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Water Parks In Albuquerque: A Huffington Post Travel Guide

12/09/2011 10:23 am ET | Updated Dec 09, 2011

Water parks in Albuquerque offer the perfect opportunity to beat the heat in New Mexico. They're more than just indoor lazy rivers. Thrill-seekers will love the chance to give surfing a try or go on unique rides. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Albuquerque water parks.

Cliff's Amusement Park Water Monkey Adventure


Cliff's Amusement Park Water Monkey Adventure is packed with opportunities for guests to cool off. Part of a larger amusement park, the water park rides are included in the admission price. Bring a towel because you'll get wet -- a giant bucket dumps water on the crowd every 15 minutes.

Down The Tube

The Big Flush is a twisting ride through the dark. The winding pipeline of fun will have you soaked by ride's end. Passengers sit on a raft as they go through the high-speed water coaster.

Other Attractions

Water Monkeys' Adventure is a play area complete with wading pools for youngsters. The Rocky Mountain Rapids log ride travels through the park, starting off with a gentle trip down a river. It then takes you speeding by other attractions and climbing up a hill, before sending you splashing back down.

Food Options

Hamburgers, pizza, chili cheese fries and other snack food offerings are available at a reasonable price. Also, sweets such as cotton candy, ice cream, rainbow snow and the unique "Dirt N Worms."

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Cliff's Amusement Park Water Monkey Adventure.

Address: 4800 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: 505-881-9373
Hours: Hours vary throughout the year. On peak weekends, the hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Weekdays, the park is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check the website for specific days and times.
Price: All-day general admission pass: adults, $24.95; children 2 and younger, $15.95.

Radisson Hotel Water Park


The Radisson Hotel Water Park, decorated with Art Deco-inspired murals, opened in 2010. The family-friendly park features an impressive number of rides, with more than 26 water play features for all ages.

Surf On Land

Guests can try bodyboarding or flowboarding on the dual FlowRider surf machine. Classes are offered for basic to intermediate riders on this thrilling attraction. The focus is first placed on basic riding skills, and then on learning tricks.

Water Slides Galore

In addition to the FlowRider, the water park features miles of water slides and water play features like tipping buckets. The rivers and pools provide relaxing fun for all ages. The Albuquerque Arcade has a huge selection of popular games for those who need a break from water play.

Concessions

The Surf's Up snack shack serves basic food concessions. Delfino's Grab and Go offers quick bites, while the Radisson's restaurant serves a wider variety of meals.

Safety Record

Our research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at the Radisson Hotel Water Park.

Address: 2500 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: 800-333-3333
Hours: Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; during the school year the hours are Friday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Price: Overnight hotel guests can purchase a water pass for $39.95, or choose a package that suits their family. For guests who want to accompany their group into the park but not get in the water, the cost is $9.95.

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