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Address: 1500 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone Number: +1 480-994-2297
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11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: 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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Awesome Wave Pool

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Jessica K
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

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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Solvang, California
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35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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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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 

Las Cruces, New Mexico
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61 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

It is a fun little park. They had about dozen slides. Most of the slides you needed a tube to ride. They had a small kids area with a shaded area in the pool itself. The wave pool was a decent size and every hour or so everyone had to get out so that people with boogie boards could have... More 

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

Hondo 1975 - thanks so much for taking the time to review Big Surf Waterpark. We take great pride in our park and appreciate your complimentary comments. Hope to see you there soon again! Mahalo! More 

Bald Head Island, North Carolina
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I chose this water park over Wet n Wild because I have three children under 10 and did not want to worry about losing them or deal with large crowds and long lines. I'm very, very happy with my decisions. We got a great deal from Costco. Each ticket was sixteen dollars with a free meal ticket worth ten dollars.... More 

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

Kelly S - thanks so much for the positive feedback and for sharing your experience with us. Mahalo! More 

Beaumont, California
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

For the cost of this waterpark I guess I expected more. We are not from the area so we were just going off of other reviews. The employees were nice and escorted us to our cabana, which was just a table, chairs and covering. Other waterparks we've been to in CA usually have lockers inside the cabana, these did not.... More 

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

Ccarter2010 - thank you very much for taking the time to post your comments after your recent visit. We appreciate it and will take your feedback into consideration. Mahalo! More 

Tucson, Arizona
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39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Admission is $29.95 adult fee but I brought my family here on a Living Social coupon. Check out websites before paying full price at the gate. Get there 15 minutes before opening to be one of the first in line and able to grab some chairs in the shade. **There is a sign at the gate that says, "Absolutely no... More 

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

squishdirk - thanks so much for taking the time to review us! We greatly appreciate it and hope to see you again soon. Mahalo! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This was a good groupon purchase. We were not familiar with the area but love waterparks so we checked it out. I love that they do not charge for parking! This is exceptionally rare. The food prices are less than similar venues. I don't like that they do not let you bring food in (although I understand it) The slides... More 

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

Dawn M - thank you very much for your review. We really appreciate it and hope to see you at Big Surf Waterpark again this season. We love bringing extra value to our guests...free parking, discount deals and favorable food pricing. We're glad that you enjoyed and appreciated all of this. Mahalo! More 

Chandler, Arizona
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This water park is a bit older. They do have a separate section for smaller kids. My kids do prefer this park for the wave pool. They have a zip line that goes over the wave pool that I haven't tried yet. If you get your tickets from Costco for $19.99 it includes a meal and entrance. You can bring... More 

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

Azheat2015 - thank you very much for your review. All of us at Big Surf appreciate it. We hope you get to try the Mauna Kea Zip Line next time you visit. Mahalo! More 

NJ
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37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This place is fun! Not very big but has a HUGE wave pool. It is closer to where I live so I gave it a try. I enjoyed myself but I prefer a park that has more double ride tubes - there's not too many here. Overall had a fun time and worth checking out. Others have found great deals... More 

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

NinaNJ7 - thank you very much for taking the time to review our waterpark. We really appreciate you taking the time to do so. Mahalo! More 

Scottsdale, Arizona
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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Had a incredibly great time with friends and family. will definitely go again. The children we took with us were 8 years old and 6 years old . Not at all intimidated by the waves. We went early at opening. The grounds were clean and the water sparkled. Thanks Big Surf!

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

1950sue2015 - thank you very much for the outstanding review! We really appreciate it and are thrilled that you and the kids had a great time. Mahalo! More 

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