With more than 300 days of sunshine each year, Phoenix sets the bar when it comes to fun in the sun. Which means that no matter where you are in the Greater Phoenix area, there’s always a new water experience for refreshing recreation nearby.
Whether you’re into thrilling, adrenaline-pumping water slides with the entire family or looking to find your Zen lounging along a lazy river, we’ve got you covered with these water experiences that are guaranteed to be a splashing good time. Here's are the Phoenix resorts with the best pools and water parks.
Voted by the Travel Channel as one of the country’s top 10 water parks, Oasis Water Park at the Arizona Grand Resort is 7 acres of unprecedented summer fun. Designed with all types of water enthusiasts in mind, this park invites you to coast your way to heavenly bliss along the lazy river that snakes its way throughout the property, or get an adrenaline rush as you catapult down an 8-story thrill slide. There are also luxurious cabanas to while away the day, a wave pool to take a refreshing dip, and a splash pad and play area for the little ones.
8000 Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix
For the ultimate water-centric staycation, book a room at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch. Complete with 10 swimming pools, 20 fountains and 45 waterfalls, the resort’s pool area is a favorite among both locals and visitors who want to soak in the Arizona sun. For the truly adventurous, there’s a 30-foot, three-story waterslide that’s guaranteed to give you an exhilarating rush (open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily).
7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale
Located at the intersection of authentic Arizona charm and modern appointments, is The Wigwam — the gem of the west side of the Phoenix area that’s been named one of America’s Historic Hotels. Here, there’s a distinct ambiance at each of the property’s four pools. The new Tower Pool, however, is the place to be if you’re bringing the whole family along. Its 25-foot tower invites guests up to the entrance of two twisting water slides for launching into the refreshing water (the warmer the weather, the better thanks to the new pool chiller). Worth noting, parties of adults only will find relaxation and seclusion at the Oasis Pool. There are also a variety of activities, including lawn games, to keep everyone entertained.
300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park
The suite life at this Spanish-Mediterranean-inspired all-suite resort, isn’t complete without experiencing River Ranch Water Park. The 4-acre sanctuary includes three pools, a half-mile lazy river, a 130-foot waterslide, waterfalls, cabanas and an 18-hole miniature golf course. With quick bites and cool beverages available at the poolside snack bar and adjacent restaurant (delivered to your lounge chair), there really is no excuse for not splashing away the entire day. Additionally, the Tocasierra Spa & Salon features a private lap pool, whirlpool and sauna.
7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix
Set against breathtaking scenery that ranges from the Phoenix North Mountain Preserve to the tropical ambiance of the lush landscape, this vibrant resort is home to eight pools (just for starters). Head out on the path that traverses the suites to the sprawling three-and-a-half-acre Falls Water Village where thrill seekers can take the plunge down our 138-foot enclosed waterslide, splash before a 40-foot waterfall that descends from the cliffs and feeds into a series of smaller waterfalls and travertine pools, explore the whirlpool that’s set in a secluded grotto, join in the activities offered at the free-form pools or soak up the peace and tranquility of a private cabana (reservations recommended). Add in refreshments from the poolside café, and you have no reason to leave.
11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix
While water parks are meant to cool you off on a summer day, imagine one you can enjoy all year long, no matter the temperature outside. It’s a swim, splash and slide enthusiast’s dream come true. Located in Scottsdale, this water park is complete with body slides, tube slides, raft rides, a wave pool and splash areas – all enjoyed in water heated to a comfortable 84 degrees. Don’t miss the Diamond Drop, a new high-speed, four-person waterslide that features serpentine curves and high-bank thrills. And because you’ll never want to leave, Great Wolf Lodge also offers a family entertainment center and cabin-style suites perfect for a family getaway.
7333 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale