It’s no secret that the state of Arizona gets pretty hot and steamy in the summer months. This southwestern state is a haven for “snowbird” travelers during the winter months, but temperatures often get into the 100s during the summer. There’s no cool ocean breeze nearby to cool things off, but that certainly doesn’t mean that Arizona summers are intolerable.
One of the best ways to stay cool and enjoy the heat is to visit one of Arizona’s many water parks. These are great places for families with kids because they allow little ones to splash around without getting overheated outside. Parents love these fun zones because they keep kids happy and entertained during summer vacation and are excellent places to socialize and work on your tan. Commercial water parks have more features and cost more, while community pools can provide fun too for a fraction of the cost.
Don’t miss out on these fun water parks in Arizona this summer!
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Golfland Sunsplash, Mesa
This Mesa, Arizona water park is one of the best in the state and a premier destination for families in the area. Here you’ll find thrilling slides, a wave pool, a toddler area, and much more. It’s easy to spend the whole day here playing arcade, mini-golf, and laser tag after you’ve put in your pool time. Go-karts and bumper boats are also here to provide a full day of entertainment. Overall, there are more than 30 exciting rides and attractions here, and season passes are available starting at $59.99. One-day admission for guests over 48 inches tall is $32.99, but discounts are offered for younger children and on evenings. Waterpark hours vary by the day, so check Golfland Sunsplash’s daily calendar before you visit.
Big Surf Waterpark, Tempe
Tempe has an excellent waterpark as well called Big Surf Waterpark. This one also has thrilling rides like the Black Hole, a dark tunnel slide, and Tornado Twisters, which is a twisty tube slide. The Hurricane slides are perfect for daredevils looking to plunge into the pool in an exciting way, and only kids at least 48 inches tall can ride them. Young swimmers will enjoy the smaller slides and wave pool. You’ll also find a zip line here to keep the kids entertained. Big Surf’s wave pool is one of the largest ones in all of North America based on size and volume. The admission fee for Big Surf is $31.95 for people between the ages of 11 and 59.
Desert Oasis Aquatic Center, Chandler
There are a few water park options in Chandler, so this is a prime place to be this summer. One of the best water parks to add to your summer to-do list is the Desert Oasis Aquatic Center. Here you’ll find a large water slide, zero-depth entry area, kiddie slides, lap pool, and spraying water feature to cool off. You can also hop out of the pool for a while to play some beach volleyball or run around on the playground. When you and the kids get hungry, there’s a concession area for snacks and drinks. This is an affordable swim area where the admission for children is just $1 and $2.25 for adults over 18.
Oasis Water Park at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa
Did you know that one of the very best water parks in the state is located inside a Phoenix hotel? Book a stay at the Arizona Grand Resort and you’ll have easy access to the Oasis Water Park inside. It’s made it onto Travel Channel lists and really tops the list. There’s an eight-story tower with water slides to ride down, lazy river tubing, a large hot tub, and a wave pool here. There’s also a low-key section for very young swimmers to cool off. When you swim here, you can check out the water sports area to play water basketball and volleyball too. The Oasis spans about seven acres, and there’s also a bar and grill to get some pool day refreshments. Parents can reserve a private cabana for a little peace and privacy. The pool is open all summer long, so it’s a great destination for your next Arizona vacation. Keep in mind that the water park can only be used by resort guests and that kids must be at least 48 inches tall to ride the slides.
Six Flags Hurrican Harbor, Glendale
Another epic water park in the Phoenix metro area is Six Flags Hurricane Harbo, which is actually located in Glendale. The facility spans about 25 acres and is ideal for thrill-seekers who love the water. Favorite rides here include the half-pipe ride called Mammoth Falls, the mat racing slide called Desert Racers, and the funnel ride called Tornado. You’ll find a whitewater raft ride that has a 57-foot drop and is the next best to getting out on a real river. There’s also an area for toddlers, a family raft area, and a wave pool.
Surprise Aquatic Center, Surprise
It may surprise some visitors to learn that many of the great water parks in the state are located in community swimming pools and aquatic center. The Surprise Aquatic Center is about 45 minutes away from Phoenix in an area bordered by the Sonoran Desert and a lake. When you visit this water park, you can swim and play on a tunnel slide, vortex whirlpool, flume side, diving boards, and competition-size pool. The daily entry fee is $1 for youth, $2 for adult residents, and $5 for non-residents of all ages.
Hamilton Aquatic Center, Chandler
If you’re in the Chandler area, make sure to head to Hamilton High School this summer to spend some time at the Hamilton Aquatic Center. This is a very affordable water park that has a competition-size pool, diving boards, water slides, play feature, a current river, and large seating area. This is a water park that’s most recommended for younger children, rather than older ones who want the thrills of big slides and rides. Little ones will enjoy the interactive play feature and toy whales. Admission is $1 for youth and $2.25 for adults.
Buckeye Aquatics Center, Buckeye
There’s another local aquatic center worth checking out if you’re in the Buckeye area as well. This is an excellent place to come if your little ones are looking to learn how to swim because lessons are offered as well. Water safety and drowning prevention are taught here, in addition to the fun features of a traditional water park. Here you’ll find a 160-foot water slide, a high dive, and room to splash around. This is a very affordable option for families in the area because single season passes are $50, and family season passes for a family of up to six is $150. Free pool days are also offered on a few days during June and July.
Water Park at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
A second great resort water park in Phoenix is the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. The Hole-in-the-Wall River Ranch has four acres of pools, a lazy river, waterfalls, and a waterfall. Kids must be at least 42 inches tall to use the waterslide and ride down it only feet-first. Families can also play 18-hole mini-golf and tennis, and Coyote Camp provides activities for kids. After your day of fun in the sun, head to Cactus Rock Creamery, the onsite shop that has ice cream treats, beverages, and gifts. Slim Picken’s also has = food and beverage options for poolside refreshments.