10 Best Pools in Metro Phoenix

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Summer in Phoenix means swimming.

There are plenty of reasons to love Phoenix in the summer, many of which begin and end at the pool. From wave pools to whirlpools, water slides to waterfalls, lazy rivers to high-energy dance parties, the Valley offers a top-notch selection of outdoor oases. Step out of your plastic kiddie pool and slather on the sunscreen, because we're about to dive into the 10 best pools in metro Phoenix.

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Courtesy of Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Resort
9800 Talking Stick Way in Scottsdale

Despite its lack of triple-story water slides and faux-rock waterfalls, Talking Stick Resort manages to keep the 21-and-over kids coming thanks to Release, its weekly pool party. This Saturday and Sunday social event happening at The Pool is the place to get tanned and tipsy with no cover, private cabanas and daybeds with bottle service, traveling DJs, and cheaper drinks than you'll find at many other Scottsdale soirees. For those looking to let off steam in a more subdued environment, Talking Stick also offers a shallow Lounge Pool and a family-friendly West Pool.

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Big Surf Waterpark
1500 North McClintock Drive in Tempe

Since 1969, Big Surf has been bringing in the big crowds with water-based attractions that are few and far between in the Valley, including the Waikiki Beach Wave Pool, a 2.5-million-gallon wave pool that serves as a surf substitute for landlocked locals. Whether you're testing the water with the kids at Bora Bora Bay and the Otter Slides, or taking your adrenaline to the next level with high-speed rides like the Hurricane Slides, the Black Hole, Tornado Twisters, White Serpentine Slide, or the Mauna Kea Zip Line, Big Surf serves up a little something for everyone in the summer.

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Maya Day & Nightclub
7333 East Indian Plaza in Scottsdale

Since it opened its doors in April 2013, Maya Day & Nightclub has been making a big splash in the Scottsdale club scene thanks to world-renowned music acts, massive parties, scantily clad staff, and more alcohol than you can shake a pool noodle at. Whether you're shelling out cash for exclusive bottle service, sipping their signature Deep Blue Fishbowl cocktail, or slipping on a skimpy bikini, a meetup at Maya is all about making waves. For a look at upcoming parties and events, visit the Maya Day & Nightclub website.

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Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
2400 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix

You don't have to have a degree in design or harbor a love of Arizona history to appreciate the water-based amenities that the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa has to offer. This luxury oasis in central Phoenix features stunning architecture, poolside food and drinks, a 92-foot water slide, new poolside cabanas with Wi-Fi, dive-in movies come sunset on Friday and Saturday, and a multitude of pools. From the large-scale Paradise Pool to the private Catalina pool, the Arizona Biltmore Resort ranks high on the list of poolside staycation destinations.

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Courtesy of the Clarendon Hotel and Spa

The Clarendon Hotel & Spa
401 West Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix
602- 252-7363

Central Phoenicians have a certain soft spot for the cozy poolside accommodations at The Clarendon. Located in the center of the boutique hotel, the Oasis Pool serves as a strong focal point for guests and visitors alike, with bright mosaic tiling with 24-karat gold and platinum accents, decorative fountains, blooming foliage, and a glass water wall. Here, guests can enjoy a refreshing margarita while they alternate between taking dips in the main pool complete with underwater speakers and water jets, or the 50-person Hydro Spa.

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