- $15 for a general-admission single-day pass ($29.95 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.
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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, 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, 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.