An extended family vacay may not be in the cards this summer, but you can still dive into the high life at a local resort for a day to remember (at a fraction of the cost). From waterslides and lazy rivers to cabanas and poolside service, these 7 resorts offer day passes for the whole family to come soak up the sun and the fun at their pools. Scroll through our slideshow to plan your day-cation getaway.

photo: Marriott Marquis

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Splash into fun at this downtown San Diego resort with views of the bay. You’ll love that the main pool has a kid and a grown-up section and for little tykes, there’s a separate 3-feet deep kiddie pool. Take time to workout in the gym and relax with a drink from the Tiki bar or order up food poolside from the Tequila Bar and Grill. Walk to nearby Seaport Village for shopping and dinner.

Pool hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: $15+/adult; $10/child; $15 parking

333 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92101


photo: Hilton Torrey Pines

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines

Take a dip poolside with breathtaking views of Torrey Pines. When the crew is hungry, order lunch from the seasonal poolside bar. Bring the racquets and play a set of tennis or break a sweat in the spacious fitness center. If time allows, get inspired by Mother Nature with a walk through coastal
Torrey Pines Reserve. Wind up the day watching the sunset in the hot tub while sipping your poolside drink.

Pool hours: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.
Cost: $15/guest; free for children under 6

10950 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, Ca 92037

photo: Hilton San Diego Resort

Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa

Hightail it to the Hilton San Diego resort for a day of family fun. Order food and drink from Fresco's Bar and Grille, take a dip in the main pool and stretch out in the hot tub while the littles create and play at the Kids Kamp. If it works for your little one, splurge on the Mermaid Experience, it's 'shore' to bring magic to the day. Bonus: There's a kiddie pool and activities like ping-pong and games.

Pool Hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $25+/adult; $10/child; free for children under 3; Mermaid Experience, $180/child; Kids Kamp, $22/session

1775 E. Mission Bay Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92129

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Jump in feet first at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Not only are there two heated swimming pools, a hot tub and seasonal Shoreline eatery, there's also an arcade room, tennis courts, a fitness center and basketball court. When you're finished swimming you can warm up at one of the many fire pits. So grab the googles and floaties and head to this centrally located resort.

Pool hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $20+/adult; $5/child; free for children under 3

1380 Harbor Island Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92101

photo: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay

Slide into paradise at the Hyatt Mission bay. With three water slides (including one for the little tykes), a lifeguard and poolside service, you might get some downtime yourself. There's a pool with a walk-in slope, a main pool, another smaller pool and one large hot tub (yes, kids are allowed). Stay for dinner in the café, then make S'mores for dessert in the fire pit nearby.

Pool hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $25+/adult; $10/child; free for children under 3

1441 Quivira Rd.
San Diego, Ca 92109

photo: Omni Rancho Las Palmas

Omni Rancho Las Palmas

Lounge around at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas resort. This resort gets booked in the summer, so stay nearby and head here for pint-sized fun! You’ll find a mountain of waterslides, Splashtopia, a large main pool and a cliffside spa. If you get a chance, grab a break at the adult-only pool for some peace and quiet. There's good grub at the Splash Grille with plenty to nosh on from burgers to ice cream. On peak days, get there early to snag a good poolside seat.

Pool hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $30+/adult; $14/child; free for children under 3

41000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, Ca 92270

photo: Hyatt Newport Beach

Hyatt Regency Newport Beach

Dive in at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. This day trip is worth the drive. Three pools, two spas, a splash pad, waterslide, shuffleboard, ping-pong and a giant chess board keep kids busy at this resort by the bay. You'll find typical poolside lunch fare from quesadillas to sandwiches and you can dine at the onsite American Seafood Grille. Another option for dinner is to stop at the local food court inside nearby Fashion Island.

Pool hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $15/guest; $10 parking; free for children under 6

1107 Jamboree Rd.
Newport Beach, Ca 92660

Do you know of a day pass resort? Tell us about it in the comments below.

—Nikki Walsh



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