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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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Great place to escape the Phoenix heat

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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126 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Jdubtastic
Phoenix, Arizona
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I haven't been to Big Surf since high school. It still has the BEST wave pool of the 3 parks in town. Pluses: wave pool, side pools, kiddie slides and water lined walk ways to keep feet cool. Minuses: lots of weeds/debris, outdated look/feel, burned out building right by entry, really boring kiddie area (though my 2, 3, 6 year... More 

Thank KDF2732
Phoenix, AZ
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great time at Big Surf. Our 4 and 1 year olds were plenty entertained. The kids area was good for them. We could see the areas that need to be upgraded to keep up with other parks. We went on a Groupon, so the cost was less than normal. Hopefully some of the areas can be improved,... More 

Thank Walter M
Mesa, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Big Surf has been around for a long time but they have failed to keep up with the times. While they have added slides everything else was neglected. When you get a locker you have to punch in your number and code then run to it or it will lock. Then you have to hold the door open the whole... More 

Thank DesertSky11
Phoenix, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I researched to find a water park I could take the kids ages 1 1/2 9 12 and grown ups well I found it, Big Surf in Tempe was a diamond in the ruff. The older kids didn't want to go because of chance of rain but it ended up being great because it wasn't to crowded. We arrived at... More 

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