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5 Best Water Parks in Orlando

Orlando’s Best Water Parks

Here is a quick rundown of our 5 favorite water parks in Orlando. As well as good old fashioned slides and flumes (such as at the long-running Wet n’ Wild), Orlando’s lineup of water parks now offers a lot more diversity, great for the whole family.

Many of our picks incorporate nature and wildlife into the attractions, such as 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. Find our top Orlando water parks below, and don’t forget you click through to see each one up in more detail!

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    Aquatica is one of Orlando’s newest and most popular waterparks (and there’s quite a few of them to choose from), 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, 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 $47 or combined Aquatica + SeaWorld passes available for $126. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 18:00 daily
    • Location: 5800 Water Play Way, Orlando, FL 32821, United States
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    The concept at this park 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 white-sanded 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, and there’s plenty of other less hair-raising slides and attractions to keep the whole family occupied for the day. Read More...

    • Opening Hours: 09:00-20:00 daily
    • Location: Walt Disney World Resort, 1534 Blizzard Beach Drive, Orlando, FL 32830
    • Tel: +1 407-560-3400
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    Swimming with dolphins is a common feature on lists of activities people should or wish 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: 09:30 – 17:30
    • Location: 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando
    • Tel: +1 887-557-7404
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    Typhoon Lagoon has a good 10 or so water slides including the two-person rollercoaster raft-like ‘Crush ‘n’ Gusher’, ‘Humunga Kowabunga’ with five steep drops and ‘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 six-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: 10:00-17:00 daily
    • Location: 1145 East Buena Vista Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32830
    • 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 recognizable 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.    

    • Opening Hours: 10:00-20:00 daily
    • Location: 6000 Universal Blvd
    • Tel: +1 407-363-8000
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