Big Surf Waterpark

1500 N McClintock Dr./Hayden Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281 Directions
+14809942297
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Report | 7 months ago
wear something light.. carry towel and a set of clothes.. also the lockers are expensive, so don't carry much with you
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Report | 7 months ago
Bring lots of sunscreen, sun-shirts are awesome, sealed water, snack food that will withstand staying in the car for a later hunger time.
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Be sure to check the hours before you go as they sometimes change from the website posting.
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Very fun relaxing day!
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Be sure to rent/bring your own raft to use in the wave pool. The slides using raft were fun.
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Awesome deal. Hope it's available again next year!
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Big fun place, good for little ones and with a few thrills for grown ups too. We 'll definitely go back
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Get there when they open to get a chair in the shade
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The first and original water park in Phoenix area. Loved it as a kid, still do!
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Get a small locker!
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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. One of Big Surf Waterpark's newest attractions is the Mauna Kea Zip Line, which starts high in the air before zipping over the wave pool. 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.

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Many people described the Water Park as Great. Others thought:
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Many people described the Rental as Extra.
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Many people described the Beach as Real.
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Many people described the Pool as Great. Others thought:
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Many people described the Park as Great. Others thought:
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