How to Stay Cool When It's Hot at Universal Orlando

Universal Islands of Adventure Orlando

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Need a place for your family to cool off at Universal Orlando? Here are favorite places to chill out. (Hint: Wear swimsuits under your clothes, because you're going to get wet.)

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    Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls

    Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls
    Universal Orlando Resort

    In Islands of Adventure, you can hop on a log at Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls for a fun-filled flume ride that delivers a 75-foot drop and actually plummets below the water level. Plan on getting soaked. Kids must be at least 44 inches tall to ride.


  • 02 of 08

    Pop-Eye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges

    Pop-Eye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges
    Universal Orlando Resort

    When in Islands of Adventure on a hot day, take a ride on Pop-Eye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges. If the whitewater doesn't soak you, the guests armed with water cannons will. Kids must be at least 42 inches tall to ride. (Tip: Pack a waterproof bag or a gallon-size zip-lock bag for your camera and phone, and maybe even a change of dry clothes.)

  • 03 of 08

    Jurassic Park River Adventure

    Jurassic Park River Adventure at Universal Orlando
    Universal Orlando Resort

    The third in the trio of wet rides in Island of Adventure is Jurassic Park River Adventure, an indoor-outdoor water ride that features a harrowing escape from a T. rex when the raft takes an 85-foot plunge in darkness. Kids must be 42 inches tall to ride.

  • 04 of 08

    If I Ran the Zoo

    If I Ran the Zoo at Universal Orlando
    Universal Orlando Resort

    If your little ones get hot and bothered in Islands of Adventure, bring them to Dr. Seuss Landing for playtime at If I Ran the Zoo. The animal-themed, interactive play zone includes a wet play area that keeps kids cool.

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  • 05 of 08

    Splash Pads Galore

    Toon Lagoon at Universal Orlando

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    Like walking through sprinklers? Strolling through the splash pads is an easy way to get quickly refreshed on a hot day. You'll find pop jets and fountains amid the shops and restaurants at Toon Lagoon in Islands of Adventure and on the way out of the parks at City Walk.  

  • 06 of 08

    Curious George Goes to Town

    Curious George at Universal Orlando
    Universal Orlando Resort

    Beat the heat at Universal Studios Florida with the help of everyone's favorite mischievous monkey and the waterplay attractions at Curious George Goes to Town. Take aim with your water cannon at the town center's clock tower and fill a pair of 500-gallon buckets that periodically dump water in a spectacular splash on the street below.

  • 07 of 08

    Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream Parlour

    Ice Cream at Universal Orlando
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    While exploring the nooks and crannies in Diagon Alley (part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter) in Universal Studios Florida, cool off with a sweet treat at Florean Fortescue's Ice-Cream Parlour, a magically quaint shop serving scoops and cones of soft-serve 'scream.

  • 08 of 08

    Volcano Bay

    Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando
    Universal Orlando Resort

    Opened in 2017, Volcano Bay is a new tropical-themed water park anchored by a massive volcano. Attractions include a rapids ride, wave pool, lazy river, and different kinds of water slides.