Although Orlando is mostly known for it’s popular theme parks, it’s also got some of the best water parks in the world! With summer approaching and the weather getting warmer, it might be time to think about experiencing some of the following water parks for yourself on your next Orlando vacation!
Best Thrills: Wet ‘n’ Wild
As part of Universal Orlando‘s parks, you can expect the biggest water park thrills at Wet ‘n Wild. Considered the nation’s first water park, Wet ‘n Wild is open year-round and features some daring rides including the Aqua Drag Racers, which is the tallest, fastest 4-lane drag race without wheels, Bomb Bay, where the floor falls beneath your feet and you’re sent plunging down a body slide, and Brain Wash, an exciting multi-person tube ride.
Most Unique Attraction: SeaWorld’s Aquatica
SeaWorld’s Aquatica is one of the most unique water parks in the world, featuring one-of-a-kind thrills and even sparkling white sand beaches. Although Typhoon Lagoon features a salt water reef where guests can snorkel with the fish, we believe the most unique attraction is located at Aquatica. The Dolphin Plunge slide sends you down a clear tube through a habitat that is home to Commerson’s dolphins, which can be seen as you speed down the tube. If that’s not a unique adventure, we don’t know what is!
Most Kid-Friendly: LEGOLAND Florida Water Park
Disney water parks are known to cater to families, but the most kid-friendly water park is LEGOLAND Florida’s water park. This park has a targeted demographic of kids between the ages of 2 and 12, and features a number of LEGO-themed children’s play areas. The Build-A-Raft River even allows for riders to create their own rafts using soft LEGO bricks. The park also features a wave pool, kid-friendly water slides, and water cannons.
Best Wave Pool: Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
As the park’s signature attraction, you can expect Typhoon Lagoon to have the biggest and best wave pool in Central Florida. Typhoon Lagoon is home to one of the world’s largest outdoor wave pools, which features 6-foot high waves every 90 seconds. The chalkboard near the edge of the beach has the day’s wave schedule, so keep an eye on that to catch a wave! You can also show off your surfing skills or learn to surf like a pro at a private session where 25 surfers per session is the maximum.
Best Drop: Breakaway Falls at Aquatica
The newest slide at Aquatica is also the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower of its kind in Central Florida. After stepping into a breakaway box and crossing your arms and legs, guests will wait for the 3…2…1… countdown before this watery free-fall plunges you 40 feet down an 80-degree drop before taking you through several 360-degree spirals. This ride puts you face-to-face with your friends, but you never know who is going to drop first!
Longest Lazy River: Wet ‘n Wild
For many of us, we enjoy a little bit of rest and relaxation, even when we are at a theme park. A lazy river is the perfect opportunity to catch some waves while relaxing on an inner tube, and if you’re looking for the longest lazy river in Orlando, Wet ‘n Wild is the place to be. Featuring a mile-long winding river, you will be taken on a relaxing journey as you float past palm trees and water falls. Get away from the hustle and bustle of the theme park and take a ride down Wet ‘n Wild’s lazy river!
Best Theme: Disney’s Blizzard Beach
As far as theme parks go, Walt Disney World offers the most magical experiences you could imagine, and Blizzard Beach is no exception. Themed as a spectacular “ski resort,” Blizzard Beach is a winter wonderland in the midst of tropical Florida, where you’ll find water-filled slalom courses and tobbogan runs that had been filled with water from the mountains of melting snow that came from a “freak” snowstorm. It’s all Disney legend of course, but it’s the perfect story that helped theme this awesome water park.
No matter which Orlando water park you choose, there is something for the entire family at each one. Purchase water park tickets for your summer vacation now, and experience some of the world’s most unique and exciting water parks.