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Big Surf Waterpark Tempe, Tempe

(3.3/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Many slides and of course the wave pool. I'm disabled and the kiddie pool is nice for me, covered with places to sit in the water. The food is good and there are covered picnic areas with fans and mis...  more »
  • The oldest water park is the best overall park. Check Groupon for discounted tickets before you go. The entry fee for other water parks in the area are much more expensive. Sure they have everything n...  more »
  • I've been to the other two water parks in the Phoenix area, but this is my favorite. The slides are better with more variety elsewhere. But the wave pool is awesome and can't be beat. The only downsid...  more »
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  • This is one of the great waterparks in Arizona, my family has been going here since the sand used to singe our toes. Its very clean and the staff is friendly and helpful. The food is good and there is plenty of shady spots to get out of the sun and enjoy. We always have to spend at least one day of the summer getting shot to shore on the waves.
  • My family and I enjoyed one season at the Surf Park. My child loves it, I like to go when it's not many people because it can be overwhelming sometimes. I wish I could bring my own food because I eat healthy but the food choices are poor, mostly unhealthy. It is however a unique place and nothing beats it in the heat.
  • Many slides and of course the wave pool. I'm disabled and the kiddie pool is nice for me, covered with places to sit in the water. The food is good and there are covered picnic areas with fans and misters for hot days.
  • Even though the place is always crowded during the summer months it is still very welcome reprieve from the heat and enjoyable by the whole family.
  • This park was a lot of fun. There are plenty of slides and pools so there is no way to get bored, although they do not have a lazy river. Again, they had enough going on there that it wasn't really missed. We didn't have the food, so can't comment there, but I agree with others that the bathroom situation is a joke. There is one bathroom for men and one for women and they are tiny. The men's only has one stall and a couple of urinals that are packed in so tight that two adults can't stand next to each other so you have to wait. Update the restrooms guys! Overall it was a fun day, and we were pleasantly surprised at the fun level of the slides and pools.