It’s officially summer, and we’re getting the party started - water park style. Water parks are in fact the best attractions to visit, as they aren’t your standard theme park where you’re constantly on the go, trekking mile after mile on foot. Many water parks are equipped with adventurous waterslides and play areas, but also lazy rivers and designated relaxation areas. So really, you’re getting the best of both worlds. And let’s be honest, how else does one get from point A to point B while sitting on their tush with zero effort involved?
To kick off the fun, here are 6 of the best and most exciting water parks worth adding to your agenda during your next vacation in Orlando:
Treasure Cove Water Park
As a newly opened attraction, this 161,000-gallon, pirate-themed water park features 60 feet of dueling water slides, a 575-foot lazy river, 258-foot wave pool, a pirate-themed splash pad, aquatic jungle gym, tiki bar and restaurant with views of the lake (plus more - can you believe it?). This treasure can be found at the luxurious Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa, and is a necessity to venture to.
Shipwreck Island Water Park
The pièce de résistance of a water park experience resides here, at Shipwreck Island Water Park. Located at the wonderful Westgate Town Center Resort, this park is equipped with an upper & lower level providing all the features one could ask for for a splashing time, including: Lazy River, Black Beard’s Pirate Ship, Cannon Ball Falls, Pirate’s Plunge Drop Slide, Paradise Cove, Jolly Roger’s Galley, and Sea Dog’s Bar.
Universal’s Volcano Bay
If you’ve spotted the mighty, 200-foot-tall Krakatau volcano - you’ve found your destination. Volcano Bay offers a plethora of things to do, while also making your experience more simplistic with TapuTapu - a waterproof wearable wristband designed to hold your place in Virtual Line for one attraction at a time. Attractions we recommend? Honu of the Honu ika Moana, Krakatau Aqua Coaster, TeAwa The Fearless River, and if you’re feeling daring, Ko’okiri Body Plunge.
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As a sister water park to SeaWorld, Aquatica Orlando provides endless fun and thrills, making it an all-day adventure spot. For those adrenaline junkies, step in line to KareKare Curl, the incredible Dolphin Plunge (their most popular ride) or Ihu's Breakaway Falls, the steepest multi-drop tower around in Central Florida. But of course, if you’re looking to kick back and enjoy some tranquility, settle into a complimentary lounge chair or upgrade to a reserved cabana, but don’t forget to hop on a lazy river ride down Loggerhead Lane before ending your day.
LEGOLAND Water Park
Yes, we love our lazy rivers, but have you ever been on a Build-a-Raft Lazy River? At LEGOLAND Water Park, you get to design and build your own unique LEGO vessel! Create endless memories with other playful attractions such as LEGO Wave Pool, Joker Soaker, and winding your way through enclosed water slides on Twin Chasers. Here, family-fun thrives!
Disney’s Blizzard Beach
The ultimate way to discover a flurry of fun! Gather around, kids of all ages (we mean you too, adults), as you’re about to splash into some serious action with highly-rated attractions like Summit Plummet, one of the tallest, fastest free-fall body slides in the world and Toboggan Racers, an exhilarating 8-lane waterslide. Once you’re ready to take a break, dive into flavor at one of Blizzard Beach’s quick service food spots (convenient mobile ordering available at select locations using the My Disney Experience app). To shake things up, you can also enhance your visit with reserving your very own private shaded deck as well as beach umbrellas, seating and more.
We can’t deny, this summer is looking pretty epic. With so much to do and so many water parks to check off the bucket list, it’s no wonder Orlando is one of the hottest vacation destinations! But before you unwind and let your worries drift away, let’s first get you squared away with luxurious accommodations that fits both your lifestyle and budget. Luckily you’ve come to the right place, because we’re offering you some of our best Orlando packages - from lakefront resorts with extensive amenities, to resort locations near shopping, dining, entertainment, and top theme parks.