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Big Surf Waterpark

Map & Directions 1500 N. Mcclintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281-1643
  • Sun 11am-6pm, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm
  • Kid Friendly, Water View


Phoenix New Times' Description

In 1966 Phil Dexter dreamed up a machine that would bring ocean swells to the middle of the Sonoran Desert. By 1969 he was able to open Big Surf Waterpark, America's original wave pool in Tempe, Arizona. Thanks to upgrades the Big Surf Wavepool is still the third largest in the world, with an impressive 2.5 million gallon capacity and nowadays it's more than just a place to ride a wave. The waterpark is also home to more than a dozen rides for visitors of any age and offers several “beach” areas for those not interested in floating the day away. For most of the time the pools limited to boogie boarders and body surfers, but at certain days and times they let the waves roll and open the operation up for the surfers. And if you don't know how, you can also sign up for classes.

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  • Jason H. on 04/07/11

    Rave in the wave pool!

  • Phoenix New Times on 01/09/13

    2012 Best of Phoenix Winner: Best Water Park! The best park to beat the heat with thrilling water attractions and the nation's first wave pool!

  • Sharon G. on 06/29/11

    Keep ur legs together on the body slides.

  • ASU's Tempe Campus on 03/14/12

    When the weather heats up, cool off at Big Surf.

  • Jai V. on 03/18/11

    Please remember the lifeguards are not babysitters. They are there to assist in an emergency and enforce Big Surf Laws of Safety.

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