Water parks allow you to splash around without having to take that job where you tow abandoned cars out of rivers. Get your feet wet with this Groupon.
- $14 for a general-admission single-day pass (up to $27.95 value)
Spread across 20 acres, dozens of rides, slides, and water attractions send visitors splashing through scorching summer days. At the Waikiki Beach wave pool, 2.5 million gallons of water swell and swirl to create refreshing waves every three minutes. Captain Cook's Landing cools down toddlers, and winding slides tout the names of natural phenomena such as Cyclone, Tsunami, and Tom Hanks. The water park is accompanied by free parking. Rafts, boogie boards, and surfboards are available to rent.
Though this merchant sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
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Big Surf Waterpark
In 1966, Big Surf Waterpark founder Phil Dexter built his first model of a wave machine in his backyard, a place he affectionally named Tahiti Phil's. With some help, and several models later—including one assembled inside an abandoned billiards hall—he perfected the contraption, making it the centerpiece of his newly opened waterpark in 1969. Dexter's invention instantly snagged press from Time, Sports Illustrated, and Life, and today, it remains Big Surf Waterpark's 2.5-million-gallon keynote attraction. Over the years, despite Arizona's lack of rain or gigantic sprinkler, the park has managed to grow around the wave pool, and its current 20-acre campus features dozens of slides, rides, and areas for all ages. Big Surf's real estate has also played host to entertainment events, including concerts from Pink Floyd, Elton John, and the Beach Boys. New for this year, and in honor of Phil’s wave making machinery and his original backyard site where it all began, Big Surf has unveiled its own Tahiti Phil’s, a full service bar for adults over 21 that looks over the historic wave pool.