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5 Best Water Parks in Orlando

Orlando’s Best Water Parks

Some of the best water parks in Orlando incorporate nature and wildlife into the attractions. For example, the incredible ‘Dolphin Plunge’ at Aquatica, where you get to whizz along a flume that travels through a pool of dolphins! Other parks offer a more hands-on experience, allowing you to learn more about exotic species of marine life while having fun at the same time.

There’s also plenty of good old fashioned slides and flumes (such as at the long-running Wet n’ Wild). Orlando’s line-up of water parks offers a lot of diversity and are great for the whole family.

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    Aquatica is one of Orlando’s newest and most popular waterparks, located at SeaWorld, south of Downtown Orlando. Among a day’s worth of fun slides and water attractions, the incredible ‘Dolphin Plunge’ gains the most attention here. It’s a ride that allows you slide through a transparent tube with dolphins swimming about in the surrounding pool.

    The huge 59-acre park is open all year round, with day tickets to Aquatica costing about $47 or combined Aquatica + SeaWorld passes available for $126. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm
    • Location: 5800 Water Play Way, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
    • Tel: +1 407-545-5550
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    The concept at Disney's Blizzard Beach is rather wacky, but undeniably fun; it’s built around the idea that it was once a ski-resort which ‘melted into a watery wonderland’. The result is a juxtaposition of snow-capped mountains that you can slide your way down next to white-sand beaches for relaxing by the unusually warm ‘artic’ waters.

    A highlight is ‘Mount Gushmore’ – home to one of the world’s tallest and fastest waterslides. There are plenty of other, less hair-raising slides and attractions to keep the whole family occupied for the day. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm
    • Location: 1534 Blizzard Beach Drive, Orlando, FL 32836, USA
    • Tel: +1 407-560-3400
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    Swimming with dolphins is a common feature on lists of activities people want to experience before they die, and one which Discovery Cove Orlando can make a reality. The Dolphin Lagoon at the heart of the park, which is just across the road from SeaWorld Orlando, gives guests 30 minutes with one of many of these majestic creatures, during which they can touch, play, swim and even learn to communicate with it and ride its dorsal fin. This is all under the supervision of experienced trainers, ensuring that neither guests nor animals are harmed. A sister park to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica Orlando, Discovery Cove is home to recreations of natural environments in which you can interact with the wildlife. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 8am to 5.30pm
    • Location: 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
    • Tel: +1 407-513-4600
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    Typhoon Lagoon has a good 10 or so water slides, including the 2-person rollercoaster raft-like ‘Crush ‘n’ Gusher’. There’s also the ‘Humunga Kowabunga’ with 5 steep drops, as well as the ‘Storm’ and ‘Bay’ slides, which are both a little slower and geared more towards the younger children. Elsewhere, there is a sizeable rapids course looping around the park.

    Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon goes a bit further than just slides though. Surfers will love the ‘Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool’ which generate 6-foot swells from powerful underwater turbines. Ticket holders can also jump in and swim with sharks, stingray and tropical fish at ‘Shark Reef’ – perhaps the park’s best rated attraction. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm
    • Location: 1145 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830, USA
    • Tel: +1 407-560-4120
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    Universal's Volcano Bay

    Universal’s Volcano Bay™ water park is one of Orlando’s most recognisable attraction thanks to the 200-foot conical mountain which roars periodically and emits lava-esque fluid at night. This is Universal Studios’ first water park, and they have a nice mix of relaxing rides like a lazy river and wave pool together with more cutting-edge, high-speed rides like aqua coaters, and 70-degree plunge slides. Plenty of lockers are available and you can prepay credit onto a wristband, so you have money for snacks and drinks throughout the day.

    • Location: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
    • Tel: +1 407-363-8000
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