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A good budget waterpark to visit

We had season passes to Big Surf in 2018. The kids had fun (they were 6 and 3). Food was decent... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Scottsdale, Arizona

Big Surf was just okay for me the kids didn't really enjoy it very much it was very dated kind of... read more

Reviewed July 28, 2018
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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
1500 N McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-1643
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had season passes to Big Surf in 2018. The kids had fun (they were 6 and 3). Food was decent. This place definitely needs an update, however; lots of places look worn or chipped or drab. But I didn’t feel like safety was compromised....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Big Surf was just okay for me the kids didn't really enjoy it very much it was very dated kind of dirty not very exciting but glad I got my tickets through Groupon for only like $11. 50 each I would have never paid $33...More

Date of experience: July 2018
6  Thank Cancun1996
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

Not the beach but still fun: I recently bought a season pass to spend my summer at Big Surf in Tempe. I have been there several times . I actually have been going to Big Surf on and off since it opened and spent quite...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Cathlene S
Reviewed July 1, 2018

Very handy location in Scottsdale AZ with plenty of parking and activities for kids aged 4 to 16.In my opinion a little pricey to enter the park. lots of water slides, pools, and seating areas.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank davidsR8494LL
Reviewed June 26, 2018

Not for big kids or adults that want thrill rides. I only found two that I liked enough to stay and do a couple of times before leaving in only two hours. You have to take your tubs up with you, but being only two...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 25, 2018

I’m sad and angry about a disturbing incident of abuse I witnessed today at Big Surf (Tempe, Arizona) towards a presumably immigrant mother, who happened to be in the middle of breastfeeding her child during part of the abuse. I’m sad for the mom and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank djtj13
Reviewed June 24, 2018

We went the day before Father's Day with my nephew, who's firm he deals with rented out the entire park! There was free everything! We had soooo much fun & I highly recommend this to anyone that loves the water! We rode the waves, my...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Neva S
Reviewed June 18, 2018

We took 3 nine year olds for a birthday. They had fun. We went right when it opened so as to find chairs with shade. It is definitely worn down and could use a face lift but in their defense the harsh Arizona summers can...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 6, 2018 via mobile

We went as a group to celebrate our student's school achievement. The youngest is 2 and the oldest was me, 60. Everyone had a great time. Raft and boogie board rentals were cheap. Lots of shade and the waves were a lot of fun. It...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank Guadalupe R
Reviewed June 5, 2018

Nice, big and lots to do. i like how some of slides have ramps and not stairs i think its more safe when wet. Slides are good, pool is good and lockers are good. Staff is nice and friendly all they are missing is a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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September 26, 2017|
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Response from Cda212 | Reviewed this property |
Just went on opening weekend which was in the middle of May.
August 7, 2017|
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Response from Jojosgirl23 | Reviewed this property |
they are open usually spring break time here in AZ (april/march) and then close after Labor Day (mid sept)
Jose R
July 3, 2017|
Response from Jojosgirl23 | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe so unless it's a service animal. We didn't see any dogs the day we went but you call and ask. It's probably a big liability since there are kids running around everywhere and a lot of noise that can be... More