Fun + maximum relaxation + blue skies + endless water + you? Sounds like a perfect day spent drifting away on Orlando’s best lazy rivers (Four Seasons Resort Orlando at WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resort pictured).
Updated April 5, 2023
When you come to Orlando, the urge to do everything is understandable, but trust us: You’ll also want to schedule some downtime. Taking it easy doesn’t mean you have to skip unforgettable experiences, though — not with an ocean of distinctive lazy rivers ready to wash your cares away at water parks and resorts throughout the destination.
Ready to dive in? Grab a tube and cast off for wet-and-mild fun at some of the most relaxing lazy rivers in Orlando.
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You can’t travel far without finding an imaginative water park in Orlando. And once you do, an incredible lazy river is just steps away.
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Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
Don’t let the polar theme fool you: The water temperatures at this Walt Disney World® Resort destination are perfect for relaxation. Winding its way through the entire park, the 3,000-foot-long Cross Country Creek features polar caves, a grotto and showers from Mount Gushmore. You can even pay a visit to the resident mascot of Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, Ice Gator.
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Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Another Walt Disney World lazy river awaits at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. Specifically, the 2,000-foot-long Castaway Creek, which will take you on a relaxing journey around the “storm-tossed” park.
Grab a tube and take a load off at Loggerhead Lane, one of many attractions at Aquatica Orlando, which is part of SeaWorld® Orlando. This river’s course will take you through a grotto filled with a school of cichlid fish, a waterfall and other fun features. You’ll even have the chance to float by the park’s dolphin exhibit.
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Universal’s Volcano Bay
Take a slow ride all the way around Universal’s Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort on the Kopiko Wai Winding River. After finding one of the endless loop’s semi-hidden entrances, you can drift seamlessly between wide open spaces and secluded caverns, with plenty of splashy fun as you float along.
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LEGOLAND® Water Park
Lots of lazy rivers have rafts, but Build-a-Raft River at LEGOLAND Water Park at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is the only one that lets kids create their own. Once their raft is completed, they can float along the 1,000-foot-long river, which is accented with LEGO® models, palm trees and lush landscaping. The water park is a specially ticketed section of LEGOLAND® Florida Theme Park.
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Island H2O Live!
Adjacent to Margaritaville Resort Orlando near Walt Disney World, Island H2O Live! is a social media-themed water park with a host of fun attractions. That branding extends to their lazy river, Chat Creek, where you can sit back and relax as the water guides you to a blissful state of mind.
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Depending on where you choose to stay in Orlando, you might have a lazy river in your backyard — starting with these options.
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Disney’s Beach Club Resort & Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
At Walt Disney World, guests of Disney’s Beach Club Resort and Disney’s Yacht Club Resort share access to Stormalong Bay, an onsite water park loaded with attractions, including a tranquil lazy river. Sights include a life-sized shipwreck replica and a windmill, among others.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort
A ride along the lazy river at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort means enjoying scenery that celebrates Florida’s lush nature. The river includes a waterfall towering at 9 feet tall, as well as a run of bubbling rapids. It was also named one of the most amazing lazy rivers at U.S. hotels by Travel + Leisure.
The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando
One of Orlando’s newest lazy rivers is part of the on-site Surfari Water Park at The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando. Coming in at 695 feet long, the river joins other features such as a FlowRider Double Surf Simulator, dual water slides, kids’ activities and zero-entry pools. Travel + Leisure also named this as one of the most amazing lazy rivers at U.S. hotels.
The winding, twisting, gently meandering lazy river at Hilton Orlando is 892 feet long. In addition to traditional amenities such as waterfalls and fountains, it also has water cannons for when you’re really ready to have a blast.
Holiday Inn Club Vacations® at Orange Lake Resort
Get a taste of Florida’s natural side at this 1,200-foot-long lazy river-style pool, which is part of the River Island pool complex at Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort. Besides offering some prime relaxation, this river also has two water slides for guests who are at least 36 inches tall.
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
Ironically, creating the lazy river at JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes was no easy task, requiring more than 400 million man hours and 1 million square feet of tile and stone. But once you get a taste of its fountains, waterfalls and natural landscaping, we think you’ll agree it was worth the effort.
Reunion Resort & Golf Club
Reunion Resort & Golf Club has an entire water park for you to enjoy, including a lazy river. Along with tropical landscaping and waterfalls, it also has a 110-foot-long water slide that lets guests 42 inches and up glide into its relaxing waters.
Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek
At night, you can get a glimpse of the spectacular Walt Disney World fireworks as you drift along the lazy river at Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. No matter when you’re in it, though, you can look forward to a subtropical environment that’s sure to wash any worries far away.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
At Universal Orlando Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort pays homage to Florida beach culture from the ‘50s and ‘60s, with all the retro fun that entails. Its lazy river perfectly fits that theme, with beach umbrellas surrounding the path and entertaining surprises like pop-jets and waterfalls.
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