Here in Tucson, there’s only one water park that is open to the general public and it’s located in Marana (which is a growing town on the outskirts of Tucson). Growing up in Arizona, I remember that there also used to be a place called Justin’s WaterWorld in Tucson, but that’s been closed down now for a very long time. There’s also smaller water parks, like the Oro Valley Aquatic Center, which I’d like to visit this summer. And having lived in Rancho Sahuarita, we’ve been able to experience the community water park, which is pretty amazing.
My husband and I try to take our son to Breakers at least once during the summer, usually when we are able to snag a Groupon. We decided to take advantage of the cloud cover today and put our Groupon to use. I’ll admit that, despite living in Tucson for approximately 20 years, I had never been to Breakers until my son was almost 3 years old. We decided to give it a try last summer, and my son liked the children’s water area, which has several smaller slides and a splash pad. As for me and my husband, visiting the water park is like stepping back in time – to the 1980s.
This picture just cracks me up!
I think the clouds kept the larger crowds away. When we went to Breakers last summer, it was very crowded. Here are pictures from the children’s area, with the different slides.
My son enjoys the water, but he’s still cautious, so it takes him a while to warm up.
He really likes the wave pool so we rent inner tubes to take him out on the wave pool (with us accompanying him).
For the adults and the older kids, there are larger slides. I’ve yet to experience them, but my husband likes to try them out whenever we go. He said that the slide in the picture below was a little more intense than it looked – the inner tube actually rotated while he was on the slide!
It was a fun morning but unfortunately we had to cut it a little short when it started sprinkling!
Know Before You Go
Here are a few tips if you decide to go to Breakers. It’s less crowded when the park opens for the day. So if you can, try to plan your visit first thing when it opens. Not only are the wait times minimal for the slides, but so are the wait lines to rent inner tubes and to buy food at the concession stand. There’s also a separate line for people who purchase groupons – the line is a lot shorter! We made the mistake of standing in the regular line the first time we went because there weren’t any signs indicating that people who purchased groupons didn’t have to wait in the regular line. This time, we knew better 😉 It’s also best to rent the inner tubes as soon as you arrive at the park. Single inner tubes were $6 each, but if you returned them with the wristband, they will give you $2 back.
Also, the water park needs improvement. The entrance to the water park is basically a dirt road, and the parking lot isn’t paved either. The children’s water area also has little rocks and pebbles, which makes it difficult to walk around. It is also overpriced for what it offers, but if you have a Groupon, the visit is easier to justify.