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Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa

The mother of all splash pools at a desert oasis

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It’s called Splashtopia, a 2-acre water park sparkling in the center of this classic Palm Springs resort. Slather on the sunscreen before you head here—the kids will want to stay for hours. From a relaxing lazy river and sandy beach to 100-foot-/30-meter-long water slides and jets for water fights, this is an epic, watery playground. Also take advantage of poolside grills and plenty of lounge chairs for parents to kick back and watch the kids go wild. (If grownups want more peace and quiet, there’s the nearby adults-only Azure Pool.)

If your kids ever do agree to get out of the water, they can check out kid-friendly crafts, games, a junior tennis clinic, “dive-in movies” outside at Splashtopia, and a video-game arcade. Parents, meanwhile, should be availing themselves of classic Palm Springs bucket list activities, like golf and luxurious spa treatments.

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