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The best places to make a splash this summer

If you haven't solidified your summer family vacation plans just yet, you're in luck. Make a pit stop at one of these amazing water parks and you'll be the most popular mom on the block.

Nickelodeon Suites Resort Water Park

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Nickelodeon Suites Resort Water Park

Clearly a favorite for the kids, the Nickelodeon Suites Resort in Orlando comes fully loaded with a water park right smack in the center of the property that features a four-story interactive water tower with seven water slides, flumes, climbing nets and water jets. And let's not forget the 400-gallon dump tank that spills water and splashes Nick's famous green slime during a daily "Mass Sliming." We're assuming Mom and Dad will insist on baths for one and all after a day at play here.

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Oasis Water Park at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa

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Oasis Water Park at Arizona Grand Resort

Who knew you could have so much fun getting soaked in the desert of Phoenix? The Arizona Grand Resort is home to a seven-acre water park that features an eight-story tower with three water slides, an enormous wave pool, tubing in the lazy river and "Wild Cat Springs" for the little ones. You never even have to leave the resort's grounds to have a slip-sliding, brag-worthy summer vacay.

Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas

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Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas

Whoever said that Vegas is just a playground for adults has not yet looked at Wet'nWild Water Park in the supposed "Sin City." Let's go with the family-friendly "Splash City" instead. Ditch the stuffy casinos and do Vegas family-style here with the park's latest attraction, which starts 36 feet in the air and sends riders spinning and splashing in a four-person inner tube through a 110-foot tunnel.

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Zoombezi Bay

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Grahm S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

Zoombezi Bay in Columbus, Ohio, boasts seven state of the art water slides, a wave pool, an action river, a lazy river, a kiddie play pool and private cabanas so Mom and Dad can relax! The property's all new Baboon Lagoon children's play area, just for the kids, is debuting this summer.

Raging Waters Waterpark

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Morey's Piers' Raging Waters Waterpark is a shipwreck-themed water park right on the beaches of New Jersey. The property is home to the Shotgun Falls doubled-barreled slides with a six-foot drop into a deep pool, the Shipwreck Shoals interactive pirate ship and fort as well as the three-leveled Camp Kidtastrophe for little water enthusiasts. Adults can chill out in the River Adventure that offers refreshment service right into the lazy river. Now that's what we call a perk.

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