What to do if you don't have a pool? That's the big question for many during the dog days of summer. When the days are hot, a backyard pool alternative can provide a lot of relief and even more fun. Any kid who grew up without a pool probably remembers the timeless joy of running through sprinklers on the lawn. But these days, there are plenty of products with which to indulge in backyard fun even with no pool in sight.
That includes all manner of water slides, water blasters, and inflatable pool substitutes perfect for small yards. There are also innovations like reusable water balloons! For more practical adults, there are also basics to beat the heat, like umbrellas equipped with water misting systems, as well as some inflatable mini-pools in which to soak.