Enjoy a hot day cooling off at "Big Surf," which has the oldest wave pool in the United States!
The Big Surf Waterpark in Arizona has been around since October 24, 1969. The idea came from Phil Dexter, and he took his idea and built his first wave machine in his own backyard in 1966. After its opening, Big Surf became very popular but also became a popular destination for visiting musicians such as Pink Floyd, Elton John, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Beach Boys, Chicago, Sting, Rod Stewart, and more. In 2011, Big Surf continued concerts with two Sound Wave Electronic Dance Music festivals. Big Surf was featured in 2 motion pictures: Just One of the Guys in 1985 and Storm of the Century in 1999.
Over the years, Big Surf continued to grow and elements were added. Today, Big Surf has a Waikiki Beach Wave Pool with 2.5 million gallons of water where visitors use rafts, boogie boards, and surfboards that can be rented. There are the Hurricane Slides and the Black Hole, where visitors ride a tube down a dark enclosed slide. The Tornado Twisters and the White Serpentine Slide take riders through twists and turns. The waterpark also has the Kilauea Cove Slides, the Tahitian Twisters, the Cyclone & Tsunami Slides, and the Bora Bora Bay. For younger riders, there are the Otter Slides that are a bit smaller and toddlers love Captain Cook's Landing, which is where little ones can enjoy a giant frog, water mushrooms, a seal, and water cannons.
Visitors should be sure to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, towels, cameras, flip-flops or water shoes, and like items.
Food and drinks are available for purchase at the park but besides bottled, factory-sealed, non-flavored water, food and other beverages are not permitted.