The 16 Best Pool Toys of 2020

Splash the day away with these awesome pool toys

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Our Top Picks

Let's Dive! Diving Pool Toy Set at Amazon

"The rings, torpedos, and sticks in this set of pool essentials are perfect diving tools for big kids but are just as fun in the kiddie pool."

Melissa & Doug Fish Hunt Pool Game at Amazon

"This floating pool game will keep little kids busy in the baby pool and can help them develop hand-eye coordination."

Hoop Shark Inflatable Basketball Hoop at Amazon

"Turn any pool day into a basketball game with this inflatable basketball hoop and ball, perfect for younger kids and teenagers alike."

Waboba Splash Water Bouncing Ball at Amazon

"These unique balls skip across the pool water, making for a fun (and wet) game of catch perfect for the whole family."

Fin Fun Reinforced Mermaid Tail at Amazon

"With nine eye-catching colors to choose from, these swimmable mermaid tails are the perfect gift for the mermaid in your life."

Golden Goose Pool Float at Pottery Barn

"Bring some glam to the pool with this heavy-duty pool float, there’s room enough for at least two adults or three kids aboard."

Oodles of Noodles Foam Pool Swim Noodles at Amazon

"Pool noodles are a staple for any pool day and this multi-pack comes with five different colors, perfect for everyone in your crowd."

Green Toys Ferry Boat Toy at Amazon

"Get your kid's imagination flowing with this floating ferry boat and two-car combo set perfect for kiddies ages 3 and up."

Bling20 A Star is Born Pink Goggles at maisonette.com

"Your kids can bring some bling to the pool with these adorable and fashionable goggles that are anti-fog, and UV protective."

World’s Finest Pool Noodle at Frontgate

"The deep end just got a lot more relaxing thanks to this heavy-duty pool noodle that measures 7.5 and 1/2 inches in diameter."

A pool day is nearly guaranteed fun for kids of all ages. Keep kids and adults alike entertained all day with these top pool toys. Some are classic must-haves and others are special surprises that will be sure to wow your friends and family.

Just be sure to always watch your children around water at all times. Drowning is one of the leading causes of injury death for children ages 1 to 14 according to the CDC.

Our Top Picks

Let's Dive! Underwater Swimming Diving Pool Toy Set

With one simple set, you’ll be well-stocked with a pack of essential pool toys. The rings, torpedos, and sticks can be used as diving tools for big kids but are just as fun in the kiddie pool. This set comes with its own carrying bag, making it easy to throw in a pool bag or bring on a vacation.

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Spark Shark Fish Hunt Pool Game

Keep little kids busy in the baby pool with this Melissa & Doug Shark Fish Hunt. The shark has a net-based body, so it lets tots easily scoop up the little floating fish (or any other toys). In addition to having fun, this toy helps your kids develop gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The pool game is best suited for kids ages 6 through 8.

Hoop Shark Swimming Pool Inflatable Basketball Hoop Set

Who doesn’t like to dunk? Turn any pool day into a basketball game with an inflatable basketball hoop and ball. When inflated, the basket measures 40 inches high. It’ll provide endless fun for kids in the shallow end, or you can float this hoop to the deep end for some adult-sized action. 

Waboba Splash Water Bouncing Ball

Waboba Splash balls are a step up from tossing a tennis ball in the pool. These unique balls skip across the pool water, making for a fun (and wet) game of catch. This two-pack ensures you’ll always have a pool toy handy.

Fin Fun Reinforced Mermaid Tail

Your kids will impress all the other pool-goers with this authentic mermaid tail. With nine colors to choose from, these tails range in size from child’s size 6 through adult extra-large. The eye-catching monofin is comfortable, safe, and easy to remove. While definitely a splurge, this is a perfect summer birthday present for the mermaid in your life.

Giant Golden Goose Pool Float

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Courtesy of Pottery Barn.

Bring some glam to the pool with this heavy-duty pool float. There’s room enough for at least two adults or three kids. Climb aboard your golden goose and spend some much-needed downtime with family.

Oodles of Noodles Foam Pool Swim Noodles


Pool noodles are a staple for any pool day. This favorite, flexible toy can be used for so many fun pool activities. Since this multi-pack comes with five different colored noodles, there’s plenty for everyone in your crowd. Each noodle is 52-inches long, so it's perfect for both kids and adults.

Green Toys Ferry Boat Bathtub Toy

Encourage pretend play in your kids with a floating ferry boat and two-car combo set. These durable toys are just as fun in the kiddie pool, the bathtub, or even on the floor of your playroom and perfect for kids 3 and up. The open design and slide-out ramp leave lots of room for action figures or other toy vehicles to hop on for a ride on the ferry.

Bling20 A Star is Born Pink Goggles

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Courtesy of Maisonette.

Your kids can bring some bling to the pool with these adorable and fashionable goggles. They’re latex-free, anti-fog, and UV protective. With these stylish spectacles, wearing goggles will look and feel good.

Frontgate World’s Finest Pool Noodle

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Courtesy of Frontgate.

The deep end just got a lot more relaxing thanks to this heavy-duty pool noodle that measures 7.5 and 1/2 inches in diameter. The foam pool noodle is dipped in vinyl, so it’ll resist sun, saltwater, and chlorine for many pool seasons. Pick from four bright colors and prepare to float the day away.

Disney Finding Dory Mr. Ray's Dive and Catch Game

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Courtesy of Target.

Use the net to help Mr. Ray catch his fishy friends. The five cute friends plus the net are perfect for play and can also be used for swim practice, encouraging kids to utilize their swimming and diving skills to catch the figures. Two of the figures float and three sink, leaving you with lots of options for fun. This toy is best suited for kids 5 years or older.

Fun-Here Super Foam Soakers Squirt Guns

Bring your noodles to the next level with these foam water squirters, perfect for kids 3 years and up. They float in the pool like a noodle and can spray water. A six-pack of various colors ensures there’s a squirter for everyone in your family.

SwimWays Zoom-A-Ray Pool Toy

Twist its fins and this underwater glider moves through the pool like a real stingray. Battery-free, the ray can travel up to 15 feet on its own. Perfect for kids ages 5 and up, this is one of those toys the adults will enjoy just as much as younger children.

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Louie Lobster Claw Catcher

A sturdy and colorful toy, Louie Lobster is a great addition to any pool bag for kids ages 5 through 8. The cute squeeze-and-grab lobster comes with three sinking fish. It’s perfect for the kiddie pool and also works well in the tub or at the beach.

BigMouth Giant Jellyfish Pool Float

Have no fear! This giant jellyfish is over 4 feet wide but will never sting you. The beautiful translucent colors look elegant floating in your pool and the heavy-duty vinyl can hold up to 200 pounds.

Aviva Ahh-Qua Bar Group Water Float

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Courtesy of Koh's.

Create your own swim-up bar with this innovative group water float. The set comes with four inflatable chairs, twelve drink holders, and a cooler in the center. The maximum weight for each chair is 225 pounds, but anyone can swim right up for a drink. It’s perfect for a backyard pool party

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Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She's a mom of a 9-year-old son, 6-year-old son, and 2-year old daughter. Maya has spent countless hours of her life watching her kids slowly graduate out of the kiddie pool and into the big pool. She knows all too well that it's not the size of the pool that matters most, but the toys you bring to it.

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  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Drowning Prevention. Updated February 6, 2019.