Don’t let the hot weather discourage you from enjoying the season. Instead, take advantage of this Arizona heat by going for a refreshing swim, either in your own backyard or by visiting one of the following venues.
After all, swimming provides countless benefits for both you and your children, including improving muscle definition and strength, building bone mass, reducing inflammation, decreasing stress, and burning calories.
Here are some venues to visit to beat the heat this summer.
Arizona is fortunate to be home to several water parks. Locals and visitors alike line up to get into Big Surf Waterpark. In operation since 1969, it is home of the United States’ first wave pool, which has been featured in many popular films including Just One of the Guys (1985) and Storm of the Century (1999). It is located in Tempe just off the 202 Red Mountain and McClintock Drive.
Also on the east side of town, you’ll find Mesa Golfland-Sunsplash, Arizona’s premier family fun destination. It features 30 exciting rides and attractions from thrilling waterslides to award winning miniature golf. On the west side of town is Wet-n-Wild, a massive 25-acre family water park tucked away in far north Phoenix. You can sometimes find discount ticket prices for these parks at Costco or through Groupon.
Public Aquatic Centers
The Valley has its share of community pools scattered throughout its many neighborhoods. The best part? They’re affordable! Swimming lessons, merit badge classes, and lifeguard training (junior and adult) are available at many city pools. Some of also available for private parties and corporate events. Visit any of the following links for additional information, including pool locations, hours of operation and amenities.
Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center
1091 W. Southern Ave.
Apache Junction, AZ 85120
- $1.50 admission for children (17 and younger)
- $2.50 admission for adults (18 and over)
Admission fees for all City of Chandler pools
- $1.00 for children (2-17 years)
- $2.25 for adults (18-54 years)
- $1.25 for seniors (55 years and older)
Each of Chandler’s six public pools also feature weekly $1.00 family swim nights and free swim nights.
Admission fees for all City of Gilbert pools
- $1.00 for children (17 and younger)
- $3.00 for adults (18 and older)
Admission fees for all City of Mesa Pools
- Free for children under 6 months of age
- $2.00 for children (17 and younger)
- $4.00 for adults (18 and older)
Admission fees for City of Tempe Pools vary, please visit their website for exact prices.
Admission Fees for all City of Phoenix Pools
- $1.00 for kids (some city pools are offering free admission for children thanks to the Kool Kids program)
- $3.00 for adults
- $1.00 for seniors