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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
12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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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Fun place to cool off

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Toni W
Everett, Washington
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Everett, Washington
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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95 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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137 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 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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136 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 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
Scottsdale, Arizona
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100 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

This pioneering water park -- which introduced the wave-pool concept to the world in the same summer Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon -- is badly in need of a face lift. While the cool wave pool still rules, most everything else seems battered, sun-scorched and/or lukewarmly maintained. Even so, Big Surf's still a funky and not unpleasant place... More 

Thank modmodwest
Mesa, Arizona
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131 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

Thankfully I didn't pay much for this dump because I purchased a Groupon. Old place, not enough loungers, overpriced and bad food, can't get any alcohol unless you have a picture ID and you have to drink it in the bar and not take it outside. Wave pool okay, slides are old and need updating. Nothing good about this place.... More 

Thank Melody M
Tempe, Arizona
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

I love big surf! When I was a child I would come here once a month out of the warmer parts of the year to cool off from the arizona heat. Which is most of the year. Highly recommended for kids.

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