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The best water parks in Arizona to add to your vacation plans

Suzi Milovanovic has been a mother of all kinds: stay at home mom, work from home mom, and go-the-office working mom. She blends all these perspectives in her contributions to various local and national print and online publications, tel...

Arizona's top water parks for kids — and grown-ups who need to beat the heat

Maybe we can thank the dry desert heat. Arizona is one sunny state that is known for its wide selection of epic water parks (that happen to be family-friendly too). If you're looking for some fun in the sun, or just need to beat the summer heat, we know of at least seven highly-rated water parks that families in the Southwest are dying to visit.

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Whether you're local or are road-trippin' it, these are the best places to get your splash on — after you visit the Grand Canyon, of course:

1. Arizona Grand Resort

The Oasis Water Park, located at the Arizona Grand Resort, has been voted in the Top 10 by the Travel Channel and features an eight-story high tower with three slides for adventure seekers, a huge wave pool, river tubing, 25-person hot tub, and Wild Cat Springs for toddlers. The Oasis Water Park is closed annually from September through February, but all features are open in the hot summer months. It's a great way to relax and enjoy a family vacation – or staycation!

Address: 8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, Arizona 85044

Hours: Vary with season

Admission: Free, but entrance is reserved for guests of the resort only

2. Breakers Water Park

Breakers Water Park is located about 9 miles outside of downtown Tucson and features a huge wave pool that transforms into the Tucson ocean! Children will love the giant waterslides while parents can relax at the restaurant or in shaded areas the snack bar under large mushroom umbrellas.

Address: 8555 West Tangerine Road, Marana, AZ 85653

Hours:  Tuesday thru Sunday 10am-6pm

Admission: 12 years and above: $26.99; Children 4-11 years: $19.99; Ages 3 & under: free; Senior (60+): $15.99; Twilight (after 3 pm): $16.99

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