Orlando Water Parks
Orlando didn’t get its nickname — Theme Park Capital of the World — for nothing, but we’re also a champion when it comes to water parks. Once you’ve experienced our miles of lazy rivers, massive wave pools and some of the most thrilling waterslides imaginable, we’re sure you’ll agree!
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Slather on the sunscreen, grab your favorite pair of sunglasses and a waterproof camera, and dive into the ultimate in aquatic thrills and relaxation at Orlando water parks — including these standouts!
Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified. Additionally, Orlando’s water parks are subject to seasonal and maintenance closings. Learn more about healthy travel in Orlando, and check with your favorite water parks for their current status.
Part of Universal Orlando Resort, Universal’s Volcano Bay is a water theme park featuring South Pacific ambiance and innovative technology designed to change the way you wait for rides. This state-of-the-art park is the perfect place to cool down after experiencing Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
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Universal’s Volcano Bay is segmented into four distinct lands, with the mighty, 200-foot-tall Krakatau volcano towering over it all. First up, Rainforest Village offers a blend of action and relaxation with a full range of wild attractions.
River Village has gentler fun for younger guests, and more tranquility can be enjoyed at Waturi Beach and The Reef at Wave Village. For even easier living, rent a six- or 16-person cabana, or arrange for reserved lounge-chair seating.
When you’re hungry, bite into the park’s island-themed eateries. And the onsite shops offer everything you need for fun in the sun, including beach essentials, souvenirs and more!
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The park has also added numerous new attractions in recent years, with the latest — Reef Plunge — now open. The 330-foot waterslide will send you through eye-catching translucent cutouts and rings and past a vibrant array of marine life that includes Commerson’s dolphins, leopard sharks, sardines, and a variety of other cold-water fish.
Other recent additions include Florida’s first dueling-racer raft slide, Riptide Race, featuring nearly 650 feet of tight loops and accelerations, and KareKare Curl, which invites you to experience the feeling of weightlessness as you climb a near-vertical wall of water.
Lots more excitement is in store for you. When you’re ready to catch your breath, drift down Loggerhead Lane, the park’s lazy river, or wade near a 60-foot fortress at Walkabout Waters. Of course, you can’t spend all day in the water — no matter how much you might want to. To that end, cabana rentals and an ocean of dining choices are also available.
A different sort of water park, Discovery Cove® is an amazing day resort known for incredible animal encounters, tranquil relaxation, and unforgettable fun in the water. It’s also all-inclusive, which means unlimited food and beverages are included with admission (including alcohol for guests 21 and up), as well as all amenities you’ll need to enjoy your stay, such as snorkeling gear, fresh towels and more.
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But make no mistake: Experiences are the real draw here. Located in the heart of everything Orlando has to offer yet tucked away from it all, Discovery Cove will transport you to a pristine world where you can drift down the scenic Wind-Away River, hand-feed exotic birds at Explorer’s Aviary, snorkel crystal-clear waters with tropical fish and rays at The Grand Reef, and have playful encounters with otters and marmosets at Freshwater Oasis.
Discovery Cove also offers numerous upgraded experiences, including the Signature Dolphin Swim Experience, Trainer for a Day program, Shark Swim and 90-minute Animal Trek, to name a few. Visiting for a special occasion? Celebration Packages feature perks such as photo sessions, exclusive menu items, or even a personalized message delivered by a dolphin.
You can even opt for some well-deserved relaxation upgrades. Treat yourself to a four-person Day Bed or private Cabana with a dedicated host who will see to your every need!
Set in a storm-tossed lagoon, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is home to Miss Adventure Falls. One of the longest rides at Walt Disney World® Resort, the family-friendly adventure will send you and up to three companions on a white-water journey you won’t soon forget.
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There are plenty of other thrills to be discovered, including Mayday Falls, which is the park’s longest and highest waterslide, and Humunga Kowabunga, featuring a near-vertical, 5-story drop … in the dark. Younger children can have fun here, too. Infectious play abounds at Ketchakiddee Creek, which features 10 different aquatic activities, and Bay Slides has scaled-down fun for tiny tots.
While kids are enjoying those attractions, parents can make a splash at the nearby Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool, which boasts 6-foot swells. Meanwhile, tranquil bliss awaits you on a lazy river that circles the park in its entirety, Castaway Creek.
Several other extras are available, including themed dining and the chance to reserve Beachcomber Shacks and Getaway Glen Umbrellas. Take time to enjoy it all!
Don’t be fooled by the polar theme! The water is always warm at Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park at Walt Disney World Resort, billed as Florida’s only outdoor ski resort — which is unsurprisingly “melting” in the Florida sun!
In keeping with the polar theme, you can catch a chairlift to the top of the park’s centerpiece, Mount Gushmore. There, you’ll encounter numerous winter-themed waterslides and rides. For family adventures, up to six people can simultaneously experience one of the world’s longest whitewater raft rides at Steamboat Springs. And there are thrills for younger guests, too.
When you’re ready to relax, the gentle waves at Melt-Away Bay will melt your cares away. Or, grab a tube and drift on Cross Country Creek, a lazy river that flows around the entire park.
Available extras include Polar Patios — private decks with lounge chairs, a locker, a cooler and other amenities — and Lodge Umbrellas, which include two loungers, two beach chairs and towels in addition to the umbrella. You won’t go hungry here, either, thanks to many quick-service dining options that will fuel you up for more fun in the sun.
Make sure your kids practice their cannonball skills before you take them to LEGOLAND® Water Park, which is available as an optional upgrade with regular admission to LEGOLAND® Florida Theme Park at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. Little ones will also want to work on their building skills, particularly before they hit Build-a-Raft River, which invites guests to imagine, design and create their own LEGO rafts before setting sail on a 1,000-foot lazy river.
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The park’s Creative Cove area provides even more construction opportunities with Build-a-Boat, where kids can race their own self-made LEGO watercraft. If they prefer to do the racing themselves, set them loose on Twin Chasers, featuring an intertwining pair of enclosed, 375-foot waterslides. And at Joker Soaker, children can enjoy slides, climbing areas, waterspouts and a wading pool, and get the splash of their lives from a giant, 300-gallon bucket!
For gentler fun, check out the LEGO Wave Pool, featuring waves that are just big enough for all ages. Or, opt for shorter slides and interactive DUPLO® creatures at DUPLO Splash Safari.
When it’s time to eat, the Beach-n-Brick Grill has an assortment of delicious fare. Then, take advantage of cabana rentals for a little rest before heading back into the water.
Splash into more than 20 unique experiences at Island H2O Live!, an immersive, technologically advanced water park adjacent to the Jimmy Buffet-inspired Margaritaville Resort Orlando. The park features exhilarating drop slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a children’s play area and private oases, ensuring something for the whole family.
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Thanks to this water park’s social media theming, streaming and posting your adventures is all part of the fun. Just sync up your complimentary wristband with their app and make some waves!