Staying Cool in the Arizona Summer HeatPosted 07/25/2019
The best water activities in the Valley.
Temperatures in the Valley are officially hot and here to stay for awhile, forcing the majority of us to take a break from the heat and find refuge indoors.
Although the sizzling summer temperatures may be troublesome, there’s plenty of opportunities to check out the Valley’s top spots to cool off. From waterparks to Salt River Tubing, here’s a list of our favorite activities and places to splash and play this season.
Located in Glendale, Six Flags Hurricane Harbor is the perfect spot for families and kids of all ages to celebrate the summer with a splash. From pulse-pounding speed slides to gentler options for toddlers, Arizona’s largest water park is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy. Fuel up after a day of adventure at the Tidal Wave Café or pick-up a souvenir at one of the park’s giftshops to remember your experience. Wherever your adventure takes you, we’re confident you will enjoy this local vacation destination.
Looking for some extra relaxation? Sign up for SUP Paddleboard Yoga with Go Paddle AZ. Limited to 10 participants per session to ensure individualized attention, each class offers 60 minutes of peaceful yoga fit for all skill levels. Instructors also capture photos of student experiences, making for some great action shots of your best warrior poses. Reservations are required.
Located in the Tonto National Forest, just east of the Valley, Salt River Tubing is an ideal summer activity for adventure-seekers and timid tubers alike. Visitors can either bring their own tube or rent from the facility. Either way, there’s plenty of fun to be had during the three-hour adventure along the river’s calm waters. Salt River Tubing rules strongly recommend participants wear lifejackets, use plenty of sunscreen and have a substantial amount of water on hand. Leave your glass containers at home and remember that children must be at least 8- years-old and four feet tall to participate.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Big Surf is a popular waterpark destination for all ages to soak up some sun. From the Waikiki Beach Wave Pool and the seven monstrous waterslides, to the kid-friendly water park attractions, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Interested in learning how to surf? Big Surf offers lessons for the 2019 summer season to help anyone master the waves in a small-class setting. Held on designated weekends, lessons are available for students at least 8-years-old, unless special permission is granted by an instructor.
Enchanted Island Amusement Park features a variety of kid-friendly attractions and recreational activities amid a beautiful and scenic oasis setting. Take a leisurely pedal through Encanto Park’s 7.5-acres of waterways, cool off in the Splash Zone or ride the C.P. Huntington Train during your visit. These are just a few of the many attractions available at the park every day of the week. The best part? Admission is always free and attractions are affordably priced.
Make a splash at Arizona Grand Resort & Spa’s Oasis Water Park, voted among the top waterparks in the nation by the Travel Channel. With exhilarating water slides, a relaxing wave pool, a 25-person hot tub and kid-friendly attractions, the park is the perfect destination for your next family outing. Throughout the day, enjoy delectable appetizers and poolside drinks from the Oasis Bar and Grill, or relax in one of the resort’s private cabanas.
With waterparks and rivers comes long hours out under the sun, which is why it’s so important to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. From all of us at Maracay, keep plenty of water on hand while participating in any of our featured activities.
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