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Big Surf Waterpark

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Address: 1500 N McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-1643
Phone Number:
+1 480-994-2297
00:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 00:00 - 00:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Big Surf Waterpark is America’s Original Waterpark, boasting the 3rd...

Big Surf Waterpark is America’s Original Waterpark, boasting the 3rd largest wave pool in the world, Waikiki Beach. Nestled on 20 acres of fun on the northern tip of Tempe and just south of Scottsdale, Big Surf offers rides for the whole family, boasting children’s fun zones, surfing and boogie boarding sessions, and over 3,000 feet of thrilling water slides plus party and catering services!

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Lots of Fun

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 November 2016
Thomas B
Tempe, Arizona, United States
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Tempe, Arizona, United States
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

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.

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Tucson, Arizona
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

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 new, but there is plenty for everybody at Big Surf. I'm nostalgic though, I miss the sandy beach...The best deal for snacks is the ice... More 

Thank DebAZ7
Gilbert, Arizona
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58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

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 downside is that on a busy day the wave pool can get a little bit crazy.

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Everett, Washington
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66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This place was recommended by a friend who grew up in the area. When Big Surf first opened, it was nothing more than a killer wave pool with a sandy beach. Good thing they replaced the sand with grass! Compared to other waterparks, this one is about average. Pros: the wave pool, lots of grassy areas to park your stuff,... More 

Thank Toni W
Gilbert, Arizona
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

My kids love Big Surf! We buy season passes to save money due to how many times we go. There are activities for all ages. Save some additional coin by packing a cooler and going out to your car to eat.

Thank jimmyb772016
Long Beach, California
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102 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Compared to other waterparks that we have visited, you get the most for your money at Big Surf Waterpark (we purchased a Groupon). Staff was very friendly. A fair amount of slides and lines were not outrageous for a Saturday. Kids were able to go on each slide multiple times. They enjoyed the wave pool, which was cleared out a... More 

Thank JC_Cheese_25
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

This has the chance to be a great little water park but it desperately needs a face lift. It is very worn out and dirty. The paint is peeling on every surface. The wave pool is very cool though.

Thank kbear033
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

This is the second year in a row that our family has had season tickets to to Big Surf. Our kids are 10, 12, 14 & 16 years old. While Big Surf doesn't have the biggest, scariest water slides in the Valley, it is a great family park. The wave pool is a huge hit and the slides keep the... More 

Thank Gaijin_Mom
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161 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

I went on a Monday and that was a great day to go! I haven't been to Big Surf in about 20 years ether. We either had zero wait for slides or just a couple minute wait. That made the day very fun.We went on all the "big kid" slides and loved them. I liked that there was always shade... More 

Thank Livi422
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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151 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

Coming from Wisconsin, it is hard to compare water parks to the ones we have been too in the Wisconsin Dells. This park has a great wave pool and a lot of slides that our 5 year old could go one. It is not a huge park, but it is well thought. What I liked is that they had walkways... More 

Thank Andrew S

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