The best pools and water parks in the Valley

This week's forecast showed 100+ degrees days each day, making at least one day at the pool all the more necessary.

The Valley is dotted with pools and water parks to help desert dwellers escape the heat. Some pools are free, others come at a price. Some come with happy hour deals, others come with slides and thrills.

There’s a pool for everyone and every occasion - you just have to know where to find them. Below are pools and parks around the Valley that are worth checking out.

For the weekday getaway: OH Pool at the Valley Ho

This retro-chic, luxurious hotel pool is free and open to the public every day with the exception of Saturdays and holiday weekends. Enjoy live music and weekly specials such as Rosé Fridays starting June 9 and lasting through September and Recovery Sundays when you can get poolside brunch.

6850 East Main Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

For a happy hour deal: The pools at Saguaro Hotel


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If you purchase a six-month or year membership to the pools at Saguaro Hotel you can enjoy two pools (chilled for the summer and heated for the winter), a complimentary night at the hotel and a 20 percent discount off all food and beverages. Enjoy happy hour deals and drinks by the pitcher from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There are weekly events too, some open to non-members with a cover charge, including a paddleboard yoga class every Thursday night. The six-month membership costs $200 and the year membership costs $300.

4000 North Drinkwater Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

For the kids: Wet n’ Wild

Wet n’ Wild is one of Arizona’s largest theme park. It spreads over 35 acres and has over 30 attractions. There are slides and rides for children of all ages. Kiddos will enjoy the new interactive play park, Barefootin’ Bay, while the adventure seekers will find thrilling slides with names such as “Maximum Velocity” and the “Constrictor” more up their alley. Daily admission is a bit pricey ($33 per person), but buying a season pass will save you if you plan on going more than twice this summer. Going to the park after 4 p.m. and swimming under the stars will also save you some cash- twilight admission is $20. The park is now open daily for the summer from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Road
Glendale, Arizona 85310

For the whole family: Oasis Water Park at the Arizona Grand Resort

Although this water park is not open to the public, it does make for an awesome staycation the whole family can enjoy. Kids (and kids at heart) will flock to the lazy river, wave pool and water slide that reaches up to eight stories high. The private cabanas offer some serenity for the parent off duty. Tip: book a cabana in advance since there is limited availability.

8000 S Arizona Grand Parkway
Phoenix, Arizona 85044

For the trendsetter: The Oasis Pool at the Clarendon Hotel

With its stylish seating and colorful pool tiles, the trendsetter is bound to get the perfect Instagram at this pool. The pool also has modern amenities such as underwater speakers and cabanas with flat screen TVs. The pool is open daily 6 a.m to 10 p.m. Non-hotel guests can enjoy the pool for $10 per day Monday-Thursday and $25 Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

401 West Clarendon Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013

For the Vegas lover: Maya

Gone are the days you had to road trip to Vegas for epic pool parties. If you like big crowds and live DJ sets and prefer to drink cocktails by the fishbowl, this is the place. Throngs of party lovers head to this “day club” every Saturday and Sunday beginning at noon.

7333 E Indian Plaza
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

For the workaholic who needs to relax: Lustre Rooftop

In the middle of the downtown Phoenix skyline, workaholics will find the Lustre rooftop bar and pool at the Hotel Palomar. Those looking to get lost in a book while simultaneously catching a tan can lounge. Those looking for some food and drink can head to the bar. There is a happy hour every Monday-Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and free poolside Yoga every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Tip: If you plan to be there on a Friday night you can see fireworks launched from Chase Field after every Friday home game.

2 East Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ, 85004

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