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Florida Water Parks

Where to Find Watery Fun in the Sunshine State

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SeaWorld Orlando's Aquatica is one of the best water parks in Florida.

Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando is one of the many water parks in Florida.

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Some of the best water parks in the world, including the two at Disney World, Aquatica at SeaWorld Orlando, and Wet 'n' Wild in Orlando, are based in Florida. What's more, Florida water parks are the only ones in the U.S. that are open throughout the year (well, outdoor water parks anyhoo). Most of the bigger parks are located in Central Florida near the major theme parks, but there are places to get wet throughout the state. Parks are arranged alphabetically.

Adventure Island
Tampa
Affiliated theme park: Busch Gardens Tampa

Aquatica Water Park at SeaWorld Orlando
Orlando, FL

Big Kahuna's
Destin
Outdoor water park on the Gulf coast.

Blizzard Beach
Lake Buena Vista, at Walt Disney World Resort
Affiliated theme park: Walt Disney World

Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs
Weeki Wachee Springs (near Tampa)
(877) GO WEEKI
Waterslides, speed slides, lazy river. The feature is the large spring-fed pool.
Affiliated theme park: Weeki Wachee Springs

Calypso Bay
Royal Palm Beach
561-790-6160
Small, municipal park with lazy river, water slides, children's interactive water playground, and a lap pool.

CoCo Key Orlando Water Resort
Orlando, Florida
Water park resort open to hotel guests and to the general public.

Coconut Cove Waterpark
Boca Raton
561-274-1140
5-acre waterpark with a children's interactive water play structure, lazy river ride, and 2 waterslides.

Daytona Lagoon
Daytona Beach, FL

Fantasy Surf
Kissimmee, FL
Indoor surfing attraction.

Legoland Florida Water Park
Winter Haven, FL
Adjacent to the Legoland theme park. Requires a separate ticket from the theme park.

Rapids Water Park
W. Palm Beach
561-848-6272
22-acre park with 16 waterslides, lazy river, wave pool, children's play area.

Sam's Fun City
Pensacola
850-505-0800
Affiliated theme park: Sam's Fun City

Shipwreck Island
Panama City Beach
850-234-2282
Island-themed park with wave pool, lazy river, and waterslides. Children's areas are Tadpole Hole and Skull Island.

Shipwreck Island at Adventure Landing
Jacksonville Beach
(904) 246-4386
Island-themed park with uphill water coaster, halfpipe ride, wave pool, lazy river, and waterslides. Children's areas are The Pirate's Play Village and Kiddie Cove.

Sun Splash Family Waterpark
Cape Coral
941-574-0558
Small park with waterslides, activity and family pools, otter slides, an inner tube river, and a children's play area

Typhoon Lagoon
At Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista
Affiliated theme park: Walt Disney World

Wet 'n Wild Orlando
Orlando
The granddaddy of waterparks and still one of the best. Although it is not on-property, Wet 'n Wild is now part of Universal Orlando.

Wild Waters
Silver Springs
352-236-2121
Separate admission from Silver Springs nature park. 9-acre family waterpark featuring a wave pool, three children's play areas, and eight flume rides such as the Tornado, Hurricane, Thunderbolt, Silver Bullet, and the six-story Twin Twister.
Affiliated theme park: Silver Springs

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