NICHOLS, N.Y. - With the weather heating up, there's a new place for guests at the Tioga Downs Hotel to cool off.
The casino resort is holding a VIP party this evening to celebrate the opening of its new outdoor pool and cabana bar.
The pool will be open for hotel guests seven days a week during the warmer weather.
The bar, which serves alcohol, soft drinks and light fare, is open evenings on the weekend and as needed.
There's also an outdoor hot tub and cabana beds with shade.
Marketing Manager Jim Weed says it's another step toward making Tioga Downs Casino Resort a family-friendly destination.
"Our owner, Mr. Jeff Gural, is big with making sure that families are included here at his facility. Whether it's the pool, we have the slide pool over here as well with the water slide, a night of racing with the bounce houses, he wants people to know, bring your families out to our resort and you're going to have a good time. Which most casinos won't say," says Weed.
Another outdoor pool that is trackside is open on racing day afternoons, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and is open to everyone.
Weed says the only place where children are not allowed is the casino floor.
In recognition of Tioga Downs sponsorship of tomorrow's Air Show, several special planes are scheduled to fly over the resort in formation this evening.