As summer draws to a close, now is the perfect opportunity for one last trip before school starts.
Unlike many tourists, Floridians are usually only a day trip away from vacation destinations. Even late into the season, water parks in the area are filled with new attractions and special promotions. These in-state getaways promise something fun for everyone.
Aquatica’s new family rafting experience, Ray Rush, has just been unveiled at SeaWorld’s water park in Orlando. With three different components, the ride offers guests a powerful jumpstart, sharp turns and a huge half-pipe. A conveyor belt escalates rafts up to the loading dock, so riders don’t have to worry about lugging them up the stairs—always a win with little ones in tow. › aquatica.com
In the heart of Daytona Beach sits Daytona Lagoon. From plunging down slides to floating by in the lazy river, the park is filled with water rides and splash zones. Along with this, there’s also a dry park with go-karts and rock climbing. › daytonalagoon.com
Located in Tampa, Adventure Island’s newest waterslide boasts an impressive 425 feet of tubes after being dropped down a 70-foot slide. The ride, called Vanish Point, is a must-do for thrill seekers—riders must be at least 48 inches. › adventureisland.com
Discovery Cove is an oasis, hidden in lush greenery with access to clear, tranquil waters and an array of wildlife—right in the heart of Orlando. The experience is immersive, and Florida resident rates and packages include amenities and food as a bundle. Tickets can be purchased, and educational and interactive activities, like meeting animals and a massage at the spa, can be upgraded for an additional price. › discoverycove.com
Typhoon Lagoon has most recently updated its park with a rafting ride that can fit up to four people. After being propelled into the waves, the whole family will delight in spotting lost treasures while on board this action-packed journey. Guests of all ages can ride this attraction. And don’t miss Blizzard Beach for even more wet and wild fun. › disneyworld.disney.go.com
Universal Orlando Resort’s Volcano Bay combines carefree island elements with serious excitement. Slides spiral out of the park’s signature volcano, which stands as the tallest peak in Florida. The park stands out by equipping guests with TapuTapu, free wristbands that allow users to join a digital queue for their favorite rides. While waiting, they can ride other attractions or get a bite to eat. › universalorlando.com