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Big Surf Waterpark

1500 N McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-1643
+1 480-994-2297
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Lazy River LOVE

Fun water park! This place was easy to get to and there was plenty of parking. They have a huge... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2017
Shanna S
Columbia, Missouri
Great for small children

The park caters to older kids with the surf and huge slides, but has a great area with smaler... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
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Big Surf Waterpark is America’s Original Waterpark, boasting the 3rd largest wave pool in the world, Waikiki Beach. Nestled on 20 acres of fun on the northern tip of Tempe and just south of Scottsdale, Big Surf offers rides for the whole family, boasting children’s fun zones, surfing and boogie boarding sessions, and over 3,000 feet of thrilling water slides plus party and catering services!
  • Excellent22%
  • Very good42%
  • Average27%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“water park” (37 reviews)
“kiddie pool” (4 reviews)
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1500 N McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-1643
+1 480-994-2297
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

Fun water park! This place was easy to get to and there was plenty of parking. They have a huge swim/wave pool, lovely lazy river, kids area with a pool and plenty of activities for play. Plus they have multiple rides to do. They do...More

Thank Shanna S
Reviewed 9 August 2017

The park caters to older kids with the surf and huge slides, but has a great area with smaler slides and a shaded bench in the kiddie pool at the bottom of the slides for parents/grandparents.

Thank catravlerChico_ca
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

This was a great water park for our young family. We have an 8 year old and our twins are almost one. Our oldest was able to go around the park by himself as it was a small enough place we could keep track of...More

Thank Amanda G
Reviewed 13 July 2017

We came for our 14 year old son and friends. I'm glad we used a Groupon for entrance as based on what we saw, the full price is too high. The wave pool is cool, and is the first built in Arizona, and possibly the...More

Thank JohnCFlorence
Reviewed 30 June 2017

Big Surf is a great place to beat the heat in Phoenix!! But...come on guys invest a little money into the place, its really run down and filthy in some areas. I was worried about my daughter being in the kiddy pool as it was...More

1  Thank azred34
Reviewed 24 June 2017

Really! I understand your policy about not bringing in food and beverages, but really, taking the 2 small bags of cereal for the 3 year. How greedy are you? Especially when all you sell is fatty, crappy food. I felt like I had to take...More

4  Thank Cheeto4242
Reviewed 20 June 2017

Being from South Dakota, this is by far the largest water park I've been to. It was fun and very unique! I loved all the slides available. I also appreciated that when you purchased a floatie or a locker, it was for the whole day...More

1  Thank Harmony L
Reviewed 19 June 2017

The entrance fee is $32 per person but we got a Groupon rate for $17 per person. A season pass would be worth it if you lived in the area and didn't have a pool. But it wasn't spectacular. It was pretty clean and well-guarded...More

1  Thank Cherese_AVC
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

This place needs a good deep cleaning badly. There was so much dirt/sediment at the edges of the wave pool and was just pretty dirty everywhere including bathrooms (which are falling apart) I can't believe they charge 32$ admission. It wouldn't be a bad place...More

2  Thank MDzafic
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

We found a deal for this water park on Groupon and even though we live in North Phoenix right next to Wet N Wild, we decided to trek out to Big Surf. We went with our 9, 7, and 3 year old kids. We got...More

4  Thank Jojosgirl23
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Dana S
8 August 2017|
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Response from Jojosgirl23 | Reviewed this property |
they are open usually spring break time here in AZ (april/march) and then close after Labor Day (mid sept)
Jose R
3 July 2017|
Response from Jojosgirl23 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so unless it's a service animal. We didn't see any dogs the day we went but you call and ask. It's probably a big liability since there are kids running around everywhere and a lot of noise that can be... More
4 July 2016|
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Response from DesertSky77 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they have some slides for younger children. My 7 year old was too tall for them.