Looking for a place to cool down during Miami’s hot summer (that can last through two or three seasons) months? Look no further than Grapeland Water Park. This family-friendly water park has lots of green space, a ball field, tennis courts, and even hosts movies and other events from time to time.
Hungry? The park covers all its bases with an onsite concessionaire—but also has a strict, no-outside food policy. (This doesn’t apply to those with medical or dietary needs, or infants.) Coolers, lunch bags, bottles of water, and packaged foods are not allowed on the property.
Conveniently located just east of Miami International Airport, near Allapattah, Little Havana and along the Miami River in Grapeland Heights Park, Grapeland Water Park is easily accessible via car, whether you drive your own, take a taxi, get a rental or opt for a rideshare app like Uber or Lyft. Unfortunately, the water park isn’t as easy to get to on foot or via one of the city’s train or bus systems.
What to Do There
There’s plenty to do at Grapeland and time flies when you’re having fun; before you know it, the day will be over! The park features four pools with slides and tube rides:
- The first pool is Shipwreck Island, an area made especially for little ones and toddlers (who are under 48 inches tall), Shipwreck Island has two fast-paced slides, a shallow water play area, splash fountains, water canyons and Buccaneer Falls, a wave pool. In this area, you can purchase swim diapers and use free life vests for the kiddos who aren’t yet 100 percent confident in the water.
- The second pool, Pirate’s Plunge, is for children taller than four feet (or 48 inches). Kids can enjoy three slides and a fast-paced plunge, water shooting canyons, splash fountains, and another shallow play area with two low-rise slides. Free life jackets are available here as well.
- Captain’s Lagoon offers a large, heated recreation pool with both deep and shallow water areas. It’s a little more laid-back, but it is suggested you grab a life vest here due to the water depth.
- The final area of the park is the Buccaneer River Ride. If you’ve ever experienced a lazy river, you probably can’t wait to do it again. This relaxing ride means hopping into an inflatable inner tube, and then laying back and letting the water do the work. Lounge on your float (don’t forget the sunblock!), and the movement of the water will take you from the beginning of the river to the end. Water sprayers and fountains will soak you when you least expect it, so don’t expect to stay dry on this one. Hop off and check out another part of the park, or loop around over and over if lazing around is what you'd rather do. We won’t judge you. Kids under 42 inches tall are required to wear a life vest on the Buccaneer River Ride.
When to Visit
Grapeland's hours of operation vary depending on the month or season. In May, the park is open on Saturdays and Sundays only, from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Between June and August, Grapeland is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. At the end of August, the park will revert to May's schedule, only open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Check the website when planning your visit to make sure the park will be open.
You do need a daily admission pass to enjoy Grapeland Water Park, and prices are as follows: Children between the ages of 2 and 13 will be charged a $7 admission. It’s $12 per person for visitors over the age of 13 with valid Miami identification. Non-residents will be charged $15 each, and kids under the age of 2 will be admitted for free. It’s important to note that it does rain a lot in Miami, and sometimes unpredictably. Rain checks will be issued for park guests who have been at the water park for less than an hour and a half (receipts display a timestamp).