Enjoy an above ground pool this season

AGP funThe traditional swimming pool season in most of the country is Memorial Day through Labor Day. The end of May through early September. That’s it! But some of us are lucky enough to live where the weather is a little warmer. Where the sun shines a little hotter and the summer lasts just a little bit longer.

For us, the swim season lasts beyond Labor Day. And that means if you’ve been thinking about installing an above ground pool this year, it’s not too late. There’s still plenty of time to enjoy it this year before the weather turns cool.

Above ground pools are a great, affordable way to add family fun to your backyard. Parrot Bay offers above ground pool kits to fit a variety of budgets, in several round and oval sizes so you can choose the model that will best fit your needs and your yard.

Our kits include everything you need to get swimming this season, including the pool and liner, pump, filter and sand, ladder, skimmer, maintenance pole, vacuum head, wall brush, leaf skimmer and chemical test kit. Upgrades for automatic cleaners and covers are also available.

You can install an above ground pool yourself, or have our professionals do the installation for you. Depending on your location, you may need to secure a permit for your new pool. If you live within a city or town, you’ll need to follow your community’s guidelines for above ground pool installation. We can offer some guidance in this area if you need it.

Finally, many people choose to build a deck around their above ground pool. Some do that immediately following installation, while others choose to wait until the season ends so the deck will be ready for the next summer. Either way, there’s plenty of time left this year to have an above ground pool installed and enjoy hours of family fun before the North Carolina summer ends.

Your Ultimate Swimming Pool Store

Stock_Photo_Kids_Under_WaterParrot Bay Pools is your ultimate swimming pool store. Whether you’re looking for pool services, supplies, accessories – or a new pool – you can trust Parrot Bay.


When you own a pool, you don’t want to spend all your free time maintaining it. We offer a variety of pool cleaning and other services so you can spend your time IN your pool, instead of working on it.

Season Supply Chemical Service: Save money and hassle – let us determine the perfect chemicals for your pool, and offer you a bulk rate with a full season’s supply. We’ll even deliver.

Preferred Service Pool Cleaning: Let us test and balance your water weekly, backwash your filter, vacuum your pool, brush the seats and walls, and clean the basket. You get a sparkling pool without the hassle.

Salt System Cleaning Service: Our Preferred service, plus routine salt system maintenance.

Pool Openings and Closings: Properly opening and closing your pool is important to the long-term dependability of your pool and it’s systems. Let us help you get your pool open quickly and correctly, and close it down safely and properly.

Supplies and Accessories

Chemicals: We offer several lines of pool and spa chemicals and other supplies to keep your water fresh, healthy and balanced all season long. Ask us what products are right for your pool.

Covers and Cleaners: We carry convenient automatic pool covers, and safety covers for pools of all sizes. We also carry Dolphin robotic pool cleaners, for incredibly easy and thorough pool cleaning.

Floats and Games: If you’re looking for quality pool floats and games, you’ll find them at Parrot Bay.


And of course, we sell pools and liners! Whether you’re looking for an above ground pool, or a vinyl or fiberglass in-ground pool, we’re here to help. Contact us to learn more about our pool installation area and options. We’re happy to help you select the pool that best fits your yard and your budget.

Yes, a hot tub IS right for you

marquis brochureAre you wondering if a hot tub is right for you? If it makes sense for you? How it would fit into your life?

We might be able to help with that.

Just imagine …

  • On summer evenings, soaking in your hot tub while the lightning bugs blip around your yard
  • Enjoying a quick, energizing dip with your morning coffee before work
  • A nice, leisurely water massage on a cool weekend morning, while the sun rises and the mist drifts across your lawn
  • Watching the football game – from your hot tub
  • Stargazing on a chilly winter night from your warm spa
  • Letting the powerful jets soothe away the aches and pains from your workout
  • Relaxing and unwinding after a stressful day at work
  • A romantic date night, complete with mood lighting and music

The options are endless, really. A Marquis hot tub offers so many features and benefits, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

We can help …

At Parrot Bay we can help you choose the Marquis model that best fits your lifestyle and your budget. Compare the Signature, Vector21, e-Series and Celebrity lines for jet configurations, lighting, and other features that will help you get the most out of your spa experience.

For example, some models offer High Output Therapy Zone jets for targeted hydrotherapy and the ultimate massage experience. If skin care is a concern, Microsilk technology can be added to some models – it’s a full-body oxygen treatment that can increase skin metabolism and cell growth, deep clean pores, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and help relieve the symptoms of eczema and psoriasis. Take your hot tub experience to the next level with an optional built-in stereo with BlueTooth connectivity, an LED lighting package, and more.

Are you ready to embrace a new way to start your days? A new way to end your evenings? A new way to spend time with your family, decompress after work, enjoy the game, and ease those after-workout aches and pains? Stop by one of our locations today.

Your source for swimming pool supplies

Let’s be honest. Truthful. Tell it like it is. Clear the air. Get it out in the open.

If you don’t know what you’re doing, or you’re using the wrong products, owning a pool can be a lot of work.

There. We said it.

But if you turn to a trusted source for your swimming pool supplies, they can help you identify exactly what you need to keep your pool running smoothly and in the best condition all year long, or to correct any issues that might arise.

At Parrot Bay Pools, we’re that local source and we carry everything you need to open, maintain and close your pool, plus enjoy hours of family fun in between.


FullSizeRender (6)Pristine Blue Non-Chlorine Water Care: A non-chlorine system for maintaining the water in your pool or spa. It’s gentle on your eyes and skin, controls bacteria and algae, and is environmentally friendly. Pristine can be used with many other pool care systems to achieve the best possible pool water, without the hassle.

Poolife Chemicals: Poolife offers a complete pool and spa care collection, from chlorinators and sanitizers to shock, algaecides, maintenance products and more. Pre-measured packets and tablet systems and more make water care simple.

Natural Chemistry Pool Care: Natural Chemistry makes pool care easy, decreasing the amount of time you need to spend on pool care. By using the complete line you’ll reduce filter cleaning and scum lines, unpleasant odors and eye irritation, surface oils and experience overall improved water clarity.

Frog Hot Tub Care: Frog products for your spa keep your water clean and clear while reducing bromine and chlorine in the water. You get fresh mineral water, without touching or measuring chemicals.

Brilliance for Spas: The Brilliance system is a non-chlorine bromine system to sanitize your hot tub water. Unlike many other bromine and chlorine products, it won’t affect your water’s pH balance.

SpaZaZZ: SpaZaZZ is a full line of aromatherapy products for your spa. These completely, all natural blends won’t affect your hot tub’s pH balance or leave an oily residue, and can be used in conjunction with any spa care system.

Don’t forget we also offer Dolphin robotic vacuums, automatic pool covers, pool opening, closing and cleaning services, and more – everything you need to make owning a pool or spa the enjoyable experience it was meant to be.

Swimming Pool Math Games

ping pong math2If you have preschool to elementary aged children, you may be always looking for opportunities to help them learn in fun and inventive ways. So how about helping them practice math while playing in the swimming pool Raleigh NC? They might not even catch on to what you’re up to for awhile!

Here are some ideas for you — and we’ve even separated them by age group:

Preschool and Kindergarten

  • Have them count the steps around your fiberglass pool. Discuss why it takes less steps for you than it does for them.
  • Examine all of the shapes around the swimming pool, such as the diving board is a rectangle, and see who can name the most shapes.
  • Much like Red-Light-Green-Light, have one child be the “shark” at one side of the shallow end and the rest of the children on the other end. The kids call out, “What time is it Mr. Shark?” and the shark says a time. This repeats until the kids are close and the shark turns and responds with “dinner time” and tags the nearest player, who is then the shark.

1st Grade to 3rd Grade

  • Find a variety of typical portable swimming pool accessories, such as pool noodles, diving rings, beach balls, etc. Have the kids guess how many of each it would take to span the length of the pool and then have them “measure” to see who estimated more effectively.
  • Discuss weight and volume by dropping a variety of water resistant objects into the pool and discussing which made the biggest splash and why.
  • Using ping pong balls, write a variety of numbers on them. Call out addition, subtraction, multiplication and division problems (depending on the age). The first to grab the ping pong balls with the correct answer wins. Have the first child who gets three wins start calling out equations.

4th Grade to 6th Grade

  • Work together to calculate the total area of the pool. What is the volume? How many gallons does it hold?
  • Use a stopwatch for a variety of timed tasks, such as swimming from one end of the pool to the other, going down the slide or diving off the diving board. Then have the kids calculate each person’s average time to find the winner.

Who knew that swimming pools Fayetteville NC could be educational as well as fun? It’s all in how you present these “games” to your kids to create a productive afternoon this summer!

Summer Drink Recipes for Your Pool Party

One of the most glorious things about having a swimming pool Fayetteville NC is the opportunity to host summer parties… well if that’s your thing, anyway. And what’s a must have for a great swimming pool party? Well, awesome summer drinks of course!

drinks poolside

For the Heavy Lifters & Double Fisters

For the Light Weights & Offspring

A cool dip in the swimming pool Raleigh NC with a refreshing drink in hand? Hello summer! Create a Summer Drink Bucket List and get this party started!

4th of July Pool Party

Celebrate Independence Day with a Pool Party! It’s a great excuse to get together for Bar-B-Que and swimming pool fun! Here are some tips for planning your 4th of July themed gathering.

Make the Pool and Backyard Festive

154567738-630x406If you’ve yet to install your above ground pool, and really want to get into the holiday spirit, then let us help you choose your perfect pool — and ordering now should have it up and ready just in time for your party.

Then, for the party, spruce up your pool even more with floating red, white and blue LED lights or glow sticks tossed in the water. You might also consider colored pool accessories, such as beach balls, floating lounge chairs, etc. Change the cushions on your outdoor furniture to colors that match the holiday as well. Hang red, white and blue lights or paper lanterns from anything in the backyard that will stand still, such as a tree or your pergola.

Feed a Crowd

It’s not a pool party without some awesome food; there are so many options! Have a potluck where all the guests bring sides and you provide the meat, be the hostess with the mostest and create a menu, or find your sweet spot somewhere in between. Try any one of these easy 4th of July recipes from Good Housekeeping, or a few recipes from Delish, or go all out and start a Pinterest board to get brainstorming!

Wrap it up with Fireworks

This too, has so many options! You can have your party on a different day than the main thoroughfare so everyone can do their own thing, such as watch a local grandiose display. Maybe you’re super lucky and can see that grandiose display perfectly from your backyard — in which case, you should definitely plan your party for that night and avoid the crazy crowds to just be with your closest friends and family.

Regardless of how you do it, shoot off at least a few fireworks at your 4th of July party, since that’s what the holiday is notoriously known for. Whether you provide them all yourself, do potluck fireworks to share, or everyone just bring their own, it’s a necessary part of your party plan, for sure.

With a little planning, you’re sure to bring together a great swimming pool party for the holiday. Have a fun and safe 4th of July!

Pool Features That Will Make Neighbors Jealous

Having a swimming pool Raleigh NC is great fun, there is no doubt, but you don’t want something simple. You want something grand! You want something the neighbors will stop and stare at in awe. And that means adding some really nice features to your fiberglass pool installation that make it look awesome and that add to your swimming enjoyment.

water features

Water Features

Adding water features to your swimming pool Fayetteville NC gives it the visual appeal you’ve been looking for to make an impact. There are several water features to choose from:

  • Waterfall – Include a waterfall on the side that trickles into the swimming pool for a calming affect.
  • Fountains – Fountains that pour across the pool are a beautiful visual, and can add a little fun to your swim time.
  • Infinity Pool – An infinity pool has one recessed side so the water flows over it into a basin. It provides a visual effect that resembles an ocean flowing endlessly into the horizon.

Light Features

Take those gorgeous water features to the next level by adding LED lights. You can get them in your favorite stationery colors, with the option to change them, or with variable colors that cycle through changing on their own. Even if you don’t have water features, LED lights in the swimming pool water will really add a romantic aura to evening swims, and elegance to your backyard design.

The Other Extras

Add a sound system for playing relaxing jazz music for your evening swim or something fun and upbeat while the kids swim during the day. Get a fancy spiral slide for added enjoyment. And, rather than just normal steps into the swimming pool design, consider a “shore line” design, which is a gradual incline into the water, just like at the beach.

Whatever features you decide on, spiffing up your pool (whether with an upgrade or starting from scratch) with all the bells and whistles is sure to make it the hub of the neighborhood. And if you’d rather keep it all to yourself, you can take pride in watching the neighbors covet from afar.

Summer favorites in your outdoor kitchen

Outdoor Kitchen Inspiration

There are a lot of great reasons to install an outdoor kitchen. Whether you want to expand your living space outside, create an amazing entertaining space, or just increase the value of your home, an outdoor kitchen can be a great solution. And while you can use your outdoor kitchen all year long, it’s during the summer months that it really shines.

So this season, prepare and cook a variety of foods for your family and friends where you all really want to be – outside. Use these recipe suggestions to get started:

Breakfast … outside

For something fun and unexpected, prepare breakfast outside on a lazy summer weekend. With your fully equipped kitchen, you already have everything you need. Pancakes are a great choice and easy to make for a crowd. Serve ‘em up with a delicious fruit salad, plus plenty of syrup, and breakfast is served.

Grilling favorites

If your outdoor kitchen includes a grill, Honey Chicken Kabobs make a delicious main dish. Marinate the chicken and veggies overnight in your outdoor refrigerator for the best flavor, and feel free to add any of your favorite vegetables to the mix. These are delicious with Classic Rice Pilaf, or maybe some whole grain rolls from your local bakery.

It’s a theme!

Twin EaglesSince your outdoor kitchen is so versatile, you can even do a theme night. Hold a taco party, but keep the mess – from prep through party time – outside. Prepare your favorite taco recipe – beef and chicken would be great, plus crunchy and soft shells. Make some traditional side dishes like Mexican Rice and great toppings like salsa, corn salsa, guacamole – whatever you like. Don’t forget the cheese, chips and sour cream!

Cooking and eating outdoors is a summertime tradition. Outdoor kitchens simply elevate that experience we all love.

Top 10 Reasons Dad Deserves a Pool

# 10: All those jars didn’t open themselves.

# 9: Those spiders didn’t kill themselves, either.

# 8: Squeaky drawer? Rusty hinge? Who’d you call?

# 7: Car wouldn’t start? Ditto.

# 6: Snakes. That’s really all we need to say.

# 5: From T-ball through Varsity, he was there for you. Coaching and cheering you on.

# 4: From burgers and hot dogs to steaks and more, he’s the Grill Master.

# 3: Things on high shelves.

# 2: The man works hard. He NEEDS some downtime.

And the # 1 Reason … He’s DAD!

2-IGPSeriously, though. A backyard pool isn’t just your dad’s reward for eliminating scary creatures and helping reach things you can’t. It’s an investment in the family. And if there’s one thing dad cares about, it’s family. Just imagine the gatherings and fun you’ll have in and around the new pool. Parties, BBQs, family celebrations – with the backyard pool as a centerpiece. It’s a great way to build family memories and traditions. How about an Annual Family Luau or Annual Kid’s Swimming Contest? With your own pool, why not?

Plus, swimming pools are an excellent way to get exercise, even during the hottest summer days. From water aerobics and other water exercises to just actively horsing around with the kids and grandkids, a backyard pool provides hours of active fun. Play some fun pool games or make up your own, and no one will be able to say, “I’m bored!”

Swimming pools may also add to the value of your home, and they definitely add to the attractiveness of your backyard. Just imagine looking out the backdoor at the green grass and flowering plants surrounding your beautiful swimming pool. It’s what every dad dreams of. Yours may just not realize it yet. So spend a little time this Father’s Day convincing him. He’ll thank you for it later.

Shop one of our convenient locations in Fayetteville or Fuquay-Varina, NC.