When the summer rolls around, head to one of these top water parks in and around Mesa, Arizona, to spend the day cooling off and feeling the rush of adrenaline.
Head to Golfland SunSplash for fun in the sun and water. Combining thrilling rides, waterslides, and miniature golf, the destination is a hot spot for families.
Plummet down seven stories in a mere eight seconds on the near-vertical free-fall thriller Double Dare. Grab the whole family and hop on a giant inner tube to fall down three drops on Thunder Falls. Additional waterslides include the Stormrider, Sidewinder, Cyclone, Tornado, Revolution, and more. The Thunder Bay wave pool lets you ride the waves or enjoy a relaxing float down the lazy river.
The Toddler Tadpole pool is just right for families with kids age 7 and older and features two soft slides and one foot of water. Enjoy a friendly game of basketball, or try to make your way across the lily pads in the activity pool. Little ones will get a kick out of the zero-depth splash pad, which is open daily and requires no admission fee.
In addition to the waterslides, the park also offers go-karts, bumper boats, and an 18-hole miniature golf course. When you’re ready to cool off, head indoors to the arcade where you can test your skills on more than 200 video games or challenge your friends to a game of laser tag.
Golfland SunSplash is located at 155 West Hampton Ave. The water park is open during the summer months from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Big Surf Waterpark
The Hawaiian-themed Big Surf Waterpark is in Tempe, about 6 miles west of Mesa. Feel the adrenaline as you race down the Otter Slides and Hurricane body flumes, or test your wits on the Black Hole, a waterslide in total darkness. Toddlers have their own special area at Captain Cook’s Landing, and the whole family can enjoy racing down the Tahitian Twisters body slides. Rent a boogie board or raft to ride the waves in the wave pool at Waikiki Beach. Life jackets are available for children to use at no charge.
Big Surf Waterpark is located at 1500 N. McClintock Drive and is open from late May to mid-August.
Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix
Head to nearby Phoenix, about 18 miles west of Mesa, for a day getting wild at Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix. The entire family can enjoy floating down the lazy river, which features a few rapids, sliding down the Cactus Cooler, rafting on the Raging River, or chilling on Boogie Board Beach. Small kids can splash and play at the Soak ‘Em Playground, and older kids can enjoy the thrill of zooming around spirals in the Constrictor or being catapulted down tunnels in the Tornado. The water park also includes a wave pool where you can ride the waves and body surf.
Cabanas are available for rental. Guests can also rent lockers, use showers, and enjoy a meal at one of the cafes. Wet ‘n’ Wild is located at 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road in Phoenix and is open through the summer months.
Load up the family and spend the day splashing and playing at one of the great water parks in the Mesa area. You’ll be sure to have a great time.