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7 Cool Pool Accessories That Raise the Bar on Summer Fun

  • Floating putting green

    Floating putting green

  • Redefining "swim-up bar"

    Redefining "swim-up bar"

  • Inflatable pool slide

    Inflatable pool slide

As summer heats up, a home with a pool can be dreamy -- and there are plenty of cool pool accessories that can up the "staycation" fun factor. Here's how to trick out your swimming hole for summer, from climbing walls to putting greens and beyond.

Poolside climbing wall

Rock climbing is becomingly an increasingly popular pastime. As temperatures soar, you can climb right along with them on your own climbing wall (prices start at $3,770 on AquaClimb.com). Say bye-bye to your belay device, there's no safety apparatus required. When you reach the top, simply fall back into the cool water below.

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Floating putting green

Too hot to hit the links? Practice your game and cool down at the same time. This 3-by-4-foot floating golf green ($249 on floatinggolfgreen.com) is a must-have for duffers. It even comes with buoyant golf balls so you don't have to dive to make a retrieval.

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Inflatable slide

Not interested in the permanence (or price tag) that accompanies anchoring a slide to the side of your pool? Now you have another option. The Intex waterslide ($75.69 on Amazon.com) inflates for hours of fun and then just as easily gets folded up and stashed away.

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Underwater speakers

Grab the snorkel and host an underwater dance party with underwater speakers. And if you want the absolute best, go for models from oceanears.com ($650 and up), which have been used by the U.S. Navy and even synchronized swimming during the Summer Olympics.

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A floating cabana

Who needs dry land when you can sail away in this floating cabana ($179.95 on cozydays.com)? It's shaded, so it's a perfect way to enjoy the pool without your fingers and toes turning into prunes. (You're welcome.)

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A multicolored fountain

Are you at the Bellagio? No, you're home. Enjoy cascading water in an array of colors courtesy of this LED color-changing fountain ($67.99 at Brookstone). The best part: It runs on water pressure -- no batteries necessary.

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Inflatable pool bar

Hate leaving the cool comfort of the pool to fix yourself a drink? Now you don't have to. This AhhQua Bar ($39.99 on Amazon.com) may quickly become your favorite new drinking buddy. If only it came with its own inflatable bartender.