At water parks and resorts, fun and relaxation are waiting for you at the best lazy rivers in Orlando, including at Reunion Resort & Golf Club (pictured).
Updated Feb. 12, 2021
When you’re in Orlando, the urge to do everything is understandable, but trust us: You’ll also want some time to relax! Fortunately, you can still enjoy new experiences while taking it easy thanks to one-of-a-kind lazy rivers throughout the destination. And whether you're cooling off at a water park or luxuriating at your resort, you'll benefit from enhanced health and safety measures designed to protect you while you play. Ready to dive in? Here are 15 wet-and-mild ways to achieve maximum relaxation in Orlando!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed. Learn more about healthy travel and what’s open in Orlando, and check with your favorite attractions for their current status.
Lazy Rivers at Water Parks in Orlando
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 Blizzard Beach’s mascot, Ice Gator.
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You’ll also find a lazy river at this Walt Disney World water park. Specifically, the 2,000-foot-long Castaway Creek, which will take you on a relaxing journey around the “storm-tossed” park.
Take a slow ride all the way around Universal Orlando Resort’s water theme park 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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Grab a tube and take a load off at Loggerhead Lane, one of many attractions at SeaWorld® Orlando’s water park. 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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LEGOLAND Water Park at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
Lots of lazy rivers have rafts, but Build-a-Raft River at LEGOLAND Florida’s water park is the only one that lets kids create their own aquatic conveyances. 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.
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Lazy Rivers at Hotels & Resorts in Orlando
Disney’s Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts
Guests at these Walt Disney World resorts 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.
This resort at Universal Orlando 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.
A ride along this resort’s lazy river 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.
One of Orlando’s coolest lazy rivers is part of this resort’s on-site Surfari Water Park. Coming in at 695 feet long, the river joins other new features such as a FlowRider Double Surf Simulator, dual water slides, and kids’ activities and zero-entry pools.
This resort’s winding, twisting, gently meandering lazy river 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.
At night, you can get a glimpse of Walt Disney World’s spectacular fireworks as you drift along this resort’s lazy river. 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.
Holiday Inn Vacations at Orange Lake Resort
Get a taste of Florida’s natural side at this resort’s 1,200-foot-long lazy river, which is part of its River Island pool complex. In addition to offering some prime relaxation, this river also has two water slides for guests who are at least 36 inches tall.
Ironically, creating this resort’s lazy river 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.
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
Float at speeds ranging from 2 to 8 mph on this 850-foot-long lazy river, which twists through the lushly landscaped resort. You’ll encounter tunnels, gentle rapids and even hidden canyons along the way.
Reunion Resort & Golf Club
This resort has an entire water park for you to enjoy, including a lazy river. In addition to tropical landscaping and waterfalls, it also has a 110-foot-long water slide that lets guests 42 inches and taller glide into its relaxing waters.
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