Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
There’s no denying the summer month’s in Arizona can be quite harsh. With temperatures reaching as high as 125° Fahrenheit, many search for different ways to beat the heat. Water parks are a widely popular destination as they offer all sorts of fun amenities for the whole family. Here are 5 of the best water parks found only in Arizona that will help keep you cool.
#1 Golfland Sunsplash
Since it’s opening in 1986, Golfland Sunsplash has been providing all sorts of “cool” entertainment for the hot Arizona summer months. In addition to it’s large pools and water slides, Golfland Sunsplash also features a full arcade, laser tag arena, go kart racing and a full mini-golf course. Some notable rides and attractions include: Thunder Bay (450,000 gallon wave pool), Sidewinder (half-pipe style pool) and Thunder Falls (a seven-story family raft ride with three high speed drops!).
Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10am – 11pm / Friday – Sunday: 10am – midnight
#2 The Oasis Water Park @ The Arizona Grand Resort
The Oasis Water Park, located in The Arizona Grand Resort has been identified by The Travel Channel as among the country’s “Top 10 Water Parks in the United States”. For those looking for a thrill be sure to check out the eight story high tower with three water slides! At this water park you can also find a huge wave pool, private cabanas, a lazy river, 25-person hot tub and a specialized water park area for toddlers. Although the hotel is open all year long, the water park is closed during the winter months from September through February so make sure to plan accordingly.
Hours: Varies (please see website)
#3 Big Surf
Did you know that Big Surf boasts the first wave pool built in the United States? Located in Tempe, Big Surf has been around since 1969 and continues to operate today. At one point this water park hosted surfing exhibitions and competitions but unfortunately were discontinued due to safety concerns. However, Big Surf still offers surfing lessons which make this water park stand out from the rest. FUN FACT: Pink Floyd performed here in 1972 as part of their “Dark Side of the Moon Tour”.
Hours: Monday – Saturdays: 10am – 6pm / Sundays: 11am – 6pm
#4 Wet N’ Wild
Another awesome water park found in the desert, Wet N’ Wild (formally known as Waterworld Safari) features many exciting different types of water slides and pools. Spread over 25 acre’s your sure to find something to feed your adrenaline needs. For those looking for something more relaxing, Wet N’ Wild also offers a few different alternatives such as a family raft ride attraction and a relaxing area for kiddies.
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10am – 8pm
Hours: Monday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm
The Breaker’s water park is the only water park in southern Arizona. Located just 9 miles from downtown Tucson, The Breaker’s water park features a huge wave pool that transforms Tucson into an ocean paradise. Other attractions include Bonzai pipeline, Riptide, Splash Canyon and Captain Kidd’s Surfari. Make sure to arrive early as lines can become long!
Have you been to any of these water parks? Share your experiences below in the comments or let us know of any we may have missed!