Top 5 Water Activities for Summer in Phoenix AZ

The Arizona heat during summer can be brutal! However, there are a variety of water activities that you can embark on during your visit to Phoenix over the summer. We have compiled a list of the top 5 water activities in the Phoenix Valley to help you make a splash and cool off in the heat.

Tubing on the Salt River

If you're looking for a fun way to stay cool this summer, hop on a tube, and take a ride down the Salt River. On this 200-mile river, you can enjoy a refreshing, natural lazy river while enjoying the scenic views. Many of the locals and tourist love to flock toward the Lower Salt River in Mesa as a great way beat the harsh Arizona Sun. Bring your own tubes or schedule a tour with one of the many Salt River Tour Companies in Mesa. If you are just visiting, we highly recommend going on a tour, so you don’t have to make the hike back up to your car once you have reached the end.

Visit Six Flags Hurricane Harbor:

Make your summer even cooler by spending the day at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Dubbed Arizona’s Largest Water Park, Hurricane Harbor Phoenix is a great way to make a splash this summer. Enjoy various pools, waterslides, water coasters, wave pools, and water playgrounds across the park. This is a great adventure for all ages but if you are bringing someone who doesn’t quite enjoy the water, we recommend you reserve a cabana so they can stay out of the harsh summer sun.

Paddleboard Tempe Town Lake

Phoenix has plenty of lakes and rivers, but one of Phoenix's favorite physiques of water is Tempe Town Lake. Tried and tested by locals and visitors alike, stand up paddleboarding can be a fun and active way to stay cool during the heat of the summer. There are multiple rental companies around the lake where you can rent a paddle board for your lake adventure. Many of these water sports rental companies also offer other watercraft like kayaks, pedal boats, electric boats, and donut boats if you are not the most skilled paddleboarder.

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Rent a Boat on One of the Many Beautiful Lakes

Take a load off and relax on the water with a rented boat on one of the many beautiful lakes in the area. Lake Pleasant, Saguaro Lake, Apache Lake, and Canyon Lake are just a few options to choose from. Don’t trust yourself to drive a boat? No worries at all! Each of these lakes has a tour boat available where you can lay back and relax without having to worry about the other lakegoers.

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Sip and Splash at Maya Day Club

Phoenix has its share of wet n' wild water parks, but Maya Day + Nightclub brings the club experience to the pool. This place offers an unparalleled party experience that isn't just limited to poolside frolicking, it extends indoors, with tons of events, DJ sets, and even private cabanas. This is a great place to go if you are at a bachelor or bachelorette party or just to celebrate your birthday during the summer!


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Despite the rising temperature, Phoenix still offers plenty of things to do that can make your summer unforgettable. From tubing on the Salt River to renting boats on the beautiful lakes, Phoenix offers a unique experience for every visitor. To take part in one of these amazing water activities this summer, browse one of our Phoenix Valley Vacation Rentals!