Arizona is known primarily as an arid locale, but offers a surprising array of aquatic activities, anything from serene boat tours to white-water rafting.
Desert Belle Cruises
DB offers 90-minute narrated boat tours of serene, picturesque Saguaro Lake. During the cruise, riders can see panoramic vistas and desert wildlife. The boat also can serve as a private event venue for anything from weddings to birthday parties. DB Boat Tours is usually highly crowded, so make sure you order your tickets ahead on their website. Check out groupon for great deals.
Riverbound Sports offers standup paddleboard rental which allows a new perspective of the numerous lakes in the region.
Arizona River Runners
The Grand Canyon is one of the most notable spots in Arizona and this company offers a unique view from the river at the bottom of the canyon, as well as hikes throughout the area.
Hidden Canyon Kayak
This company offers kayak tours of Lake Powell as well as camping, adjacent to Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona.
Skoony’s Lake Powell Adventure
If you are in Page and would prefer a powerboat experience to making your own way, this company offers a variety of activities during a tour of Lake Powell, such as wakeboarding.
While exploring Sedona, one of the most popular spots in Arizona, this company can offer you canyoneering and kayak experiences.
Rubba Duck Safari
The underrated area of Lake Havasu City and its eponymous lake can be explored via a guided small boat tour.
The Dolly Steamboat
Tortilla Flat is a very small town near the Superstition Mountains and Canyon Lake and was once a stagecoach stop. The nearby lake can explored via steamboat which offers a calm way to see the mountainous area.
Salt River Tubing
Located near Mesa, tubing the Salt River is a very popular activity during the summer months when this company operates their equipment rental and transport business along the Salt River.
Castles and Coasters
This popular theme park in Phoenix offers the expected theme park rides, as well as bumper boats and a log flume.
This Mesa-located theme park is more water-based and offers bumper boats and a variety of water slides.
Big Surf Waterpark
Located in Tempe, this waterpark offers a wide variety of water slides and a large wave pool.
Arizona is known for having a hot, dry climate but statewise, from north to south and east to west, features a surprising array of aquatic activities, ranging from water park fare to kayaking and everything in between.