Millions of people flock to Orlando, Florida each year for vacation, and it’s easy to see why. With nice weather year round, plenty of affordable places to stay, and tons of activities, it makes for a perfect family destination.
One of the biggest draws for kids (and adults) of any age is SeaWorld’s Aquatica park. Now, when you think of SeaWorld the first thing that comes to mind is probably all those amazing animals, but Aquatica is actually a water park, so you’ll be able to get wet beyond just the “splash zone!”
Located just across the street from SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica fills in a full sixty acres of wet and wild fun.
The park is open daily from 10am to 5pm and tickets range from about $50 per person and up, with Florida residents benefiting from local discounts. If you’re planning on spending the full day and want a bit of time to eat and relax, consider the Banana Beach pass which runs all day and features an all you can eat buffet. The Cutback Cove Cabanas allow you to spend the day in the shade including lockers and mini fridges, perfect when you need a moment to cool down.
You’ll need to plan ahead if you want to be able to hit up all the amazing attractions that Aquatica offers. The newest attraction is called Ihu’s Breakaway Fall and it is really something special. Aquatica has billed it as “the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower of its kind in Orlando.”
Sound exciting? We’re just getting started.
A few more of the thrill rides that visitors to the park absolutely love include the high velocity and intensity Taumata Racer (shown above), the quadruple slide tower Whanau Way and the most popular attraction in the entire park the Dolphin Plunge.
If you’re looking for something that might be a little bit slower speed or perfect for younger kids, don’t worry – there are plenty of options for that too.
Pretty much everyone loves taking the lazy ride down Loggerhead Lane, it’s the perfect attraction that will allow you to relax and catch your breath for a few minutes during the go go go that usually happens in these parks. Another family favorite is Cutback Cove, there you’ll find side by side wave pools that you just won’t be able to find anywhere else in the country. Finally, let your kids get their splash on in the water playground, Walkabout Waters.
To keep an eye on your smallest kids, check out Kata’s Kookaburra Cove, which is designed as a nice safety zone specifically designed for kids.
Before You Go
Keep a couple of things in mind before you head to Aquatica. First, don’t forget to bring the sunscreen and cover-ups! You’ll be in and out of the water all day, so the odds are going to be pretty high that if you don’t pay attention you could all end up as crispy critters.
Also, keep in mind that you’re allowed to bring a small cooler with water and small, snack-sized foods as well. This is a good idea since it will not only save on costs, but allow you to have a bit of a recharge during the day. Be sure to check out their cooler rules before you pack up for the park.
Have you been to SeaWorld’s Aquatica? What are some of your favorite rides? Let us know!
Photos © 2016 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc.