Big Surf Waterpark, Tempe

Water Park · Hidden Gem · Water / Amusement Park
Built in 1969, Big Surf Waterpark is America’s Original Waterpark boasting one of the largest wave pools in the world, Waikiki Beach. Nestled on 20 acres in Arizona on the northern tip of Tempe and just south of Scottsdale, Big Surf has remained an Arizona icon for over 40 years and features dozens of other thrilling water features all in a safe and family friendly atmosphere.
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  • I went here and had a great time. The wave pool is huge and at night they have people surfing on the waves. I talked with one of the staff and they said their wave pool is 3rd in the nation when...  more »
  • We took our grandchildren ages 4 to 16. We had a great time on the slides and especially in the wave pool.  more »
  • Great place for family fun, something for all ages. I really enjoyed how close and easy to use everything was. Lifeguards and staff were in full force. Cant beat the groupon price for a day of fun at....  more »
  • Outstanding place to take kids 7 years and below. Plenty of space, usually not crowded. But summer pass and two admissions will have equaled the cost of the summer pass. Traditional admission is $35 and Military is $20z Lockers about $8-12. The only issue is there’s no lazy river and the wave pool only creates one wave per ten minutes. Would like to see more continuous waves.
  • Great place to relax and let the kids play. Food is not overly expensive. I ordered a large pizza and drinks for five and it was enough for all of us for under 25. The only problem is there isn't enough shade for the number of people they let in the park. Get there early or wait for someone to leave are your only options. The kids always love going. Their was one police officer on duty walking around, which I thought was great. I wasn't worried about someone taking our stuff from our seats while we were playing. They have lockers, changing rooms and plenty of restrooms.
  • This is a decent place. The staff is good and the place is fun enough. Wave pool is excellent but no lazy river and it's pretty old. Overall not a bad place
  • Great price for tickets, if you get there early you won't have lines, but the lines go pretty quickly. I would give 5 stars if all the slides were in operating order. On a hot day the enclosed slides are so hot inside, especially the black slide you can't wait for it to end.
  • Water fun for the whole family! Slides, splash pools, awesome wave pool and more! We love just floating along in the wave pool. Completely relaxing.

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