Top 15 Funny Pool Party Games for Adults

The pool party grand cinematic experience where each splash creates a ripple in the narrative and each laughter adds a tune to the score. If you think this staple of summertime fun is exclusive to the teen coming-of-age film genre, think again. With the right games, even an adult pool party can transform into an epic saga of competition, allianceand unforgettable moments. Let’s roll the credits on boredom and script out a blockbuster pool party in 2023 with our pick of top 15 adult-friendly games.

15 Funny Pool Party Games for Adults

1. Hula Hoop Relay

Add a touch of spectacle to the classic relay race with underwater hula hoops. It’s a visually stunning piece of pool choreography!

What You’ll Need

  • Hula hoops (at least 10)
  • A pool

How to Play

  1. Set Up: Position hula hoops in a line across the middle of the pool.
  2. Swim Through: Participants must swim through the hoops as part of their lap.
  3. Rotation: After completing the lap, the next team member goes.
  4. Win: First team to complete the relay wins.

2. T-shirt Relay

Imagine an obstacle course where the primary obstacle is, oddly enough, an oversized T-shirt. This game combines comedy and suspense in equal measure.

What You’ll Need

  • Oversized T-shirts (1 per team)
  • A pool

How to Play

  1. Suit Up: The first participant puts on an oversized T-shirt.
  2. Action: They then swim a lap across the pool.
  3. Change: Upon reaching the other side, the next participant must put on the same wet shirt.
  4. Winner: The first team to finish the relay wins.

3. Pool Noodle Relay

A dramatic twist on the conventional relay race, the Pool Noodle Relay takes center stage as a high-energy opener for your pool party’s action sequence.

What You’ll Need

  • Pool noodles (1 per team)
  • A sizable pool

How to Play

  1. Formation: Divide your guests into teams of three or four.
  2. Equip: Hand each team a pool noodle.
  3. Action: On ‘Go’, the first participant rides the pool noodle to the other side of the pool using only their legs to kick.
  4. Tag: Once they reach the other side, the next team member takes over.
  5. Finale: The first team to have all members complete a lap wins.

4. Marco Polo

No ensemble cast is complete without the age-old game of Marco Polo. It’s the suspense thriller of pool games!

What You’ll Need

  • A pool
  • Blindfolds (optional)

How to Play

  1. It: One person is chosen as ‘It’ and is blindfolded or closes their eyes.
  2. Call and Response: ‘It’ says Marco, and everyone else must reply Polo.
  3. Tag: ‘It’ tries to tag someone by following their voice.
  4. Switch: The tagged person becomes the next ‘It.’

5. Pool Tennis

Serve up an exciting game of Pool Tennis. It’s the poolside Wimbledon championship your party needs.

What You’ll Need

  • Floating net
  • Waterproof racquets
  • Tennis balls

How to Play

  1. Set-Up: Place a floating net in the middle of the pool.
  2. Serve: One team serves the ball over the net.
  3. Rally: Teams take turns hitting the ball over the net.
  4. Point: If the ball lands in the water on the opponent’s side, you score a point.

6. Floating Pictionary

Add an artsy subplot to your pool party saga with Floating Pictionary is a game that blends creativity and suspense on a wet canvas.

What You’ll Need

  • Waterproof drawing boards or floating foam pads
  • Waterproof markers
  • Pictionary cards or an app

How to Play

  1. Teams: Divide your guests into two teams.
  2. Draw: A team member pulls a card and draws the word or phrase on the floating board.
  3. Guess: Their team tries to guess within a time limit.
  4. Points: Score points for correct guesses. The team with the most points after a set number of rounds wins.

7. Underwater Treasure Hunt

Channel the allure of a deep-sea adventure movie with this game that’s all about mystery and discovery.

What You’ll Need

  • Waterproof treasures like coins, ringsor plastic jewels
  • A pool

How to Play

  1. Hide: Scatter the treasures at the bottom of the pool.
  2. Dive: At the signal, players dive to collect as many treasures as possible.
  3. Tally: After a set time, count the treasures. The one with the most treasures wins.

8. Pool Volleyball

Fast-paced, competitiveand thrilling pool volleyball is like an action sequence in your pool party movie.

What You’ll Need

  • A floating net
  • A waterproof ball

How to Play

  1. Teams: Divide guests into two teams.
  2. Serve: Start the game with a serve from one side.
  3. Play: The ball is volleyed back and forth, trying to land it in the water on the opponent’s side.
  4. Score: Points are earned when the ball lands in the opponent’s side. The first team to reach a set number of points wins.

9. Water Balloon Toss

Here’s a game filled with anticipation and surprise, much like the unexpected twists in a gripping drama.

What You’ll Need

  • Filled water balloons
  • Towels (optional)

How to Play

  1. Pairs: Have participants pair up and stand across from each other.
  2. Toss: Players toss a water balloon back and forth, taking a step back after each successful catch.
  3. Elimination: If the balloon bursts, that pair is out. The last pair standing wins.

10. Floating Beer Pong

A mature spin on a college favorite, Floating Beer Pong offers both strategy and playful competition, with a hint of sophistication.

What You’ll Need

  • A floating beer pong set
  • Ping pong balls
  • Beverages

How to Play

  1. Set Up: Arrange cups in a triangle formation on each side of the floating table.
  2. Teams: Players take turns trying to throw a ping pong ball into one of the opposing team’s cups.
  3. Drink: If successful, the opposing team takes a sip from that cup.
  4. Victory: The team that clears the opponent’s cups first wins.

11. The Floating Cinema

Imagine blending the magic of cinema with the soothing ambience of a pool. This concept is straight out of a luxury film setting, where attendees get to watch classics while floating.

What You’ll Need

  • A projector
  • A blank wall or screen
  • Floating loungers or inflatables
  • A selection of classic films

How to Play

  1. Setup: Set up your projector to project onto a blank wall or screen.
  2. Float: Allow guests to pick their favorite float or lounger.
  3. Play: Start the movie and let everyone enjoy a cinematic experience while relaxing in the pool.

12. Synchronized Swim-Off

Channel the essence of golden-era musicals and combine grace with fun in this choreographed water dance.

What You’ll Need

  • Music (preferably from classic movie soundtracks)
  • Judges (can be other guests)

How to Play

  1. Teams: Divide guests into small groups.
  2. Choreograph: Give teams time to come up with their synchronized swimming routine.
  3. Perform: One by one, let teams perform their routine.
  4. Judge: Judges score routines based on creativity, synchronizationand style. The team with the highest score wins.

13. Film Quote Splash

This is for the film aficionados! Add a dramatic twist to the party with this guessing game.

What You’ll Need

  • A list of famous movie quotes
  • A host or game master

How to Play

  1. Say It: The host reads out a famous movie quote.
  2. Guess: Players guess which movie the quote is from.
  3. Splash: Those who guess wrong jump into the pool. The last person dry is the winner of that round.

14. Director’s Challenge

Turn your pool party into a movie set. Guests are challenged to create a short film using just the poolside as their location.

What You’ll Need

  • Smartphone cameras or waterproof cameras
  • Props (optional)
  • Editing apps (optional)

How to Play

  1. Theme: Give a theme or genre for the short film.
  2. Shoot: Groups take turns directing and filming their movie shorts.
  3. Edit: If time allows, give teams a brief period to edit their film.
  4. Screen: Play the movies and let the audience vote for their favorite.

15. Star-studded Karaoke Dive

Combining the vibrancy of musicals with the unpredictability of a dive challenge, this game ensures maximum entertainment.

What You’ll Need

  • Karaoke machine with poolside speakers
  • List of iconic movie songs
  • Floating markers

How to Play

  1. Sing: A participant selects a song and begins singing via the karaoke machine.
  2. Challenge: As they sing, they have to collect as many floating markers from the pool as possible without missing a lyric.
  3. Score: Points are awarded for every marker collected and deducted for missed lyrics. The person with the highest score wins.


In a modern-day pool party, adults need not settle for mere splashing and casual conversation. Elevate the genre with these exhilarating games that bring tension, dramaand spectacle everything a blockbuster film and a great pool party—should have. Make 2023 the season of epic pool parties, courtesy of your incredible host skills and these timeless games. Fade out on an afternoon well spentand cut to a night of stories, laughterand plans for the sequel.

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