When you think of Orlando’s theme parks and water parks, thrill rides and long lines are probably some of the first things to come to mind. While the parks can definitely make for an action-packed day, there are also a few great places to sit back, relax, and enjoy the Florida sun.
Universal’s Volcano Bay is one of the most epic water parks in Orlando. At the center of the park you’ll find Waturi Beach. The multi-directional wave pool, located just at the bottom of the Krakatau Volcano, is surrounded by a lush white beach covered in lounge chairs. Whether you’re laying out in the sun or wading in the Waturi wave pool, this is an excellent place to unwind and enjoy the day.
For an even more luxurious experience, you can upgrade your standard lounge chair for premium seating or cabana rentals. Premium seating guarantees all-day reservations on deluxe lounge chairs. The private cabanas offer extra comfortable seating on padded lounge chairs, concierge service with an exclusive food and beverage menu, and a small refrigerator filled with water and snacks.
The Reef is one of the water park’s two leisure pools. The five-and-a-half foot deep pool has its own private waterfall and awesome views of the Krakatau Volcano. You can lounge in the cool pool while watching riders fly down the Ko’okiri Body Plunge’s clear tube slides.
The other leisure pool is the Puka Uli Lagoon, which is equal parts relaxing and entertaining. It’s the perfect place to relax poolside, while little ones can explore the pool’s tropical bongos, slides, and spray jets.
Kopiko Wai Winding River is a lazy stream that flows amongst the park’s tropical scenery and through the volcano itself. With several entrances, the river can be used as a means of transportation through the park or just a chill place to relax on an inner tube.
Although it’s not quite as lazy, the TeAwa Fearless River is Volcano Bay’s other inner tube-friendly stream. In contrast to the Kopiko Wai Winding River, the whitewater “torrent river” seems like it wouldn’t be a relaxing experience. Despite the rapids and choppier waters, you can still lay back and ride the waves. Just look out for a few “surprises” along the way!
Disney’s Blizzard Beach
Walt Disney World is home to two different water parks: Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.
Take a tranquil journey through caves and grottoes in Cross Country Creek, a 3000-foot lazy river set in an arctic paradise. You can swim in the creek, or pick up an inner tube at any one of the seven entrances along the way.
Melt Away Bay is a one acre heated wave pool that provides the perfect setting for relaxation. Whether you’re riding the gentle waves on an inner tube or sitting back in a lounge chair on the sandy shore, you can be totally at rest on the bay.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
The Surf Pool at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is the largest wave pool in North America and serves as the park’s signature attraction.
In addition to the surf pool, Typhoon Lagoon’s lazy river is perfect for relaxing the day away. Castaway Creek is a 2000-foot flowing river running through a lush rainforest that circles the entire park. The scenic creek is an amazing place to drift off.
Aquatica’s wave pools and the surrounding area is the perfect place to kick back and relax for the day. Between the sprawling beaches and the side-by-side wave pools, you can enjoy all the best parts of the beach without the sharks and saltwater.
The waves turn on and off intermittently throughout the day in Cutback Cove and Big Surf Shores, so you can sit back and relax in the still waters or grab a life vest and float along the waves. Between the two, the waves in Big Surf Shores pool are slightly milder than in Cutback Cove.
Out of the water, you can find a spot on the beach in a lounge chair and either bask in the sun or relax in the shade of an umbrella. If you’re looking for more privacy, you can upgrade to one of Aquatica’s seven cabana locations, ranging from $49 to $299.
Elsewhere in the park, you can enjoy a relaxing ride along Loggerhead Lane. Hop into an inflatable raft, by yourself or with a friend, and float the day away on a peaceful river that flows through shady caves and colorful aquariums filled with exotic fish.
LEGOLAND Florida Waterpark
The LEGOLAND Florida Water Park is filled with major kid-friendly rides and attractions. However, there are a few areas to sit back and relax in the park. The LEGO Wave Pool features waves are just big enough for guests of all ages to enjoy. You can also make your own life-sized LEGO creation and relax along the Build A Raft River. The 1000-foot long waterway travels through LEGO Models, palm trees, and tropical plants.
Take your relaxation to the next level with a cabana rental. Rentals include two souvenir towels, a personal safe, a mini-fridge stocked with cold water, two beach recliners, two chairs. You’ll also have access to a personal cabana host. There are two different options at the LEGOLAND Water Park. Duplo Splash Cabanas are the most private locations. They are stationed near the park entrance and bathrooms. The Joker Soaker Cabanas provide excellent access to the water playground and other thrill rides.
See what else these parks have to offer with this guide to Orlando’s water parks!