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The Best Water Park In Arizona

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Thank you to White Stallion Ranch and Arizona Grand Resort for hosting our stay during our Arizona adventure. All opinions, photographs and videos of the properties are ours.

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Yesterday was bitter sweet. We were excited to travel to our next spot in Arizona, but so bummed to leave White Stallion Ranch. Our time here had been so wonderful and it felt like we were leaving our second home as we were packing up and heading out. 

coffee desert view

To commemorate our last morning there, I had my coffee out on the patio and took in the sights. The mornings are absolutely perfect temperature wise and I wanted to remember this time at the ranch when it is quiet and oh so peaceful!

ranch breakfast

After coffee Pete, Ashley, and Emmy got back from an early morning ride and we all headed to breakfast. After Emmy ate, she said she was really going to miss breakfast here because it is so delicious! 


After breakfast, it was time to get on the road. We said goodbye to these views above and after about 90 minutes, hello to the view below from our new two bedroom villa suite at the Arizona Grand Resort.


Our suite has a beautiful view of the expansive golf course on property and Emmy loved the extra blue in the water.

suite arizona grand resort

Our little tour guide was so happy to see our new accommodations. 

master bedroom

The suite has two bedrooms, two huge bathrooms, a sitting area, full kitchen, two patios, and dinette. 



We had the biggest treat when we had family come over to visit us and hang out at the resort for the afternoon! 


After catching up in the hotel room, the girls were so excited to go to Oasis Water park. The resort has their own water park that is for the exclusive use of hotel guests. It is really cool!

oasis water park

the best arizona family resort


We were lucky enough to have a hosted cabana to relax in for the day. It was divine! 

private cabana

Luxury resort

This was the best fruit ever. Sweet, cool,  and perfect for a warm Arizona day. There was also a platter of cookies and buckets of ice cold water!

The afternoon went by way too quickly and before we knew it, dinner time was here!

aunt chilada's

The resort has multiple restaurants to choose from and since we love Mexican food… we were happy to be dining at Aunt Chilada’s!


The restaurant is situated a short stroll from the center of the resort on an outer corner. You can either drive or walk. We chose to enjoy the warm evening air and walked there. We all loved the brightly colored interior and the festive atmosphere. 



The food was really good too. Having grown up in Southern California and raised on really good Mexican food, I’m always critical of Mexican food outside SoCal. This was definitely not the style of Mexican food I was used to eating, but it was really good and I loved trying a new type of Mexican food. We’d definitely eat here again!

Here is our day six video recap:

Today we are heading back to Oasis Water Park and then to see Pete’s brother’s family’s new home here in Phoenix! We are so happy to be able to spend more time with family and have a beautiful resort to call home during out stay here.

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Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • A water park is always fun during the summer! It sounds like you all had a great time.

  • This looks like a nice place to stay. I would love to visit the Oasis water park.

  • We LOVE the Arizona Grand!!! My husband and I spent our wedding night at the Arizona Grand and we’ve gone back and visited a bunch of times! Our kids love the waterpark!!!

  • It’s always difficult to say goodbye to such a lovely place, luckily you went to another beautiful one! The new hotel looks amazing and I love that it has everything you need in the room, including a mini kitchen!

  • Now when I think of Arizona I don’t think of water, all I think is desert life so knowing that there’s a waterpark here just makes it even better. What a great way that would be to cool down after a long day.

  • It does look like a lovely place to stay! I love the whole vibe of Phoenix. I’m glad you all had a great time. Definitely a memorable trip!

  • The pictures are beautiful, it looks like a really cool place to visit. I’ve never been to a ranch before. The place looks really nice, I love staying at places like this instead of just a regular hotel.

  • I have never been to Phoenix before, but I’ve always wanted to go. It looks like a lot of fun too. The water park must have been fun. I love going to water parks with my girls.

  • Yum, that guac looks soo good! I love the cactus pics do, they remind me of where I grew up.

  • I would really love to visit Phonix! I love the pictures, looks like so much fun.

  • Oooooo I just love Arizona!!!! Such a fun place to visit! That hotel room looks pretty fab too!

  • What an unbelievable great vacation your are having. I have been following your videos of the ranch and I just love it. We go to Arizona quite often so we will have to check this out.

  • Wow, your vacation is so long. I envy you! I like this second accommodation of yours, and of course the waters too!

  • What a fun adventure you had at the dude ranch. To follow it up with such a gorgeous resort is a dream. The water park looks like a blast!

  • that golf place with water landscape looks amazing! great view to relax in a family vacation

  • This is so nice, especially the unusual scenery in a golf course. I want to take my family here.

  • I dont remember the last time we went to a water park, we need to take those family days more often because it looks like you guys had a blast. And those cabanas! It makes me want to grab a good book.

  • Looks like your family has been having so much fun in Arizona. No summer trip would be complete without and awesome water park!

  • Oh wow yes please- I would absolutely love to visit this water park it looks like a fantastic time and the hotel looks amazing as well. x

  • I lived in Phoenix for several years but never had the opportunity to visit the Oasis. I have to say, I love the name of the Mexican food restaurant. Very clever!

  • Water parks are one of our favorite places to go. It is always a to of fun and a great way to stay cool.

  • I’ve spent the evening in Phoenix as I was driving through, but I would love to return. This property looks amazing with plenty of room to spread out and have some privacy if wanted.

  • What a grand vacation you had! I’ve visited Arizona a few times and there’s so much to see. I wish the weather, though was a little kinder 🙁

  • As a Floridian, some of these sights are new to me! I would love to head out west and see desert land, mountains, and take an adventure like this!

  • I think you are having a wonderful vacation as a family together with lots of fun all around. Water parks are always so much exciting & my kids are going to love it so much.

  • While I’m sure you’ll be happy to be home, I’d be sad to leave that place too. Your whole trip has looked so amazing!

  • I can see how the water park would cause a big thrill. 🙂 As for me, sitting out on the patio for coffee, like you did, would make my whole day. 🙂

  • Oh my! This looks like just the place to go. I would love to take my fmaily or even have a girls getaway there.

  • Oh this looks lovely. Have never travelled to Arizona before but I would definitely stay at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa!

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