10 Best Theme Parks in Arizona For The Ultimate Family Fun

Arizona has no problem serving fun. Apart from its marvellous red canyons, cactus deserts, and mountains, Arizona has its share of amusement parks which make for a great family picnic destination. These amusement parks have something for all ages - the coasters come in all shapes and sizes, adrenaline-inducing water rides, a whole world of distinctive cuisine, and a ton of smiling faces. 

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These theme parks in Arizona will have you zipping over a coaster or soaking up the sun as you meander along the gentle lazy river. Some of the top Arizona amusement parks are listed below, check out for yourself. 

1. Add up the thrill at Castles-N-Coasters

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Castles N' Coasters is a popular amusement park in Arizona. Located in Phoenix, this 10-acre park comes with four outdoor 18-hole miniature golf courses, several rides, and an indoor video game arcade. If you’re looking for a big family day out, head straight to Castles N' Coasters. Extra bonuses include café food, waffles, birthday party venues, and more. 

Address: 9445 N Metro Pkwy E, Phoenix, AZ 85051, USA

Check out:  Desert Storm, XD Dark Ride, Go Karts, Stranger Stuff Fun House, Carousel, Splashdown, Skydiver

2. Celebrate every day at the Enchanted Island

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Come here to spin, fly, drop, bump, dive, rock n’ roll - just don’t get too dizzy. Admission here is always free! As one of the popular amusement and water parks in Arizona, the Enchanted Island features an abundance of thrilling and family-friendly rides. This park also has its set of fun events. Some of the past events include Night of Giving, Sabado de Fiesta, Cinco de Mayo, Pirate's Day, Harvest Festival, and Annual Winter Wonderland Express. 

Address: 1202 W Encanto Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85007, USA

Check out: C.P. Huntington Train, Encanto Carousel, Parachute Tower, Climbing Wall, Castle Clash Game, Rock-N-Roll

3. Yabba Dabba Doo at The Flintstones Bedrock City

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Flintstones Bedrock City is one of the best-themed amusement parks in Arizona. Sitting tight at the corner of Arizona State Route 64 and U.S. Route 180, this park opened in 1972. The park is all about family fun, but Flintstones fans have an extra boost! This cartoon city will entertain you with its many themed rides and attractions. You can also click a picture with all of your favourite Flintstones' characters. 

Address: 101 US-180, Williams, AZ 86046, USA

Check out: Flintstones Car, Fred’s Diner

4. Choose from tons of entertainment at the Funtasticks Family Fun Park

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Rides, eateries, games, live entertainment shows and more! The Funtasticks Family Fun Park is for the families. Participate in their games and find out whether your family is a picture-perfect team or a gang of rivals! Funtasticks’ also has Tucson's Largest Indoor Laser Tag Arena. 

Address: 221 E Wetmore Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA

Check out: Cactus Springs, Go-Karts, Bumper Boats, Kiddie Land, Mini Golf, Arcade, Laser Tag. 

5. Live in the wild west at the Rockin' R Ranch

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This working ranch is turned into an Old West town. Come and experience the spectacular scenery of Arizona, George, on the delicious BBQ beef and chicken dinners, participate in (umm fake) gunfights, ride horse-drawn carriages, and go gold panning only at Rockin’ R Ranch – Arizona’s Wild West Town. 

Address: 6136 E Baseline Rd, Mesa, AZ 85206, USA

Check out: Western Experience, Wild West Stage Show, Bus Tours

6. Check out the American frontier at the Old Tucson Studios  

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Old Tucson is a movie studio and theme park that is set right next to the Tucson Mountains in the US State of Arizona. These studios were built in 1939 for the movie Arizona and have since then seen many movies and TV shows being shot here. It was in the year 1960 that it finally opened to the public. Visit the Old Tucson Story Museum to learn about the amazing history of Old Tucson. You can also check out the rides, games, shopping, and dining options at this park. 

Address: 201 Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85735, USA

Check out: The C.P. Huntington Train, Wild West Carousel, Iron Door Mine Adventure, Old West Stagecoach. 

7. Don your favourite swimsuit at Wet 'n' Wild Phoenix 

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Formerly WaterWorld Safari, the Wet'n'Wild Phoenix is a lovely water park in Phoenix. Spread over the area of 35 acres, this is also the largest theme park in Arizona. Offering more than 30 attractions, here you can splash and relax or head out to some serious super-soaking' thrills. After a day of playing and splashing, hot fries and hamburgers await you at the food bar. 

Address: 24610 E Rittenhouse Rd, Queen Creek, AZ 85142, USA

Check out: Constrictor, Phoenix Flyers, Desert Racers, Mammoth Falls, Boogie Board Beach, Maximum Velocity, Wet'n'Wild Jr. 

8. Golfland Sunsplash

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Golfland-Sunsplash is a series of water parks in Arizona. This theme park has a host of water slides and attractions, so there is something for everyone. Looking for something dry? This park also has a mini golf, gaming arcades, bumper boats, and even laser tag. 

Address: 155 W Hampton Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210, USA

Check out: Thunder Bay, Master Blaster, The Cauldron, Thunder Falls, The Revolution

9. Cool down at the Big Surf

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Bring the whole family to Big Surf! Plunge down these twisting slides, ride the monstrous slides, make your way through twisting body slides, and show your moves on the boogie boards and surf boards, this place has so much to do. After cooling down the entire day, head out to sample dozens of F&B items at the restaurant here. 

Address: 1500 N McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA

Check out: Waikiki Beach Wave Pool, Hurricane Slides, Tornado Twisters, Cyclone & Tsunami Slides, Bora Bora Bay

10. Spend a family day out at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

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The Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park together make up for a great family destination in Arizona. Featuring Arizona's largest collection of exotic animals, you will love the open natural environment here. Here you can walk around the zoo, feed the giraffes, ride the carousel, check out the aquarium, and do so much more. 

Address: 16501 W Northern Ave, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340, USA

Check out: Sea Lion and River Monsters at the Aquarium, Reptiles, Kangaroos, and Big Cats at the Zoo. 

A family trip is not complete without a visit to an amusement park - the thrills and laughs make for a lifetime of memories. So, which theme park in Arizona did you visit? Do drop in the comments below.

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