Looking for a great way to cool down in the beautiful sunshine state? Here in Orlando, we have plenty of amazing water parks to keep you cool all year long! There are tons of fun activities to do at each water park, and are all perfect to bring the whole family to enjoy! Here are some of our favorite water parks in Orlando.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
Typhoon Lagoon is one of Disney’s incredible water parks that is themed after a storm-ravaged tropical bay. Come catch some waves with a continuous stream of swells in North America’s largest wave pool. There are tons of great water slides and water coasters including the Crush’n’Gusher as well! This includes three 400-foot-long tube slides called the Pineapple Plunger, Coconut Crusher, or Banana Blaster!
There is also a thrilling whitewater adventure ride called Miss Adventure Falls. However, are you brave enough to take on Mayday Falls? It is the park’s highest and longest single-rider tube slide!
If you feel like relaxing, grab a tube and float around on Castaway Creek, a calm, lazy river ride that curves through the entire park. There’s also Ketchakiddee Creek, a mini water park area dedicated to the little ones in your party! In addition to all of the water rides, there are also a lot of great food options. Typhoon Lagoon is open year-round but does temporarily close for a short refurbishment during the winter.
Universal’s Volcano Bay
Volcano Bay is Universal’s fun and adventurous water park that is themed around a Polynesian/South Pacific oasis. The water park is split into four sections, with the center a giant, 200-foot-tall Krakatau volcano. In the Rainforest Village, there are plenty of exciting water slides including Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides, Punga Racers, Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides, and more! There’s also a thrilling rafting ride called Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides. You can also take a refreshing dip in the Puka Uli Lagoon.
At Wave Village, there’s Waturi Beach and the Reef where you can relax, or if you are up for an adventure, try the Ko’okiri Body Plunge. At River Village, there’s a great, relaxing lazy river called Kopiko Wai Winding River. Younger guests will enjoy this area because of the Tot Tiki Reef alone! If you are ready for a huge thrill, definitely ride the Krakatau Aqua Coaster – it is built into the humongous volcano!
One of the coolest things about Volcano Bay, however, is the TapuTapu. It’s wearable technology in the form of a wristband that allows you to tap your band against any designated ride totem, giving you a time to return so you don’t have to wait in line!
Disney’s Blizzard Beach
Blizzard Beach is another one of Disney’s famous water parks that is themed around a “melting” ski resort in the middle of Florida! Feeling adventurous? Plummet down Mount Gushmore – one of the tallest and fastest free-fall body slides in the world! For another wild time, try the Runoff Rapids – a unique inner-tube water slide!
There’s also Toboggan Racers, an 8-lane waterslide where you race to the bottom, which is great for some friendly competition between family or friends! For the little ones in your party, there’s Tikes Peak. This is a polar-themed play area with waterslides for kids, and plenty of other fun water activities! There are many different places here to grab a good meal too. Right now, Blizzard Beach is closed for refurbishment but will be opening again soon!
Aquatica is Sea World’s fun and exhilarating water park! There are plenty of adventure-packed water rides here such as Reef Plunge – a 330-foot-long water slide that will take you through an underwater habitat filled with dolphins, leopard sharks, sardines, and more! There is also Riptide Race, which is the world’s tallest dueling water coaster! On KareKare Curl, you’ll twist and wind and experience an amazing feeling of weightlessness on this wave shaped ride. There is also a new family waterslide called Ray Rush that’s making quite a splash over at this park!
What makes Aquatica so unique is that there are two giant side by side wave pools! There are also plenty of drop slides, a lazy river, and even Kata’s Kookaburra Cove – a place for your little ones to have some fun! Aquatica has some of the most thrilling water rides out of any waterpark in Orlando!
Coco Key Water Resort
Coco Key is not only a resort, but also a giant water park! Spanning 54,000 square feet, this canopy covered water park is home to 14 water slides and rides and it even has a 6,500 square foot arcade! There are plenty of fun waterslides like Boomerango, a double tube water slide, Surfer’s Splash, Over the Falls (a fun body slide), Parrot’s Perch, and more! There’s also a special lagoon designed especially for the little ones in your party, and all guests 36 inches and under receive complimentary admission! For the adults in your party, there is a tiki bar where you can grab a cocktail and relax. There are also two on-site restaurants because all that fun will certainly make you work up an appetite.
Island H2O Live!
Island H2O Live is a completely one-of-a-kind, interactive water park that is a part of Margaritaville Resort Orlando. The water park is completely themed around social media, in fact, the rides are little nods to it! There are over 20 different experiences, including exciting drop slides, a wave pool, a lazy river, a children’s area, and a pool just for adults! Island H2O is interactive, and you can earn points for merchandise and food discounts while having fun playing games and enjoying the experiences! Live Streaming is a very thrilling body slide that will leave you wanting more! Hashtag Heights is a boomerang tube ride that will leave you feeling weightless! Other rides include Profile Plunge, Drop Down, Follow Me Falls, The Downloader, Reply Racers, and many more! This is such a fun experience and should not be missed!
Although there are many fun things to do in Orlando, sometimes it is nice to make a splash and cool down! These water parks are a lot of fun and have something for everyone to do. Maybe you want to relax and take a peaceful ride down the lazy river, or maybe you are up for a thrilling adventure and want to go on a high-speed drop slide! There are kiddie pools at all these water parks, so it is fun for all ages!
Have you ever been to any of these water parks? Which is your favorite?
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