Best Central Florida Water Parks Guide: Make a Splash Now!

Dolphin Swim at Discovery Cove (© Discovery Cove)

Grab your swimsuit and get ready for a wet 'n wild adventure! Orlando's spectacular water parks offer refreshing oases for aquatic fun in the sunny Central Florida climate. From surfing beaches to rainforest rivers, these family-friendly parks pack heart-pumping waterslides, wave pools, lazy rivers, and more. Read on for your guide to Orlando's best watery playgrounds.

Orlando is home to some of the world's top water park resorts. At Universal's Volcano Bay, thrill-seekers can brave intense rides like the Ko'okiri Body Plunge, while younger kids frolic at Waturi Beach. Disney makes a splash with Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. And SeaWorld's Aquatica delights with rides like Ihu's Breakaway Falls, one of the tallest, steepest waterslides anywhere!

From lazy rivers to raging rapids rides, Orlando's water parks offer acres of wet and wild attractions. Cool off gliding down a winding river at Discovery Cove’s Wind-Away River or drift through Aquatica's Loggerhead Lane. Make a splash tackling Typhoon Lagoon's Crush 'n' Gusher with its jets, drops, and loops. Catch waves up to six feet high at Disney's Blizzard Beach, or conquer one of the world's tallest free-fall speed slides at Volcano Bay. The aquatic options are endless!

Thrills for All Ages

Orlando's water parks offer entertainment options for everyone. Little tykes will love imagination-filled kids' areas like Castaway Falls at Adventure Island (opening Spring 2024). Pre-teens can climb aboard family raft rides like Miss Adventure Falls at Typhoon Lagoon. Teens will find extreme slides and surf-inspired wave pools. And adults can relax at swim-up bars or private cabanas. With fun at every age, these parks promise adventure for the whole family.

Themed Worlds of Watery Wonder

Beyond the slides and waves, Orlando's water parks immerse you in imaginative worlds. At Typhoon Lagoon, a storm-stranded fishing boat and lush tropics set the scene. Blizzard Beach brings to life a melting ski resort with an alpine lodge. Volcano Bay features a 200-foot volcano centrepiece, and Aquatica impresses with immersive details like white sand beaches. With each park telling a unique story, the adventure starts as soon as you arrive.

Don't Miss the New 2024 Attractions

This year brings exciting new additions to Orlando's famous water parks. At SeaWorld's Aquatica, check out Tassie's Underwater Twist with see-through tubes that swirl you through an aquarium. And at Adventure Island, Castaway Falls debuts kid-sized slides, geysers, and splash zones. With new attractions, there are even more ways to soak up the aquatic action.

As the Florida sun heats up, stay cool at Orlando's amazing water parks. With thrill rides, family fun, themed worlds, and new attractions, these parks offer the perfect place to make a splash. So grab those water wings and prepare to get doused with some wet 'n wonderful fun!

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With a prime Kissimmee location, SeaWorld and Universal Studios are only 20 minutes away without needing to drive on congested Interstate 4. Getting to and from the parks is a breeze! Our villa also provides easy access to attractions like Adventure Island and the LEGOLAND Florida Water Park.

Plus, you can take midday breaks back at the villa to recharge between morning and evening water park sessions. Little ones tire easily in the Florida sun, so heading back lets them rest up for more splash-filled adventures.

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Central Florida Water Parks

With world-famous theme parks and endless attractions, Orlando is an amusement capital known to delight kids of all ages. But it's the incredible water parks that provide the biggest thrills and make the biggest splashes each summer. Luckily, Central Florida serves up a huge choice of incredible water parks to get your fill of aquatic action.

In the Kissimmee area alone, you’ll find plenty of exhilarating water parks within a short drive. They range from massive parks with heart-racing mega-rides to more low-key spots focused on younger kids. With so many options, you could easily spend a week bouncing between the slides, rapids, and relaxing rivers across the various parks.

The larger Orlando resorts like Disney and Universal operate their own wildly popular water parks. Disney's two water parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, are beautifully themed and packed with family fun. Experience crashing surf on the enormous wave pools or dip into tropical relaxation on a lush lazy river.

At Universal's Volcano Bay water park, thrill seekers can brave intense drops like the Ko'okiri Body Plunge that zips through a volcano. This park also features a lazy river and huge wave pool for when you need a break.

Beyond the major resorts, attractions like Aquatica Orlando and Adventure Island offer additional water fun with unique slides and experiences. New slides coming in 2024 include Tassie's Underwater Twist at Aquatica, perfectly timed for summer family vacations.

Part of the beauty of Orlando's water parks is the variety and range of options. Parks like Island H2O Live! provide a modern high-tech spin, while LEGOLAND caters to families with young children. From leisurely floating to racing down enclosed slides, there are rides and attractions for all interests.

With balmy weather year-round, Orlando's water parks can provide refreshing fun even when temperatures dip in winter. Volcano Bay at Universal operates 365 days a year. Others like Adventure Island only run seasonally during the warmer months.

If the weather is particularly cold, some water parks will close for the day. Keep an eye on social media for updates.

Either way, the extensive collection of Orlando water parks ensures you can always find an open venue for aquatic action. Conveniently located across the Kissimmee area, it's easy to mix and match parks for an epic summer of water fun.

Discovery Cove

For a truly exclusive and all-inclusive water experience, Discovery Cove is a resort-water park that stands in a class of its own. This premium oasis limits admission to ensure an intimate, relaxing vibe for guests. You'll feel worlds away from the bustling Orlando crowds at this tranquil tropical paradise.

Discovery Cove features an awe-inspiring mix of natural habitats and attractions. Unique experiences like swimming alongside rays and sharks provide once-in-a-lifetime thrills. You can also opt for the highlight of swimming with dolphins in their protected lagoon.

With only 1,300 guests allowed per day, Discovery Cove maintains a peaceful ambiance. The all-inclusive admission covers all food, drinks and activities for a hassle-free visit. Unlimited snacks and meals are served at several cafes and restaurants around the park.

The centrepiece of Discovery Cove is the massive Freshwater Oasis. This swimming and snorkelling paradise features a flowing river encircling a tropical island. Wade through crystal clear springs, relax under palm trees, and float down the lazy river on a tube.

For excitement, the park's Grand Reef allows you to snorkel through an underwater world teeming with exotic fish and rays. Step it up a notch by donning a dive helmet to walk along the reef floor surrounded by sharks and tropical fish. It's an unforgettable underwater adventure for all ages.

Sea Venture at Discovery Cove

In addition to aquatic encounters, Discovery Cove offers tropical beaches, aviaries and swimming pools. The Wind-Away River provides an alternate lazy river experience. Private cabanas are available to rent for the ultimate in luxury and relaxation.

Discovery Cove is located directly beside SeaWorld Orlando, allowing easy park hopping. The tranquil atmosphere offers a relaxing respite after the hectic energy of the theme parks.

With its idyllic setting and one-of-a-kind animal experiences, Discovery Cove is a water lover's paradise. The all-inclusive package and limited capacity ensure a leisurely pace to soak up the aquatic adventures at your own speed. It's the perfect high-end choice for those seeking a luxurious water resort vacation far from the crowds.

Discovery Cove provides a VIP water experience that feels worlds apart from Orlando's big bustling parks. Here you'll find a pampering tropical oasis catering to both families and couples seeking quality time in the sun.

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Experience thrilling aquatic adventures at Universal’s Volcano Bay, Orlando’s newest and most innovative water theme park. This unique park transports visitors to the South Pacific with an immersive theme and attractions inspired by tropical islands.

At the heart of Volcano Bay lies the massive Krakatau volcano, visible throughout the park. It erupts regularly, triggering exciting effects like cascading waterfalls and billowing smoke. The 200-foot volcano also houses the star attraction, the Ko’okiri Body Plunge. This heart-pumping slide sends riders through the volcanic interior in a free-fall 70-degree drop through darkness.

In addition to pulse-pounding slides, Volcano Bay offers acres of aquatic activities for all ages. Relax amid the sparkling waters and sandy beaches of Waturi Beach. Meander through rainforest scenery as you drift along the Kopiko Wai Winding River. Choose between a tube and a floating chair whilst you enjoy this leisurely ride.

Younger kids will love the Runamukka and Tot Tiki Reefs, play areas with miniature slides and fun aquatic activities. Honu and Ika Moana offer two massive pools generating head-high waves for bodysurfing.

Convenience reigns at Volcano Bay thanks to practical innovations like TapTu Pay. Guests receive a TapuTapu wristband to pay for food and merchandise with a simple tap. It also allows virtual line access to minimise time waiting in queues.

Taniwha Tubes at Volcano Bay

The unique rides at Volcano Bay range from intense to family-friendly. Ko’okiri Body Plunge see riders drop 125 feet at 70 mph through the heart of Krakatau. The massive Honu slide winds through spiralling tubes before a zero gravity finale.

For a more relaxing glide, try the winding Kopiko Wai Winding River or the multi-person raft slide TeAwa The Fearless River. Waturi Beach and the surf pools offer leisurely aquatic fun when you need a break from the slides.

Volcano Bay offers dining at spots like Kohola Reef Restaurant and Kunuku Boat Bar. Private cabanas are available to rent for a luxurious day of relaxation in the sun. With attractions for all ages and interests, Volcano Bay provides aquatic action year-round in Orlando.

Nestled within Universal Orlando Resort, Volcano Bay makes for an exciting addition to a Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure visit. Park hopper passes allow easy access to all three parks over multiple days.

With its richly immersive theme, innovative rides and South Pacific atmosphere, Volcano Bay stands out as a uniquely thrilling Orlando water park. It encapsulates aquatic fun for the whole family with plenty of options to customise your experience.

SeaWorld’s Aquatica Orlando

Splash into a whirlwind of rides at Aquatica Orlando, SeaWorld's thrilling water park. This aquatic playground captures the atmosphere of a South Seas island, with attractions inspired by tropical waters.

Aquatica features over 42 acres packed with slides, rivers and lagoons. Popular attractions include Dolphin Plunge, which sends riders through tunnels surrounded by Commerson’s dolphins. Walhalla Wave zooms riders through enclosed tubes before a dizzying finale.

Tassie’s Underwater Twist is one of the newest additions, with side-by-side flumes perfect for racing. This 2023 addition joins other rides like KareKare Curl with swirling tunnels and the steep drops of Ihu's Breakaway Falls.

Also keep an eye out for Reef Plunge. This ride plunges guests head first through the park's new reef-themed expansion. The new 2-acre expansion will double the number of Commerson’s dolphins at the park with expanded habitats. You can view the playful dolphins close-up on a behind the scenes tour.

When you need a break from the slides, take in the spacious beaches, sparkling wave pools and meandering rivers. Adults can float and relax down Loggerhead Lane, the park's lazy river. Little ones will love the kid-sized fun at Walkabout Waters.

Ray Rush at Aquatica Orlando

Dining options run from snacks to full meals at eateries like Banana Beach Cookout and Mango Market. Free life jackets and lockers make it easy to enjoy the day hassle-free.

Aquatica is located right next door to SeaWorld, allowing visitors to easily enjoy both parks. Combination tickets are available to bounce between the water fun of Aquatica and marine encounters at SeaWorld.

With its exhilarating slides, playful dolphins and relaxing lazy river, Aquatica Orlando encapsulates water park fun for the whole family. New attractions like Reef Plunge continue to expand the aquatic offerings year after year.

Packed with wild rides that twist, turn and plunge, Aquatica provides a heart-pumping water adventure. You can also simply relax and unwind on the white sand beaches surrounding the wave pools and lagoons. Aquatica truly offers an experience for every preference.

The up close dolphin experiences create lifelong memories for animal lovers. The conservation focus around these charismatic creatures highlights SeaWorld's mission for education and care. It's a one-of-a-kind chance to make a splash while making a difference!

Aquatica Orlando brings the rhythm of the southern tropics to Central Florida. Just looking at the sparkling waters and lush scenery transports you to a sunny isle getaway. With fun splashing on every shore, Aquatica is a top choice for aquatic action.

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Experience the frosty thrills of a melting ski resort at Disney's Blizzard Beach, one of the most creatively themed water parks anywhere. Located within Walt Disney World, Blizzard Beach brings to life the story of a freak Florida snowstorm.

The resulting melted slopes and peaks become the domain for waterslides mimicking alpine adventures. From steep flume rides to a bobsled-inspired toboggan, Blizzard Beach captures all the excitement of an icy mountain resort.

The star attraction is Summit Plummet, sending guests plunging the equivalent of a 12-story free fall at 50 mph. Get ready for the impending drop as you ascend Mount Gushmore for panoramic views. You can even go to the top on a chair lift.

Families can enjoy racing down Toboggan Racers on a slippery mat, speeding alongside eight racing lanes. The Downhill Double Dipper slides offer twisting turns for double the fun. Melt-Away Bay's enormous wave pool brings rolling surf to ride.

Younger kids will love Tike's Peak, a play area packed with pint-sized slides, fountains and pools. Cool refreshment comes from private cabanas and the park’s signature ice cream shop.

Summit Plummet at Disney's Blizzard Beach

The scenic Cross Country Creek winds around the park, providing a leisurely inner tube float through icy scenery. Along the way, spot neat themed details like ski patrol rescue dogs and a crashed ski bus.

Blizzard Beach captures the spirit of winter fun in the Florida sun. From steep flume rides to a bob-sled run, the melting ski slopes offer thrills for all ages. When you need a break, unwind in the surf of Melt-Away Bay or float Cross Country Creek.

The creative theme immerses visitors in an imaginative snowy world within sunny Orlando. Disney magic brings this wintry resort concept to life through dazzling details in the decor, landscaping and attractions.

Blizzard Beach is located within Walt Disney World near the Animal Kingdom park. Park hopper passes allow entry to both Disney's water parks and four theme parks.

Since the pandemic, only one Disney water park has been open at any one time and in March 2023, Blizzard Beach closed whilst Typhoon Lagoon remained open. In November 2023, Typhoon Lagoon closed and Blizzard Beach re-opened.

With thrilling rides that evoke an alpine getaway, Disney’s Blizzard Beach offers cool waterside fun amid snowy scenery. Scream down twisting flumes, conquer the free fall Summit Plummet challenge or simply relax and float along Cross Country Creek through a wintry wonderland theme park escape.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

Escape to the tropics at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, featuring a creative theme imagining a typhoon’s aftermath on a sunken island paradise. Towering wrecked ships, storm clouds and lagoons evoke surviving a wild storm’s destruction.

At the heart of Typhoon Lagoon lies one of the world’s largest outdoor wave pools, generating enormous crashing waves. Try bodysurfing the huge swells for endless aquatic fun. Catch your breath floating along Castaway Creek's leisurely inner tube river journey.

Experience an adrenaline rush barreling down Humunga Kowabunga’s enclosed speed slides from dizzying heights at 60-degrees.

Families can enjoy racing down triple slides at Storm Slides or conquering the winding enclosed tubes of Crush ‘n’ Gusher. The littlest ones will love Ketchakiddee Creek’s interactive water jungle gym.

After working up an appetite, grab tropical-themed burgers and treats from Happy Landings Ice Cream or Leaning Palms. For the ultimate relaxation, reserve your own lakeside cabana with private attendant.

On select evenings, Typhoon Lagoon transforms into a glowing paradise for the family friendly H2O Glow After Hours Event. On event nights, catch a watery laser light show, dance party and lively DJ.

Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool

Typhoon Lagoon brings to life the enchanting story of a sunken island, with scenic lagoons, beaches and lush foliage surrounding the towering wrecked ships. Disney magic fully realises this creative backstory into an immersive tropical paradise water park.

Steps from Disney Springs and minutes from Disney's theme parks, Typhoon Lagoon combines thrilling rides and relaxation for a full day of aquatic adventure. As one of Disney World's most popular water parks, it attracts crowds seeking a taste of tropical storm excitement.

Ride the enormous waves, scream down intense slides like Humunga Cowabunga or just relax in a private cabana; there's something for everyone at Typhoon Lagoon. It's easy to see why happy guests keep streaming through the gates for a dip into this exotic island escape.

With its towering waves, winding waterslides and sunk island theme, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon dives into aquatic fun for all ages. Experience your own perfect storm in the surf, slide at top speed into lagoons, and float along streams through lush tropical scenery in this unique Disney water park.

Note that as of November 2023 Typhoon Lagoon has been closed and Disney are yet to announce when it will re-open.

LEGOLAND Florida Water Park

Make a splash at LEGOLAND Water Park, the perfect aquatic playground for families with kids ages 12 and under.

Located beside LEGOLAND Florida Theme Park, this LEGO-themed oasis offers interactive fun, slides and pools for junior water lovers. It is not possible to buy a ticket just to the water park but combo tickets allow easy access back and forth to both parks.

The LEGO theme shines through with interactive details like floating LEGO bricks in the pool, a colourful LEGO rainbow for little ones to splash under and oversized LEGO toy creations throughout the park.

Kids rule the waves at LEGOLAND with plenty of water slides and attractions designed for younger children.

Build-A-Raft River lets kids customise their own raft creation piece by piece before floating their unique craft down a lazy river. Joker Soaker zones let them run through spray grounds for fun, hands-on water play.

While LEGOLAND Water Park caters to kids, grown-ups can join in too. Relax together floating down Build-A-Raft River or try the 400-foot-long family-friendly Twin Chasers Duelling slide.

The Splash Out slides offer moderately thrilling options for parents. And when you need a break, kick back under an umbrella or in a private cabana by the LEGO Wave Pool.

LEGO Bricks at LEGOLAND Florida Water Park

LEGOLAND Water Park provides the perfect aquatic escape for families looking to make a splash with kids 12 and under. The creative theme, moderate slides and interactive areas cater well to younger children getting their feet wet.

Along with the tamer slides, jumping fountains and bucket soakers offer fun water play for little ones. Whether drifting down a river or racing down kid-sized flumes, the DUPLO-inspired theme creates a welcoming water wonderland.

Offering both wet and dry activities alongside the LEGO-themed amusement park, LEGOLAND Water Park makes an ideal destination for a family aquatic adventure.

Adventure Island

Adventure Island in Tampa Bay is a thrilling seasonal water park that perfectly complements the nearby Busch Gardens theme park. With a tropical theme, it provides fun for the whole family with a range of slides for both kids and adults.

One of the star attractions is Endless Surf, one of the world's largest wave pools that generates waves up to 6 feet high for bodyboarding fun. Thrill-seekers will love plunging down Aruba Tuba, a multi-person raft ride through exhilarating drops and twists at speeds up to 40mph. Other top slides include Caribbean Corkscrew with a spiralling enclosed tube, Water Moccasin a triple tube slide where each one is different, and Colossal Curl where you can experience weightlessness with corkscrews and waterfalls.

For the kids, Shaka-Laka Shores is a huge interactive water play area with mini-slides and fountains to explore. Wahoo! Remix is also a great starter slide for younger ones, while Rambling Bayou is a lazy river for relaxing rides around the park in tubes. Teens will enjoy Vanish Point with it’s 70 foot drop slide and the duelling saucer slide, Rapids Racer.

At Paradise Lagoon you can cliff jump into the lagoon, net climb or simply relax and unwind.

New for 2024 is Castaway Falls, with a play structure, mini-slides, tipping buckets, and water spouts. It replaces the smaller Splash Attack.

The park has plenty of dining options when you need to refuel, like the Surfside Café for burgers, salads, and chicken strips, Mango Joes with its Caribbean vibe and Hang Ten Tiki Bar with a full-service bar.

As one of Florida's first water parks, Adventure Island opened in 1980 and has been evolving ever since. Conveniently located right next to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, it allows visitors to experience both world-class theme park thrills and water park fun in the one destination.

It's only open during the summer months, so be sure to visit between March and October. With the Key West theme, palm trees, relaxing beaches and wave pools, the park really encapsulates the feeling of tropical paradise. Top it off with thrilling slides for all ages, fun eateries, and new additions like Castaway Falls, and Adventure Island is set to make a splash in 2024 as one of the best water parks in Florida.

Island H2O Live! Waterpark

Make a splash at Island H2O Live! Waterpark, Central Florida’s newest and most modern water park. With a social media-inspired theme, this high-energy water playground merges waterslides and pool parties for nonstop aquatic enjoyment.

The park’s theme centres around three friends making a viral video about their day at a water park. The setting brings their video concept to life in an Instagram-worthy oasis filled with rides and relaxation areas.

Thrill seekers will love the park’s headline slides like the six-story, free-fall Follow Me Falls water coaster. Challenge your friends to the 288-foot Reply Racers, racing down six slides simultaneously.

The raft rides allow groups to share the excitement together at attractions like Profile Plunge and Hashtag Heights.

When you’re ready for a break, enjoy the scenic lagoons and beach areas in zones like Candy Strip Cove and Level Up. Guests can refresh in the surf at Live! Lagoon wave-action pool. There is even a Private Domain pool area for 21 year olds and over to rest and relax.

Younger kids can splash safely in shallow play zones like Pelican’s Paradise. Everyone in the family can float together down the relaxing Chat Creek lazy river surrounded by tropical scenery.

One unique highlight is the park’s high-tech wristband which allows you to sync it to the Island H2O app and then you can check ride wait times, find your friends and even set music preferences for the rides.

The social media theme creates a youthful energy and photo-worthy settings throughout the park. At Be Live! you can make a video, take selfies at the Selfie Shack or meet up with friends at the Virtual Village. Even the eateries like Megabytes and Tag Shack extend the creative concept.

Located at the Margaritaville Resort, Kissimmee just minutes from Orlando’s theme parks, Island H2O Live! balances adrenaline-pumping slides with plenty of lounging areas. Teens can chase thrills while parents find refuge at a poolside cabana. With rides and activities for all ages, it truly offers aquatic adventure for the whole family.

Between gravity-defying slides, beach parties and live music, Island H20 Live! Waterpark brings next-level aquatic fun to Central Florida. Experience the future of water parks at this social media-inspired oasis tailor made for making viral summer memories.

Treasure Cove Water Park

If you're looking for a thrilling pirate-themed water park, check out Treasure Cove at the Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa. This exciting 4-acre aquatic playground will delight kids and adults alike with its swashbuckling attractions.

As soon as you enter, you'll feel transported into a pirate fantasy world. The décor is meticulously crafted to resemble a buccaneer hideaway, with skulls, crossed swords, and treasures abound. Even some of the staff get into the spirit, dressed in piratical costumes.

The littlest buccaneers will enjoy playing in Little Parrots splash zone with tipping bucket, water cannon, and 2 mini-slides.

Thrill-seekers will love shooting down the two exhilarating 30-foot body slides, Pirates Plunge and Dolphin Drop. There is also the 41,000 gallon Buccaneer Bay wave pool.

If you prefer a more relaxed ride, climb into a raft and float along Castaway Creek Lazy River. This leisurely circuit winds past tropical scenery and intriguing pirate props. You can also rent a private cabana.

When you need to dry out, grab a bite at Buccaneer Galley snack bar for quick bites or Rikki Tikki Tavern table service with Hawaiian themed food, drinks, and cocktails.

With a memorable piratical theme, thrills for all ages, and fun extras like a gift shop, Treasure Cove Water Park delivers an excellent aquatic adventure. Escape the Florida heat in the coolest way possible at this top-rated water park.

CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort

For affordable water park fun, CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort packs a big splash on International Drive. This resort features its own on-site water park, with thrilling slides, family raft rides and areas for kids.

The lushly landscaped outdoor water park covers 55,000 square feet filled with pools, slides and fountains. Popular picks include the thrilling Boomerango Tube Slide with a fast-paced enclosed tunnel as well as Surfer Splash Tube Slide and Over the Falls Slide.

The Parrot’s Perch area allows younger kids to safely play on pint-sized slides of varying lengths, climbing nets, tipping bucket, and pouring water features. There is also a kid-friendly Minnows lagoon pool/splash area inside with mini-slides for toddlers and Coral Reef teens' pool.

When it’s time to unwind, guests can relax under the palm trees beside the sand volleyball court or giant chessboard. Islands in the pool provide chill zones, while fountains and dump buckets keep the activity high.

Onsite amenities at the resort include arcade games, pizza, and poolside Wet Rooster Tiki Bar. With the water park spanning both outdoor and indoor areas, the aquatic fun continues rain or shine. The canopy covered areas also make it one of the Orlando water parks open and heated year-round.

With its tranquil indoor pools and thrilling outdoor slides, CoCo Key Resort offers something for everyone. Private cabanas are available to rent for VIP relaxation as the kids enjoy the play areas.

Planning for a Memorable Water Park Experience

Planning a trip to the water parks in Central Florida can seem daunting, but with some preparation you can have an amazing and memorable experience. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your water park vacation.

Know Your Priorities

With major parks like Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Universal's Volcano Bay, and Aquatica, you'll have plenty of options. Decide in advance which attractions are highest on your must-do list. Popular thrill rides like the Krakatau Aqua Coaster at Volcano Bay often have long wait times. Make those a priority early in the day.

Weather & Temperature

The Florida sun can be intense so check the forecast before you go. Always pack sunscreen and consider waterproof swim shirts for extra protection. Hydrate regularly throughout the day.

If severe storms are forecast or the temperatures dip too low, then water parks will often close for the day. During the winter months parks like Adventure Island and Island H2O Live! Waterpark close for the season.

Waterproof Camera

Capture those thrilling splashdown moments! You'll want a waterproof camera or waterproof case for your mobile phone so you can take it on rides. Taking fun photos is a great way to remember the day.

Front-of-Line Pass

If your budget allows, consider paying extra for a Front-of-Line pass to skip long queues. At Volcano Bay, the TapuTapu wristband lets you virtually wait in line while enjoying other parts of the park. This can save hours over the course of a day.

Factor in Downtime

As exciting as water coasters and plunge pools are, they can be physically tiring. Build in time for meals and rest breaks. Most parks have dining options like snack bars and restaurants. Find shady spots to recharge so you don't get overheated. Cabanas are fantastic options for relaxing in comfort when you need a break.

With smart planning and these tips, you'll be ready for an incredible water park experience on your next Orlando vacation. Take time to enjoy play areas with younger kids, thrill rides for older kids and adults, shows and interactive attractions. There is so much more to water parks than just slides. Spend wisely, stay hydrated, and protect your skin. Making great memories at Central Florida water parks is easy when you plan ahead.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some of the water park's most frequently asked questions:


After reviewing some of Orlando's top water parks, it's easy to see why this region is a splash zone capital. The range of options extends from massive resort parks to more intimate boutique venues to suit any aquatic taste.

Beyond the obvious benefits of beating the heat, water parks provide unique advantages over hotel and villa pools. They offer exponentially more slides, rides, rivers and splash zones for endless hours of adventure. Special themed environments transport you to imaginative worlds for immersive tropical or icy escapes.

Water parks also excel at bringing young and old together for shared fun. While adults may ride the thrilling mega slides, little ones can play safely nearby in designated shallow zones. Multi-person rafts, lazy rivers and activity pools give the whole family memories to make and enjoy.

The variety of dining options help fuel a full day of play without having to leave the park.Souvenirs and photos capture the memorable moments. Many parks now offer high-tech conveniences like cashless payments and virtual queues to maximise your time.

While Florida's balmy weather enables year-round operation at some parks like Volcano Bay and Aquatica, others like Adventure Island and Island H2O Live! follow more traditional seasonal schedules. Carefully timing your visit between March and October ensures more open choices at their peak operation.

Also note that Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon both typically close for routine maintenance during the “winter” season though not both at the same time so at least one is always open.

Most parks offer a range of intensity levels across attractions to suit both young and old. However, venues like Aquatica Orlando may skew slightly more towards older adventurous riders with its thrill-focused lineup. Places like Legoland cater excellently towards younger kids.

No matter your age or interests, Orlando's array of water parks present delightfully wet and wild options this summer. Cool off from the sun while warming up with aquatic excitement. Make lifelong vacation memories as you share an exhilarating day of rides, slides, rapids and relaxation.