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Day Trip: Water Park Guide 2018

Water Parks Sarasota Manatee

If there’s one thing we’re missing in Sarasota, it’s a massive water park. But if you’re willing to venture out of town a bit, there are plenty of places where you can experience all the super-soaking excitement of tube rides, river rapids, climbing towers and even live animal encounters! All of these attractions are within a 2 hour drive of Sarasota and definitely worth a day trip.

Cape Coral

Sun Splash Family Waterpark

400 Santa Barbara Blvd
Cape Coral, FL 33991
(239) 574-0558

Open: March 10 – September 30, 2018

Hours: Daily, 10:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday Slide Nights open 5:00 – 8:30pm

Cost: $19.95 for ages 13+
$17.95 for seniors 60+ and children 2-12
Free for children under 2
Cape Coral residents receive $3.00 off the non-resident admission above.
Slide Night admission only is also slightly discounted, check website for rates.

Enjoy 14-acres of water slides, pools and fun at Southwest Florida’s largest waterpark. Relax on their gently drifting Main Stream River Tube Ride. Thrill at the high-speed excitement of such scream-worthy slides as the Cape Fear, Fun-L-Tunnel, Zoom Flume and 457-foot Electric Slide & Power Surge. Free fall 5 1/2 stories down three distinctly different speed slides – the Thunder Bump, Terror Tube, and X-celerator. Let the little ones frolic at our Pirate’s Cove, grab a summertime snack at the Calypso Café or simply soak up the sun in a lounge chair poolside—there’s fun for everyone! No matter what kind of water activities you enjoy, Sun Splash Family Waterpark is the perfect place to splash all summer-long.


Sun N Fun Naples Water Park Guide

Sun-N-Fun Lagoon

15000 Livingston Rd
Naples, FL 34109
(239) 252-4021

Open: June 1 – August 14, 2018
Check website for seasonal openings the rest of the year.

Hours: Daily, 10:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: $13.00 taller than 48 inches
$11.00 Collier Residents only, must show Florida driver’s license
$9.00 seniors 60+
$6.00 under 48 inches
Free ages 0-3

One million gallons of water fun will thrill children, parents and grandparents alike at Collier County’s premier water park, Sun-N-Fun Lagoon! Relax on a ride down Sunny’s River, enjoy the four foot deep pool, Family Falls, take a dip in the Dolphin Dive and Lap Pool or experience the excitement of five different water slides. Children will have fun in Turtle Cove where they can float on lily pads, or get soaked with water pistols. And Tadpole Pool lets toddlers splash around on a colorful foam slide, play with water dumping buckets, enjoy swings and animal rides.


Day Trip Water Park Guide

Aquatica by Sea World

5800 Water Play Way
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 545-5550

Open: Year Round

Hours: Vary by Day, Check Schedule on Website

Single-Park Ticket: $64.99
Insider Tip: Buy online at least 1 day in advance and save up to $20
Multi-Park Tickets and Annual Passes are also available at higher rates.

Aquatica is the first waterpark to incorporate live animals from lands all over the world. Enclosed tube slides send you flying side-by-side with black and white Commerson’s dolphins and Loggerhead Lane takes you on a lazy river ride underwater to view exotic tropical fish. From family raft rides to wave pools and free falls to kiddie splash parks, there’s no shortage of wet and wild fun at Aquatica.

Day Trip Water Park Guide

Discovery Cove

6000 Discovery Cove Way
Orlando, FL 32821
(407) 513-4600

Open: Year Round

Hours: Daily, 8:00am – 5:30pm

Cost: Starting at $150.00 for Florida Residents ages 3+ who book online. 
Prices vary by day. Dolphin swim costs extra.

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive, immersive experience where you and your family will experience exciting animal encounters in a breathtaking tropical atmosphere. Swim with bottlenose dolphins, feed tropical birds, snorkel through a saltwater reef and play inches from a family of otters – all in one day.

Day Trip Water Park Guide

Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

1534 Blizzard Beach Drive
Orlando, FL 32836
(407) 939-5277

Open: Year Round

Hours: Vary by Day, Check Schedule on Website

1 Day Water Park Ticket: $65.00 for ages 10+
$59.00 for children 3-9
Free for children under 3

Discover frosty fun for the whole family at Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park, a one-time ski resort that has melted into a watery wonderland. Zip down the slushy slopes of Mount Gushmore on one of the world’s tallest and fastest waterslides. Float down the tranquil river and sunbathe on the white-sand beach. Children under 48 inches tall can even splash around in their own water play area with a snow-castle fountain and kid-sized waterslides.

Day Trip Water Park Guide

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park

1145 East Buena Vista Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32830
(407) 939-5277

Open: Year Round

Hours: Vary by Day, Check Schedule on Website

1 Day Water Park Ticket: $65.00 for ages 10+
$59.00 for children 3-9
Free for children under 3

Soak up a storm of fun under the Florida sun—plunge down rushing rapids, sunbathe on a sandy beach, glide down a lazy river, and enjoy the thrills and spills of the whitewater journey called Miss Adventure Falls!

Orlando Watersports Complex Aquapark

8615 Florida Rock Road
Orlando, FL 32824
(407) 251-3100

Open: Year Round
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas

Hours: Daily, 10:00am – 6:00pm

Cost: $20 for 1 Session
$30 for 2 Sessions
$40 for All Day Session
1 Session = 50 minutes
Reservations are strongly recommended.

The OWC Aquapark is inspired by LEGO blocks, featuring a modular series of interlocking climbing obstacles, pathways and slides, allowing for endless fun for all ages and skill level. With multiple challenges like the XXL climbing tower, balance beam, monkey bars, rodeo slide and much more the OWC Aquapark will provide hours of fun on the water for the entire family. Children must be 6 years old and 43″ tall in order to participate.

Day Trip Water Park Guide

Universal’s Volcano Bay Water Park

6000 Universal Blvd
Orlando, FL 32819
(407) 363-8000

Open: Year Round

Hours: Vary by Day, Check Schedule on Website

1 Day Ticket: From $70.00 for adults
From $65 for children
Prices vary by day, check website for specific rates.

As you enter Volcano Bay, you pass through a lush tropical landscape, guided by the roar and splash of water until you reach a break in the foliage. From there, you’re greeted by an unforgettable view of the mighty volcano and its stunning series of waterfalls that pour into the sparkling lagoon. There, you can swim, splash and relax right along with the locals amid the breathtaking view and warm waves. Four-person canoes slide upward through the mists and into the dark twists and turns within the volcano before emerging with a plunge through a shimmering waterfall. A winding river, drop slides, body slides and raft rides round out the fun at this refreshing oasis.

St. Pete/Tampa

Tradewinds Floating Water Park

5500 Gulf Blvd
St Pete Beach, FL 33706
(800) 360-4016

Open: Year round, subject to a variety of weather and water conditions including rain, lightning, wind, surf or tides. We recommend you call to verify the park is open before you make the trip.

Hours: Daily, 10:00am – 4:00pm (last session starts at 3:00pm)

Cost: $16 per hour

You don’t have to be a guest at Tradewinds Island Resort to enjoy this water park that floats on top of the Gulf. Head straight into the ocean on the Plunge Slide, climb atop Jungle Joe, test your coordination as you balance on a 7′ Iceberg, slide along the splashmats and runways or just relax on large loungers immersed in the water. All guests must weigh more than 30 pounds and be 46” tall. Children 40-45” tall can play at the park but must be accompanied by someone older than 16 years old. The park has certified lifeguards on duty, and all guests are required to wear life jackets.

Adventure Island Waterpark Tampa Florida

Adventure Island

1001 McKinley Dr
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 884-4386

Open: March to October
Hours: Vary by Day, Check Schedule on Website

Single Park Ticket: $59.99 for guests ages 3+
Insider Tip: Purchase online for $49.99
Multi-Park Tickets, Fun Cards and Annual Passes are also available at higher rates.

Right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island is 30-acres of super-soaked, water-riding, colossal-coaster fun. Relax in the 17,000 square foot wave pool, or kick back on a half-mile lazy river trip through a colorful rain forest. The more adventurous can brave spiraling slides, race down rapids, jump from a cliff, or shoot down an epic free fall. 

Get all the insider tips in our Day Trippin’ – Splashing Fun at Adventure Island post.

Day Trip Water Park Guide

The Florida Aquarium

701 Channelside Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 273-4000

Open: Year Round
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas

Hours: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Cost: $28.95 for adults 12 – 59
$26.95 for adults 60+
$23.95 for children 3-11
Free for children 0-2
Insider Tip: Buy online and save up to $4 per ticket

Spend the day looking at sharks, sea turtles, sea horses, coral reefs, wetlands and more and then cool off at the Splash Pad (open 10:00am – 4:45pm, weather permitting). This zero-depth water area features dump buckets, spray zones, and a designated water play area for toddlers. Plus, there are dry playground elements and sandboxes for your kids to enjoy. Access to the Splash Pad is included with Aquarium general admission.

For the more adventurous, the Aquarium offers Swim & Dive experiences at an additional rate. From swimming and diving with fishes and sharks in the tanks, to an offsite dive adventure exploring a spectacular shipwreck in the Gulf of Mexico, there are plenty of ways to get up close and personal with the sea life. Just bring your swimsuit and towel (snorkel mask optional) and they’ll provide the rest!

Weeki Wachee

Day Trip Water Park Guide

Buccaneer Bay at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

6131 Commercial Way
Weeki Wachee, FL 34606
(352) 592-5656

Swimming Area
Open: Year Round

Waterslides, Kiddie Pool & Lazy River
Open: June 2 – August 12, 2018 (daily)
August 13 – September 20, 2018 (Saturdays & Sundays)

Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm

Cost: $13.00 for adults
$8.00 for children 6-12
Free for children 5 and under
Annual Passes are also available at a higher rate.
Insider Tip: When the park reaches capacity, ticket sales stop. Sign up for text alerts of park closures, including capacity, by texting WEEKI to 82149.

Buccanneer Bay is Florida’s only spring-fed natural waterpark. Located inside the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park it features four thrilling waterslides, a fun-filled flume, a water play area and wading pool for the kiddos and lazy river. Certified lifeguards are on staff and concessions and a seasonal restaurant are available inside the park.

If you’re more of an explorer, you can rent a kayak or canoe from Paddling Adventures and take a 3-hour, 5.5 mile paddle down the clear spring waters of the Weeki Wachee River. Admission to the State Park also gives you access to the legendary mermaid show, wildlife show and riverboat ride. Please note: To improve the underwater habitat for performers, the mermaid shows will be suspended July 16-30, 2018. The mermaids will resume their daily show schedule on July 31, 2018.

Get all the insider tips in our Weeki Wachee Springs – A Know Before You Go Guide.

Winter Haven

Day Trip Water Park Guide

LEGOLAND Waterpark

1 Legoland Way
Winter Haven, FL 33884
(888) 690-5346

Open: March to October
Hours: Vary by Day, Check Schedule on Website

Cost: $116.49 for 1 Day LEGOLAND + Waterpark Ticket
Insider Tip: Buy online at least 2 days in advance and the adult ticket drops to $102.49 and $97.49 for children/seniors.
Multi-Day, Flexible Date and Annual Passes also available at higher rates.

Located in the back of the park, the LEGOLAND Waterpark is only accessible by purchasing an upgrade to the LEGOLAND’s general park admission. Designed for kids ages 2-12, unique experiences like the Build-A-Boat attraction await, where kids build their own LEGO watercraft and then race it down a series of rapids at a large water table. At the Build-A-Raft River, kids design their own LEGO water vessel, then ride it down the 1000-foot long lazy river. Kids can also enjoy water slides, a wave pool, a Joker Soaker station filled with slides, climbing areas, water spouts and a wading pool. Toddlers will have fun at the DUPLO Splash Safari, a water play area with shorter slides and large, interactive DUPLO creatures.


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