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10 Outdoor Water Solutions That Will Keep You Cool and Entertain the Whole Family

You'll have no excuse not to be outside with one of these backyard water essentials.

By Patricia Cunningham
rainbow sprinkler

Once temperatures begin to spike, there's only one thing most of us want to be doing: taking a deep dip into a sufficiently frigid swimming pool. But even though a pool may provide the ultimate relief when the thermometer starts to soar in the summer months, it’s not the only way to stay cool outside. 

There are just so many products on the market right now made to help you keep your chill and have a little fun in the process — and not all of them are expressly for kids. From misting kits that turn your patio umbrella into a lush rainforest, to inflatable (and stylish) mini pools, to sprinklers and water nozzles that create a waterpark trampoline, to backyard toys like waterslides that never get old, there is no excuse not to be outside. After all, you can only sit inside in the air conditioning for so long. 

So whether you’ve got a postage stamp-sized urban patio or a suburban backyard fantasy, we’ve pulled together the best products that will keep you cool and add to the fun. Now all you need to do is ensure that the rosé is chilled and the guac is fresh, and you’re good to go. 

Minnidip Pool


Let’s start with this inflatable mini pool in an on-trend mudcloth print. We are so here for it.  

Trampoline Waterpark Kit

Trampoline Waterpark

This kit turns your backyard trampoline into a waterpark-style spray zone. Be prepared for hordes of neighbor friends to suddenly show up at your door.  

Mist Cooling System

Misting Kit

Have to cut your backyard BBQ short because guests are getting a little overheated? Not with this misting kit. It generates a soothing fine mist that cools to 30 degrees.  

Ginormous Rainbow Tunnel Sprinkler

Rainbow sprinkler

There’s nothing a run through a giant rainbow sprinkler can’t help. Easy to inflate and deflate, it connects to a standard garden hose. 

Inflatable Waterslide


Just attach a garden hose to this heavy-duty water slide and glide along the padded, misted pathway, coming to a splashing halt in a water-filled pool. 

H2OGO! Family Pool With Slide

Family pool

This inflatable pool has space for kids and grownups. There’s even a backrest so mom can chill for a second with her beverage. 

Splash Patrol Sprinkler

Sunny Patch Sprinkler

Cooling off does not need to be complicated as this Melissa and Doug Sunny Patch Sprinkler attests. Kids (and parents) never tire of taking a run around it.  

O2COOL Deluxe Misting Fan

Misting fan

Keep a few of these hand-held misting fans on your tabletop for your next cookout and everyone will be happy. 

Buckets of Fun

Bucket Splash

This kit lets you create your own dump bucket obstacle course. It also comes with sprayers and water and sand bins. 

Splash Blobz

Splash Blobz

When all is said and done, all you really want to do is while away the summer hours under an umbrella on the Splash Bloblz, come on, admit it. It's the next best thing to having a pool! 

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