Big Surf Water Park

1500 N McClintock Dr Tempe

Phoenix Hidden Gems/Big Surf Water Park
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Big Surf Water Park

Big Surf Waterpark opened on October 24, 1969, and started off as just an idea by a man named Phil Dexter. Dexter took that idea and in 1966 built the first model of his wave machine…in his backyard!

Guests can enjoy the Waikiki Beach Wave Pool - America’s original wave pool with 2.5 million gallons of water. It is the place to be on a hot summer day. They also have rafts, boogie boards and surfboards available for rent during normal operating hours.

The Hurricane Slides at Big Surf are for the daredevils! Plunge down either of the three-body slides for the thrill of the visit. Or guests can race their family or friends for the twisting body slides rightfully named the Tornado Twisters. For the little ones, there are a variety of options including Bora Bora Bay where kids can enjoy the tipping tree frogs, the Otter Slides which drop down into Bora Bora Bay, and Captain Cook’s Landing, for the toddlers in the group.

Big Surf also offers surfing lessons on designated weekends through the summer months. There is a three-to-one student to instructor ratio and a limit of 10 students per session. The minimum age for surfing students starts at 8 years old, but exceptions will be made at the instructor’s discretion, depending on swimming ability and overall water experience. All Big surf instructors are Big Surf seasoned regular surfers.

Big Surf Waterpark is the perfect oasis in the desert to cool off and enjoy the Arizona sunshine!

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