Top 5 Florida water parks not to miss.


Orlando water parks are a fun way to spend a day in the sun! They’re cheaper than a day at a theme park. You can stay cool in the sun and try some great rides and slides.

Here’s our top 5 best Florida water parks.

The 5 Best Orlando water parks are:-

  1. Typhoon Lagoon at Disney World.
  2. Blizzard Beach at Disney World.
  3. Aquatica water park near SeaWorld.
  4. Discovey Cove near SeaWorld….
  5. Universal’s Volcano Bay near Universal Studios

…and an extra water park called Adventure Island in Tampa Bay. If you plan on making a day trip to Tampa, be sure to visit Adventure Island water park!

Florida heat/humidity and water parks are a natural match. From the earliest days of Walt Disney World, Disney Imagineers and Planners realized this. Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach have taken the ordinary and turned it into the extraordinary. Who would have thought Florida would see “snow” year round?

1. Typhoon Lagoon

One of the truly beautiful Orlando water parks as you could only expect from Disney! Main features include a 2,100ft long lazy river with overhead gushers. Typhoon Lagoon has body slides, multi-person raft rides and tube slides to suit all the family.

Be sure to check out the free snorkeling activity area where you can snorkel alongside tropical fish and tame sharks in a saltwater pool.


  • 1145 East Buena Vista Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32830


  • 407-560-4141

Opening times:

  • year round 7 days a week. The park may be closed during winter periods for maintenance work.

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2. Blizzard Beach Water Park

Blizzard Beach has the best water park theming in town!

This Disney water park looks just like an Alpine ski resort, complete with snowy mountain peaks in the tropical setting of Florida. At this Orlando water park, both thrill seekers and small children will find enough to fill a day here. The pinnacle attraction is the Summit Plummet – the USA’s tallest and fastest free-fall water slide!

There’s plenty more less stomach wrenching slides too! Including team Boat Springs raft ride and Toboggan Racers 8 lane mat slide race.


  • Walt Disney World Resort, 1534 Blizzard Beach Drive, Orlando, FL 32830


  • 407-560-3400

Opening times:

  • 09:00-20:00 year round 7 days a week. The park may be closed during winter periods for maintenance work.

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3. Aquatica at SeaWorld

Aquatica is a new SeaWorld water park that opened April 1st 2008. Aquatica has a South Sea Islands theme with bright colors and a tropical feel throughout the park.

Located next door to SeaWorld, it’s right in the heart of all the attractions along the International Drive district.

Aquatica Orlando
While visiting this water park you’ll have the chance to see dolphins up close without paying the high prices at Discovery Cove.

It has a relaxed atmosphere with a large beach area and shoreline. There’s also a beautiful lazy river with waterfalls and a spot where you can observe the dolphins.

If you were looking for thrill slides you might be disappointed. Although it has many slides which are &great; for children, if you’re into serious thrill slides Universal’s Volcano Bay or Blizzard Beach are the best Orlando water parks to try.

The relatively recent opening of the park has brought high numbers of visitors and on weekends the park has been filled to capacity by noon!

If you want to bag a sun lounger on the beach – arrive early soon after the park opens. Another option is wait until later in the afternoon in summer, when many people have left for the day.


  • 5800 Water Play Way, Orlando, FL 32821, United States


  • 407-545-5550

Opening times:

  • 09:00 – 18:00 year round 7 days a week, closed some Mondays and Tuesdays in November and December.

More about Aquatica Water Park.

4. Discovery Cove Florida

As part of the SeaWorld company, Discovery Cove offers truly special interactive experiences with marine life.

This Orlando water park is most famous for its swimming with dolphins experiences.

You’ll be able to swim and play with bottlenose dolphins in a deep water lagoon and learn about their behavior from their trainers.

Unlike most other water parks, Discovery Cove limits visitor numbers to 1000 people per day and to enter the park you need to have made reservations in advance.

See our guide to Discovery Cove Tickets for further information.

Of all the water parks in Orlando, Discovery Cove is the only one to have a large aviary, beaches, lazy river through waterfalls and lagoons.


  • 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando


  • 887-557-7404 DISCOVERY for advanced reservations

Opening times:

  • 09:30 – 17:30 year round 7 days a week.

More about Discovery Cove Florida 

5. Universal’s Volcano Bay

Now part of Universal Studios, Universal’s Volcano Bay is one of the most popular Florida water parks. It is renowned for 200-foot conical mountain which roars periodically and emits lava-esque fluid at night.

The most extreme of all rides is a 70 degree drop to get the heart pounding in the most adventurous of thrill-seekers.

There’s also a large wave pool with areas to relax and sunbathe, plus areas for kids too. Also you can try water skiing, knee boarding and wake boarding on the lake.


  • 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA


  • 407-363-8000

Opening times:

  • year round 7 days a week. The park may be closed during winter periods for maintenance work.

Adventure Island Tampa

Advenure Island in Tampa is another great Florida water park to visit.

It’s located directly across from Busch Gardens theme park.

Adventure Island opens every summer, it is closed during the winter months.

See our guide to Adventure Island Tampa.


  • 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612


  • 1-888-800-5447 or 813-987-5660

Opening times:

  • year round 7 days a week. The park may be closed during winter periods for maintenance work.

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