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Lake Pleasant, Largest Lake in Phoenix area
Although this lake is actually in Peoria (35 miles northwest of Downtown Phoenix), I am adding it to my Phoenix "Things to Do" because it is not that far. On the way to this lake, you will see lots and lots of saguaro cacti, and it is amazing to be free from the city in just 40 minutes or so from downtown Phoenix.
The lake has 10,000 acres of water surface and 118 miles of shoreline fed by the Aqua Fria River and the Colorado River via the Central Arizona Project Canal - and so here you can go boating, house boating, jet-skiing, sailing, kayaking, RV camping, tent camping, fishing and parasailing. For me who have liitle kids (9 year old twins in the video below), SWIMMING is our thing, and so I included a short video of our latest swim at Lake Pleasant here:
LAKE PLEASANT and ths JUMPING FAMILY
I have noted two main entrances for this lake, one for those who are here for boating (bringing their boats) and one for those who just want to swim and do the other water activities. For both there is entrance for vehicles (at the time about $6 for our car). I believe the name of the road off the US74 freeway which we used wasCastle Hot Springs Rd:
41835 N. Castle Hot Springs Rd.
Morristown, AZ 85342
Phone: 1 (928) 501-1710
Fax: (602) 372-7465
Get Wet & Wild When It's Hot! Hot! Hot!
When it gets toasty in Phoenix, you need to take your family & friends to WetNWild to cool right down and have some fun. Try the most unique water slide experience in the world at WetNWild in Phoenix when you experience the Maximum Velocity Dueling H2O Coaster, or try white water rafting with an unexpected trip over Mammoth Falls that drops you 57 ft. until you enjoy more of the ride then the calm waters. There are rides & fun for all ages at this fun water park.
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Kids will enjoy Splash Pads in the Valley
There are several flash pads for kids that have cropped up within the Metro Phoenix area where kids (and adults like me) can have great fun with the shooting waters and sometimes shooting water guns. We actually have just one in our own community park, and my wife and I inquired about how much to set up a small splash pad for our kids at our backyard but the price tag was about $50,000 – so I think we will just keep on using the many splash pads around the Valley, hehehe…Besides, maintenance of these water playgrounds are also expensive. These splash pads are also open only during the very hot summer 4-5 months of summer.
Our favorite is the one at the Tempe Town Lake at Tempe Beach Park near the entrance to the park at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue. And then we also love the one beside thevery tall waterfountain at Fountain Hills Park (this one has amazing waterguns for the kids).
Right in the stadium of the University of Phoenix in Glendale is the Westgate Center Splashpad…we are almost always here every week , walking around the splashpad and in summer, joining into the fun!
Other Spalshpads (source: http://phoenix.about.com/od/publicswimmingpools/ss/splash.htm ):
Altadena Park Spray Pad: 3711 E. Altadena Avenue
Civic Space Park Spray Pad: 424 N. Central Ave in Downtown Phoenix.
Edison Park Spray Pad: 901 N. 19th Street.
Francisco Highland Park: 2702 E. South Mountain Avenue.
Harmon Park Spray Pad: 1239 S. 5th Avenue.
Laveen Village Park Spray Pad: 3146 W. Vineyard, Phoenix.
Mountain Vista Park Spray Pad: 13647 S. 50th Street in Ahwatukee Foothills.
Nuestro Park Spray Pad: Ninth Street and Pima, south of downtown Phoenix.
Pecos Park Spray Pad: 48th Street and Pecos Road in the Ahwatukee Foothills
Phoenix Zoo’s Leapin' Lagoon with paid admission to the Phoenix Zoo
Jaycee Park at 817 W 5th Street (at Hardy Drive) in Tempe
Aquatic Playground Splash Pad in Glendale, Arizona at 83rd Avenue and Bethany Home
Chuparosa Park Spray Pad is located at 2400 S. Dobson Rd., south of Germann Rd, Chandler.
Desert Breeze Park Spray Animals at 660 N. Desert Breeze Blvd., between Rural Rd. and McClintock Dr. and between Ray Rd. & Chandler Blvd
The Espee Park Spray Pad at 450 E. Knox, between Arizona Avenue and McQueen Road.
Rio Vista Splash Park, 8866 W. Thunderbird Road, which is 1/4 mile west of the Loop 101
Vista del Camino Park at 7700 E. Roosevelt in the Indian Bend Wash complex, near Hayden Road.
Paiute Park at 3210 N. 66th street, South of Osborn Road.
McCormick Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road
Agua Linda Park, 8732 E. McDonald (Pima Road and McDonald).
La Mirada Park at 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Road in north Scottsdale.
Chesnutt Park spray pad at 4565 N. Granite Reef Road.
Pima Park at 8600 E. Thomas Road.
Hollyhock Community Pool at 15808 N. Hollyhock Street in Surprise
Goodyear Community Park at 3151 N. Litchfield Road in Goodyear, Arizona
SanTan Village, Gilbert close to Dillard's for easiest access
The Plaza Water Fountain at Kierland Commons in north Scottsdale is in the center of the complex, just off Main Street in Section B near Cold Stone Creamery.
The Fountain at Desert Ridge Marketplace is located in The District near the AMC Theatre and may be accessed from the north near Paradise Bakery or the from the south near Islands Fine Burgers.
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Kids love the water park, and every family vacation should include one.
Of all the water parks in Phoenix, my favorite is Sunsplash in Mesa. It has a large variety of rides for all ages.
The scariest is the Sidewinder, which is basically a giant skateboard half-pipe. If you are crazy enough, you can go straight down the side of it on a flimsy mat. Everyone starts out with a look of fear on their faces as they come down it, but kids love it and go on it over and over.
My favorites are the five inner tube slides. Some of them are dark inside, which is creepy as you are riding down at top speed. The Master Blaster seems to be the most popular. It is like a water roller coaster.
They have rides for all ages, ever the little ones, and they have a wave pool and a lazy river.
Lockers are available (bring a safety pin to pin the key to your suit) and you can also leave and reenter the park all day long (say if you want to go get lunch). They have very good burgers though, so I would eat right there.
Warning: The pavement is very hot. Buy some water shoes at Wal-Mart, put on SPF 30, and bring water (you can bring water in the park). With the humidity at 5% and the temp at around 105, you will be thirsty all the time.
I guarantee if you have kids, they will pick this as one of the highlights of their Arizona vacation.
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In Phoenix and surrounding areas we have an array of waterparks for all ages. Kids and Teens will like all the death-defying Slides and parents and kids of all ages will like the lazy river and the wave maching. Little kids like it alot but middle aged kids like going from the middle of the wave pool to the beginnging of the wave pool so they can float. The name of the Place is called Big Surf.
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Cool down in the Sun
Phoenix is extremely hot in the summer months, so what better way to cool down than to visit one of the various waterparks in the area.
Yesterday we visited Big Surf in Tempe, just North of the 202 on McClintock.
On sunday it only opens at 11 and by 1 is was getting really packed, so worth going early. It contains a number of water slides and a big wave pool. (The waves aren't generated very often, I think it takes about 5 minutes to produce a giant wave.)
The price for adults is 18.99, during the week you can use a 4 dollar discount voucher available on websites.
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