5 Best Theme Parks in Arizona You Have To Visit

While Arizona is mostly known for the Grand Canyon, one of the seven wonders of the world, it is also known for its incredible theme parks.

Theme Parks in Arizona

Whether you are a couple looking to embrace your inner child or need something to keep the kids entertained for longer than five minutes, Arizona has a theme park for you. 

Below are 5 of the best theme parks in Arizona that are going to make your trip unforgettable. With splash zones, roller coasters, and even mini-golf, there is more than enough to keep you and your little ones smiling for longer than an afternoon. 

All you have to do is bring yourself and comfortable shoes!

1. Castles N’ Coasters

Castles N’ Coasters is located in Phoenix, Arizona and it is the perfect place to enjoy some thrills. With over 20 rides and attractions, you are getting the best bang for your buck.

Playing arcade games, such as Pac-Man and Skirball, is a simple way to lose hours. Or battle it on one or all of the 4 mini golf courses. Yes, that is 18 holes each!

For thrill-seekers, there are large rides such as Desert Storm and Free Fall or slightly less terrifying rides such as Splash Down and Sea Dragon. There are even kiddie rides for the little ones to get their scream on. 

Want to give your little one a birthday they will never forget? You can book out the Banquet or Birthday Room to throw one of the best birthday parties ever. Even adults will love it. 

When you finally decide it is time for lunch there are plenty of options. From shaved ice bars to hamburgers and waffles, there is something for everyone to dig into!

2. Wildlife World

Wildlife World is primarily a zoo if you can believe it, but the park has expanded to accommodate some of the most incredible rides in the state. This zoo is given that extra flare with the addition of some crazy thrills. 

Not prepared for a day of walking around a park? You can see the incredible animals that are cared for at Wildlife World on the various trains and trams that whizz around the park throughout the day. 

The African Safari Train and Trams transport passengers among African animals while providing informative commentary from the conductors.

Or take a ride on the Skyride to see everything from above. This 15-minute sky-lift ride is perfect for making memories you will never forget. 

Try the zipline or the Vertigo tower swings for those who seek even more heart-pounding excitement. Learn about the animals of the wild while enjoying some blood-pumping fun. 

3. Makutu’s Island

Makutu’s Island is a fun, jungle-themed indoor theme park that is going to have your adrenaline pumping and your heart racing.

Your little ones can let their inner tiger run free with the climbing structures, arcades, and caves that are ready to be explored. 

There is also a toddler area that is perfect for kids under 4 who still need a little space to get their bearings. 

Now, for the main attraction. The Giant Tree is filled with mole holes, tunnels, tubes, and slides for the kids to really go wild.

Watch as they make friends with other kids and really explore the adventures of Makutu’s Island all while you put your feet up. 

Then when they come running for food, Kiki’s Cafe is stocked and ready. You will find some cheesy pizza, cheeseburgers, and other favorite foods on the menu. Good luck keeping them away from the sugar!

4. Golfland Sunsplash

You can find Golfland Sunsplash in the welcoming arms of Mesa. This water and amusement park is perfect for some fun any time of year. 

The Golfland area contains multiple mini-golf courses, is available all year round, and in the winter transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of shimmering lights! Golfland also offers bumper cars, go-karts, arcade games, laser tag, and much more.

The water park section or Sunsplash is open during the summer months and is known for having the best water rides in the state.

At the wave break line of the Thunder Bay wave pool, you can practice your body surfing skills on waves that can reach a height of 4 feet.

One of the first water slides that resembled a “roller coaster” is called the Master Blaster. Water propels you up and down the slide for an exhilarating, heart-pounding ride.

There is also a small pool for toddlers with some smaller rides that will have their hearts beating just as fast as everyone else’s. 

5. Enchanted Island

When you arrive at Enchanted Island you simply have to ride the 1991 replica of the C.P. Huntington train. Then you can move into the Encanto Carousel that has been in use since the 1970s. 

The seven rides at Enchanted Island Amusement Park that are designed primarily for small children will make them exceptionally happy to spend the day there.

Although this park is geared toward families with young children, everyone in the family will find something to enjoy.

The Dragon Wagon is the perfect middle-ground ride. With gentle but stomach-clenching drops and turns, you and your kids will love this ride without being too scared to try anything else. 

The Splash Zone, a fun splash pad and tiny water park with fountains, water spouts, and dumping buckets, is another fantastic summertime attraction at Enchanted Island Amusement Park.

Final Thoughts

There you have it! Your trip to Arizona, no matter how long or short, will never be lacking in excitement. Theme parks are some of the best attractions in the state of Arizona and are the perfect way to have some fun with the whole family. 

From heart-stopping drops to cooling splash zones, there is something for everyone at the theme parks mentioned above. There are also plenty of indoor attractions to keep things fun and adventurous when the weather is not so forgiving. 

Just remember to bring plenty of water, comfortable shoes, and a hat for some protection from the blazing sun!

Alex Kallen

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