The Cypress Springs Water Park lets guests of all ages enjoy fun in the sun. With fast currents and hidden caves, the river rapids aren’t your typical lazy river. The FlowRider simulator lets you surf or bodyboard with no beach in sight. A 35-foot fall through a trap door gives riders on the Florida Free Fall slide, while the Tamiami Twiter slide allows riders to race each other to the bottom. Smaller children will get a kick out of the multi-level water playground that includes slides, a spray area, and a tipping bucket that dumps 317 gallons of water on participants. In need of some quieter pool time? Head to the South Beach Pool or rent a private cabana for the day.
Online: Gaylord Palms Resort
Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort | Cocoa Beach
Get the best of both water worlds at this resort less than 20 miles from Kennedy Space Center. Situated on the beaches of the surf capital of the East Coast, Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort’s Wakulla Falls Water Park has a 335-foot lazy river, heated pool, and kids’ splash pad with mini slides. Next to the pool is a tiki bar where you can order burgers, snacks, and refreshing drinks. There’s even an adult relaxation zone with a firepit for those needing some quiet time.
Online: Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa | Bonita Springs
With two waterslides, three pools, and a hot tub, relaxing by the pool at this resort is a breeze. There are also plenty of activities to participate in, including slide races and diving for tokens. Poolside cabanas can be reserved for more privacy. And don’t worry about losing your lounger when it’s time for lunch or a drink—the Corkscrew restaurant offers pool chair service until 5 p.m. daily.
Online: Hyatt Regency Coconut Point
The Grove Resort & Water Park Orlando | Winter Garden
Whether it’s a full day by the pool or winding down after a day at the theme parks, Surfari Water Park provides plenty of entertainment for the family. With two waterslides, a lazy river, a kids’ area, a zero-entry pool, and a FlowRider surf simulator, everyone in the family will find a fun water activity. There’s even live entertainment by the pool Wednesday through Monday. Looking for a little something extra? Rent a private cabana with a full dining table, chairs, loungers, and a television. Or reserve premium poolside seating that includes lounge chairs, an umbrella, and a safe that doubles as a cooler.
Online: The Grove Resort
Flamingo Waterpark Resort | Kissimmee
Water lovers will flock to this resort built around its water park. With two pool areas, nine slides, a kid’s play zone, a lazy river, and a heated spa, families will be waterlogged by the end of the day. On the weekends, enjoy the tiki bar area that serves meals, juices, and adult beverages.
Online: Flamingo Waterpark
JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa | Aventura
Seven water slides, two pools, a lazy river, and a FlowRider surf simulator welcome guests to Tidal Cove Waterpark at Turnberry Resort. No matter if it’s a teen who’s ready to experience the world’s first uphill water slide, those with smaller ones who hang out in Kids’ Cove, or adults who want to relax in a reserved cabana at the VIP pool, everyone can enjoy a full day of water fun. And don’t worry about having to leave to get everyone fed. The resort’s poolside restaurants offer sandwiches, gelato, pizza, and plenty of drinks that can be ordered from your lounge chair.
Online: Turnberry Resort
Orlando World Center Marriott | Orlando
Boasting the largest lagoon pool in Orlando, this resort is also the largest Marriott property in the world. So, of course, their water parks offer plenty to do. At the Falls Lagoon Pool, the previously mentioned 40,000-gallon pool has a large monitor over it that shows movies and sports. The splash area for little kids has a mini slide, while the bigger ones can experience the three water slides. But those aren’t the only slides onsite. A short walk from the lagoon pool is Rivers Falls Water Park. With three inner tube water slides and a lazy river, where you can exit to grab a drink at the cargo bar, there’s even more water fun for the entire family. Don’t forget to hit the pool after dark—fireworks from Disney World are visible from the hotel.
Online: Orlando World Center Marriott
Hawks Cay Resort | Duck Key
It’s hard to avoid the water while in the Florida Keys. That includes while enjoying a stay at Hawks Cay. When the family is tired of other activities, head to one of the five pools on the resort. The Resort Pool has games and music while sitting overlooking the ocean. The Oasis Cay Pool is for those 21 and over and lets adults escape and rent a private cabana. The Pirate Ship Pool provides kids with shallow swimming areas, slides, and water cannons, while the Coral Cay Pool is next door. And at the Sunset Pool, sit back and enjoy a spectacular Florida Keys sunset. A unique feature is the saltwater lagoon. Fed from the ocean, swimming here lets the family enjoy dolphins, sea turtles, and other activities within an enclosed space.
Online: Hawks Cay
Related: Looking for a Family Vacay in the Florida Keys? 8 Reasons to Choose Hawks Cay
Tradewinds Island Resorts | St. Pete Beach
You never had to choose between the beach and the pool at these side-by-side resorts. From the nine onsite pools, VIP cabanas, movies by the pool, poolside games, and food service, there’s no need to leave your lounger all day unless it’s to enjoy the floating water park! Located just offshore the resort in the Gulf of Mexico, this ocean water park has inflatable slides, ocean loungers, rafts, and floating trampolines to experience in the warm Gulf waters. Back on land, try the inflatable surf simulator or take a thrill ride on the 200-foot long, three-story inflatable High Tide Water Slide.
Online: Tradewinds Island Resorts
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