Water Parks in Florida
What better way to cool off in the Sunshine State than to make a beeline for a water park?
Whilst the kids have fun splashing away, adults can lounge around soaking up Florida’s most famous feature: the sunshine.
There’s no shortage of choice when it comes to choosing a water park in Florida. Wherever you are in the state, or wherever you’re planning to visit, an exhilarating water park is sure to be within touching distance.
Read on for a look at the top water parks in Florida.
Water parks in North Florida
Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park (Destin, FL) boasts a wide range of slides and rides. Children can enjoy body slides, tube slides and even a rubber dinghy slide. Adults can unwind in a cabana.
Shipwreck Island (Panama City Beach, FL) has been entertaining water enthusiasts since 1983. Alongside white-knuckle slides, guests can enjoy a lazy river 2000-ft in length, a playground made out like a pirate shipwreck and a children’s activity pool.
Uniquely, Buccaneer Bay (Weeki Wachee Spring, FL) features natural spring waters. Whilst they may be cooler than expected, it’s hard not to feel refreshed as you enjoy the park’s slides and rides.
Water parks in South Florida
Rapids Water Park (West Palm Beach, FL) is one of the Sunshine State’s favorite water parks. The park features 35 slides, some of which are seven stories high. A wave pool serves up six-foot-high waves, as well as smaller breaks.
Grapeland Water Park and Jungle Island (both located in Miami) are ideal choices for visitors to South Beach and Miami. The two parks each offer an assortment of rides, slides and attractions, all of which promise a thrilling time.
Water parks in West Florida
Located across the street from Busch Gardens, Adventure Islands (Tampa, FL) has been in operation for more than three decades. Whilst it may be smaller than other water parks in Florida, it still packs a punch when it comes to entertainment. Few leave without a smile on their face.
The Sun-N-Fun Lagoon (Naples, FL) hosts five waterslides, a lazy river more than 1000-ft in length, and a number of toddler-friendly features. Want to swim laps? You can do just that in the lap pool.
Water parks in Orlando
When it comes to water parks in Florida, the tourist hub of Orlando requires a section all of its own. The theme park-filled city houses no fewer than five major water parks.
Wet n’ Wild Orlando is the oldest of the city’s water parks, having opened in 1977. In fact, it’s considered America’s first water park. Visitors can enjoy mat slides, tube slides, body slides and more.
With the world-famous Walt Disney World located in Orlando, it should come as no surprise that Disney has its own water parks. Situated in Lake Buena Vista, in the suburbs, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach are wildly popular with locals and internationals alike.
The CoCo Key Beach Resort features a wide range of rides and attractions. It also houses its own hotel complex, something serious water park goers may want to consider.
Finally, Aquatica Orlando offer guests an opportunity to enjoy water rides and marine life. Owned and operated by SeaWorld, dolphins and tortoises are amongst the marine life on display here.