Water Park Guide

The Water Park is Where It’s At!

 

People often wonder aloud, “why would you go to a waterpark when the beach is right there?” Whether you live here or are just visiting, it’s hard to argue with the allure of riding a waterslide down to a splashy end, lounging the day away in the lazy river, or simply bobbing along in a wave pool.

South Florida is home to several amazing aquatic attractions, some a lot bigger than others, but all with one common connection: waterslides! From Riviera Beach to Royal Palm Beach, Orlando to Tampa, here is a list of several of the areas watery funhouses.

We also invite you to check out our weekly review of our areas’ waterparks in our #WaterparkWednesday segment!

 

Palm Beach County Parks 

Rapids Water Park, 6566 N Military Trl, Riviera Beach, FL 33407

IMG_0140If you’re a lifelong resident of the Palm Beaches, you’ll remember when a visit to the Rapids Water Park (6566 N Military Trail in Riviera Beach) involved nearly endless trips up the main hill to one of four waterslides, sliding down, then grabbing your mat and climbing back up once again. Now, the attraction features more than 35 thrilling waterslides and 30 action-packed attractions from mild to wild.

Read our review from 2015, as well as our updated review for 2016.

Be sure to catch their upcoming feature on Xtreme Waterparks on the Travel Channel!

Calypso Bay Water Park, 151 Lamstein Ln, Royal Palm Beach, FL 33411

2013-01-01 01.20.59Calypso Bay is part of the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department. As a municipal park, it does not have the massive attractions of more spectacular water parks, but its convenient location, affordable price, and wide variety of amenities makes it perfect for a refreshing summer afternoon.

Enjoy two four-story water slides with bold curves and sharp dips. A lily pad walk that is just as challenging for teens as it is for children; and guests of all ages can enjoy unlimited floating in the park’s 900 foot lazy river. A lap pool with diving boards for serious swimmers and for the tiny tots will enjoy the children’s water playground with bubblers, tire swings, miniature water slides, water cannons, and more.

Check out our in-depth (pun intended) review for 2016!

Barracuda Bay, 1621 Blue Heron Blvd. W., Riviera Beach

With two water slides, an Olympic size pool, fountains, a wading pool and kiddie area and a concession stand, all you need is your suit and a towel at Barracuda Bay Aquatic Center.

Kids age 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult, and no outside food is allowed. Hours are 10 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, except for groups of 10 or more, but fees are reasonable.  For info, call: 561-845-4076.

Coconut Cove Waterpark, 20130 Regional Park Drive, Boca Raton, FL 33498

Rides include a 986-foot river ride, a sea pals scramble, two 220-foot water slides, and a children’s water playground. A full-service concession stand is also available.

Check out our in-depth (pun intended) review of their sister park, Calypso Bay!

Lion Country Safari, 2000 Lion Country Safari Road, Loxahatchee, FL 33470

(Yes, we know including this in our list is a bit of a stretch, but if you recall the first paragraph, waterslides make the park. With their 2 newly added waterslides, it qualifies, if only by a nose!)

Lion Country Safari, located in West Palm Beach, is a four-mile drive-through safari with over 900 animals roaming free within inches of your vehicle including giraffe, zebra, rhinos, lions, wildebeests and more. Admission includes entry to Safari World Amusement Park with animal encounters (giraffe feeding, bird feeding and petting zoo) and demonstrations, free rides (Ferris wheel, kid’s train, carousel, paddle boats, water spray ground and more), games, shopping, food and thrills. We are located on Southern Boulevard (SR80) (just 15 miles west of I-95/10 miles west of the Turnpike). The park is open daily. For more information, call (561) 793-1084 or visit: www.LionCountrySafari.com

The City of Boynton Beach Recreation and Parks Department’s Denson Pool, 225 NW 12th Avenue, Boynton Beach, FL 33426

15BRI1nk07571(Another one that isn’t quite a waterpark, but it has 3 slides!)

$2 for adults, $1 for children 5-17, FREE for kids 4 and under. Lap swimmers may buy a 30 Visit Pass for only $50! Enjoy this beautiful, heated outdoor pool! Lap swimming is encouraged in the 25 yard length pool. Purchase your discount pass for adult lap swimming. Kids will enjoy slides and water buckets to splash and play! Slides open on Saturdays from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.  The pool is open Tuesday through Saturday.  Call 742-6645 for more information.

Read about their 2016 programs here!

PALM BEACH COUNTY POOLS

Aqua Crest Pool, 2503 Seacrest Blvd., Delray Beach Hours: noon-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Fees: $3 age 13 and older, $2.50 age 3-12, free for age 2 and younger. Info: (561) 278-7104

Lake Lytal Family Aquatic Center, 3645 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Fees: $3.50 age 13 and older, $3 age 3-12, free for age 2 and younger. Info: (561) 233-1426

North County Aquatic Complex, 861 Toney Penna Drive, Jupiter. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Fees: $3 age 13 and older, $2.50 age 3-12, free for age 2 and younger. Info: (561) 745-0241

Santaluces Aquatic Complex, 6750 Lawrence Road, Lantana. Hours: noon-6 p.m. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Fees: $3 age 13 and older, $2.50 age 3-12, free for age 2 and younger. Info: (561) 641-9301

Glen Eagles Country Club Aquatic Center, John Prince Park, 2728 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth Features: This small pool offers adapted programs for swimmers with special needs, including swimming lessons and water exercise programs and a lap pool. Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mon., Wed, and Fri., and 1-6 p.m. Tues. and Thurs. Fees: $3 adults, $2.50 for younger than 18, seniors and people with disabilities. Info: (561) 966-7088.

CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH Warren Hawkins Aquatic Center at Gaines Park, 1501 N. Australian Ave., West Palm Beach. Features: A 25-by-45-yard heated pool, locker rooms with showers and a picnic area adjacent to pool. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Fees: $1.50 adults, $1 age 15 and younger. Info: (561) 804-4128.

CITY OF PALM BEACH GARDENS Aquatic Complex, 4404 Burns Road. Features: A 25-yard lap pool, a 12-foot dive well for synchronized swimming and scuba diving, a diving board, three water slides, a rock climbing wall, a splash playground and a splash pad. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily for play pools. Fees: $2.82 residents, $9.43 nonresidents, plus tax Info: (561) 630-1100.

CITY OF NORTH PALM BEACH North Palm Beach Pool, 951 U.S 1, North Palm Beach. Features: An L-shaped six-lane 500-meter pool, diving well with diving platforms, three kiddie pools, a snack bar, locker rooms, a pro shop and a picnic area. They also have a competitive swim team. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and noon-4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Fees: $5 adults, $3 children, memberships available. Info: (561) 691-3427; www.village-npb.org

VILLAGE OF WELLINGTON Wellington Village Aquatic Complex, 12150 W. Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington Features: A state-of-the-art Olympic-size competitive pool, a new clubhouse with concession stands, showers, restrooms, a weight room and classrooms. Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and noon-7 p.m. Sundays. Fees: $5 adults, $3 children age 2 and younger free. Info: (561) 791-4770.

CITY OF DELRAY BEACH Pompey Park Pool, 1101 N.W. Second St. Features: Fully accessible. Wading pool, locker rooms, showers, lessons, exercise programs and a swim team. Fees: $2 adults, $1 age 6-17 and seniors, free for younger than age 6 with an adult. Info: (561) 243-7358

Delray Swim and Tennis Club Pool, 2350 Jaeger Drive. Features: This medium-sized pool with the shallow end of 3 feet and a deep end at 6 feet is equipped with a Portable Aquatic Lift. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Sat. Fees: $2 adults, $1 age 6-17 and seniors, free for younger than age 6 with an adult. Info: (561) 243-7079

Lake Worth Swimming Pool at Lake Worth Beach, 500 Ocean Blvd, Lake Worth. Info: (561) 533-7367.

 

Broward County

Just to our south lie four amazing parks that are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. Paradise Cove, C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines; Tropical Splash, Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium in Lauderhill; Splash Adventure, Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, and Castaway Island, T.Y. (Topeekeegee Yugnee) Park in Hollywood. Click here for fees and session times.

 

 

Orlando area and beyond

Volcano Bay, 1000 Universal Studios Plz, Orlando, FL 32819

Universal’s Volcano Bay will be located within Universal Orlando Resort, just south of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Soon, the real life wizards will change water parks forever with an entirely new water theme park experience. Called Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort, it will join Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure and become the resort’s third incredibly immersive park. Universal’s Volcano Bay will be a place for the entire family. It will be a whole new generation of experience that reimagines what it means to be a water park.

Imagine a place that offers radically innovative, thrilling attractions, peaceful moments of relaxation and an inspired guest experience that will forever change the perception of water theme parks. It will be set in a highly themed, completely immersive environment inspired by postcard-perfect tropical islands. And it will be the kind of special place that only the Universal team – the same team that has changed the face of Universal Orlando Resort in recent years – can envision and create. Opening summer 2017!

Check out our article about this park here.

Coco Key Water Resort, 7400 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

As one of the best Orlando water parks, kids can splash and play all day long at CoCo Key Orlando. With 14 slides, 3 heated pools, and a 6,500 sq. ft. arcade, there is plenty of space for kids to explore.
Learn more about why this was labeled the #1 water resort in Orlando by clicking here!

Aquatica, 5800 Water Play Way, Orlando, FL 32821

2013-01-02 17.14.58Aquatica Orlando is located on the outskirts of Orlando, Florida, and is a sister park of SeaWorld Orlando and Discovery Cove.

The park is themed to the southern Pacific, and features Australian and New Zealand based mascots including Roa (a kiwi), Kata (a kookaburra), Wai (a Commerson’s dolphin), Ihu (a gecko), Papa (a royal spoonbill), Wae Wae (a takahē), and Motu (a turtle). It  features a wide array of attractions for all ages and swimming abilities, some of which pass by or through animal habitats.

Read about this amazing park here!

 Typhoon Lagoon, 1145 Buena Vista Dr, Orlando, FL 32830

2013-01-04 19.49.02Like a surfside playground left behind by a “great storm” for modern-day Swiss Family Robinsons, Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon features breaking waves, saltwater snorkeling pool, water coaster thrill ride attraction with gushing water surges. It is, some would argue, the ultimate waterpark.
Learn more about this great waterpark here!

Blizzard Beach, 1801 West Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

Disney’s Blizzard Beach offers all the spine-chilling thrills of a northern ski resort, whether it’s bobsledding down the “snowy” slopes of Mt. Gushmore or plunging straight down Summit Plummet at up to 55 mph.
Check out more about Blizzard Beach, and their “Winter-Summer Games,” by clicking here!

Daytona Lagoon, 601 Earl St, Daytona Beach, FL 32118

Daytona Lagoon is a waterpark and family entertainment center located in Daytona Beach which is open year round for its dry attractions and March through October for the waterpark. According to the website, it opened in March 2005. It consists of 12 rides and two miniature golf courses.

Adventure Island, 10001 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612

Adventure Island is a water park located northeast of Tampa, Florida across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. The park features 30 acres of water rides, dining, and other attractions.
Read about their summer special here!

 

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