A Vacationer's Guide to the Best Water Parks in Orlando!

A Vacationer's Guide to the Best Water Parks in Orlando!

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When it comes to water parks, there's simply no better destination than Orlando, Florida! There's a reason Florida is known as the sunshine state. And there's a reason Orlando is the water park capital of the world. Whether you prefer a relaxing lazy river, thrilling drop slide, water slides, fast-paced tube rides, giant wave pools, or cool kiddie play areas, you'll find it at one of Orlando's many water parks.

Walt Disney World Resort features not one, but two, exclusive water parks - Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon. You can also choose from Aquatica by SeaWorld or the Volcano Bay water theme park at Universal Studios Orlando. Additional Orlando water parks can be found at area resorts such at Shipwreck Island Water Park at Westgate Town Center Resort & Spa. Lets's take a closer look at the parks where you can take a break from the central Florida heat to splish splash and and enjoy some wet and wild fun and adventure.

Best Water Parks in Orlando

volcano bay water theme park

#5. Universal's Volcano Bay

Yelp: 3  |  Foursquare: 4.3  |  Trip Advisor: 3  |  Google: 4.1

Address: 6000 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32819

Opening Hours: Vary by season

Anchored by a giant volcano at its center, legend has it that native islanders - the Waturi - traveled the ocean searching for the Kunuku. This mythical fish guided them to the island paradise of Volcano Bay and they made it their home, adding slides and experiences that celebrate water! The huge volcano - Krakatau, stands 200-feet tall and features streaming waterfalls and fiery lava effects. Climb to the top to experience the spectacular tube body slides and more. Volcano Bay also offers the unique TapuTapu wristband. Just tap it on the totem at any ride to save your place in line, then come back when it's your turn to ride! The park offers 19 different water attractions.

shipwreck island water park

#4. Shipwreck Island Water Park

Yelp: 3.5  |  Foursquare: 3.7  |  Trip Advisor: 3.5  |  Google: 4.0

Address: 7700 Westgate Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34747

Opening Hours: Vary by season

Located on-site at Westgate Town Center Resort & Spa, lets you play without the huge crowds associated with Orlando's other water parks. The centerpiece of the multi-level water playground is a big pirate ship in the middle of the upper level. Black Bear’s Pirate Ship is the ultimate pirate playground. Explore the ship and discover refreshing water fountains and slippery water slides. The park also features a lazy river that encircles the upper level, offering mysterious caves, splash zones and outlets to stop and play. Shipwreck Islands includes a fully enclosed tube drop slide, water slides, a zero entry splash zone and multiple pool bars and restaurants.

aquatica water park

#3. Aquatica Orlando

Yelp: 3.5  |  Foursquare: 4.5  |  Trip Advisor: 4.0  |  Google: 4.5

Address: 5800 Water Play Way, Orlando, FL 32821

Opening Hours: Vary by season

Located adjacent to SeaWorld and near Discovery Cove, family-friendly Aquatica blends up close animal experiences, waters from serene to extreme, high-speed thrills and wide, sandy beaches to create a unique experience. With nearly 60 acres of lush landscape inspired by the vivid color, stunning flora and carefree personality of a South Sea Islands. Crystal-blue rivers wind through hidden grottos and refreshing waterfalls, while rich greenery and bright flowers adorn towering rock formations. Live animals from lands all over the world including Commerson’s dolphins, brilliant macaws and colorful fish bring to life the park’s playful, high-energy nature. Aquatica features the most thrilling water rides in the world with 36 water slides, six rivers and lagoons, and more than 80,000 square feet of beach area.

blizzard beach water park orlando

#2. Disney's Blizzard Beach

Yelp: 4.0  |  Foursquare: 4.35  |  Trip Advisor: 4.5  |  Google: 4.6

Address: 1534 Blizzard Beach Drive, Orlando, FL 32836

Opening Hours: Vary by season

Enjoy a winter wonderland filled with aquatic delights at Walt Disney World. Cool off with a blizzard of fun where Disney legend says a freak winter storm blanketed the area, creating Florida’s first ski resort. The result is a slushy, slippery and exhilarating park offering everything from a lazy river to the thrills of high-flying waterslides. Take a leisurely ride to the summit of towering Mount Gushmore on colorful wooden chairlifts. Enjoy the slow, scenic trip to the top, then a variety of pulsating thrill rides back down to the bottom. Test your courage on Summit Plummet, one of the world's tallest and fastest free-fall body slides. This 120-foot ski jump sends you hurtling down the slope of Mt. Gushmore at 55 MPH along a 360-foot long track! You'll also find a variety wintry slopes offering drop slides, tube slides, raft rides and more, including an ideal play area for the little ones at Tike's Peak.

typhoon lagoon water park orlando

#1. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon

Yelp: 4.5  |  Foursquare: 4.65  |  Trip Advisor: 4.5  |  Google: 4.7

Address: 1145 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830

Opening Hours: Vary by season

According to Disney World legend, a furious storm once roared across the sea, hurling surfboards into trees, blowing small boats through roofs and throwing a shrimp boat onto the peak of a volcano. Yet amidst all that destruction, the typhoon left in its wake a water park filled with twisting tides, rip-roaring rapids, wacky waterways and relaxing lazy rivers. You'll find a wide range of aquatic activities for the entire family including the massive wave pool that intermittently serves up waves up to six-feet tall. You can also snorkel with live sharks and other tropical fish, experience a wide range of body slides and raft slides including the Humunga Kowabunga enclosed slides. Or you can hop aboard an inner tube and sail down a 2,100 foot lazy river, winding through rain forests, caves, grottos and waterfalls or visit the kid-friendly play area, Ketchakiddee Creek.

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When the Florida sun heats up, there’s no better way to “wet” your appetite for fun than at one of Orlando’s amazing water parks. From the kiddie zones to the thrilling vertical drops, you'll find something wet and wonderful for the entire family. And thanks to central Florida's sub-tropical climate, the major water parks are open year-round. Don't miss these must-do, one-of-a-kind experiences that'll keep you cool and refreshed while creating memorable vacation memories.

Name Yelp Foursquare Trip Advisor Google Total
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon 4.5 4.65 4.5 4.7 18.35
Disney's Blizzard Beach 4.0 4.35 4.5 4.6 17.45
Aquatica Orlando 3.5 4.5 4.0 4.5 16.5
Shipwreck Island Water Park 3.5 3.7 3.5 4.0 14.7
Universal's Volcano Bay 3.0 4.3 3.0 4.1 14.4

Foursquare scores were normalized to 1-5 in order to match other rating systems

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