9 Best Water Parks In Orlando, Florida (Updated 2024)

As the entertainment capital of the world, Orlando has many water parks. But which one is best?

I’ve been to Orlando more than ten times now, both with and without kids and as such, I’ve been to my fair share of water parks.

1. Volcano Bay

Volcano Bay is one of the newest water parks in Orlando, having opened in 2017. The park is set across 28 acres and is part of the Universal Orlando Resort.

This water park is best for families with older kids and adults. I visited Volcano Bay with my son Oliver when he was six and again at 18 months old. But for babies and toddlers, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is slightly better.

2. Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon is one of the two waterparks at Walt Disney World. Dating back to 1989, this waterpark has undergone several refurbishments, the most recent of which was in 2023.

The water slides at Typhoon Lagoon are great for families, especially those with younger children. However, Volcano Bay has a few bigger slides if you want maximum thrills.

3. Aquatica

Aquatica is an award-winning waterpark owned and operated by SeaWorld. Spread across 59 acres, Aquatica blends waterslides with up-close animal encounters.

The slides at Aquatica aren’t as thrilling as those at Typhoon Lagoon or Volcano Bay. However, if you want a mix of water slides and aquatic animals, this is the best place to go.

4. CoCo Key Water Park

At just 14 acres, CoCo Key is one of the smallest water parks on this list. This is one of several Orlando hotels with a water park on-site, ideal for families travelling on a budget.

The daily resort fee includes hotel guests’ entry into the water park. Alternatively, you can buy day passes online.

5. Island H2O Water Park

Island H2O Water Park opened in 2019 and is the newest water park in Orlando. Like CoCo Key, it is only 14 acres and part of the Margaritaville Resort.

However, being such a new water park, it has more modern slides. My favourite is Live Streaming, on which you can choose a theme, music, and lighting and even film your slide experience.

6. Blizard Beach

Blizzard Beach is the second water park on-site at Walt Disney World Resort. This ski-resort-themed water park opened in 1995, but it has been closed on and off for refurbishment for several years.

7. Treasure Cove Water Park

Treasure Cove water park is part of the Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa. This water park spans 20 acres and is open to hotel guests and the general public.

While this water park is smaller than others on this list, it still has several water slides. Plus, the area of Buccaneer Bay has been specifically designed for babies and toddlers.

8. Shipwreck Island Water Park

Treasure Cove is also a water park part of a Westgate Resort. This time, it’s the Westgate Town Center Resort in Kissimmee. This water park is included in the daily resort fee for all hotel guests. Alternatively, you can buy a single-day pass online.

At only 10 acres, it’s the smallest water park on this list. However, it’s very affordable, making it ideal for those looking to visit an Orlando water park on a budget

9. Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove isn’t necessarily a water park, as it has no water slides. However, it’s still a water-based attraction that every Orlando visitor should know about.

This unique animal interaction location is owned by SeaWorld and allows you to:

  • Swim with bottlenose dolphins
  • Snorkel with tropical fish
  • Hand-feed exotic birds

Entry into Discovery Cove is also unique in the fact it not only includes your park ticket but also includes:

  • Unlimited food, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Select beers and wines (for guests 21 and older)
  • Animal safe sunscreen
  • Lockers
  • Wetsuit rental
  • Snorkel rental


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