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If your child loves the water, there really is no better place for them to grow up than in the Sunshine State.  With warm weather practically year-round, there is always adventure on the water to be had.  There are definitely some amazing water parks in Orlando.  If you haven’t taken your child to one of these yet, you  need to plan on it soon.

Here is our list of our favorite water parks for a fun day out with your kids.  Just bring some towels, water shoes, and sunscreen and you are all set.

 

Orlando waterparks

Aquatica

For families, Aquatica is a top choice as it is perfect no matter what age the children are.  There is literally something for all age groups so everyone is sure to have a great time.  From tiny tots to teenagers, there are slides, pools, beaches, water play areas, up close animal encounters, and more.  The main theme here is bringing the animals close to you while enjoying your water park adventure.  Imagine sliding through the dolphin and whale pool, it is as if you are playing in their sanctuary.  Or enjoy the lazy river as you float around the tropical scenery with underwater glimpses of the dolphins and fish.  Aquatica is also the world’s first Certified Autism Center which is amazing and speaks to the level of detail and inclusion for all.

Hours: Sunday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm
Pricing: Starting at $40 and up
Location: 5800 Water Play Way, Orlando, FL 32821

Blizzard Beach

For those wanting to “discover frosty fun for the whole family,” Disney once again proves how well they do a theme at Blizzard Beach.  With seven rides that do not have a height requirement, you won’t have to separate the family to have fun.  No matter the ages or height of your kids, you will be able to enjoy attractions such as runoff rapids, the ski patrol training camp, snow stormers, teamboat springs and the toboggan racers.  They also have some fun thrill slides for those that have older kids and adventuring parents.   This “melting ski resort” is fun spin on a water park that can be enjoyed year-round as even if it is a little chilly, the water here is heated making it the perfect place to enjoy in the off season as you won’t have to contend with the crowds.  Come summer, this is one of the top water parks for out of towners to visit.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm
Pricing: Starting at $69
Location: 1534 Blizzard Beach Drive, Orlando, FL 32836

Margaritaville Island H2O

With 30 acres of water rides, dining, and attractions, Margaritaville’s Island H2O is a great place to check out.  Having recently opened, it is not yet crowded and one of the more enjoyable parks around town being new on the scene.  This is a fantastic place to take the whole family.  They have the Pelican’s Paradise which is the designated area for tiny tots.  There is lots of adventures for the small ones in that area and once they are 36 inches or taller, there are an array of slides, rapids, and plunges and more for them to enjoy.  For kids 42 inches and above, there’s high speed plunging tube rides and boomeranging tubes along with lots of attractions perfect for older kids.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm
Pricing: $37.99 for kids, $44.99 for adults
Location: 3230 Inspiration Dr, Kissimmee, FL 34747

Nona Adventure Park

Located in the watersport’s capital of the world, Nona Adventure Park features a floating aqua park obstacle course.  With a climbing tower, rope course, rock wall, and wake boarding as well, it is a great way to incorporate fun, fitness and family togetherness.  There is a kid’s course for climbing for ages 3 to 7.  The inflatable course is for kids 5 years and older.  If you’re looking into the wake courses, they require kids to be 10 years old and older.

Hours: 10 am to 6 pm
Pricing: Starting at $20 for 50 minutes
Location: 14086 Centerline Dr, Orlando, FL 32827

Orlando Watersports Complex

With 40 features of fun, the Orlando Watersports Complex is going to be a completely different adventure than what you have experienced at any other water park.  This escapade is going to require kids to be at least 6 years of age or older and all those participating must be able to swim.  This park is for those that want an active water sport lifestyle that is family friendly and safe.  They offer waterskiing, wakeboarding, wakeskating, tubing, and an amazing inflatable aquapark course that is the ultimate in adventure in the water.  Definitely a place to visit with older kids and a place they are sure to remember and enjoy.

Hours: 11 am to 6 pm
Pricing: Starting at $20 for 50 minutes
Location: 8615 Florida Rock Rd, Orlando, FL 32824

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Typhoon Lagoon

“Splash into the action” at Typhoon Lagoon and enjoy a Family fun day together at Disney.  They have lots of attractions for younger ones that have no height requirements such as the surf pool, storm slides, miss adventures falls, ketchcakidde creek, gangplank falls, keelhaul falls and mayday falls.  Once your child is over 48 inches, there are a couple more water adventures for them to partake in.  Definitely a fun day at a waterpark with so many attractions that don’t require your kids to be a certain height that the family can have fun together rather in separate age appropriate areas making this a favorite.

Hours: Opened seasonally
Pricing: Starting at $69
Location: 1145 East Buena Vista, Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32830

Volcano Bay

If you want to escape to an Island Paradise, take the kids to Volcano Bay.  With virtual lines, you won’t have to waste your time standing around waiting in line.  Instead, enjoy the day riding the aqua coaster, tubing adventures, slides, play on the beach or enjoy a splash in the lazy river.  This is a great park for any age range as there is lots to see and do.  They even have a special Tot Tiki Reef for littles.  The mamas around my side of town seem to favor this as it’s one of the most recommended in one of my mommy groups.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm
Pricing: Starting at $65 for children, $70 for adults
Location: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819

Which of these water parks in Orlando do you most want to visit?

Written by Megan Daniels

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