Cool Off at a Ft. Lauderdale Water Park

Water Park Pipes

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Have fun with your kids and stay cool in Florida's sizzling summer sun. Spend a day at one of the seven great water parks in the Fort Lauderdale area.

Most water parks offer pools, playgrounds, and slides suitable for different ages. It's recommended that parents check the park’s website for hours of operation, age and height restrictions before going. Because many water parks close during stormy weather, check the weather report before going as well. 

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    Slide at Castaway Island
    Broward County Parks & Recreation

    Castaway Island is located in Topeekeegee Yugnee (T.Y.) Park in Hollywood. There are two aquatic playgrounds for splashing and playing. 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 drops water down into the pool. It's fun to duck under a waterfall and then climb and explore the different surfaces and water features.

    You can pay for daily admission or buy a water park pass for the whole season.

    • Lifeguards Available
    • Concession Stand

    The aquatics complex also includes a marina with boat rentals.

    Topeekeegee Yugnee (T.Y.) Park
    3300 N. Park Rd.
    Hollywood, FL 33021

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    Paradise Cove
    Broward County Parks & Recreation

    Paradise Cove, in Pembroke Pines, 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 Available
    • Concession Stand

    C.B. Smith Park
    900 N. Flamingo Road
    Pembroke Pines, FL 33028

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    Tropical Splash Park offers playgrounds for children of all ages
    Broward County Parks & Recreation

    At Tropical Splash in Lauderhill, 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 drops water down below.

    There are three slippery slides and water guns to play with.

    • Lifeguards Available
    • Concession Stand

    Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium
    3700 N.W. 11th Place
    Lauderhill, FL 33311

  • 04 of 07
    The interactive playground at Splash Adventure Park provides a full day of fun
    Broward County Parks & Recreation

    Splash Adventure, in Deerfield Beach, is a sprawling shallow pool of fun featuring a huge 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 Available
    • Concession Stand

    Quiet Waters Park
    401 S. Powerline Road
    Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

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    Calypso Bay, in Seminole Palms Park, is a great place to go for a family picnic. Children five and under wade in the water in their own interactive playground 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.

    You can pack a picnic or buy lunch there. Picnic tables around the water park cannot be reserved in advance.

    • ​Lockers
    • ​Lifeguards Available

    Seminole Palms Park
    151 Lamstein Lane
    Royal Palm Beach, Florida 33411

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    Rapid Racer
    Rapids Water Park

    This 30-acre attraction in Riviera Beach 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, a six-lane high-speed slide with tunnels, twists, and turns is one of the highlights. 

    Large group rates are usually available but check in advance. Normally, no refunds or rain checks are given due to stormy weather.

    • Lifeguards Available
    • Concession Stand

    6566 N. Military Trail
    Riviera Beach, FL 33407

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    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.

    Picnic tables around the water park cannot be reserved in advance.

    • Lifeguards Available
    • Concession Stand
    • ​Lockers

    Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park
    11200 Park Access Road
    Boca Raton, FL