional golfer’s proficiency from playing this game, you’re guaranteed to have a blast, which makes it all worth it.

With the package, you’ll receive a floating green, 12 velcro golf balls, and two flags and cups. It doesn’t come with a golf club, so make sure you have one if you’re about to order this.

18. Waterproof UNO Splash Card

Have you ever wanted to play UNO while you’re sunbathing? You can do just that with this UNO splash card game. The cards are made of durable and waterproof plastic, and they won’t get wet in the water.

The clip that comes with the product allows you to keep the cards neatly together and attach them to a bag or backpack.

I can personally attest to their durability. These cards last considerably longer than your standard UNO cards, making them an excellent value for the price.

19. Airhead LOB THE BLOB

Yet another cornhole game makes the list.

The Airhead cornhole game is quite durable since it’s made of heavy gauge PVC. You certainly don’t have to worry about it ripping apart just after a few weeks of use. The speed safety valve makes the process of inflating the float quick and easy.

The float comes with four grommets in each corner, allowing you to secure it to the land, so you don’t have to run after your float when the wind blows.

The size measures 37-inches by 26-inches, not too big and not too small. And it’s very portable, so you can take it to your friend’s pool party to show off your new awesome cornhole game.

My only complaint is that it isn’t ideal for a deep pool and works better in shallow water where it can be tethered from all four corners. So if you were thinking about using this in a deeper swimming pool, you might want to look for alternatives.

20. Swimline Super Hoops

If you thought we were done with hoops, then not quite yet! The Swimline Super Hoops is another highly portable hoop game that your kids will love.

Since the hoop doesn’t come with a backboard, you’ll really have to be precise with your shot, making it much more challenging and fun.

The PVC tubing makes this hoop quite sturdy. Combine that with a heavy-duty net, and you’ve got a hoop that won’t easily crumble to abuse.

It shouldn’t take you more than five minutes to assemble this, so there is no need to be scared, even if you’re the least handy person you know.

If you ever want to take this somewhere, its lightweight will make it a hassle-free experience.

21. Battat Pirate Diving Set Water Toys

With nearly 1,000 Amazon reviews and zero 1 or 2-star ratings, this toy has to be one of the most highly-rated toys on Amazon.

The company has been around for more than 100 years, so you know they must make some quality products.

Battat’s pirate diving set comes with a pirate chest that contains 27 treasures. The treasures consist of 12 jewels, six coins, three bones, three sharks, two sea horses, and one storage chest. This variety in treasures will keep your kids engaged and excited to play the game.

The toys’ small sizes make them easy to grab for your kids, so they won’t feel frustrated during the game. And the colors are bright, making it easy to spot them.

If you read through reviews, you’ll see that pretty much every customer only has good things to say about these toys. And I must say I agree with them.

So if you’re looking for diving sets for your pool, this one gets my seal of approval.

22. Swimline Log Flume Joust Set

If you want to settle the conflict with your opponent on an inflatable log (for whatever reason), then this is your answer.

The Swimline log flume joust set comes with two inflatable logs and two inflatable log boppers. This is a fun little toy that your kids will enjoy and will bring out a little bit of competitiveness in them. And as we know, healthy competition is good for a growing kid!

That said, this isn’t ideal for kids under three years old. You also want to make sure you supervise your kids during the play, so no one gets their feelings hurt. Yes, little kids have feelings too.

If you were hoping to hop on this log toy yourself, then not all hope is lost. You’d want to inflate it a little more, so it can better support your weight. But don’t expect it to work as well as it does for little kids.

This will also be a perfect addition to your pool if you ever hold a medieval-themed pool party.

23. NJ Novelty Beach and Pool Party Favors

Looking to buy many beach balls for the upcoming pool party? Look no further than NJ Novelty beach balls. Not only does this package come with 12 balls, but it also comes with 12 neon sunglasses.

The ball measures 20 inches and are made of resilient vinyl materials. And it comes in six different color panels, which will brighten up your pool.

The sunglasses come in four different colors, including orange, yellow, green, pink, giving your kids many options to pick the color they like.

The balls are good quality, but the sunglasses aren’t exactly the highest quality. So it’s better to think of them as addons rather than part of the package.

24. Poolmaster Floating Table Tennis

This list wouldn’t be complete without this toy. The Poolmaster floating table tennis is a must for anyone that enjoys playing table tennis.

The table is made with a non-corrosive EPS foam and ABS top surface for longevity. And it takes minimal effort to put everything together.

The size measures 54 by 24 inches, and the entire set includes three ping pong balls, two oversize paddles in addition to the table.

The table is smaller than a standard ping pong table, which isn’t bad since you wouldn’t want a big, bulky table in your pool.

Also, I suggest you keep it out of the water when not in use to increase the product’s lifespan. Please avoid using this as a float since it’ll be much more susceptible to breaking. 

25. 90shine Flamingo Inflatable Ring Toss Game

If you ever wanted to have a flamingo as a pet, this inflatable flamingo is probably the best alternative to fulfill your desire.

Not only will this keep you company, but it’ll also gladly sacrifice itself for your enjoyment by enduring pain from your poorly thrown rings. You really can’t ask for a better companion than that.

This Flamingo ring toss game comes with two inflatable flamingos along with four pink and four green foamed rings for a total of eight rings.

The flamingo measures about 11 by 13 inches and the assorted rings range between 4.2 to 11 inches.

To play the game, have one person wear a flamingo over his head while the other person tosses the ring, so it lands over the flamingo’s neck. You get more points when you successfully land big rings on the flamingo.

As a bonus, you’ll probably end up taking some hilarious yet awesome pictures of your kids with flamingos over their heads.

Best Swimming Pool Games Buyer’s Guide

Here are a few things to consider before you buy pool games.

Personal Preference

As you may have noticed from the list, there are many sports pool games, and what you choose will depend on what sport your kid enjoys playing.

Does your kid like to play basketball, volleyball, or table tennis? Go with the one that he enjoys playing the most outside of the pool. And you can bet he’ll also enjoy playing it inside the pool.


Some pool games are more suitable for kids of certain ages. If your kids are below 8, you may want to buy something like floats with waterguns. If they are a little older, you may go with toys that require a little more coordination, such as cornholes or hoops.


Do you plan on taking your pool game to a friend’s pool party or a beach? In such a case, it’d be inconvenient if your toy takes too much space or is too heavy.

Something like UNO on this list is a good example of a pool game that’s highly portable. 


Pool games come in all shapes and sizes, and there’s no one best pool game that every kid loves. For this reason, it’s useful to think about what your kids usually like to do during their spare time so that you can pick the best pool game for your kids.

Hopefully, you found at least one pool game interesting from this list of 25 pool games!

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