Top 10 Theme Parks And Amusement Parks In Arizona - Updated 2021

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The ‘Grand Canyon State’ Arizona has a plethora of showstoppers – Cathedral Rock, Monument Valley and, of course, the Grand Canyon - not to forget the endless skies and the long, iconic highways. Arizona’s beauty is ancient, whether it is the red rocks of Sedona, the saguaro-dotted deserts of Tucson, and the ever-majestic Grand Canyon. It’s no wonder why families load up the RVs to take trips through Arizona’s stunning desert landscapes - not just to see the spectacular deserts and canyons but to visit the many amusement, theme, and water parks in the state. So, slip on your comfy boots and pack that swimsuit to travel to these amazing amusement and theme parks. Book a unique hotel or a resort stay and visit some of these top theme and amusement parks in Arizona. Check them out.

1. Golfland Sunsplash

The Castle at Golfland-Sunsplash
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Located in the city of Mesa is the Golfland-Sunsplash series of family amusement centers and water parks, which is actually separated into two different parks. Sunsplash is the water park operating in the summer and features 29 fun-filled water-based attractions that will have kids frolicking to their heart’s content, including the humongous Thunder Bay, a 450,000-gallon (1.7 million liters) wave pool. Golfland operates throughout the year and features bumper boats, a go-cart track, a pizza restaurant, an arcade, and three miniature golf courses!

Golfland Sunsplash

Address: 155 W Hampton Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210

Opening hours: Check operating calendar

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Website: Golfland Sunsplash

2. Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix, rechristened as Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix, is a water park located in North Phoenix at the Adobe Dam Regional Park and is around 35 acres (14 hectares), making it Arizona’s largest theme park and one of the best theme parks in the US. Attractions include Tornado, Raging River, Maximum Velocity, the first and only ride of its kind globally, Mammoth Falls, Soak 'em Playground, and more. The park also houses the Wet 'n’ Wild Junior park, which also has a massive kid’s pool and interactive play structure within.

Wet 'n' Wild/Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix

Address: 4243 W Pinnacle Peak Rd, Glendale, AZ 85310

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Website: Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Phoenix

3. Oasis Water Park

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The expansive Oasis Water Park is located inside the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa and it was even voted by the Travel Channel as one of the Top 10 Water Parks in the country. Fun and wild in equal measure, Oasis Water Park has something to interest kids of all age groups, making it perfect for a family getaway. This seven-acre premium water park features an eight-story Slide Canyon River with three exhilarating water slides, Wild Cat Springs ride for smaller children, the Valley’s sole side-by-side active river, a gigantic wave pool, huge water slides, and a 25-person hot tub! Rent an Airbnb in Phoenix and purchase your tickets to this park today!

Oasis Water Park

Address: 8000 Arizona Grand Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85044

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Website: Oasis Water Park

4. Big Surf

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Located in Tempe, Big Surf claims to be home to the oldest and the first wave pool in the United States and it has even received an ASME landmark status. Big Surf features a host of water attractions such as beach wave pools, water park slides, and kid-friendly water-based attractions. Big Surf has also added several attractions since it opened.

Big Surf

Address: 1500 N McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 8528

Opening hours: Check operating calendar

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Website: Big Surf

5. Enchanted Island Amusement Park

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If you have younger kids, then look no further for fun than the Enchanted Island Amusement Park in Phoenix. A small park perfect for tiny tots aged 1 to 10 years, Enchanted Island will make your kids’ day charming and magical to the hilt. Don’t miss the most thrilling ride of them all - the Rock-N-Roll, which is teacups-style. Other amazing rides include the small train at Encanto Park, bumper boats, a kiddie coaster, and a carousel. To cool down, there is also a splash zone as well as a climbing wall for older children.

Enchanted Island Amusement Park

Address: 1202 W Encanto Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Opening hours: Monday-Tuesday closed, Wednesday-Thursday 10am–3pm, Friday-Saturday 10am–8pm, Sunday 11am–8pm

Prices: Check prices here

Website: Enchanted Island Amusement Park

6. CrackerJax

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CrackerJax Family Fun and Sports Park is a quaint family outing relic which has been providing amazing family fun for 25 years. Some of CrackerJax’s amazing and fun rides and attractions include Alien Laser Tag, CrackerJax Speedway, Jax Trax, CrackerJax Lagoona Island, the high-performance Bungy Dome, Optical Delusion Mini Golf, Amaze N’ Golf, Batting Cages, a Cyber City, three Tournament Quality Volleyball Courts, and even a Water Wars gaming competition. Enjoy!


Address: 16001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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Website: Enchanted Island Amusement Park

7. Castles N' Coasters

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Castles N’ Coasters is Arizona’s biggest park and is located in Phoenix. The 10-acre (4-hectare) park features an indoor video game arcade, numerous rides, and even four outdoor 18-hole miniature golf courses. Star attractions include two steel coasters, one of which includes inversions, the Castles Cafe, the XD Dark Ride, mini-golf, go-karts, a 3D motion theatre, a zip line, and spinning rides. It is open throughout the year.

Castles N' Coasters

Address: 9445 N Metro Pkwy E, Phoenix, AZ 85051

Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 10am–10pm, Friday-Saturday 10am–12am

Prices: Check prices here

Website: Castles N’ Coasters

8. Funtasticks Family Fun Park

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Posted by Funtasticks Family Fun Park on Friday, September 28, 2018

The family entertainment center of Funtasticks Family Fun park has amazing rides for kids, including a mini roller coaster. The park has a plethora of other attractions including Cactus Springs, Go-Karting options, Bumper Boats, Laser Tag, Arcade games, Mini Golf, and even a Kiddle Land with rookie go-karts. They offer good deals on attraction tickets.

Funtasticks Family Fun Park

Address: 221 E Wetmore Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705

Opening hours: Check operating calendar

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Website: Funtasticks Family Fun Park

9. Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs

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Located in Scottsdale, the indoor interactive exhibit and educational center of Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs features more than 50 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs roaming the authentically graphic remodeling of prehistoric worlds, habitats, and exhibits. This is one of the best things to do in Arizona with kids. Designed to transport one back to the prehistoric age of the dinosaurs, those visiting Panagea can engage in and enjoy a host of family-friendly activities, thrilling rides, an entire range of educational explorations and immersive activities for kids, and much more. Visitors can even indulge in fossil excavations to dig for prehistoric fossils and dinosaur bones!

Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs

Address: 9500 East Vía de Ventura c100, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 10am- 6pm, last admission 4:30pm

Prices: Check prices here

Website: Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs

10. Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium (from USD 39.0)

The 215-acre (87-hectare) Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium in Litchfield Park is a haven for animal lovers. Featuring Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals, the zoo specializes in South American and African animals. It even features several amusement-oriented rides, a tram through the African habitat, and even a 0.6-mile-long (970 meters) ‘safari train’, which is an enthralling boat ride through the Australian habitat. Recently, Wildlife World even added an aquarium and an amazing 'Adventureland’ to its ranks.

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

Address: 16501 W. Northern Avenue, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Opening hours: All days - Zoo 9am–6pm, Aquarium 9am–7pm

Prices: Check prices here

Website: Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

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If you thought the intense heat of Arizona was going to put off all the fun, think again! Pack up your family and get on the road to visit the state’s malls, flea markets, and amusement, theme, and water parks. Ensure an entire day of fun for both children and grown-ups. Besides being great for families, theme parks are always fun for those on a romantic getaway, so be sure to purchase tickets to your preferred park!

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