Big Surf Waterpark

The original Arizona waterpark – open since 1969 – Big Surf features the third-largest wave pool in North America, the 2.5 million gallon Waikiki Beach. Enjoy the waves on a raft, or try your luck with a boogie board or full surf board (frequent surfers will want to look into the Surfing Membership program.)

Big Surf also sports a range of exotic water slides, including the fast Hurricane Slides, the scary Black Hole and the twisted Tornado Twisters. Or be a true daredevil and ride the 300-foot Mauna Kea Zip Line over the wave pool. For younger visitors there are dedicated play areas, Bora Bora Cove and Captain Cook’s Landing.

Location: 1500 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe
May-July: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. August: Only open on weekends
September-April: Closed
Cost: $32.95 for adults, $22.95 for 3 years to 48 inches tall, $2 for 2 or younger, $19.95 for seniors (55+) and active military, fire and police.

– Justin Ferris,