The Best Places For Cool Summer Fun in Phoenix and Scottsdale

Water parks, splash pads and pool parties are just a few of the hallmarks of summer.

The temperature heats up in Phoenix and Scottsdale during the summer, but there's still plenty of cool fun to be had. Water parks include Wet 'n' Wild, which offers two of the top slides in the nation. At various major outdoor shopping destinations, find splash pads to play in, and for adults, there are pool parties, complete with music and VIP bottle options for some party fun.

Thrilling Water Parks

Wet ‘n’ Wild

The largest theme park in the state is set on 35 acres in North Phoenix and includes two of the top slides in the nation: Maximum Velocity and the Constrictor. The Wet ‘n’ Wild Jr. area, Barefootin’ Bay, is the perfect spot for younger kids, added to the park in 2017. 4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale.

Big Surf

Swim the waves—or rent a raft, boogie board or surfboard—at America’s original wave pool and then make time for a park full of water slides and a zip line. 1500 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe.

Big Surf

Mesa Golfland Sunsplash

Head here for all kinds of summer fun in one place—find a wave pool, lazy river, water slides, laser tag, mini golf, an arcade and more. There's also a separate water area for younger children. 155 W. Hampton Ave., Mesa


Sweet Splash Pads

Kids (and sometimes adults too!) spend hours dashing through water jets at splash pads around the Valley. Find cool fun at Scottsdale Quarter, Desert Ridge Marketplace, Tempe Marketplace, Westgate Entertainment District and SanTan Village, all major shopping destinations that offer retail and dining options, as well as a splash pad.

Younger guests who visit the Phoenix Zoo during the summer are encouraged to bring a swimsuit and take a break by running through the waterfall and other play fun at a special water play area.

At The Orchard Phx, adults can settle in at this family-friendly spot located on the site of an old citrus farm, which today features a restaurant, marketplace, and ice cream and candy shop—perfect for a treat before or after the on-site splash pad fun.

Scottsdale Quarter


Perfect Pool Parties

Māyā Day + Nightclub

It’s a Vegas-style pool party in Scottsdale at this chic dayclub. Saturdays feature the Soaked Day Party series, and Sundays see the Sound Wave series. DJs, daybeds, cabanas, VIP options and more. 21-plus only. 

BLK Live

This pool, restaurant and entertainment venue offers live music and pool parties throughout the summer. Check the website for the schedule.

Talking Stick Resort

Top DJs from around the world play tunes for up to 4,500 attendees at the Release pool party series every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am-6 pm at Talking Stick Resort. Daybed and cabana reservations available. 21-plus only. 

W Scottsdale

The Wet pool parties at this hip hotel are held from noon-6 pm every Friday through Sunday, with DJs spinning tunes on Fridays and Saturdays. Geared for adults. 

Hotel Valley Ho

Enjoy specials on rosé on Rosé All Day Fridays and poolside DJ entertainment on Recovery Sundays at this retro hotel. Session Saturdays are for hotel guests only. 

Release pool party at Talking Stick Resort.