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If you asked us to put money on temperatures in Las Vegas not reaching 70 in January, that’s a bet we would happily make! Having said that, even though Sin City is chillier in winter than people may think, 55-65 and sunny is likely to feel pretty awesome if you’re visiting from colder climates like the Midwest, East Coast and the Rockies. To meet this unexpected traveler demand, many Vegas resorts now keep at least one pool open in the off season. If plenty of elbow room, relative peace and quiet and a slight possibility of a tan are your thing, check out the Vegas pools that stay open all winter long.
Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa
Say ahhhh! The sprawling Sandbar Pool complex is heated to a tantalizing 78 degrees all winter long. Even better, Red Rock is perfect for families and outdoor enthusiasts seeking Vegas good times away from the hustle and bustle of the Strip. The resort is named for its close proximity to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, a hiker’s paradise featuring Martian red peaks and a scenic drive. Meanwhile, families will dig resort features like a 72-lane bowling alley and Kids Quest amusement center.
Circa Resort & Casino
Sure, you’ve heard of stadium seating, but have you ever heard of stadium swimming? Adults only Circa Resort & Casino, the towering new Fremont Street hotel that opened October 28, features six open-year-round swimming pools that together comprise Stadium Swim, the largest pool amphitheater in Las Vegas. Each tiered pool faces the 125-foot, high-resolution screen which will play the game. So yeah, you can sunbathe, swim, watch sports and imbibe all at the same time. As for where to park downtown? Check out the resort’s state-of-the-art parking facility, Garage Mahal.
The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Rooftop pool Boulevard will be open all winter, but only show up in a swimsuit if you dare. That’s because the Cosmopolitan will bring back its annual Ice Rink over the Boulevard Pool from November 18 until January 3, featuring seasonal cocktails (Egg Noggy Nog and the Sugar Plum Fairy to name just a few) and comfort bites like grilled cheese and tomato soup, plus socially distanced fire pits where guests can make their own s’mores. As for sunbathers, the Cosmopolitan will keep its Chelsea Pool open throughout winter months with limited hours, and a limited food and beverage menu.
The Venetian and Palazzo
If you wan to get wet at the Venetian, you’ll have to jump ship during a gondola ride (we don’t recommend it). Although the Venetian closes its pool deck for the season in November, all three pools at the Palazzo will remain open throughout winter, sans food and beverage service. If temps happen to crack 75 (not likely in Vegas in winter), head to Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer and cool off with an over-the-top CrazyShake like the Churro Choco Taco, featuring a vanilla frosted rim with cinnamon toast crunch and topped with a choco taco, two churros, whipped cream and dulce de leche drizzle.
Sunbathers rejoice! MGM Resorts (MGM Grand, Park MGM, Excalibur and more) will keep at least one pool open (hours may be limited) at each of its resorts with a couple of exceptions: The pool at non-gaming resort Vdara will be closed (although guests can saunter on over to ARIA and use its pool free of charge). Meanwhile, the pool at New York-New York will close in November. Pro-tip: If you’re looking to heat up post-swim, both Bavette’s Steakhouse at Park MGM and Bardot Brasserie at ARIA offer hearty eats that will warm your insides.
The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod
Formerly the Stratosphere, skyline icon the STRAT will keep Wet 24, its pool located on the resorts 24th floor open in winter from 10am-4pm daily, including bart service on weekends. No food will be served, but the STRAT’s North Strip location does have its rewards. Its only a short walk to home grown frozen treat shop Luv-it Frozen Custard and a short drive to the 18b Arts District which features a smorgasbord of locals hangouts, including the stellar Italian eatery Esther’s Kitchen.
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