Waterparks are the perfect way to cool down on a hot day, and if you or your family are traveling to Florida at any point, they are almost a necessity. Giving yourself and your kids a beautiful pool, slides, and splash park can make hot days bearable and so much fun, especially when they are either included with your room rate or available at a low and accessible daily rate.
While the beach is a hot point for anyone going to Florida, there is a limit to how much sea salt and sand you can handle, and when you want a change of pace, a waterpark is a perfect way to go about it. By choosing a resort that has its own on-site waterpark, you can ensure that the fun in the sun is right on your doorstep, and with these top 10 waterpark resorts to consider, you cannot go wrong.
1. Shipwreck Island Water Park
This pirate-themed water park in Kissimmee is fun for all ages and features exciting slides and a lazy river.
Westgate Vacation Villas & Town Center Resort is a water park resort that offers big fun for a great price. One of the biggest draws to this Kissimmee resort is, of course, its water park. For a great low rate, you can add admission to the water park for your whole family and have thrilling, pirate-themed fun in the sun.
As a full resort, you will also have the ability to use their basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts, rent a bicycle or boat, use the game room, play games like shuffleboard or mini-golf, and use top amenities like the fitness center.
As for the water park itself, you’ll be able to relax poolside or on the lazy river while your kids have access to fun activities like slides and even the Pirate’s Plunge drop slide. Single-day admission starts at $20, with under 3s going free. Active military day rates start at $15.
2. Sun Splash Family Waterpark
This budget-friendly water park is perfect for families looking to escape the summer heat and features a variety of slides suitable for all ages.
This waterpark is perfect for those on a tight budget and who are looking for an easy way to escape the summer heat. The park itself is 14 acres and costs less than $20 per person for the day. There are playgrounds and activities to suit everyone in the family. For the little ones, there is Tot Spot which has fun interactive water toys and mini slides. For older children and adults, there are fun thrill rides like Cape Fear which is a 30-foot darkened tunnel slide, or Power Surge, a five-story slide that features a steep, thrill-inducing drop. For those looking for something more relaxing there are various waterpark playgrounds and of course a lazy river.
3. Aquatica Orlando
This water park offers something for everyone and offers unique attractions and great fun for the whole family.
Aquatica offers everything you need for a great day out in Florida. Though tickets usually start around $95 + TAX, they offer many excellent deals throughout the year and even offer combo discounts so that you can go visit Aquatica and SeaWorld Orlando for less.
Aquatica offers some unique experiences that cannot be found anywhere else, with one notable ride being The Dolphin Plunge. In this ride, you will speed through clear and enclosed tubes and slide right past real dolphins. Another top ride that is a huge hit with guests is Roa’s Rapids, a fast current river with high tides and geysers.
4. Weeki Wachee Springs and Buccaneer Bay
This spring-fed water park offers 72F clear water all year round and is known for its mermaid show.
You will find Weeki Wachee Springs and Buccaneer Bay 35 miles northwest of Tampa. All year round, the park is filled with spring-fed water and kept at a comfortable 72-degrees. Here you will find a great lazy river, water play area, and another great pirate-themed plunge.
Weeki Wachee Springs and Buccaneer Bay stand out, however, for their unique shows that are included in the price of your ticket. One of the biggest highlights is the mermaid show, where mermaids perform acrobatic dances in the water for guests.
5. Adventure Island
This water park is right across from Tampa’s Busch Gardens and offers a range of thrill-seeking adventures to keep the whole family cool.
Adventure Island is right across the street from Tampa’s Bush Gardens theme park. This water park offers something for everyone and has some big-ticket attractions that are sure to be a hit with your whole family. One of the biggest draws is The Colossal Curl, which is a 70-foot high adventure-themed slide that takes you through 622-feed of turns, twirls, and drops and promises guests the thrilling feeling of weightlessness.
LEGOLAND’s waterpark is a great addition to the main park and offers two large slides and a water playground featuring a fun LEGO theme.
While the waterpark isn’t the main reason why families make their way to LEGOLAND, it is a huge bonus that shouldn’t be missed. You will need to add on admission to LEGOLAND’s water park in your ticket, but in exchange, you’ll have a great way to cool down in the hot summer sun.
The entire LEGOLAND water park is, of course, LEGO-themed. The Joker Soaker offers three levels of slides and even a 300-gallon water bucket. For those looking for a water playground, look no further than Splash Safari, and for those looking for a lazy river, you’ll have a great time at LEGOLAND’s Build-A-Raft River, where you will be able to create your own raft with inflatable LEGO pieces.
7. Rapids Water Park
This water park is located near West Palm Beach and features 30 acres of water-filled fun.
Rapids Water Park is a South Florida favorite jam-packed with things to do in its 30-acre water park and is perfect for those seeking thrills. This water park features 35 slides, including two slides that feature seven-story drops.
While there are rides for everyone, those looking to push the envelope and try new thrills will love Big Thunder. This slide includes a 45-degree drop in a dark tunnel that gives guests the feeling of total weightlessness.
For those who are too young or aren’t looking for those kinds of thrills, Barefootin Bay is the perfect place for wholesome family fun. Have a water fight with one of the many interactive sprayers, or use other interactive elements to create a super splash.
8. Universal’s Volcano Bay
Universal’s water park, Volcano Bay, is most known for its volcano centerpiece that offers great lagoon views and features cascading waterfalls.
While Universal Studios has no shortage of thrill rides and fun going in the height of summer will mean that you will want to take a break when it gets too hot to cool off at Universal’s Volcano Bay. At the center of this water park is a massive volcano with cascading waterfalls. Dip and cool off in the lagoon or enjoy one of the several water slides or the Krakatau Aqua Coaster that takes you on a water thrill ride through the inside of the volcano.
9. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
One of Disney World’s water parks is Typhoon Lagoon, which is infamous for its Surf Pool and 362,000-gallon saltwater reef.
Disney World has two water parks. The first on this list is Typhoon Lagoon, which features a 362,000-gallon saltwater reef that allows guests to snorkel and see exotic fish and coral right up close without having to enter the ocean itself. Other top attractions include the Surf Pool, a 6-foot wave surfing experience that is perfect for those who want to try their hand at surfing the waves.
10. Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Disney World’s other water park is Blizzard Beach, which follows the fun theme with Mount Gushmore and its top attraction, Summit Plummet.
The second water park in Disney World is Blizzard Beach, which takes the ski theme to the water. Here you will be able to ride a ski lift to the top of one of a 120-foot water slides (one of the tallest in the world), where you will slide down and reach top speeds of 55mph. Though this is a key highlight, there are attractions to suit all ages, from Tikes Peak for little kids all the way to the Slush Gusher for teens and adults.