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McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center

Map & Directions 15525 N. Thompson Peak Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
  • Mon-Fri 6 am - 1 pm Mon-Fri 6 pm - 8 pm Sat 8 am - 12 pm


Phoenix New Times' Description

We're not sure what we like more about this place: the pools, the views, or the architecture (considering we spent more time admiring Phil Weddle's rusted steel and glass aquatic center building than we spent actually swimming). Not only does this place feature myriad aquatic options — including an eight-lane lap pool, a diving well with four diving boards, a really big (and kinda scary) tube water slide, a zero-depth-entry play pool, a splash pad, and a 600-foot lazy river — it's got views of the McDowell Mountains and a captivating public art piece titled Cactus Mirage by Nori Sato (only in Scottsdale will you find nationally recognized public art at a swimming pool). But this awesomeness comes at a price. Be prepared to pay $30 for a family of four if you're not a Scottsdale resident.

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  • Kathryn Carrie Y. on 11/09/10

    thumbs up. good place to work out.

  • Tobi M. on 07/30/11

    They don't open till one so don't arrive early, you'll end up waiting in the heat! They won't open doors.

  • MaryLynn on 06/16/12

    The deck is hot. Bring shoes. Who didn't order cool deck was an idiot!

  • Parenting on 08/04/11

    Features a lap pool, a diving well with four diving boards, a 600-foot lazy river, and a beachlike play pool.

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