Splash into Summer at AAA’s Top Resort Pools for Families

Week one of AAA’s Summer Travel Series

Phoenix, May 9, 2013. Trying to keep the family entertained and cool during the summer can prove to be a challenge for parents in Arizona. Fortunately, our state is home to several AAA Four and Five Diamond-rated family-friendly pools. For week one of AAA’s annual Summer Travel Series, the full-service travel agency is revealing its picks for top local pools for families.

“Staying in town and enjoying the amenities our state has to offer is a summer mainstay,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public relations, who also oversees the AAA Diamond program for Arizona. “We’ve got a plethora of the best pools in the country right here in our backyard – many go above and beyond to cater to families and deliver summer fun.”

To help Arizonans decide where to play and stay this summer, AAA Travel experts are revealing their picks for top local pools for families:


• The Oasis Water Park at the Arizona Grand Resort. Voted one of the Top 10 Resort Water Parks by the Travel Channel, this AAA Four Diamond resort in Phoenix is one of the country’s largest resort water parks. The 7-acre water park features three eight-story water slides that send guests down at speeds up to 35 mph, wave pools with weekend “dive-in” movies, lazy river tubing that winds through the park, a giant hot tub and a children’s water play area. AAA rates start at $224 per night.* 

• Sonoran Splash at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. This luxurious AAA Five Diamond property in Scottsdale has something for every member of the family. Sonoran Splash features two, 200-foot waterslides, which turns into a techno waterslide featuring fog, disco lights and music during the weekend nights. Guests also can enjoy family-appropriate “dive-in” movies. Adults seeking a quieter reprieve can retreat to the large adult pool and enjoy poolside dining. AAA rates start at $229 per night.*

•FlowRider and Adventure Pool at the Westin Kierland Resort. This AAA Four Diamond property recently introduced FlowRider, which offers the look of surfing, the ride of snowboarding, the tricks of skateboarding, and boards derived from wakeboarding. The attraction complements the resort’s Adventure Pool which has a 110-foot water slide and 900-foot winding lazy river. Adult guests can also relax in the Aguamiel pool or reserve private cabanas at either pool. AAA rates start at $129 per night.*

• Desert Springs Oasis at The Hilton El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort. With the Pusch mountain range serving as a picturesque backdrop, guests at this AAA Four Diamond property just north of Tucson enjoy a variety of water features to play in. Kids will love the 143-foot “Sliderock” waterslide, and smaller ones will enjoy the fish-shaped children’s pool, with interactive water features in the tail. Those who tire of the slide can relax in the hot springs and the waterfall-fed cold plunge. AAA rates start at $144 per night.*

“Whether you’re looking to beat the heat by relaxing and refreshing, or having fun and folly, these pools offer up something for the whole family to enjoy,” Gorman said. 

AAA has been inspecting and approving lodgings for 75 years. Annually, AAA evaluates more than 58,000 lodging establishments and restaurants, and rates them on a scale of One to Five Diamonds. Visit aaa.com/travel for more information.

AAA Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and auto travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. 

*Rates are subject to availability.