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Address: 1500 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone Number: +1 480-994-2297
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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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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Worthwhile going - Kids will love it.

It is dated and showing its ages but a lot of attractions and the kids had fun. We have a toddler so wasn't much he could do. I wish they would let him ride with me on some of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2015
AZTVLR71
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Big Surf is probably the closest thing to a beach you can find without a trip out of town to one of the local lakes. However, you won't find any boogey bording or body surfable waves at the lakes. With it's wave pool & water-slides you wont find a better place to beat the heat in the valley!

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Thank Ratcheeseman
Jeffrey G, Public Relations Manager at Big Surf Waterpark, responded to this review

Thanks for your review Ratcheeseman! We couldn't agree more! See you when we open on May 7th! Mahalo! More 

Utah
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Who needs a beach when you have big surf. Only con was the lack The lack of imaginative slides, nothing special

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Thank Chad W
Jeffrey G, Public Relations Manager at Big Surf Waterpark, responded to this review

Chad - thanks for taking the time to review us. We agree that there's no need to go elsewhere...the beach is in Tempe! Mahalo! More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

I am not sure what all is worked out between the non-profit Surfing with Nixon for Autism and Big Surf but I am thankful they open up the waterpark for this wonderful event for my family and other families with special needs kids. Life guards were very watchful and nice. Pool areas were clean. Little water areas to keep feet... More 

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Thank Rachael A
Jeffrey G, Public Relations Manager at Big Surf Waterpark, responded to this review

Rachael A - thanks for taking the time to review Big Surf Waterpark! We're thrilled to host Surfing with Nixon and give EVERYONE a chance to experience the thrills and chills of our waterpark. Hopefully we'll see you again next summer! Mahalo! More 

Tucson, Arizona
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Great fun! Got there early enough to score a bunch of chairs and an umbrella. Food was decently priced.

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Thank Jeri Z
Jeffrey G, Public Relations Manager at Big Surf Waterpark, responded to this review

Fawnze - thank you very much for taking the time to review Big Surf Waterpark! We appreciate your comments and look forward to seeing you and your kids in 2016! Mahalo! More 

Mildenhall, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

very affordable day with the kids in the hot summer, clean bathrooms, clean deck. Life guards that paid attention. And affordable food.

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Thank Fawnze
Jeffrey G, Public Relations Manager at Big Surf Waterpark, responded to this review

Fawnze - thank you very much for taking the time to review Big Surf Waterpark. We appreciate your patronage and your positive comments. We look forward to seeing you next season! Mahalo! More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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116 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

It is dated and showing its ages but a lot of attractions and the kids had fun. We have a toddler so wasn't much he could do. I wish they would let him ride with me on some of the kids slides but they have a rule you can't slide down together. Not sure why as I don't see this... More 

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Thank AZTVLR71
Jeffrey G, Public Relations Manager at Big Surf Waterpark, responded to this review

AZTVLR71 - thank you very much for taking some time to review Big Surf Waterpark. We greatly appreciate it and as the world's original waterpark, we're glad that you visited. Mahalo! More 

Surrey
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

The park is a bit dated but great fun for a days visit. Make sure you buy tickets through a Walgreens before you go, big savings on ticket prices. The lockers are $10 so don't take valuables if you are not prepared to pay this.

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Thank franbroad
Jeffrey G, Public Relations Manager at Big Surf Waterpark, responded to this review

franbroad - thanks so much for taking the time to review Big Surf Waterpark. We appreciate your patronage and hope to see you again next season! Mahalo! More 

Las Vegas, NV
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

It's dated for sure but it was still a ton of fun!!! Spent the day in the wave pool but there are some very fun slides that I did also. Some people say the water is too warm, swim to the deeper end for cooler water. Extras can be pretty expensive so just take your "need to haves" and lock... More 

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Thank tswiii
Jeffrey G, Public Relations Manager at Big Surf Waterpark, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time for the nice review. Glad you had fun...again after 40 years! Mahalo! More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We got discounted tickets from Costco, that is the only way I would go again. Don't pay the inflated gate prices, there are always groupons or other discounts available from local retailers. The best part about this park is the wave pool, it's HUGE! But bring your own boogie board if you have it because they'll gauge you in the... More 

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Thank Jessica K
Jeffrey G, Public Relations Manager at Big Surf Waterpark, responded to this review

Jessica K - thanks so much for taking the time to review Big Surf Waterpark and we're certainly pleased that you enjoyed our awesome wave pool! Mahalo! More 

Solvang, California
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39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

My husband, sisters, nieces and nephews had a blast at the Waterpark! The wave pool was a hoot! The slides were great! The bummer was the cost of food- but hey, you expect it when you're at a amusement park. Will definitely go back!!

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Thank Kelly B
Jeffrey G, Public Relations Manager at Big Surf Waterpark, responded to this review

Kelly B - thank you very much for taking the time for the wonderful review. We're thrilled that everyone in your family had such a great experience. We look forward to having you back! Mahalo! More 

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