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Watch your family be totally wowed by Flamingo Waterpark Resort in Kissimmee!

I'm not typically a waterpark person. In fact, if I'm totally honest, they actually terrify me. Not because I'm afraid of water but because I have a three and a five-year-old and the thought of combining rushing water with little kids has never felt particularly appealing to me. But that sentiment completely changed after a recent stay at one of Kissimmee's best hidden gems: the Flamingo Waterpark Resort. Fun at the Flamingo Resort

Part hotel, part waterpark, this atypical attraction provides a stellar perk to overnighters. Hotel guests have full access to a host of watery play, including splash pads, swimming pools, a lazy river and three speedy waterslides.

My little girls were dizzy with excitement when we arrived at the sprawling space to enjoy a day in the sun. After a quick protested slather of sunscreen, the girls couldn't wait to explore the colorful landscape they had spied from our room.

Our first stop was the splash pad, an ideal spot for toddlers and new walkers. To the delight of my little brood, the water shot up from the ground and sprinkled their little bodies as they raced through the cascade. Nearby frog and pelican themed slides, with the perfect amount of water drizzling down them, gave the girls a quick thrill as they zoomed down. Nearby, parents sipped frozen cocktails in the comfort of the shade as they watched their little people play.

I eventually convinced my girls to join me through the gate to where the park's main attractions await. We each snagged an inflatable ring and headed to the 630-foot lazy river where lap after lap we floated and bounced amidst the gentle current.

They immensely enjoyed splashing in the zero gravity pool under the rain of a palm tree shower. Had we been inclined, nearby cabanas would have created a cozy home base, especially on a busy day. But the crowds were thin on this day and so the dozens of comfy, poolside lounge chairs were more than suitable for us.

After many laps in the ultra clean and clear waters of the lazy river, my five-year-old locked her gaze onto the waterslides. With surprising bravery, they followed me up the steps to the top landing and the entrance to the two largest slides. To my three-year-old's disappointment, she wasn't tall enough to ride, so we walked back down to the bottom to meet her sister as she splashed to the finish. Grinning from ear to ear, she arrived only to leap to her feet to race back up the steps to the top for another ride.

Play Zone at Flamingo Waterpark ResortA great consolation was the fabulous Play Zone, where smaller kids can delight in small-sized slides and interactive rainfalls within the 2,137 square foot area. Both of my girls could have spent all day in this space.

As the hours slipped by, we amused ourselves in the waterpark, grabbed bites and beverages at the snack bar, and lounged in the sun. Not surprisingly, rounding the kids up to leave was the only hard part of the day. But with a promise to return, very soon, we popped back up to the room to get ready for dinner. In the center of all the area's amazing attractions, the Flamingo Waterpark Resort left us with memories of a wonderfully unexpected day of family fun.

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