This new rooftop lazy river is shaped like the state of Texas

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Hotel rooftop swimming pools have long been a draw for tourists and locals alike, but a hotel in Houston, Texas, has taken its outdoor amenities once step further with its own rooftop lazy river.

Visitors to the Marriott Marquis Houston’s rooftop terrace can take in views of downtown Houston from 30 floors above while floating around the resort’s 530-foot-long lazy river that’s shaped like (what else?) the state of Texas. And for the first time, Marriott has announced that it will allow the public (21+) to access their rooftop with the purchase of a day pass.

For $50, you can hang out and enjoy the lazy river anytime between 9:30 a.m. and closing time, Monday through Thursday. And if you don’t mind forking over more cash, a $75 pass also grants you access to the hotel’s locker rooms and spa amenities.

Have just a little bit more money to spare? You can reserve a private daybed or cabana. The most expensive day pass costs $1,200 and secures a gazebo and day passes up for six. Note: If you want to visit on a weekend, you’ll have to book a room, as the rooftop is only available to hotel guests on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Rates for the relatively new hotel, which opened just a few months before Houston hosted the 2017 Super Bowl, range from $200–$400 per night, and allow up to four guests access to the rooftop amenities. That include waterfalls and water cannons along the lazy river route, an infinity pool, a bar and grill, and the hotel’s 5,000-foot fitness center.

Although Houston has never been as big of a tourist destination as other large American cities like New York or Miami, Beyoncé’s hometown has tried in recent years to increase its visibility with tourist initiatives. Among the city’s top attractions are NASA’s Space Center Houston, the Museum District and The Galleria.

A rooftop glass-bottom pool also recently opened up at a luxury apartment complex in Houston.

Would you pay to access that Texas-shaped lazy river for a day?


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