Big Surf Waterpark

University Heights

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In a Nutshell

  • Huge Waikiki Beach wave pool
  • Acres of exciting rides and slides
  • Well-trained lifeguards

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Big Surf Waterpark - University Heights: $13 for a Single-Day Pass ($26 Value) or $34 for a Season Pass ($69 Value) at Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe

Waterparks are a welcome alternative to playing in sewers, squatting atop geysers, and visiting a playground after rolling around in Crisco. Safely dip, slip, and flip in the watery wonderland known as Big Surf Waterpark, which is located in Tempe. Choose from one of the following semi-soaked Groupons (both of which are good through Labor Day):

  • $13 for a single-day pass (a $26 value)
  • $34 for a season pass (a $69 value)

Big Surf Waterpark offers aquatic fun for land life of all ages with a diverse selection of rides, slides, and the enormous, 2.5-million-gallon wave pool known as Waikiki Beach, where guests can surf on faux waves that wash ashore every three minutes. Big Surf splashes a watery spree of entertainment across multiple acres, with rides such as the popular Hurricane Slides, a trio of steeply sloped slip tubes that deposit sliders in long blue troughs, or the Black Hole, a dark, enclosed slide that sucks guests into a sea of nothingness and spits them out into another dimension. Younger park goers can enjoy Captain Cook’s Landing, a shallow pool playplace for toddlers and their steadily walking grownup escorts that features an oversized frog and an herbivorous alligator for company.

To maintain the highest safety standards, Big Surf’s lifeguards are all licensed in First Aid, CPR, AED, and water-rescue procedures. Life jackets, which are required inside Waikiki Beach for those 48 inches or shorter, are provided free of charge. Though outside food and drink will be confiscated and fed to an onsite hungry hippo (factory-sealed bottled water is okay), guests can feed on Big Surf’s park fare, which includes Dreyer’s ice cream and melt-resistant ICEE's. Beat the summer sun’s attempt to turn your body into a giant raisin by escaping for a day or a season to a welcome oasis of skin-moisturizing water.

Rafts, boogie boards, and lockers can all be rented for an additional fee. See frequently asked questions here.

Reviews

Big Surf Waterpark is an Arizona Republic Robin's Pick and has received an average of four owl eyes from seven TripAdvisors and four stars from nine Insider Pagers. Three Yelpers give it a 3.5-star average:

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. 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.

Customer Reviews

6234 Ratings

the rides were really enjoyable and really fun!
Aditya K. · a day ago
We have purchased Big Surf Water Park tickets the last 2 years and they are well worth the money. The staff is always friendly, we all have a eat time. Something for everyone.
Paul A. · September 16, 2016
Love Big Surf! Great time for everyone young and old!
Samantha W. · September 16, 2016
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    University Heights

    1500 N McClintock/Hayden Dr.

    Tempe, Arizona 85281

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