Even if you’re not the one entertaining, chances are you’ll be invited to a few backyard barbecues and pool parties. Because no pool party is complete without a fun float, we’ve selected some of our favorites. Another bonus: They make a great gift to bring to your host!
Pretty in pink
You can find flamingo-shaped pool floats in a variety of sizes but we love how large this one is. Coming in at 86 inches, it’s large enough to lounge on without your body ever touching the water.
Larger than life
When did unicorns become such a big thing? Actually, scientists (and pop culture experts) struggle to provide a great answer. We know legendary creature was mentioned by the ancient Greeks, so let’s just agree to say “a very long time.” As for its appeal as a pool float, let’s assume that’s a more recent phenomenon. This float is a behemoth – 114 inches by 55 inches by 47 inches when fully inflated. Thankfully you can use any hairdryer or toy air pump to handle that chore. The air valves are designed to expedite inflation and deflation so you can focus on the party in the pool.
It may not be the most comfortable pool float you’ll see, but everyone will be talking about this banana. It’s made of durable PVC material so it should last season after season. It’s 59 by 30.9 inches when inflated.There’s even a repair kit included if something goes awry. Go relax, go bananas and just enjoy the water. (Note: We don’t recommend using this as a towable float for your boat – it doesn’t even have a loop to tie onto for that reason.)
Is he smiling?
Now you can experience the Everglades even if you’re afraid of gators, sort of. Big Al’ measures at 11 feet in length making it ideal for multiple friends to go for a spin around the pool. Made from premium raft-grade vinyl, this durable float can handle any summertime party animal.
Several species of sharks are known for lurking around Florida beaches but rest assured this great white will feel right at home in your pool. The high-quality float is available in three designs, as a giant raft for multiple riders, standard party tube for one, and a junior party tube for younger swimmers.
This massive swan is over 6′ long and can easily float 2 adults or a few of kids. The GoFloat brand is known for premium quality and its rapid valve system. You can expect 10x faster inflation and deflation than traditional valves. This choice also comes with an additional surprise…a mini flamingo drink float (packaged in box with Giant Pool Float).
Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.