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WATER PARKS IN FLORIDA

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Florida water parks are the best places to cool off on hot days. You'll find several water parks in Orlando.

Tube slide with Commerson's dolpins at Aquatica, SeaWorld
Tube slide with Commerson's dolpins at Aquatica, SeaWorld
Photo © Aquatica

Two Orlando water parks are at SeaWorld Florida. Aquatica has a South Pacific theme. The SeaWorld water park features wave pools, sandy beaches, a tube slide through a pool of Commerson's dolphins, a lazy river ride, water slides and a large kids' interactive play area.

On Omaka Rapids, Aquatica's high-speed tube slide, riders plummet, near vertically, forwards and backwards through water funnels and half-pipes.

The address for Aquatica is 5800 Water Play Way in Orlando Fl. You can buy Aquatica tickets, vacation packages and dining packages on the Aquatica website, and rent strollers and wheelchairs online.

Discovery Cove SeaWorld

At Discovery Cove, a Florida water park that looks like a tropical oasis, families snorkel with stingrays, feed tropical birds and swim with dolphins. Non-swimmers can wear lifejackets for the dolphin swim.

The address for Discovery Cove SeaWorld is 6000 Discovery Cove Way in Orlando, Florida. You can buy all-inclusive tickets on the Discovery Cove website. Besides admissions, Discovery Cove tickets include parking, breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks, use of wetsuit, mask, towels and locker as well as a free photo and snorkel.

Swim with dolphins at SeaWorld.
Swim with dolphins at SeaWorld.
Photo © Discovery Cove

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Florida

Adventure Island Busch Gardens is a water park with Florida Keys-themed water slides, rambling river rides, playgrounds, dining and shopping. Families can race down a four-lane mat slide and bob in waves in the large Endless Surf pool.

Some water slides, such as Everglides, have height restrictions for children. The best water attraction for little kids is Fabian's Fun Port, which offers a kid-size wave pool, water jets and a jungle gym.

The Adventure Island address in Busch Gardens Florida is 10001 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa. You can buy Adventure Island tickets, vacation packages and all-day dining deal tickets on the Adventure Island website.

Disney water parks

Supplementing Walt Disney World Resort's pools and beaches are the water slides and pools of Blizzard Beach water park and Typhoon Lagoon. Blizzard Beach boasts one of the world's longest family whitewater rides, while one of the world's largest surfing lagoons highlights Typhoon Lagoon.

You can buy Blizzard Beach tickets and Typhoon Lagoon tickets on the Disney World website. Magic Your Way tickets offer a Water Park Fun & More option, which gives you admission to one Disney water park each day.

The Black Hole tube ride
The Black Hole tube ride
Photo © Wet 'n' Wild

Wet 'n Wild park

Wet 'n Wild has single and multi-person tube rides, including The Black Hole, which has color and sound effects. Families enjoy the Wave Pool Surf Lagoon and Lazy River. Children love the miniature rides in Kids' Park and the giant bubble slide.

The Wet 'n Wild address is 6200 International Drive in Orlando. You can buy Wet 'n Wild tickets online, including three park passes that combine Wet 'n Wild with either Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk.

Places to swim with dolphins

Florida is home to many other marine parks. Marineland St. Augustine was the world's first oceanarium. Dolphin interactions range from Trainer-For-A-Day programs to swimming with dolphins.

The address for Marineland Florida is 9600 Oceanshore Blvd., St. Augustine. You can buy Marineland tickets and make reservations for each dolphin interaction on the Marineland website.

Miami Seaquarium also features dolphin interactions, as well as marine animal shows, presentations on sharks, manatees and reef critters, and stingray, crocodile and aquarium exhibits.

The Miami Seaquarium address is 4400 Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami. You can buy Miami Seaquarium tickets and make reservations for dolphin encounters on the Miami Seaquarium website.