Whatever your age, it’s hard to beat a day out at a water park. For toddlers, young children and teenagers alike, a trip to the water park brings with it a guarantee of fun and excitement. For parents, the chance to unwind and relax is hard to beat.
Visitors planning a trip to Orlando, Florida, will find that the splashing fun they seek is in no short supply. Unsurprising, the “Theme Park Capital of the World” has its fair share of water parks for visitors to enjoy.
Here is a look at the best water parks in Orlando.
Wet n Wild Orlando Water Park
Opened in 1977, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando has the distinction of being America’s first water park.
Located on International Drive, Orlando’s famed tourist strip, the park is home to a slew of waterslides, including multi-person slides. Head-to-head racing is available for those looking to pump up the adrenaline, while a lazy river is better suited to those looking to unwind beneath the Florida sunshine.
Over the past 30-plus years, millions of visitors have gotten a kick out of their trips to Wet ‘n Wild. That will change in 2016 – the park is scheduled to close its doors for the final time on December 31.
Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Water Park
Owned and operated by SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica opened in 2008 and has subsequently provided visitors with a mixture of water rides and animal entertainment. In addition to eight thrill rides, the park also houses dolphins and tortoises. Adults will likely prefer the park’s cabanas, ideal for sipping a cocktail in the afternoon.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Located in Lake Buena Vista, which itself serves as a suburb of Orlando, the Lagoon Water Park is the first of two water parks found within the Walt Disney World Resort. Opened in 1989, the water park features 11 thrill rides and a host of other attractions.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Opening in 1995, Beach Water Park serves as a sister park to the Lagoon Water Park. Its attractions include Mount Gushmore, considered to be one of the world’s largest and fastest water slides. Rafts and body mats are quickly snatched up across the park as children and adults alike enjoy the rides. A special children’s pool, complete with child-sized slides, is ideal for younger visitors, while the white sands entice adults to sunbathe.
CoCo Key Water Resort
Situated on International Drive, a few miles from Wet ‘n Wild, the CoCo Key Water Resort is a somewhat more low-key affair than its globally branded compatriots. Make no mistake though, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. 14 slides and four pools await visitors, while the hotel resort makes for some conveniently positioned accommodation.
Thanks to its status as a major tourist hub, visitors planning a trip to any of these water parks in Orlando will find no shortage of accommodation options. The Orlando metropolitan area is home to thousands of hotels, many of which can be found right on International Drive, just minutes from all the fun. Of course, with some of the world’s super-theme parks in close proximity, parents will find no shortage of other activities for their children.