A trip to Florida always promises plenty of fun, with a vast number of attractions and venues to choose from. Indeed, of anywhere in Florida, Orlando has come to be known as one of the capitals of entertainment in the United States, enticing us in our droves to visit year after year.
Part of what makes this part of the world such a popular holiday destination is the superb selection of waterparks, and we’ve listed some of our favourites for you to consider ahead of your break.
We’ll start our rundown with the most famous of the bunch. Aquatica forms part of Orlando’s SeaWorld, and as such, it’s pretty much the most well-known waterpark in town. That reputation isn’t one that’s built up for no reason either, as some of the most iconic of Florida’s wet and wild attractions can be found here.
Tubes and chutes snake and curl around a superb variety of pristine blue pools, while the Taumata Racer sees slides lined up side by side. Once you’re done seeing who makes it from top to bottom first, check out the Big Surf Shores by Cutback Cove for the thrills of the beach right here inland.
As of May 2017, Volcano Bay has become the newest waterpark in Florida. Excitement’s pretty high as a result, and it’s no surprise with the rides on offer here.
The Krakatau Aqua Coaster promises a daring ride through dark twisted volcanic tunnels, emerging into the open through a shimmering waterfall, while the Punga Racers network of underwater tunnels lets kids race on mats shaped like manta rays down an exciting aquatic route. For younger children, the Tot Tiki Reef is a more shallow pool with its own little volcano, close to the relaxing River Village. The Wave Village offers relaxation with beachside aesthetics, while the Rainforest Village promises the TeAwa Fearless River, a whitewater raft journey unlike any other.
Add a splash of Disney to your waterpark adventures with a trip to the House of Mouse’s own Typhoon Lagoon. Traditional attractions are plentiful here, from the thrilling high-speed Crush n’ Gusher to the bold antics of the Humunga Kowabunga. Between the areas of excitement, restaurants and cafes are dotted around to keep you well fed and hydrated.
It’s like a compact Caribbean island at Discovery Cove, which is garlanded with palm trees and decorated with waterfalls. Big blue pools glisten in the sunlight, and new animal friends like otters and tropical birds are here for you and the family to meet.
Disney dishes up another winner with Blizzard Beach, and it’s perhaps the coolest waterpark around. Of course, that’s mostly owed to its distinctive ski resort theme, mixing the natural sunshine of Orlando with the pristine white slopes of a frosty realm. You can hop across ice cube obstacle courses precariously bobbing over bright blue water, or slink down the chutes of the Slush Gusher. Tame the Runoff Rapids and then enjoy lunch by the sights in this distinctive waterpark.
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