Need to cool off? Kissimmee has you covered.
There's no better way to chill out than with a visit to a heat-beating water park on a sizzling Florida day. Luckily, Central Florida boasts some of the most fun and exciting ways to splash the day away. With everything from tunnel slides to saltwater reefs, melted ski hills to scenic sea life, and rapids to lazy rivers, our water parks offer the ultimate in aquatic adventures. Here’s our guide to Kissimmee’s world-class water parks.
Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park
A blizzard in Central Florida? Only at Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park. This melted ski resort turned water park offers a unique experience you won’t find outside of Kissimmee.
Take a ski lift to the top of Mount Gushmore, the park’s epic peak, and zip down the slushy slopes on some of the world’s tallest and fastest free-fall slides, like the 120-foot-tall Summit Plummet. Challenge your pals to a Toboggan Race. Spend a little family time together on a raft ride through Steamboat Springs. Relax on the white-sand beach after a rousing afternoon in the Melt Away Bay wave pool and tube zone.
Older kids and tweens can catch air along the tricky obstacles and intermediate slides at Ski Patrol Training Camp, while little ones can cool off at Tike’s Peak where the slides, rides, and water jets are scaled down to be kid friendly.
Whet your appetite: Mini doughnuts, quick bites, and sweet slushy concoctions at Arctic Expeditions will help keep you fueled and cooled on your day of adventure.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Set in the sea-washed remnants of a tropical resort, Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park offers an amazing water park experience for storm chasers of all ages.
Whether you’re looking for gale-force action or cool-breeze relaxation, this action-packed park is a tropical paradise full of twisting slides, sandy beaches, and the largest inland wave pool around. See water run uphill at Crush 'n' Gusher, a multi-passenger water coaster that propels you through a series of plunging hills. Rush along palms and rough boulders in a solo raft ride down Keelhaul Falls.
Need more thrills? Take a risk on the Humunga Kowabunga’s five-story vertical drop or hang ten at the Typhoon Lagoon Surf Pool and wait for the Big Kahuna, with six-foot swells that rival those of Hawaii. Miss Adventure Falls is the perfect setting for family fun on the high seas as one of Florida’s longest water rides. Afterward, unwind while floating down Castaway Creek. Tots can experience their own storm-soaked adventure at Ketchakiddee Creek which offers age-appropriate rides, slides, and pools.
Whet your appetite: Stop by the beach shacks and grab sandwiches and fan-favorite slushy desserts all day long.
Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark
Trade your flip-flops for flippers at Aquatica, SeaWorld's Waterpark that intermingles marine life with aquatic adventure. Experience a crazy mashup of 42 high-speed water slides, exhilarating wave pools, and tranquil 84,000 square feet of beach, river, and lagoons!
From mild to wild, Aquatica has attractions for all ages. At Dolphin Plunge, take a clear tube slide straight through a tank of Commerson's dolphins before embarking on a free-fall at Ihu's Breakaway Falls, Central Florida’s steepest and only multi-drop tower slide. Then, challenge the laws of physics on the gravity-defying Tassie’s Twisters and velocity-racked Whanau Way tower slides. Ride the tide at Cutback Cove and Big Surf Shore, two giant side-by-side wave pools. Or slow it down to a turtle’s pace to catch a majestic view of loggerhead turtles down the Loggerhead Lane lazy river ride.
For the kids, Walkabout Waters presents a multi-story fortress of shallow pools, water cannons, and whimsical characters, while Kata's Kookaburra Cove offers a shallow play area with gentle slides designed for the littlest minnows in the group.
Whet your appetite: The Banana Beach Cookout has pulled pork, hot dogs, and other grill favs available all day.
Swim with the fishes, literally, at SeaWorld's Discovery Cove. This exclusive park offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim and interact with dolphins while also enjoying other unique experiences like walking on the bottom of the sea, feeding tropical birds, and swimming next to playful otters. The Dolphin Lagoon, Discovery Cove's signature attraction, offers a 30-minute swim with one of the park's bottlenose dolphins. The Freshwater Oasis attraction offers face-to-face encounters with otters along a partially submerged tunnel that you can swim through. Explore a reef teaming with life during a SeaVenture excursion, which allows guests to walk along the bottom of the ocean while wearing dive helmets.
Whet your appetite: This all-inclusive park offers food and drink all day long!
LEGOLAND Water Park
Built from the bricks up, the LEGOLAND Water Park is conveniently located right next to the LEGOLAND Florida and is perfect for families with younger children.
Fusing the fun and interactivity of LEGO with all the expected amenities of a water park, LEGOLAND offers tons of unique water features like Build-a-Raft River, where you customize your own raft with giant LEGO pieces while floating along a 1,000-foot lazy river fringed with palm trees.
Looking for a little more excitement? Thrill seekers will love Splash Out with its three different slides that feature 60-foot drops. And kids of all ages will enjoy the Joker Soaker, an interactive playground with several slides and a gigantic 300-gallon bucket full of water, just waiting to drench the twist of slides. Or take it easy at the LEGO Wave Pool where everyone can take a load off in gentle waves. Speaking of little ones, they’ll love the DUPLO Splash Safari which features a play area filled with large DUPLO characters and smaller slides.
Whet your appetite: The Beach-and-Brick outdoor eatery offers classic American flavors, while a stop at the Ice Cream Hut is the perfect way to beat the heat.
Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Theme Park
The perfect balance between over-the-top fun and serene surroundings, find your zen at Universal’s Volcano Bay.
Take on a carefree attitude as you make your way through this Pacific Island-style water park, inspired by the adventurous spirit of the Waturi people. Here, thrills and relaxation flow in perfect harmony. Brave rugged terrain as you careen down volcanoes, and even in them, on the Krakatau Aqua Coaster. Become an honorary Waturi and join a centuries-old tradition of honoring the volcano god, Vol, with a 70-degree fall from the Ko’okiri Body Plunge.
Invoke your own warrior spirit on a gladiator-style course through ropes to plunge down the waterfall drops of the Ohno of Ohya and Ohno Drop slides or race your buddies down the Kala & Tai Nui enclosed serpentine body slides, modeled after sacred puka trees. Then, soak your weary bones in the Kapiko Kai winding river or take in unforgettable views of the sparkling lagoon at Waturi Beach.
Whet your appetite: Relax in your own waterside cabana with comfy seating, concierge service, and more or get a taste of the South Pacific with over 60 unique menu items at the water park’s restaurant.
Island H2O Live!
From lazy rivers and private cabanas to extreme water slides and cool wave pool, Island H2O Live! has it all! Whether you’re visiting the water park with family or friends, there’s a hot spot just waiting for you.
Grab a raft if you dare and travel down Hashtag Heights for the maximum thrill level and then free fall down Live Streaming and Drop Down to show off your care-free personality. Race side by side your family on Reply Racers or join your friends for a quieter, adults-only Private Domain pool away from the children’s exciting shrills.
Whet your appetite: Megabytes and Tag Shack are full of snacks and even frozen cocktails. Grab a meal and chill before heading back out to explore the technology-driven enhancements of the water park.