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    Slip 'n Slide: This water slide has been a classic for all ages for years! You just need a a water hose, the slip-n-slide, or some taped up garbage bags lined down a hill. Some people choose to throw some olive oil or baby oil on the slide along with the water to get a smoother run, especially if you have a small slope or hill.
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    Sprinkler systems are not only for your lawn! Running through a rainbow of water is a quick splash of cool anyone can dash past. You can get fun toy-related sprinklers with goofy faces, or a standard garden sprinkler works perfectly fine.
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    Get Ready to Get Soaked! Water Guns and Super Soakers are a great alternative to paint-ball or playing tag.
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    Who said these are for kids only! Perfect for smaller homes and apartments, kiddies' pools work nicely for a nice foot dip or splashing around. You can get a plastic or blow-up pool depending on your space limitations.
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    Waterfalls and lakes: Many state parks and national parks have waterfalls with a public pool at the end. A more natural approach to cooling off. Make a day out of it. Take a hiking trial, enjoy a picnic before hoping into the falls.
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    Hot Springs: Relaxing in a hot pool at the Breitenbush Hot Springs in the Cascade Mountain range in Central Oregon.
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    Beaches are a favorite summer destination. If you aren't close to a coastline, check out your state parks for local lake and pond swimming activities. People play on the beach in Seaside Heights, N.J., May 27, 2013.
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    Pools: An easy solution to beat the heat this summer. If you don't have a pool yourself, there are plenty of other locations waiting for you to splash into. Try your local neighborhood community pool. Guests play in the wave pool at the Mandalay Bay Beach on July 2, 2013 in Las Vegas.
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    Water balloons: A fun, competitive way to get splashed down with some cool water. Playing water balloons with friends can be a great activity for children and adults. Just make sure they are playing along before you start tossing water balloons their way.
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    Water fountains: Beat the heat with your city's fountains. Most cities have a community fountain downtown just waiting for you to run through. Young children cool off in Crown Fountain in Chicago.
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    Fire hydrants: For the over-heated urban dweller. Once temperatures start to soar, fire hydrants seem to magically open, releasing a fierce stream of water and mist in the streets. Davion Brown acclimates Zavionn Boomer, 2, to the water while Kaia Brown 7, and Tyler Brown, 9, dip their hands into the stream from the tapped fire hydrant in Washington.
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    Waterparks: A fun day trip or weekend getaway. Finding a water park close by is always a relaxing treat for any age. Between the wave pools and the water slides, there is only relaxation to be had at these parks.
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