ORLANDO, Fla. – In Florida, the heat is nearly year-round, which means Sunshine State residents are always looking for ways to beat the heat.
Luckily, Central Florida offers a variety of options to cool off with the family. Check out the list below of the best local water parks.
Visitors can take a swim alongside waterfalls flowing down Waturi Beach's grand volcano. Thrill-seekers can plunge through the volcano itself on body slides, which send them off through intertwining tubes via trap doors.
Soak up the sun at this family-friendly park that offers something for everyone. Take the children to play with crocodiles, seals and elephants at Ketchakiddee Creek, and then buy yourself a well-deserved drink at the Let's Go Slurpin' bar.
Take a stroll through this complex's aquapark, which is made out of an inflatable obstacle course that sits on top of the water. Guests can also kneeboard, wakeboard, water ski and more on the lake.
After watching dolphins swim at SeaWorld, you can dive through the water like one at Aquatica. Blow the competition out of the water on the Taumata Racer or slide on a vertical wave wall on the park's newest ride: the Karekare Curl.
Melt your worries away at this winter wonderland-themed water park. Experience a ski race in the summer on the Snow Stormers ride, where you glide down winding water slides on a toboggan-style mat.
Remember when we said you could swim like a dolphin at Aquatica? Now you can swim with one. Ride through the water via a dolphin dorsal fin or snorkel with other fish at the Grand Reef.
If your children are Lego lovers, they don't want to miss out on this. Visitors can build their own Lego raft and float down the lazy river or enjoy the interactive splash safari.
If you're looking for a place to cool off on International Drive, look no further. The canopy-covered water park has 14 slides and rides for both children and adults such as the Surfer Splash, Boomerango and the Parrot's Perch Play Area.