The 5 best water parks in Florida, according to our research

Buccaneer Bay Water Park at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Photo courtesy of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

By Floricua Staff

June 5, 2024

Are you ready to make a splash and beat the Florida heat? Dive into the crystal-clear waters and get ready for a day of excitement and adventure at the top water parks that promise a good time in the Sunshine State!

LEGOLAND Florida Water Park – Where Fun Builds on Water

LEGOLAND Florida Water Park, located in the heart of Winter Haven, combines the excitement of a water park with the imaginative world of LEGO. Whether you’re a die-hard LEGO fan or just in search of some cool, family-friendly fun, this place has got you covered with a wave of attractions designed to delight and entertain. You can check out the Build-A-Raft River, or you can customize your own LEGO raft and it becomes part of the adventure. From The Joker Soaker, an interactive playground with water cannons, slides, and a gigantic bucket, to the DUPLO Splash Safari for little ones, LEGOLAND has something for everyone, no matter the age. LEGOLAND Florida Water Park is your go-to destination this summer.

Splash Harbour Water Park – A Hidden Gem for Families

Tucked away in the quaint seaside town of Indian Rocks Beach, Splash Harbour Water Park emerges as an enchanting retreat for families craving a dash of sun-drenched merriment. This little slice of paradise is where you can let go of the world’s hustle and bustle and plunge into an oasis of fun. The park’s centerpiece, a meandering lazy river, invites you to kick back on a tube and let the gentle currents whisk you away. For the little adventurers in the crew, the children’s splash zone is a water wonderland for pint-sized thrill-seekers.

Splash Harbour Water Park offers a collection of heart-pounding water slides. From twisting, turning flumes that send you hurtling into cool, refreshing pools to exhilarating rides that have you speeding down at what feels like a mile a minute, there’s no shortage of excitement for those looking to amp up the adrenaline. So, whether you’re a local looking for a new weekend getaway or a visitor seeking the hidden gems of Florida’s Gulf Coast, Splash Harbour Water Park provides adventure, relaxation, and family fun.

Shipwreck Island Waterpark – A Pirate’s Paradise

Shipwreck Island Waterpark, of Panama City Beach, is a place where pirates young and old can embark on a voyage through a watery world. As soon as you step foot onto this buccaneer’s realm, the world immediately changes to a pirate’s paradise. From the Pirate’s Plunge, to Great Shipwreck, to Skull Island, Shipwreck Island Waterpark is teeming with water cannons and slippery slides. T

he wee buccaneers can enjoy Tadpole Hole, a safe harbor specifically for little ones. Shipwreck Island stands out as a beacon for those who yearn for a splash of adventure and a gust of excitement, a pirate’s paradise where the adventure of a lifetime awaits at every turn.

Sun Splash Family Water Park – Cape Coral’s Crown Jewel

Sun Splash Family Water Park is a splashy haven where a high-energy water park meets the laid-back vibes of a tropical paradise. If you’re simply looking to relax, the lazy river’s got you covered. But if you’re looking for a thrill, Cape Fear is an exhilarating ride, and the Thunder Bump brings a new level of excitement with the slide’s twists and turns. When you’re ready for a break, claim a cabana as your base camp, lounge in the shade, sip on something cool, and perhaps indulge in a little people-watching.

Sun Splash ensures that kids have their own slice of paradise. With areas dedicated to pint-sized fun, your kiddos can slide, splash, and play in spaces designed just for them, where the water is just deep enough for big adventures without the big worries. So, slather on that sunscreen, grab your most daring swimsuit, and plunge into the crown jewel of Florida’s waterpark scene at Sun Splash Family Water Park.

Buccaneer Bay – Dive into Natural Spring Waters

Buccaneer Bay can be found in the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Here, the crystal-clear spring waters beckon you to dive in, and the thrill of water rides melds seamlessly with the serene beauty of nature. At Buccaneer Bay, you can glide down thrilling flumes that propel you into the natural spring below. Located on the sandy shores, you can also stretch out on the edge of the springs.

For those who fancy a bit of exploration, Buccaneer Bay offers more than just water-based fun. Explore the rest of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and discover a world teeming with wildlife, hiking trails, and the enchanting allure of the mermaids that have made Weeki Wachee famous. It’s a place where the wonders of nature and the charm of folklore dance together, creating a tapestry of experiences that enrich your visit with every step. Buccaneer Bay is where waterpark excitement meets the tranquil beauty of the springs.

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This story was generated in part by AI and edited by The Floricua staff.



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