Karen Heffren / Desert TravelingMom

Who says you can’t surf in the desert? The Kierland FlowRider opened last year at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s the first of its kind in Arizona and one of the main reasons why I think the Westin Kierland rocks for kids and anyone else that loves to have fun.

The Kierland FlowRider

The Kierland FlowRider has two jets that push out almost 30,000 gallons of water per minute to simulate a wave. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about falling because the bottom of the FlowRider is similar to a trampoline and helps absorb impacts.DestinationReview

The second best thing? The water is heated in the winter making the FlowRider a year-round activity. (Year-round for most people but not this native desert girl who needs to be sweating before I’ll swim.) I didn’t try it on our visit in March but we have plans to return in August when our “dry heat” will be in full effect and I will be dying to surf.

We did have crazy friends who willingly tried it despite the unusually cold weather – the high was only 40 degrees that day! Our crazy surfers looked cold waiting in between rides but said the water was definitely warm enough for surfing. They had a blast and you don’t have to take my word for it – check out this awesome video from our visit:

The Adventure Water Park in Scottsdale, Arizona

The FlowRider is located within the Adventure Water Park, which also boasts of a 900 foot lazy river and 110 foot water slide. We experienced both water features last fall. The lazy river was definitely a great way to cool off on a hot day. The water slide was fun but not too extreme and would be a hit with most kids. There’s also a shallow, zero entry pool and fountains for little kids to splash around in. I love that their water park has fun for kids of all ages.

Adults-Only Pool

As a mom, I sometimes feel the urge to temper my kids’ excitement when there is a grouchy adult sunbathing nearby. Luckily the Westin Kierland offers the Aguamiel Pool which is adult only when the Adventure Park is open. The Aguamiel Pool is open 24 hours a day so kids are welcome when the Adventure Park is closed.


Karen Heffren / Desert TravelingMom

We were pleasantly surprised by the food poolside at the Kierland Resort, it is more than just bar style food. We enjoyed several things including the guacamole and chips, quesadillas, and chopped salad. Our favorite dish though was the fish tacos – they were freshly made and delicious with a unique jicama and watermelon salsa.

What You Need to Know

Only guests of the Westin Kierland can ride the Kierland FlowRider and additional costs apply. Both the FlowRider and water slide have a 42” minimum height requirement.

Disclosure: The Westin Kierland hosted my family for review purposes. All opinions are my own.