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.

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.

  • The City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation offers Water Fitness for ages 14 and older at Warren Hawkins Aquatic Center at Gaines Park, 1501 N. Australian Avenue.

    Excising in water makes you feel about 90% lighter. When you jump or run in the water, your body does not experience the same impact that these moves cause on land. Water Fitness is perfect for those with arthritis, back problems, foot or leg injuries, or knee conditions.  
    The classes begin on April 1 and are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 – 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 – 10 a.m. Each class is $4 for residents and you can buy a convenience pass for $40 for 10 visits (non-residents pay $5 per class or $50 for a convenience pass). 

    The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim.  Drowning remains the second leading cause of injury related death for children ages 1 -12 years.  For convenience, ½ hour group lessons are scheduled on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays. There are many different levels and classes from which to choose and you will see the many options available to take a person from water entry to lifeguarding skills.

    The Parent and Child course is designed for children ages 6 months through 3 years. Instructors will teach you the skills to use play as a form of learning to ensure that the water becomes a fun environment for your child.

    Pre-school (ages 4 – 5) Level 1 teaches water entry and exiting, submerging the mouth, nose and eyes and gliding on front and back. Level 2 teaches bobbing, demonstrating front and back glides for 15 seconds. and changing direction while swimming. Level 3 is for children who have learned basic skills but are not yet ready to swim alone. They will be taught floating, opening eyes under water and retrieving an object, treading water, and combining arm and leg actions.

    Youth (ages 6 – 15) Level 1 is an introduction to waters skills. In Level 2, children will learn floating without support and beginning arm and leg actions. Level 3 teaches children to coordinate the front and back crawl. In Level 4, kids will learn breaststroke, butterfly, and elementary backstroke. In Level 5, swimmers will learn stroke refinement. Finally, in Level 6, they will learn personal water safety, fitness swimming or lifeguard readiness.

    Adult courses are either Level 1 or 2.  The professional staff will teach ages 16 and older to feel confident in and around the water as you learn at your own pace to develop your strokes, train for specific events or learn to teach swimming to others.

    Private lessons for all ages are also available upon request as scheduled with an instructor.

    Weekday classes (Monday or Wednesday) begin April 26 and are held at 5:30, 6:10, and 6:50 p.m. Saturday classes begin April 12 and are held at 9:00, 9:40, and 10:20 a.m. Fees are $35 for residents and $44 for non-residents.  

    Register online at www.westpalmparks.org or in person at the pool. Register early to reserve your space. Proof of residency is required at the time of registration.

    The City of West Palm Beach and the PBC Drowning Prevention Coalition partner to educate people about water safety, drowning prevention, and to provide swim lessons free of charge to qualified candidates in the form of vouchers. To see if you qualify, please call 561-616-7068.

     

    More advanced swimmers might be interested in the fact that the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation offers Lifeguard Training for ages 15 and older at Warren Hawkins Aquatic Center at Gaines Park, 1501 N. Australian Avenue.

    Lifeguard Training teaches the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies.  Lifeguarding can be a fun and rewarding job that also teaches communication skills and leadership to prepare you for college and beyond. Registrants will spend 19.5 hours in the class and there are prerequisites for which a student must qualify prior to finishing the course. Fees are $250 for residents and $305 for non-residents, plus a $35 fee paid directly to the American Red Cross.

    Session 1:          Saturday, April 1, pre-test, 9 a.m.  
    Three 8.5 hour classes on Saturdays – April 8, 15 and 22, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
    Session 2:         Monday, May 8, pre-test, 4 p.m.  
    Five 4 hour classes on Mondays and Wednesdays, May 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24 from 4 – 8 p.m.
    Session 3:          Wednesday, May 31, pre-test 4 p.m.  
    Three 8.5 hour classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 5, 6, and 7 from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Lifeguard Review gives individuals an opportunity to become re-certified through 12 hours of classwork in water and on land. This class will be held on Saturday, May 13 and 20 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. for $150 for residents and $200 for non-residents, plus a $19 fee paid directly to the American Red Cross. Private recertification classes are also offered upon request/availability.

    Register in person at Warren Hawkins Aquatic Center.  Proof of residency is required at the time of registration.  


    For more information, please call 561-804-4959, visit us at
    www.wpb.org/parks and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (Facebook.com/WPBparks, Twitter.com/WPBparks, and Instagram.com/WPBparks).

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. Call for fees and session times.

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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.

Wet ‘n Wild, 6200 International Drive At Republic Dr, Orlando, FL 32819

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Check out their new Florida resident deal 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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