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Do Pumpkins Float in the Pool?

We’re in the season of pumpkins and gourds. Have you ever wondered if pumpkins actually float in the pool? The answer is inside this article.

As fall arrives, the pumpkin lovers come out. The season extends from September through Thanksgiving, and it certainly seems like the pumpkins begin to multiply. As this happens, many of us begin to wonder how to have a little fun with these orange fruits in multiple colors, shapes and size.

Do Pumpkins Float in the Pool?

The answer is a resounding, “yes!” If you don’t believe us, try it out in your own swimming pool. From gourds to small pumpkins to extra large Cinderalla sized pumpkins, they all float in your backyard swimming pool.

Now, you might be wondering why.

The Archimedes Principle

The reason pumpkins float is because of this principle. It says that when you immerse an object in liquid, it will be buoyed by by a force equal to the weight of the fluid that it displaces. Bottomline, when you put a pumpkin in your pool, you are moving some of the water out of the way to make a space for the pumpkin. That is the displaced water.

So, when you put pumpkins in your pool, the float! Because the water is denser than the pumpkin, the water pushes the pumpkin up, and it floats.

While you may think pumpkins are too heavy to float, they actually are not because they aren’t as dense as the water.

Final Thoughts

Have some fun this fall season and throw a couple pumpkins in your swimming pool to test it out. Your kids will love it, and it’s a great way to clean your pumpkins!