For your entire stay at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort, each member of your party receives a daily wristband to Splashtopia, the property’s own waterpark. You will find two spectacular water slides, a lazy river, a splash zone, and incredibly a beach with white sand and toys provided to all guests! Adults, teens, and kids of all ages can spend the ENTIRE day here, especially in the summer! You tend to forget the high temperatures and the fact you’re in the middle of the desert when you enjoy Splashtopia!
The Lazy River Encircling Splashtopia, grab an resort-provided inner-tube and float around the currents of the Lazy River. Cruise around once or 10 times, it’s relaxation at it’s finest. With 5 spots to hop in and out, even my 4 year old hopped on and to a ride. Be careful though, if you slide out of the tube, the current is strong, my youngest needed her floaties in here just in case. There are 5 life guards on the river, they make sure everyone has a tube, no swimming here! I could do this all day, all vacation, plus poolside drinks are served in plastic cups with lids, so take one with you on your ride! Even midday in July at 115 degrees, the maximum wait for a tube is about 5 minutes!
2 waterslides will take you for a fun ride if you are at least 42” and 48” tall! Slide down a longer or shorter route, feet first only for a wonderful thrill. It’s been 24 years since I’ve been on a waterslide last and these were SO fun! When you splash down, beware water likes to shoot up your nose if you’re not ready for it! Only my youngest was too little for the slides, but really she didn’t mind at all. Thursday and Saturday evenings, sign up for the Slider’s Cup where age-grouped children and adults can race for the best times! Winner’s in each age group win a smoothie, grand prize winner’s can win a weekend stay at the resort. My oldest competed but didn’t place, she had a great time doing it though. My husband now says he would have, had he known adults were eligible!
Though far from the ocean, get the feel of the beach! Little ones too small for the waterslides, can grab some park-provided shovels, buckets and other toys and play in the sand at the water’s edge. This area was great for my four year old, where the water level is low, she can go floaty-less with supervision, and stay cool! She even practiced a little swimming between my husband and I. This are is pretty crowded all day, and when the sand gets on the pool bottom, is rough on adults sitting or kneeling in there. There is restrooms near by, a drink stand, water station, and lounge chairs all around for maximum comfort.
Another spot great for all ages is the splash zone area. Stand beneath constant streams of water, get buckets of water poured on your head, shoot streams into the lazy river, and cool off on the hottest of days.
I can’t stop being impressed by Rancho Las Palmas Resort! Two nights a week you can literally watch a movie from the pool. There is a big screen by the pool adjacent to Splashtopia (though Splashtopia is closed during this time) and at dusk it’s movie time! The big kids and my husband went and watched Goonies Friday night and it was incredible. Unfortunately, my youngest had since gone to bed so I stayed back in the room. If I opened the door though I could hear it!
Forget sunscreen? No problem, the store has plenty of pool supplies and toys just for that reason as well as drinks and ice cream! If you want a pool float toy, they’ll even blow it up for you! Also there are about a dozen Cabanas around the pool that are available for rent. Inside you will find all day shade from the elements with a ceiling fan, lounge chairs, towels, and bottled water. Rental is by the day and starts at $125.
If you’re thirsty or hungry, the Splash Grill will deliver food, snacks, and drinks (alcoholic and non-) right to your lounge chair! Look out for waiters in the orange tees shirts to help you out!
Towel stations are located in two spots, one near the pool and the other near the sandy beach, no room key or deposit needed, just grab them when needed and deposit them before you leave in any of the dirty towel buckets. Water stations with cups and ice are available around the park to keep hydrated, we frequented those areas a lot over the weekend!
Also around are outdoor shower areas to wash off sand and chlorine.
I can’t say enough about how wonderfully staffed Splashtopia is, towels were always available and replenished, the area is impeccably clean! The 7 Life Guards help keep the park safe and minus about 30 minutes the whole weekend when the pool was closed due to pH levels being off, it was truly a spot that everyone in the family can enjoy!
Splashtopia daily admission is free with your paid nightly room fee at Rancho Las Palmas Resort, which can be a huge money saver compared to other water parks for 3 full days and 5 family members!! Being back at home, we truly miss the resort and Splashtopia, it’s going to be an annual trip for us now, and we look forward to heading back!