The most popular place to be in the Phoenix area during the heat of the summer is definitely the water park. There are three large water parks in Greater Phoenix: one in Tempe, one in Mesa, and one in North Phoenix.
While it is not a water park, and not included on this list, another very popular recreational spot for cooling off during the summer in Phoenix is Salt River Tubing. It is generally open from May through September.
If the price of admission to the waterparks is prohibitive, there are more than 60 public swimming poolss around town where the admission charge is only a couple of dollars. Many of them have cool water features, too, like water slides and splash zones.
Splash pads, spray pads, and pop jet fountains are sprinkled throughout the Valley of the Sun. Some are in city parks and some are at malls and shopping destinations. The splash play areas on this list are free to visit, and are a great way to entertain the little ones when the temperatures soar.
Golfland SunSplash is a water park in Mesa, Arizona. This amusement park stays open all year long for miniature golf and some other attractions, but the water slides and other water features are only open in the summer.
Big Surf is the oldest of the three Phoenix area water parks. It is located in Tempe, Arizona. Big Surf boasts the honor of having the first wave pool in the United States. Back in the early days at Big Surf, there was actually a sandy beach! You Can see historical photos of Big Surf starting at slide 9 of the photo tour!
Wet 'n' Wild is the newest and biggest of the Phoenix water parks. it opened in the summer of 2009 to capacity crowds, and boasts 30 water attractions. It was built on the property formerly occupied by WaterWorld Safari, another Phoenix water park.
We have fantastic resorts in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area, and many of them have really spruced up the pools to make them more exciting, especially for the younger crowd. If you are thinking about saving on the airfare and gas, and combining a family vacation with a local "playcation," then one of these resorts might be just right for your family. Note: in order to enjoy resort facilities you must be staying in a room at the resort.
What Happened to Waveyard?
In 2006 it was announced that a mega water park was going to be built in Arizona. In 2007 the voters of Mesa, Arizona approved a project to build a 125-acre mega water sports facility. So, where is it? Nowhere.