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Big Surf Waterpark

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Open today: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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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 28 July 2018
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Not the beach but still fun

Not the beach but still fun: I recently bought a season pass to spend my summer at Big Surf in... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2018
Cathlene S
Mesa, Arizona
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  • Average27%
  • Poor4%
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“water slides”(10 reviews)
“kiddie pool”(4 reviews)
“wet n wild”(4 reviews)
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
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Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
1500 N McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-1643
+1 480-994-2297
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 July 2003

Big Surf is by far the best of the 3 water parks in Arizona. I have been coming to the park for over 20 years and now bring my children with me. The wave pool is the best - Sunsplash is pitiful in comparison.

19  Thank Freedom10501
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 15 September 2013

This was our first, and our last trip to Big Surf. First of all, there are not many rides for adults. The line situation is very confusing, we were waiting in line,without having a tube, and people kept passing us. Very irritating. Then we find...More

5  Thank nomadickitty
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Reviewed 28 July 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

3  Thank Cancun1996
Reviewed 11 July 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

1  Thank Cathlene S
Reviewed 1 July 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.

2  Thank davidsR8494LL
Reviewed 27 June 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

Thank Clifford B
Reviewed 25 June 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

Thank djtj13
Reviewed 24 June 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

Thank Neva S
Reviewed 18 June 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

Thank love_the_snow18
Reviewed 7 June 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

2  Thank Guadalupe R
Reviewed 5 June 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

Thank Cda212
Reviewed 5 June 2018

We came here with my brother in law who lives in AZ while visiting Memorial day weekend, and we had a blast. The waves are so fun, and pretty big! Be careful if someone bigger than you is behind you! Pretty big park. The surf...More

Thank jessm531
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Dana S
27 September 2017|
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Response from Cda212 | Reviewed this property |
Just went on opening weekend which was in the middle of May.
Dana S
8 August 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
3 July 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