McDowell Mountain Ranch Park and Aquatic Center photo

Staying Cool in Water Parks in the Valley of the Sun This July

Triple-digit temperatures don’t mean you can’t enjoy the summers here in the Valley of the Sun. Here are a few water parks to consider exploring, to help you beat the heat:North Scottsdale residents of McDowell Mountain Ranch already enjoy the fabulous amenities within their McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center.  The good news is that non-residents can enjoy fun features such as the 8-lane lap pool, three diving boards, a lazy river, a large tube water slide, a zero-depth entry play pool, and water play features plus splash pad.  There are also multiple areas of shade and seating.

McDowell Mountain Ranch Park and Aquatic Center photo

  1. Located in the North Valley, Wet N Wild is a sprawling oasis of slides, wave pools, lazy rivers and splash pads.  With over 13 attractions, every member of the family is sure to find a fun way to stay cool.
  2. Big Surf in Mesa is known for its 2.5 million gallon wave pool.  Big Surf also has an area for smaller tots, as well as seven different sets of slides for the thrill seekers in your group.
  3. Located within the Arizona Grand Resort, Oasis Waterpark is a 7-acre waterpark featuring an 8-story tower with three water slides, a large wave pool, a lazy river and a kids’ splash area.  Day passes can be purchased through the hotel for just the waterpark.
  4. Finally, Golfland-Sunsplash in Mesa, is a combination water park and amusement park, with several water attractions such as slides, a wave pool, lazy river and splash zones.  Visitors can also enjoy a giant video game arcade, bumper boats, laser tag and little Indy cars.

Coupons and deals for the above attractions can often be found at www.groupon.com and www.livingsocial.com.

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