To say that it gets hot in Arizona is, of course, a ridiculous understatement. And all that nonsense about "It's a dry heat," doesn't really cut it when the mercury soars past 95 degrees—which is fairly routine in the summer. You could stay inside all day and crank up the air conditioning. Or you could head to one of the state's water parks and cool down.
Then again, you could head inside and get wet at the state's indoor water park, Great Wolf Lodge. Regardless of the weather, the climate-controlled facility is open all year long.
Arizona water parks are arranged alphabetically. Click on one below for more details.
Big Surf is a good-sized water park with over 15 attractions. With its Waikiki Beach, iIt claims to have introduced America’s original wave pool. The wave pool welcomes body surfing, and the park also rents rafts, boogie boards, and stand-up surfboards. Other highlights at Big Surf include The Abyss, an enclosed tube slide, and Kilauea Cove, twin enclosed slides. The park also offers body slides, tube slides, speed slides, water basketball and volleyball, and play areas for younger children as well as toddlers.
SunSplash is a large park with plenty of attractions, including an uphill water coaster, a bowl ride, a half-pipe slide, tube slides, body slides, speed slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, an interactive water play center, an activity pool, and a kiddie play area. In addition to the water slides, Golfland offers "dry" activities such as mini-golf, bumper boats, bumper cars, and Indy race cars. King ben’s Castle is a large family entertainment center with more than 200 arcade games and laser tag.
Part of the industry's largest chain of indoor water park resorts, the Great Wolf Lodge in Scottsdale offers a launch chamber slide, a family raft ride, a wave pool, and more at its climate-controlled facility. The full-featured resort also has an outdoor pool area for the warmer months, a kids club that features craft making and other “dry” activities such as a climbing wall, mini golf, bowling, and a mirror maze. The all-suite hotel includes themed accommodations geared to children, multiple restaurants, and a fitness canter. Day passes to the indoor water park are available.
A relatively small, municipal water park, Mesquite Groves offers a lazy river, a family play pool, an interactive water play structure with a tipping bucket, two water slides, a water vortex, a splash pad, and an eight-lane pool. Residents of Chandler can make online advance reservations. The park allows walk-up visitors as space allows.
The water park is only open to registered guests at Arizona Grand Resort. For a hotel amenity, the park has plenty to offer, including an 80-foot tall water slide tower, a wave pool, a sports pool, an active river, a hot tub, and a children's water play area. Cabanas are available to rent.
Opening in 2020, the park is part of Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. Opened to guests of the hotel, it offers a water slide, lazy river, rental cabanas, and other attractions. The resort also features mini golf, tennis, and Coyote Camp, a recreational program for children.
Hurricane Harbor is the biggest water park in Arizona. In fact, it is one of the biggest water parks anywhere. Among its many attractions are a water coaster, the Constrictor flume slide, a funnel ride, a family raft ride, a bowl ride, a mat racing slide, tube slides, body slides, a half-pipe ride, a lazy river, a wave pool, an activity pool and two kiddie water play areas.
Note that the park used to be known as Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix. Six Flags bought the property and renamed it in 2019. Before it was called Wet 'n' Wild, the park was known as Waterworld Safari.
Waylon's Water World is a medium-sized park with a lazy river, a mat racing slide, an interactive water play center, the Constrictor slide, and a bowl slide. The park is part of Z Fun Factory, a family entertainment center with mini-golf, go-karts, an arcade, a pirate playhouse, and batting cages. There is also a restaurant and bar.
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