Five Spots to Lounge Poolside this Summer

Summer days are just heating up (hello eighty-degree temps) and the beaches are getting crowded.

Summer days are just heating up (hello eighty-degree temps) and the beaches are getting crowded. Rather than packing up the car with towels, sunscreen and umbrellas galore – plus, the kiddos too – lounge poolside with minimal packing involved. We’ve rounded up a list and have done the hard work for you; all you have to do is put your feet up and enjoy a little R and R.


 The place: Infinity Pool at Harbor Lights Marina, 200 Gray St., Warwick, 737-6353,

Why it’s cool: The infinity pool at Harbor Lights in Warwick Neck overlooks Narragansett Bay and is open to the public daily. Take a dip then sip on a refreshing drink from the pool side tiki bar, which serves up cocktails including the West Bay Mai Tai, Sangria and more. No need to pack a lunch. Bite into food truck fare from the tiki truck. Think: sandwiches, salads or $3.50 tacos!

The details: Open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. $20 per person.


The place: Budlong Pool, 198 Aqueduct Rd., Cranston.

Why it’s cool: Located in the Eden Park section of Cranston, this swimming spot is one of the largest outdoor pools in the country, measuring 260 by 80 feet. It is filled with over 1 million gallons of water for you to jump on in!

The details: Pool hours are noon–6 p.m., every day. A single day pass costs $3 per person for Cranston residents and $10 per person for non-residents. Seasonal passes for residents can be bought at the pool house and costs $50 per family or $25 for individuals ages sixteen and older. The pool will close for the season on August 17.


The place: The Last Resort, 325 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, 349-3500,

Why it’s cool: With a large swimming pool (we’re talking junior Olympic size), live music and a tiki bar, this Vegas-style hot spot is a pool party for the adults. Make a splash on a hot summer day or swim until sundown when the party really gets started.   

The details: Open every day from 11 a.m. to close. Children under twenty-one years old are only allowed Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $10 cover charge to use the pool for the day.


 The place: Aqua, Marriott Providence Downtown, 1 Orms St., Providence, 272-2400,

 Why it’s cool: Aqua is home to the only connecting indoor and outdoor pool in Providence and is an upscale space for city-goers to find a cool escape. Lounge by the pool with a cocktail in hand or sprawl out on a cabana (for an additional fee) during the day; sit fireside with friends at night. Dip then sip – or sip then dip, whichever you prefer – with a mimosa tower or create your own Bloody Mary on Sat., noon–2 p.m. or Sun., 10 a.m.–2 p.m. For non-hotel guests, enjoy a day-cation in the capitol city, but get there early because day passes can’t be bought in advance.

The details: Day-cation passes (wristbands) include parking, cost $30 per person and can be used Mon.–Thurs., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; no weekends.


The place: Gurney’s Resort and Marina, 1 Goat Island, Newport, 849-2600,

Why it’s cool: The outdoor pool overlooks beautiful Narragansett Bay and the Pell Bridge, providing perfect panoramic views of the city by the sea. Swim in the seaside saltwater pool, then take a nap on the patio under the warm summer sun.        

The details: You have to be a hotel guest to use the pool, but non-guests who book a spa treatment Mon.–Thurs., also have access to the pool after their treatment. Day passes are not available.


Reporting assistance by Nicole Boucher. 


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