8 Alternatives to a Traditional Pool to Keep You Cool

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Welcome to The Cool Down, Hunker's definitive guide for staying cool, calm, and collected all summer long.

The long hot days of summer are here. Nothing beats taking a plunge in a cold pool or bobbing around on a flamingo floatie drinking a cold beverage. Alas, if you are like most people, this dream is a mirage and we only have friends with pools. Since this is a socially distanced summer and pool parties are mostly out of the question, we need to find ways to enjoy our pool-less yards without our wallets doing a belly-flop. Here are a few inexpensive accessories to keep cool while enhancing your outdoor sanctuary.


A pool doesn't need to be the focal point of your backyard. Enjoy summer afternoons with a glass of rosé playing board games or assembling a puzzle in the shade of a gazebo.

Since we are saving money on our family vacations this year, splurging on a portable hot tub will make your staycation feel like a relaxing vacation.

Invigorate your body with the cold water and breeze on your bare bod while lathering up in your outdoor shower! Accessorize your zen zone with your favorite bath soaps for a spa vibe.

Fountains are a symbol of joy and peace, just what the world needs right now. The sound of the trickling water will put you at ease and cool some tension while upping the ante on your backyard decor.


Get the most out of your outdoor space by creating a shady lounge area to laugh with friends or relax and read a book. The Sunbrella® fabric comes in over 25 no-fade colors and patterns for years of cool enjoyment.

This top-rated family size pool is large enough for muliple swimmers to take a dip and cool down together. Enjoy splashing around without the expense and headache of an in-ground pool.

A misting system will seamlessly fit into the design of any outdoor space and keep you cool. This pre-assembled model makes installation a snap.

Let's face it, dogs love to swim. Give them their own, easy to assemble pool that will have them splashing for joy in the dog days of summer.


Colette is the Hunker House manager. She previously worked for Nickelodeon, Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros., and has produced concerts for The VH1 Foundation. She loves to travel and listening to live music.

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