Water Parks In Arizona: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

08/22/2011 12:39 pm ET | Updated Oct 20, 2011
  • Lisa Pratto The Huffington Post

Water parks in Arizona are a great way to beat the desert heat. The variety of water parks in the state offers everyone a chance to have fun and cool off. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on water parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about the ones Arizona.

Oasis At The Arizona Grand

The Travel Channel named Oasis at the Arizona Grand one of the top 10 water parks in the United States, and that honor is well-deserved. In fact, the Arizona Grand was also awarded Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect.com Parent’s Pick Award for Best Place for Family Bonding.

Slides And A 25-Person Hot Tub

The Oasis offers an eight-story tower with three water slides and a 25-person hot tub. In the Phoenix heat, however, most people socialize in the pool.

Breathtaking Views

Oasis is located within walking distance of South Mountain Park, a 16,500-acre city park with hiking trails and sweeping views of the city skyline.

Oasis Bar And Grill

The Oasis Bar & Grill is located within the water park. Guests can enjoy hamburgers, salads and ice cream without having to dry off first.

Safety Record

Our research reveals no notable news reports of safety issues or accidents at Oasis Water Park.

Address: 7777 S. Pointe Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85044
Phone: 602-438-9000
Hours: February 18 through May 26, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 27 through September 5, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: Currently, the water park is for the use of resort guests only. Summer rates start at $149 per night.

Big Surf Water Park

From an enormous wave pool and kiddie splash area to slides for every age level, including one ominously called the Black Hole, Big Surf has it all. Captain Cook's Landing is a toddler's paradise, with shallow water and giant frogs, seals and turtles to climb on.

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach is the signature ride at Big Surf. In fact, it is the original wave pool in North America and is the third largest at 2.5 million gallons. In addition to all the waves, slides and rides, Big Surf has a special treat for boogie board riders. All non-riders have to get out of the pool twice a day, for half an hour, and let riders enjoy the waves without the crowds.

The Hurricane Slides

To ride the Hurricane Slides, first you have to climb up about three stories. Then you hop into a fully enclosed tube that twists and turns before dumping you into a large pool below.

Dining Options

Big Surf has a concession stand offering a variety of foods from salads and sandwiches to kid-friendly hot dogs and hamburgers. They offer a variety of beverages as well, but they do allow guests to bring their own, unopened bottled water into the park.

Safety Record

Our research reveals no notable news reports of safety issues or accidents at Big Surf. As with many water parks, complimentary life jackets are mandatory for all guests under 48 inches tall as a safety precaution. All lifeguards are certified in first aid, CPR, AED and water safety.

Address: 1500 N. McClintock Dr. Tempe, AZ, 85281
Phone: 480-994-2297
Hours: Memorial Day through Labor Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. September and October, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. H2O Overload: separate admission Friday nights, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Price: $3 for children two years and younger; $19.50 for children three years of age and under 48 inches tall; $26 for ages three to 62, $19.50 for seniors 62 and older, active military, fire and police. Twilight specials are available 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for $15. H2O overload is a separate $15 admission Fridays, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Season passes are available for $20 for children three to 10 and $69 for adults 11 and up.

Other Noteworthy Parks Near Arizona

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