“It’s a dry heat,” they say.
Blech. You couldn’t care less what they say about the heat in Arizona when it’s 105 on the mercury and you can’t think about anything else except shade and a cool drink.
Arizona’s heat is indeed a dry heat, but it’s still a serious heat. And if you let that heat get the best of you, it means you won’t be able to make the most of your time there – whether you’re a visitor or a lifelong resident. So how do you beat the Arizona heat, especially when summer rolls around?
The answer is simple: water. And lots of it.
Yes, drinking lots of water is important, but we’re talking about water-themed attractions. Wave pools. Water slides. Places to buy cool ice cream treats. If you can find those in Arizona, you’re already ahead of the game – so why don’t we just tell you where to go?
1. Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix
This is the big kahuna of Phoenix water parks, so we can’t go another sentence without mentioning it. Browsing through Wet ‘n’ Wild’s attractions reads more like an encyclopedia than a menu – the rides range from slow movers to rides like “Maximum Velocity.” In short, just about any type of water activity you want to undertake at Wet ‘n’ Wild can be facilitated if you just go there on a hot summer day.
2. Oasis Water Park
We can’t forget that many people experience Arizona through the lens of a traveler, which means in literal terms that they experience Arizona from a hotel. Going to a water attraction under these conditions is sometimes not quite as easy to do as it is for home-grown Arizonans, right? Wrong! Hotel-park combinations like the Oasis Water Park allow you to have the best of both worlds, which is truly ideal if you’re bringing your children on the trip and need an excuse to head over there yourself. The Oasis Water Park can be found at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa.
3. Breakers Water Park
For those of you in the Tucson area who are sick of hearing all about the Phoenix-area attractions will be pleased to know that you have a great water park of your own: Breakers. There are plenty of shaded areas here for parents who want to get out of the heat and enough water slides and attractions for the children who just want to cut loose and feel some water on their skin.
4. AAM’s Mild to Wild Rafting
Of course, you don’t have to go to a water park to find a water attraction that will get your mind off the heat. Don’t forget about water rafting outdoors in the natural Arizona landscape. AAM’s Mild to Wild Rafting is exactly the type of place you need to be if you want to get outdoors but still get some water experiences under your belt. You’d be surprised at what a great time you can have with nothing but a raft and a river.
Come on to Arizona! We’ll keep you cool in some pretty cool ways, no matter what the temperature.
Meg Jones works with these helpful people at Phoenix Lock Master. She has family in Arizona and loves to write about the area as well as security and safety issues in general.