Arizona Water Parks

For some fun in the sun this summer, our Arizona Water Parks offer a way to stay cool. Almost all of us remember school or family trips to the Water Park in the summer – in fact that used to be my birthday present several years running from my Uncle. I still smirk as I remember him getting a wedgie on what was then Kilimanjaro and he called the ride “kili-my-butt-hole.” Although many things have changed and improved since the ooooooo-old Water World days (you won’t get that if you are under 25 and not from here), there is still much fun to be had splishing and splashing outside during an AZ summer. Here's your list of options:

Wet ‘N’ Wild
4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road
Glendale, AZ 85310

Wet ‘N’ Wild was Water World back in the day before it’s face lift and name change. This is the largest of the Arizona Water Parks and opens for weekends only in April, and during the week in late May and the rest of the summer until school begins. Most Fridays offer “Dive ‘n’ Movies” after dark at the wave pool. Admission is $29.99 for children under 42 inches, and $36.99 for everyone over 42 inches. Twilight admission after 5pm is $19.99. You can save 10% by ordering online, and parking is $7 per vehicle. This is one of the only parks where tube rental is free. With 13 rides and attractions spread over 25 acres, the biggest complaint is having to wait in line. This Arizona Water park is the only one in the world to have a "dueling" water coaster where riders race side by side in tracks.

Big Surf
1500 N McClintock Dr
Tempe, AZ 85281

Big Surf has been in the Valley since 1969 and has the third-largest wave pool in the world (as in 2.5 million gallons of water large). Admission is $19.95 for kids under 48" tall, and $26.95 for all others. The park is open 10am - 6pm, and offers "twilight" admission from 3-6 for $15.95. If you think you'll go even twice in a summer, a season pass is $49.95 and worth the value for regulars! In addition to a dozen rides, Big Surf hold surfing sessions every day from 5-6 in the wave pool, and boogie board sessions 11:30-noon and 2:30-3pm. Friday nights during the summer feature live bands.

Golfland Sunsplash
155 W. Hampton Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85210

Sunsplash open in mid May 11-7 or 8 pm, and typically runs through September when they change to weekends only. Golfland however is open year round. Kids under 48" tall are $19.99 to enter the water park, while all others are $27.99. For park goers who want the whole shebang, $35.95 gets you unlimited mini golf, laser tag and race cars in addition to Sunsplash admission. This Arizona Water Park has a lazy river, activity pool (with basketball and lily pad skill course), and a dozen rides that drop, spin, and blast you through the watery ways.

Breaker Water Park
8555 W Tangerine Road
Marana, AZ 85658

Breakers Water Park opens late May and goes to weekends only in early August. Admission is $15.95 for kids 4-11, and $21.95 for anyone 12 and up. Twilight passes are $13.95, and this is one of the few parks in AZ that offers spectator passes ($11.95). The park offers 6 attractions. This is the closest option for Tucson locals, but for those of us in the Greater Phoenix area, might not be worth the drive despite the lower prices.

Hamilton Aquatic Center
3838 S Arizona Ave
Chandler, AZ 85248

Hamilton Aquatic Center is a smaller family facility in Chandler with the typical competition pool, along with two water slides, a play pool, water vortex, and current river. The center opens early May and is open daily til the end of July, when it switches to weekends only through August. Admission is cash or check, and is only $1 for kids 2-17 and $2.25 for adults 18 and up. This is not a big Arizona water park, but an inexpensive way to kill a few hours and play in the water.

Arizona Grand Resort Oasis
8000 S Arizona Grand Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85044

Now this Arizona water park option is only for guests of the Arizona Grand Resort, but if you're thinking of a stay-cation, this may be a great option for the family. As part of the Arizona Grand Resort, is the Oasis Water Park: 7 acres of wave pool, lazy river, 25 person hot tub, and 3 water slides, and a water play area for kids. A nights stay at the resort can cost min $180, which is not the most cost efficient way to have some fun in the sun. But if you're looking for something different than our other water parks and want some of the other resort amenities, this stay-cation option is a water slide above the rest!

Don't feel like getting wet at one of our Arizona Water Parks? Looking for a cool activity this summer? How about checking out one of our Valley Bowling Alleys?