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Take a dip: Day passes at cool pools in Charleston

From Paradiso Charleston to The Mills House Hotel, we’re really feeling these staycation vibes.

The pool and terrace at The Mills House Hotel; there are three friends sitting on lounge chairs enjoying the day.

Pool day at The Mills House, anyone?

Photo via The Mills House

This sunny Charleston weather has us longing for a relaxing, summertime pool day.

Several local social clubs + hotels offer day passes to their swimming pools, giving you a perfect excuse to plan a mini staycation. So — sunscreen and sunglasses in hand — let’s dip our toes into some options, shall we?

A pink poolside cabana with chairs at the entrance.

A poolside cabana at Paradiso — we’re relaxed just looking at this.

Photo via @paradisochs

Splashy mini staycations

Paradiso, North Charleston
This family-friendly social club offers a couple of day pass options for its pool, open from 9 a.m. to sunset:

  • A $ 50-day pass includes access to the pool, lounge chairs, fitness center + other amenities; child day passes cost $20.
  • A $575+ pool cabana rental that includes day passes for up to 12 guests, plus a shaded poolside cabana with seating, a TV, and a ceiling fan from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; there’s a food + beverage minimum with this one.

The Mills House Hotel, Charleston
Downtown’s historic pink landmark hotel offers poolside cabana rentals for visitors — even if you’re not a hotel guest:

  • The $275+ shaded poolside cabana rental includes sofa seating for up to six people, towel service, and a complimentary fruit plate + bottled water.
  • Pro tip: Splurge on the exclusive bar service — we hear the seasonal dishes + craft cocktails from The Terrace Bar hit the spot, especially that Frosé.
The entrance to the pool at The Wonderer Charleston featuring an oasis-style arch flanked by palm trees.

This adults-only oasis awaits at The Wonderer Charleston.

Photo via @thewondererchs

The Wonderer Charleston, Charleston
This adults-only, oasis-themed social, work, and wellness club offers poolside cabana rentals that include:

  • Sofa seating for up to 10 guests for up to five hours, access to the Olympic-size pool, and a dedicated server with food and drinks available for purchase — there’s a food + beverage minimum with this one. Prices start at $300+.
A view of the pool and terrace at The Mills House Hotel. Striped lounge chairs and umbrellas line the pool area, and you can see the hotel's signature pink exterior in the background as well as views of downtown Charleston.

Another peek at the pool and terrace at The Mills House — splashy, right?

Photo via The Mills House

Drive to dive

These poolside escapes call for a little road trip — but we have a feeling it’ll be worth it.

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort, Hilton Head Island
This picturesque resort ~100 miles south of Charleston boasts three swimming pools and hot tubs, and offers many day pass options + upgrades:

  • A $ 75-day pass includes access to two family pools, an adults-only pool, beachside hot tubs, private beach access, and self-parking; passes for kids cost $45.
  • A $150 adult pool daybed includes a day pass for up to two adults.
  • A $275 family cabana includes a day pass for up to six people and some complimentary drinks + chips.
A view of the pool at the Thompson Savannah hotel; there are white lounge chairs in the water and other lounge chairs across the pool area, and several people in and around the pool.

If you’re up for a road trip, try the pool at Thompson Savannah in Savannah, GA.

Holiday Inn Oceanfront at Surfside Beach, Surfside Beach
This coastal getaway ~90 miles north of CHS offers a poolside day pass that includes:

  • Access to the pool and hot tub, lounge chairs, towel service, beach access, and poolside food and drink service are available for an additional charge. Adult passes cost $30 and passes for kids cost $20.

Thompson Savannah, Savannah, GA
Located ~110 miles south of Charleston, we love a road trip to Savannah. This cute hotel offers poolside day pass options that have us with one foot in the car already.

  • A $30 adult day pass includes access to the pool and fitness center, towel service, and poolside drink service.
  • A $160 daybed cabana or $180 cabana each includes day passes for up to four people and seriously comfy seating.
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