Florida Has Some of the World's Best Water Parks

Disney, Universal, SeaWorld, and Other Great Parks

You already know that Florida is the theme park capital of the world. Did you know that the state also boasts some of the planet's coolest water parks? Among the very best are Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando, Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando, and the two parks at Disney World, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. What's more, a few of Florida's water parks are the only ones in the U.S. that are open throughout the year. (Well, outdoor water parks anyhow. There are indoor water parks in other parts of the country that are open year round).

Before we get to Florida's water parks, here are some resources to find other Florida fun and make travel plans:

Most of the bigger water parks are located in Central Florida near the major theme parks, but there are places to get wet throughout the...MORE state. Parks are arranged alphabetically.

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    Adventure Island Florida water park
    ••• SeaWorld Parks

    Tampa

    Large park located near Busch Gardens Tampa and operated by SeaWorld Parks. Attractions include tube slides, body slides, toboggan slides, a speed slide, mat-racing slides, family raft rides, a wave pool, an interactive water play center with splash bucket, an activity pool, a lazy river, volleyball courts, and play areas for younger kids. Adventure Island requires separate admission from Busch Gardens Tampa. Open seasonally.

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    Aquatica Orlando
    ••• SeaWorld Parks

    Orlando

    Large, highly themed park located near SeaWorld Orlando and operated by SeaWorld Parks. Attractions include tube slides, body slides, raft slides, bowl rides, mat-racing slides, family raft rides, wave pools, activity pool, a lazy river, an action river, live animals, interactive water play center, and play areas for younger kids. Aquatica requires separate admission from SeaWorld Orlando (and from Discovery Cove, SeaWorld's dolphin experience park). Open year round.

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    Big Kahuna's Florida water park
    ••• Big Kahuna's

    Destin

    Good-sized park with a lazy river, a FlowRider surfing attraction, speed slides, body slides, a wave pool, a kids interactive play area, mini-golf, and a Skycoaster. Open seasonally.

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    Blizzard Beach
    ••• Disney

    Lake Buena Vista, at Walt Disney World Resort

    One of two Walt Disney World water parks. (The other is Typhoon lagoon, listed below.) Large, well-themed park. Attractions include an enormous speed slide, a lazy river, a wave pool, a mat racing slide, tube slides, body slides, a family raft ride, and interactive water play areas for younger kids. Requires separate admission from the theme parks. Open year round.

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    Buccaneer Bay Florida water park
    ••• Weeki Wachee Springs

    Weeki Wachee Springs

    Located in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, the small water park offers water slides, speed slides, a lazy river, and a large, spring-fed pool. Open seasonally.

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    CoCo Key Water Resort Orlando
    ••• CoCo Key Water Resort Orlando

    Orlando

    Medium-sized park offers body slides, tube slides, an interactive water play center, a zero-entry toddler pool, and a teen pool. Open to registered hotel guests as well as to the general public. Open year round.

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    Daytona Beach

    Medium-sized park with Interactive kids' water play area, wave pool, tube slides, body slides, speed slides, and lazy river. Also offers go-karts, a rock wall, laser tag, and mini-golf.

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    Legoland Florida Water Park

    Legoland Florida water park
    ••• Legoland Florida

    Winter Haven

    Medium-sized park with tube slides, body slides, racing slides, a speed slide, a wave pool, a lazy river, an interactive water play center, and play areas for younger kids. Requires separate admission from the Legoland theme park. Open seasonally.

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    Rapids Water Park Florida
    ••• Rapids Water Park

    West Palm Beach

    Large park with a lazy river, wave pool, children's play area, funnel ride, FlowRider surfing ride, launch capsule slides, family raft rides, multi-lane mat-racing slide, body slides, tube slides. Open seasonally.

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    Sam's Fun City

    Pensacola

    Medium-sized park with tube slides, body slides, activity pools, and a lazy river. Sam's Fun City includes go-karts, amusement rides, mini-golf, and bumper boats. The water park is known as "Surf City." The dry rides are open year round. The water park is open seasonally.

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    Shipwreck Island Florida water park
    ••• Shipwreck Island

    Panama City Beach

    Medium-sized park with wave pool, lazy river, family raft ride, speed slide, body slides, tube slides, and play area for kids. Open seasonally.

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    Jacksonville Beach

    Medium-sized park with uphill water coaster, halfpipe ride, bowl slide, wave pool, lazy river, tube and body slides, and kiddie cove. Also includes mini-golf, laser tag, kiddie roller coaster, and go-karts. The dry rides are open year round. The water park is open seasonally.

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    Sun Splash Family Waterpark
    ••• Sun Splash Family Waterpark

    Cape Coral

    Small park with waterslides, activity and family pools, otter slides, speed slides, an inner tube river, and a children's play area. Open seasonally.

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    Typhoon Lagoon

    Typhoon Lagoon
    ••• Disney.

    Lake Buena Vista, at Walt Disney World Resort

    Huge, highly themed park with a water coaster, a lazy river, body slides, tube slides, speed slides, and an enormous wave pool. Requires separate admission from the theme parks. Open year round.

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    Krakatau Aqua Coaster at Volcano Bay
    ••• Universal Orlando Resort

    Orlando

    Huge, highly themed park located at Universal Orlando. The centerpiece is a 200-foot tall volcano which includes the Krakatau Aqua Coaster. Other attractions include speed slides, family raft rides, a multi-directional wave pool, body slides, and tube slides. All guests get the complimentary Tapu Tapu wearable device which eliminates all lines for the attractions. Requires separate admission from the theme parks. Open year round.