Splashtopia at Rancho Las Palmas

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This is Part II of my post on Rancho Las Palmas and their blissful two acre water feature fun area called Splashtopia!  If you missed Part I, click HERE to read about the lovely rooms and our experience staying at this ultra family-friendly resort! Splashtopia was so amazing I had to dedicate an entire post to our pool time FUN!

Splashtopia is what sold me on going to Rancho Las Palmas in the first place, so I am happy to say it exceeded our expectations…and then some! Divided into two separate areas, the first is a big pool for swimming surrounded by lots of umbrellas (ON WHEELS for easy moving – how brilliant!) and lounge chairs with comfy cushions.

Even though it was {fairly} crowded, we easily found chairs {good ones} each day and always had enough room for swimming.  They also had a great poolside shop where you could buy ice cream, sunscreen and lots of inflatable fun toys!  We picked up this little boat for only $8 and they blew it up for us.

Here is a pic of some of the poolside goodies for sale in the Swim Shop…fun much?

Once we were done swimming at the big pool, we would walk over past a gate to the second area, which included a giant lazy river with inner tubes, a sprinkler / water feature play area, two giant water slides and even a sandy beach!

Once again, even when it seemed like it was crowded, we never had a problem finding an open inner tube.  There are jets that propel the river to go in one direction, so you sit in your tube and just float around Splashtopia.  My daughter absolutely LOVED it!

And, off  the river behind the water slides there was a Sandy Beach!  Yes, a sandy area with buckets and shovels and toys surrounded by lounge chairs for little ones.

My husband and I sat in the shallow area since it was toasty while Emma had a ball playing in the sand.

In the center of the lazy river there were sprouting fountains of water and two huge water slides.

Too bad my daughter didn’t have much fun playing in the fountains…hee hee…

Then adjacent to the fountains were the two huge water slides.  On the first day, we excitedly got up to the front of the line and my little one stood as tall as she could, chin up and all, against the measuring stick but came in at a whopping 40″.   Turns out all riders have to be at least 42″.  Denied!

I thought I would be able to take her on my lap, but they only allow one rider at a time.  So after like 20 seconds of disappointment, we went back into the lazy river and the water slide denial was soon forgotten.   I promised her we will go back and she can go on them next year…

Splashtopia Dining!

They have poolside service where you can eat on your lounge chairs or you can take a break from the pool and walk over to the Splash Grill which has a beautiful open air patio and service at the bar.   We sat and enjoyed the view and a GREAT veggie burger & fries.  My daughter had a kid’s meal pizza and it included a drink, pack of Goldfish & fruit.

If your family is looking for a family-friendly resort conveniently located within an easy drive from Orange County, look no further than the beautiful Rancho Las Palmas!  Splashtopia will quickly become your child’s Utopia!

I was actually thinking it would be a blast to go with a bunch of families, just the perfect spot for an easy getaway.

See Monday’s post with more info on the activities for kids and special deals going on right now for summer.  In the meantime OC, keep COOL in these hot temps and have a fabulous weekend!

{Disclosure: Our room charge for two nights was provided complimentary by the resort.  Thank you Rancho Las Palmas for a trip we will always remember!}

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