Now that Arizona’s summer has arrived, your home’s air conditioning is working overtime. Why not give that AC unit a break by bringing the family to a splash pad, park, or public pool? Rub in the SPF, pack a few towels into your beach bag, and dive into some fun at these local waterparks near Phoenix!
Golfland Sunsplash (Mesa)
Why kids love it: Featuring more than 20 wet rides, Sunsplash puts kids in the driver’s seat of fun. Among the many kid-adored favorites are several seven-story water slides like the Double Dare, Revolution, and Thunder Falls. A 450,000-gallon Thunder Bay Wavepool takes center stage at this Mesa waterpark, and teens can get their thrills at any of the four Splashwater Harbor Slides.
Why parents love it: A huge Lazy River is relaxation-central, allowing moms and dads to bake in the Arizona sun while the older kids splash around in the pools and down the slides. Numerous water rides for younger children are available, as well, including the Toddler Tadpole Pool, Caribbean Water Works, and Shipwreck Rock Slides. When it’s time to leave, head to the mini-golf course to dry off.
Oasis Water Park (Phoenix)
Why kids love it: The Slide Canyon Tower takes the cake for Best Water Slide in Phoenix. It begins with a 225-foot drop and ends just 10 seconds later with a plunge in the pool. A zero-entry Oasis Wave Pool is as close to the ocean as young wannabe surfers in Arizona can get. Smaller kids can play in Wild Cat Springs or practice their doggy paddle in the heated pool.
Why parents love it: The Travel Channel’s “Top 10 Water Park” is an exquisite display of engineering prowess. Parents can kick back in their own private, poolside Oasis Cabana, take a sip at the Oasis Bar & Grill, or take a nap while floating down the Zuni River. If it’s a particularly chilly Phoenix day or evening – hah! – mom and dad may want to spend time in Caliente Springs, a large hot tub designed for such occasions.
If you’re visiting Phoenix on vacation, look into an Oasis Water Park package for the family.
Big Surf Waterpark (Tempe)
Why kids love it: Older kids should have no trouble finding something fun to do at Big Surf. Three Hurricane Slides are perfect for thrill-seeking teens. The Black Hole is not for those who sleep with nightlights. The Kilauea Cove Slides start about five stories up, so those with acrophobia can face their fears head-on. Birthday parties at Big Surf are also on the table, so send those RSVPs out this summer.
Why parents love it: In addition to the affordable season passes, Big Surf’s numerous attractions make it a great place for Arizona families to get out of the heat. Help the little ones hop on a boogie board at the Waikiki Beach Wave Pool. Double up on the Tahitian Twister or Otter slides in Bora Bora Bay. Toddlers can roam freely at Captain Cook’s Landing, where the park’s giant frog and seal call home. And did we mention season passes are cheap?
Wet ‘n’ Wild (Phoenix)
Why kids love it: Riders can blast through the Constrictor slide, which features hair-raising corkscrew turns, snaking spirals, and steep drops before exiting into the pool. To replicate the experience of white water rapids, groups should take on Mammoth Falls in a gigantic raft. Competitive siblings can race down Maximum Velocity, the world’s only dueling H20 coaster of its kind. Who will reach the wet finish line first? Better let fate decide.
Why parents love it: A newly opened 4700-square-foot kiddie pool (Barefootin’ Bay) keeps infants and toddlers entertained, with play structures, water buckets, and jets all around the area. Parents can lounge poolside in the shade. Older toddlers can ride waves at Boogie Board Beach or bowl down the Wet ‘n’ Wild Jr. slides, as well. If you’d rather spend time “alone,” there’s always the Crazy Cactus Roaring River.
Big Splash Water Park (Anthem)
Why kids love it: Entire afternoons can be spent at this local waterpark, which features two tall water slides, an aquatic play structure, tipping buckets, and even swimming competitions inside the community center. Recently renovated, this Anthem water park and splash pad is incredibly cool—and keeps kids incredibly cool, too. Double whammy!
Why parents love it: The Anthem Community Center aquatic park is pure excitement in one little-town package. For 2018, a “special needs hour” will be held on Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m., allowing parents and children with challenging handicaps time to play without music or distractions. A heated lap pool and diving platforms are also open year-round.
List of Arizona Waterpark Honorable Mentions
Of course, Arizona has more than a handful of amazing waterparks. Here are a few local splash pads, water parks, and pools near Phoenix that didn’t quite make our “Top 5” list:
- Brimhall Aquatic Complex (Mesa)
- Surprise Aquatic Center (Surprise)
- Mountain Valley Splash (Prescott Valley)
- Westin Kierland Adventure Water Park (Scottsdale)
- Pointe Hilton River Ranch (Phoenix)
- Desert Oasis Aquatic Center (Chandler)
- Friendship Park Splash Pad (Avondale)
Stay Cool in a New Honda This Summer!
As those 100-degree temps begin taking over your summer, now’s the time to consider how your car’s AC is running. If a blast of semi-cool air isn’t cutting it, you and the family may want to make the switch to a new ride, like the new 2019 Honda Odyssey or surprisingly family-friendly Honda Ridgeline. With Honda, you’ll always be chill, no matter how much the mercury is bubbling.