Are you looking for ways to have fun with your kids and stay cool in Florida's sizzling summer sun? Why not spend a day at one of the seven great water parks in the Fort Lauderdale area? Check the park’s website for hours of operation, age and height restrictions before you go, and don’t forget to bring plenty of sunscreen!
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Topeekeegee Yugnee (T.Y.) Park
3300 N. Park Rd.
Hollywood, FL 33021
There are two aquatic playgrounds here. The toddlers’ section includes a slide and interactive climbing structures. The playground for older kids features a huge slide and a giant elevated bucket that shoots water down into the pool. There’s a waterfall, and interactive surfaces let kids climb and explore. Lifeguards are on duty. There is a full-service concession stand.
You can pay for daily admission or buy a water park pass for the whole season.
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C.B. Smith Park
900 N. Flamingo Road
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
Paradise Cove offers a shallow pool, small slide and hands-on play equipment for children ages five and under. Sharkey’s Lagoon is a large wading pool with interactive play equipment and three water slides that are open to all ages. Children must be at least 42" tall to ride Crazy Creek, a 410-foot long tube ride, and H2Whoa! with its 450-foot slides. Lifeguards are on duty. A concession stand is available.
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Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium
3700 N.W. 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
Toddlers can wade in a shallow pool with slides and climbing equipment while older kids splash in a large pool with a giant elevated bucket that shoots water down below. There are three slippery slides and water guns to play with as well. Lifeguards are on duty at Tropical Splash and there is a concession stand.
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Quiet Waters Park
401 S. Powerline Road
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Splash Adventure is a sprawling shallow pool of fun featuring an oversized interactive playground with a giant bucket overhead that splashes water down onto the play area. Limited aquatic sessions last about two hours to keep the pool from overcrowding. Get there early in the day or call ahead before going. Lifeguards are on duty.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Seminole Palms Park
151 Lamstein Lane
Royal Palm Beach, Florida 33411
Children five and under wade in the water in their own interactive playground at Calypso Bay while older siblings enjoy an 897-foot hairpin river ride and two giant water slides. There’s also a roomy lap pool with diving boards. Lockers are available for rent. You can pack a picnic or buy lunch at the food concession. Picnic tables around the water park cannot be reserved in advance.
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Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park
11200 Park Access Road
Boca Raton, FL
Little ones love to splash in the kiddie water playground at Coconut Cove. Older kids have a blast sailing through the 986-foot river ride on an inner tube or slithering down two 220-foot water slides. There’s also a large swimming pool and an obstacle course. Lifeguards are on duty. Locker rentals are available. There’s a full-service concession stand. Picnic tables around the water park cannot be reserved in advance.
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6566 N. Military Trail
Riviera Beach, FL 33407
This 30-acre attraction is the largest water park in South Florida with 35 different water slides, a ginormous wave pool and a 1/4-mile meandering river. Rapid Racer in one of the highlights, a six-lane high-speed slide with tunnels, twists and turns. Rapids Water Park is well staffed with lifeguards.
Large group rates are usually available, but check in advance. No refunds or rain checks are normally given due to stormy weather.