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.
Aquatica Water Park at SeaWorld Orlando
Outdoor water park on the Gulf coast.
Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs
Weeki Wachee Springs (near Tampa)
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Waterslides, speed slides, lazy river. The feature is the large spring-fed pool.
Affiliated theme park: Weeki Wachee Springs
Royal Palm Beach
Small, municipal park with lazy river, water slides, children's interactive water playground, and a lap pool.
Water park resort open to hotel guests and to the general public.
Coconut Cove Waterpark
5-acre waterpark with a children's interactive water play structure, lazy river ride, and 2 waterslides.
Daytona Beach, 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
22-acre park with 16 waterslides, lazy river, wave pool, children's play area.
Panama City Beach
Island-themed park with wave pool, lazy river, and waterslides. Children's areas are Tadpole Hole and Skull Island.
Shipwreck Island at Adventure Landing
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
Small park with waterslides, activity and family pools, otter slides, an inner tube river, and a children's play area
Wet 'n Wild 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.
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