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 a thoughtful extra to tuck into Christmas stockings.
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.
When: The waterpark is open for this year until October 30th from 11am to 4pm. Check the schedule for 2018 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
Kids have quite a choice here – particularly the little ones who can visit Wet ‘N’ Wild Junior, splash at the Soak em Playground or try Boogie Board Beach. Then there is Monsoon Bay Wave Pool, Crazy Cactus Roaring River and the Serpentine Complex with all its water slides. Thrill rides include the Constrictor, Maximum Velocity, the Tornado and Phoenix Flyers. Keep an eye on the website for special events like Spiritfest, Dive in Movies, Fireworks and so on.
When: Check an online schedule for daily opening hours – they are subject to change so check regularly.
Cost: 2018 season passes on sale now – buy 4 for $49.99 each + tax and a free upgrade to Gold – an excellent deal. Online tickets prices:
Adults daily: $31.99+tax (weekday), $34.99+tax (weekend)
Kids under 42inches: $29.99+tax (weekday), $32.99+tax (weekend).
Kids 2 and under FREE.
You save $8 on general admission by buying online. Parking is $8.
Contact: (623) 201-2000
The community park has a lot of activities besides the splash pad for cooling down in summer. There have been reports that sometimes the water pressure isn’t right so the spray and jets shut down periodically causing some frustration for kids but hopefully, this will be sorted out for the 2018 season. Overall it is a fun spot for them to cool off.
When: The park is open 6 am to 6 pm. Splash pads re-open in the summer season 2018.
Contact: (623) 882-7525
Although there is no lazy river ride here it is rated as among the best for the wave pool – one of the largest in the US with 2.5 million gallons of water. They have surfboards, boogie boards and rafts available to rent during normal operating hours. At Bora Bora Bay parents can’t access the kids area unless they have a child with them! Kids love the tipping tree frogs here as well as the Otter Slides. There’s the Black Hole for an adrenaline rush for older kids as well as the Hurricane slides. There are so many more – check the website for details of all the slides and attractions available. There is also a zip line ride from one side of the wave pool to the other – the tickets for this are $5 each or $12 for 3 rides or $20 for all day rides.
When: opening again on Saturday, May 7th 2018.
Cost: Prices for the 2018 season not available as yet.
Contact: (480) 994-2297
The Thunder Bay wave pool generates some big waves. Guests under 48” will need to wear life vests here. Then there are the adrenaline rides from 7 stories up like Double Dare, Thunder Falls, Stormrider, and from 5 stories the Sidewinder where the force builds and has you zooming up the far wall. Younger kids will enjoy the Caribbean Water Works with the zero depth play area and giant tipping bucket. Buccaneers Bend Activity Pool is also very popular – watch them try making it across the lily pads without falling in! Laser Tag and mini golf, as well as racecars and various games, make for even more fun on the Golfland side.
When: The Waterpark will reopen in May 2018. The Golfland section is open all year.
Cost: 2018 passes will be available soon. They give unlimited admission to Sunsplash all summer long, any day, any night, including Night splash. Free parking is included and up to $500 in Pass Holder discounts.
Contact: (480) 834-8319