Orlando is one of the hottest vacation destinations on the planet. Millions of visitors from across the globe come to this entertainment epicenter to experience its beloved theme parks, family-friendly attractions, and year-round warm, sub-tropical weather. Besides an abundance of places to stay, one of the best parts of Orlando fun in the sun: splashing around one of the many water parks, perfect for chilling out on a hot day.
Check out the best water parks, slides, and rides in Orlando that are sure to help you stay cool and get soaked on your family vacation.
SeaWorld’s sister waterpark, Aquatica, is unlike any other in the world. On Dolphin Plunge, you’ll race through see-through tubes into an underwater world, zooming side-by-side with a playful pod of dolphins. Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, Orlando’s only drop-slide, launches riders into thin-air as they free-fall down the tallest, steepest multi-drop tower in Central Florida. Parents can rent private cabanas for a personal oasis while kids wage their own water wars in Walkabout Waters aquatic playground or play in the surf in the Cutback Cove wave pool.
This one-of-a-kind water park gives guests the experience of a lifetime by getting them up-close and personal with the gentle creatures of the sea. More animal encounters than thrilling rides, families find this park a relaxing retreat from the bustle of typical water parks. Start off by soaking up some sun and slipping into the 85-degree, crystal clear water of Serenity Bay where the kids can enjoy a freshwater playground.
Then make memories getting nose to nose with a bottlenose dolphin during the 30-minute Dolphin Swim experience. Guests can also walk on the ocean floor and explore The Grand Reef during a no-certification-needed SCUBA excursion. There’s also the chance to wade into adventure and meet playful otters at Freshwater Oasis. To cap off the adventure, unwind with a lap around the lazy Wind-Away River.
Aside from sitting in the splash zone for SeaWorld’s One Ocean show, there are plenty of other ways to keep your cool at this nautical amusement park. Dive deep on Journey to Atlantis, a thrilling flume-ride with plunging drops down soaking waterfalls. For refreshing kid-friendly fun, check out Shamu’s Happy Harbor, where a jungle gym and splash pad are perfect for guppies.
Storm into fun at Disney’s water park with thrilling waterslides, a giant wave pool, and splash-tasctic play areas. Children under five-feet tall can take it easy and still make a big splash on the Bay Slides. Groups can raft the wild rapids of Gangplank Falls and friends can ride together on the park’s signature water-coaster, Crush ‘n’ Gusher. Near-vertical drops await the brave on Humunga Kowabunga. Storm Slides gush riders three-stories toward splash-down. For those who like to hang ten, check out North America’s largest wave pool for six-foot swells. Ask about surfing programs for a truly unique experience.
Disney’s winter-themed water wonderland offers chills and thrills for the whole family. Feel the gentle motion of the ocean in Melt-Away Bay‘s kid-friendly wave pool. Big kids can test their strengths and skills on Ski Patrol Training Camp‘s nautical obstacle course. Fun for everyone, the Snow Stormers slides snake guests down the winding curves of a slalom ski course. Toboggan Racers sleigh sliders down the slippery slopes toward the finish line.