A few indoor parks are open until December – so make use of the last quarter of the year. We included the big waterparks with all the thrills plus some free splash pads close to home so you can plan the cool down periods for next summer. With these suggestions, you are covered for a quick one-hour excursion across town to cool off in a local park, a day excursion to a full-scale water park and even a weekend getaway to some stunning resorts. Buying your season passes now makes sense, as there are some amazing discounted offers on at the moment. They make for a thoughtful extra to tuck into Christmas stockings that will months of fun.
Where: Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, 8000 Arizona Grand Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85044
When: The waterpark is open for this year until October 30th from 11am to 4pm. Check schedule for 2017 times.
Cost: A room in October will start from $288 for 2 adults and 2 kids – 2 queen beds – per night. If you book at least 14 days in advance you get a 15% discount. Waterpark facilities are available to guests only – guests may however invite non-guests if they have enough wristbands to share.
Contact: (602) 438-9000
Travel Channel voted this waterpark, covering 7 acres, as one of the Top 10 Water Parks in the US. In addition to the water park, there are also 6 resort pools that are open daily until 10 pm, scattered like liquid turquoise throughout the resort Experience the tropics in the Arizona desert with the Oasis Wave Pool – zero depth entry makes it easy for toddlers – and kids can learn to surf on the waves. Older kids will thrill to the eight-story slides including the 225-foot free fall and 220-foot Roadrunner with a dramatic 51-foot drop! There’s the Zuni River built to mimic the rolling effect of a real river with spray jets to keep you cool on the ride. Wild Cat Springs has jets arcing into a heated pool and more water jets on the spray deck to keep little ones happy. Resort fee includes Wi-Fi and 4 waterpark wristbands. Check-in time is 4 pm but if you arrive early and the park is open you are welcome to use the waterpark, just go to reception and register to collect your wristbands.