The Best Water Parks in Florida
- Volcano Bay at The Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando
- Typhoon Lagoon at The Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando
- Blizzard Beach at The Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando
- Aquatica at SeaWorld, Orlando
- Adventure Island, Tampa
- Rapids Water Park, Riviera Beach
- Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park, Destin
- Sun Splash Family Waterpark, Cape Coral
Volcano Bay at The Universal Orlando Resort
Volcano Bay at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando was opened in 2017 and is the newest major water park in the state. This fifty-three acre Polynesian themed park is part of Universal’s expansion and is adjacent to the Cabana Bay and Aventura hotels.
Volcano Bay has the latest in high-tech rides, is centered around a 200-foot tall volcano called “Kratkau” that has eruptions on a regular basis. There are three individual “Village” sections which are as follows:
Rainforest Village at Volcano Bay
The Rainforest Village is the largest section with respect to the number of slides, raft rides and dining venues.
- Kala and Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides: These are “drop” slides so when the trap door opens, you are practically vertical on this 125-foot slide.
- Ohayh and Onhno Drop Slides: Two of the most fun slides in all of Volcano Bay, you slide along and at the end shoot out into a deep pool of water.
- Puka Uli Lagoon: A perfect spot to sit by the pool and just relax.
- Maku and Puihi Round Raft Rides: Exciting multi-passenger raft rides which have a variety of funnels, banks, tunnels and drops.
- TeAwa The Fearless River: A “fast” version of a lazy river. Sit back and let the water do all the work.
- Hammerhead Beach
- Taniwha Tubes – Tonga & Raki: Four individual raft rides that can be ridden as a single rider or in pairs.
- Punga Racers: Grab your friends and race on this four lane mat slide to see who gets to the finish line first.
- Bambu: Quick service dining features burgers, chicken fish and more.
- The Feasting Frog: Quick service dining featuring tacos and nachos.
- Kunuku Boat Bar: A full service bar where you can grab a cocktail and relax.
River Village at Volcano Bay
The River Village is perfect for families and some of the younger guests with a variety of slides and play areas.
- Krakatau Aqua Coaster: This is a water version of a roller coaster ride. Board your raft and ride through the volcano on this amazing ride.
- Runamukka Reef: A three-story water fortress with slides and play areas.
- Tot Tiki Reef: Play area for the younger guests full of fun water features.
- Kopiko Wai Winding Rider: The traditional lazy river – grab a tube and float around the park, through the volcano.
- Honu and ika Moana: Exciting multi-passenger raft slides with a two different slide experiences.
- Whakawaiwai: Quick service dining features pizza, hot dogs, salads and more.
Wave Village at Volcano Bay
Wave Village is the perfect spot for relaxing, sunbathing and just enjoying an amazing day in sunny Florida. But there is some excitement to it as well!
- Ko’okiri Body Plunge: Fall 125 feet at nearly 70-degrees in the amazing drop slide.
- Waturi Beach: The main wave pool just in front of Krakatau.
- The Reef: A calm pool that is perfect for the little ones.
- Dancing Dragons Boat Bar: A full service bar for cocktails.
- Kohola Reef Restaurant and Social Club: The perfect spot for a nice lunch.
Private Cabanas are available at Volcano Bay and this park uses a virtual queue waiting system called Tapu Tapu.
Blizzard Beach at The Walt Disney World Resort
Blizzard Beach opened in April 1995 and is currently one of two water parks at The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Blizzard Beach consists of 66-acres themed as the aftermath of a freak snowstorm that hit Florida, leaving some of the world’s “longest, slushing, gushing, downhill thrills”.
The centerpiece of Blizzard Beach is the ski jump ramp which stands well above the entire park. The rides and attractions at Blizzard Beach are separated into categories: Green Slopes (thrill rides), Purple Slopes (moderate rides) and Red Slopes (easy rides).
Blizzard Beach Rides & Attractions
- Summit Plummet: Fall 120-feet in this amazing body slide (for riders 48 inches and higher).
- Slush Gusher: A speed slide along the snow banked mountain (for riders 48 inches and higher).
- Teamboat Springs: A 1,200 foot family raft ride full of twists and turns.
- Chairlift: Ride to the top of Mt. Gushmore on the chairlift. Provides easy access to the green slopes.
- Toboggan Racers: An eight-person mat slide that is a race to the bottom so make sure you challenge your friends.
- Snow Stormers: Three slalom-style mat slides with twists and curves.
- Downhill Double Dipper: Fall into a black hole and plummet 50 feet downhill on this amazing inner tube ride.
Red Slopes and Other Rides:
- Runoff Rapids: Inner tube rides in both open and fully closed slides. A perfect spot for the younger riders.
- Melt-Away Bay: Enjoy floating in this one-acre sized wave pool.
- Cross Country Creek: Blizzard Beach’s version of the lazy river that fully encircles the park.
- Ski Patrol Training Camp: This is the pre-teen area with slides, an iceberg walk on the water and a zip-line type ride.
- Tike’s Peak: For children 48 inches and under, this play area features a number of slides, jets and fountains.
Blizzard Beach Dining, Beverages and Gifts
- Avalunch: Quick service dining.
- Warming Hut: Quick service dining with seating available.
- Lottawanta Lodge: Quick service dining with seating available.
- Cooling Hut: Grab a snack and a beverage.
- Polar Pub: Enjoy a cocktail at the Polar Pub.
- I.C. Expeditions: Get your ice cream here.
- Frostbite Freedy’s: Drinks and adult beverages.
- Beach Haus: Gift shop with souvenirs and apparel.
- Snowless Joe’s: Lockers, towel rents and life jackets.
- Sunglasses Hut
** PLEASE NOTE AT THIS TIME BLIZZARD BEACH IS NOT OPEN
Located in Tampa, Florida, Adventure Island is a 30-acre water park that opened in 1980 and is adjacent to Busch Gardens Tampa (part of SeaWorld Entertainment).
Adventure Island has more than 10 slides & attractions as well as two pools, a kids area and a lazy river.
Adventure Island Rides & Attractions
- Solar Vortex
- Vanish Point drop slide
- Colossal Curl
- Aruba Tuba
- Calypso Coaster
- Caribbean Corkscrew
- Runaway Rapids
- Water Moccasin
- Endless Surf: A 17,000 square foot waver pool.
- Paradise Lagoon: A 9,000 square foot pool and play area.
- Rambling Bayou lazy river
Like Aquatica, Adventure Island offer a priority boarding pass also called “Quick Queue”.
Shipwreck Island Water Park
Located in Panama City Beach, Shipwreck Island Water Park has been entertaining families since 1976. Attractions include a 500,000 gallon wave pool, a “fast’ lazy river and a lazy river, a number of slides and a children’s play area.
Big Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park
Originally opened in 1986 Big’ Kahuna’s Water & Adventure Park has over 40 water attractions and also features several thrill rides and a miniature golf course. Major rides & Attractions include Kowabunga Racer, Hammerhead, Monkey River, Cobra Twister, Honolulu Half Pipe, Jumanji and the Maui Pipeline Slides.
SunSplash Family Waterpark
Rides & Attractions at the SunSplash Family Waterpark include Cape Fear (a single or double tube ride from a 30-foot high platform), Fun-L- Tunnel (a fun slide where you will drop 30-feet without a tube on a 200 foot ride), Zoom Flume (a 200-foot open air body slide from a 30-foot high platform) and Electric Slide & Power Surge (two five-story tube rides for 457 feet of twists and turns).