By Daisy Finch

The Valley’s still hot and folks need to find ways to finish up the summer without taking hits from the heat. Set your destination for Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix, Arizona’s largest water park.

“Wet ‘n’ Wild truly has something for everyone in terms of entertainment and food options,” says Heather Austin, Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix public relations.

“For thrill-seeking teens and adults, we have two of the top 10 rides in the nation. We have Maximum Velocity and Constrictor, and for those who want to relax, the Crazy Cactus Roaring River or Monsoon Bay Wave Pool. For our youngest guests, we have the one-of-a-kind Wet ‘n’ Wild Jr., which in addition to the new Barefootin’ Bay, has three mini versions or larger rides in the park—Screamin’ Streamers, Banzai Racers and Tony Typhoon.”

Barefootin’ Bay debuted earlier this summer in the Wet ‘n’ Wild Jr. section, which features “a large interactive play structure with a side-by-side racing slide, tube slide, a giant pineapple tipping bucket that dumps hundreds of gallons of water on guests below, and a 4,700-square-foot kids’ pool.”

“It creates another option for young children and toddlers, as well as splash area for babies,” Austin says.

“The tipping bucket and water sprayers mimic the fun of the larger Boogie Board Beach, with added features like tipping cones and valves that young guests can pull, turn and control to keep themselves and others cool.”

Austin’s family has even gotten in on the action at Barefootin’ Bay.

“My kids love that they are in control of the fun with all the spray nozzles, levers and wheels they can pull and turn to squirt and dump water on friends and family,” she says. “I love that there is so much to keep kids of all ages entertained, even my toddler, plus plenty of shading and seating so I can relax while watching my kids.”

The attraction isn’t the only addition to the park.

“We also added a new $500,000 UV Sanitation Filtration system on all slides and attractions prior to the 2017 season that deactivates any microorganisms in the water, including chlorine-resistant pathogens,” she says. “Our engineers check the systems every hour and it works in conjunction with our chlorination and filtration systems that are constantly circulating water.”

Wet ‘n’ Wild’s top priority is guest and team member safety, as well as giving back to the community.

“We seek to do good within our community, and regularly partner with local charities to help improve the quality of life for neighbors in need through water drives, canned food collections, backpack and school supplies drives and more,” Austin says.

Before heading to Wet ‘n’ Wild, be sure to check out its website for height restrictions, regulations and rules.

“We also suggest making a plan with their family or friends to keep everyone safe,” Austin says. “This includes determining check-in times, always swimming with a buddy, wearing lifejackets if needed (we provide these for free at the park) and reapplying sunscreen throughout the day.”

When guests get hungry from the energy of the day’s events, there are a variety of dining options that serve salads, turkey legs cook in an onsite smoker, slushies, Thrifty ice cream, fresh-baked pizza, funnel cake and Dippin’ Dots.

Escape the heat and grab your family and friends; Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix is waiting for you and the water’s fine.

Wet ‘n’ Wild, 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale, 623.201.2000, wetnwildphoenix.com.

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