On the Water Front

Great ways to get wet and wild

See-and-be-seen at Tao Beach. Perched high atop the Venetian is a beautiful, Balinese-inspired party pool that consistently hits all the high notes: pretty people, A-list celebs, great atmosphere. Open daily from 10 a.m., the venue features solid DJs (including Beatport-sanctioned talent on Sundays) and treats locals they way they should be treated—with free admission, seven days a week.

Hide Out at The Artisan. This pool, for the most part, has managed to stay a secret among locals, and we’re lucky to have it. Surrounded by ferns and palms, the scene has a vintage Vegas feel, perfect for chilled glasses of champagne while relaxing on the daybeds. Though it’s just a few blocks from the Strip, it feels miles away. 1501 W. Sahara Ave., 214-4000.

Splurge at the Encore Beach Club. Embrace the philosophy that makes Las Vegas fabulous: “Go big or go home.” So recession be damned; go for Bungalow No. 3 at the city’s latest and greatest pool destination. Here you and up to 20 friends can be in the epicenter of the luxury, just steps from the VIP spa and gaming pavilion, with your own shower and change facilities. Does a $3,000 food-and-beverage minimum sound prohibitive? It’s only money. 770-7300.

The Henderson Multigen.

Visit a community pool. A much cheaper hang for the day is a place like the Henderson Multigenerational Center, which features a 50-meter pool, a large spa and a kids activity play area with a water slide and other splish-splashy features. Lounge chairs for sun-worshippers are available, and there’s a grassy picnic area and pool party section that you can reserve. 250 S. Green Valley Parkway, $1 kids, $2 adults, noon-5 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 267-5827.

Go to a splash park. With its fun-filled, bug-themed splash pad, Centennial Hills Park is a prime destination for families. Kids can cool off among the waterworks-enhanced frogs, climb on colorful caterpillars and chill out in the shade under butterfly- and flower-shaped canopies. This little fantasyland also features mushroom-shaped tables for picnics, a Dino Dig sandbox where kids can search for dinosaur bones and a pond full of ducks to feed. 2627 Nature Park Dr., off Aliante Parkway.