With Phoenix being ranked as one of the hottest cities in America, summers can seem like a downer sometimes. However, there’s a lot to do in the Phoenix area during the summer months, and you won’t even have time to feel the ruthless heat!
These options are going to save your summer. From waterparks to outdoor sites, splash pads, and more, your family will have an unforgettable time having a blast and cooling off. Take a look at our top picks for places to beat the summer heat with kids in the Phoenix area:

Where: 4243 W Pinnacle Peak Rd, Glendale, AZ 85310, USA

Hurricane Harbor is the best option to get the kids out of the house in the summer and find shelter from the heat!

It features more than 30 attractions for all kinds of tastes and ages. Kids will have guaranteed fun and the entire family will cool down and enjoy a summer day at Hurricane Harbor!

Altadena Park Spray Pad

Where: 3711 E Altadena Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85028
Hours:Splash Pad: May- October, 5.30 AM- 10 PM

Summertime at its finest: a playground, picnic area, grills, a ramada, and an amazing splash pad in which kids can run through loops, spraying bullfrogs, cannons, and monkeys!

This park has it all to enjoy a sunny summer day!

Where: Tempe City Hall, 31 E 5th St, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
Hours:Monday – Thursday: 7 AM – 10 AM| 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | 5 PM – 8 PM | Friday 7 AM – 10 AM | Saturday 8 AM – 11 AM

This indoor wave pool with climate-controlled water has many fun features, including a double spiral water slide and six lap lanes.

Enjoy a day at Kiwanis Wave Pool with the entire family as you escape the summer heat under Kiwanis roof!

Where: 1500 Hayden Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
Hours:Monday – Saturdays: 10 AM– 6 PM | Sundays: 11 AM – 6 PM | Sunset Fridays in June & July ONLY – Park will remain open until 9 PM

Big Surf offers one of the largest wave pools in the world, as well as many different types of slides!

There’s also an area for toddlers and slides for younger kids!  

Where: 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Hours:Water play areas: January 15-May 31: 9 AM- 5 PM Daily | June 1- August 31: 7 AM-2 PM Daily | September 1- October 31: 9 AM-5 PM Daily

The Phoenix Zoo features three amazing water play areas for kids to splash and has a blast!

From the Enchanted Forest in which kids will splash through the river to the Leapin’ Lagoon where they can enjoy the water jets and the Yakulla Caverns where they will find multiple fun splash pads!

Where: 9445 N Metro Pkwy E, Phoenix, AZ 85051, USA

Castles ‘N Coasters isn’t exactly a waterpark, BUT if you visit during the summer months, make sure to go straight to the Bumper Boats and Splashdown attractions for some cool refreshment! 

Where: 155 W Hampton Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210, USA

Golfland Sunsplash is an awesome waterpark for the whole family!

It features amazing water slides, a wave pool, and even miniature golf and other attractions for those who don’t want to get wet.

Where: 16001 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA

With both indoor and outdoor entertainment, CrackerJax is another great option to escape the summer heat. How? Go straight to the bumper boat attraction or participate in a water war! Once you are all cooled off, enjoy the rest of the activities!

Where: 1202 W Encanto Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85007, USA
Hours:Friday 10 AM-3 PM | Saturday 10 AM-7 PM | Sunday 12 PM -7 PM

Another great option that features bumper boats and a splash zone to cool down is Enchanted Island.

You can also find pedal boats and canoes! A super fun way to beat the heat!

Chuparosa Park Spray Pad

Where: 2400 S Dobson Rd, Chandler, AZ 85286
Hours:10 AM-6 PM Daily, April | 9 AM-7 PM Daily, May-August | 10 AM-6 PM Daily, September-October.

The Chuparosa Park Spray Pad in Chandler features a candy-cane-shape shower, four spray rings, and ground spray for kids to cool off and have a great time as they escape from Arizona’s heat!

If you want even more options of places to visit during Summer in the Phoenix area, check out the complete list of Splash Pads around Phoenix for free options, or the Waterparks and Pools list if you want to enjoy slides and rides!