I have found that there are some great water escapes that offer a beach like atmosphere that are just a short drive away. Some of them provide great family fun, others are geared for more of a grown up getaway. Here are some of my favorite places to soak up sun and wash away my cares that are just a short drive away. They are ranked in no particular order, I like them all and I know you will too.

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    The Dream Pool At Coushatta Casino Resort

    This is a water lovers paradise. Coushatta Casino Resort has fast become a destination for family vacations across the Gulf South. The Dream Pool features a lazy river, a splash zone for kids, a huge pool for swimming and of course a very attentive staff who is ready to cater to your every need.

    Courtesy Coushattacasinoresort.com
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    The H20 Pool+Bar At Golden Nugget Casino

    Lake Charles has some of the finest gaming destinations in the south. The Golden Nugget is especially elegant and fun. It's even more fun if you like to get wet. The H2O Pool+Bar is a great place to escape the dreary day to day and enjoy cool refreshing drinks, great music, great company, and one of the best pools in the country. There is also a lazy river at the Golden Nugget you'll want to check out too.

    Courtesy Goldennugget.com
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    The Pool,Lazy River, And Cabanas at L'Auberge Lake Charles

    This is the place where I fell in the love with the concept of a lazy river. It's like a rotating roof top restaurant but in pool form. This lazy river winds around the L'Auberge complex so the scenery always is changing. The pool area and cabanas give you just enough party space or just enough privacy depending upon your mood. The staff at L'auberge Lake Charles will never allow an empty glass either. What a great getaway.

    Courtesy llaubergelakecharles.com
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    The Oasis Indoor Pool At Paragon Casino Resort

    Just a short drive away through scenic central Louisiana there is an Oasis of relaxation and luxury. It's the Oasis Indoor Pool at Paragon Casino Resort. This heated pool offers a great time even when the weather is cool. Of course there is plenty of cool fun out in the warm sunshine as well.

    Courtesy Paragoncasinoresort.com
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    The Roof Top Pool At L'auberge Baton Rouge

    Imagine floating on a cloud among the clear blue sky, that's the feeling you'll get at one of the Gulf South's most unique pools. The Roof Top Pool at L'auberge in Baton Rouge. The pool is really on the roof. That means unlimited sunshine and a spectacular view of the city below. The staff a L'auberge will tend to your every need. The drinks are fruity, freezy, and a perfect way to unwind during your stay.

    Courtesy lbatonrouge.com