A trip to Orlando can definitely include a visit to one of the area’s many water parks. But there are also lots of Orlando-area resorts with their own water parks onsite, meaning you don’t even have to leave your hotel property to make a splash.
1. The Grove Resort & Water Park
Entry to the Surfari Water Park is complimentary to guests of the Grove Resort & Water Park. Families can relax in the 695-foot lazy river, race down two curving waterslides, or splash around in the zero-entry pool. For little ones, there’s a separate kids’ area with three smaller slides, water spouts, and a wading pool. For an extra fee ($30 for a 30-minute session), you can ride the waves on the FlowRider Double surf simulator.
This all-suite hotel also offers amenities like its Flip Flop’s Family Fun Center filled with arcade games, a kids’ activity center, and guided pontoon boat tours on scenic Lake Austin.
2. Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark
The whole family has room to spread out at the Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark, the only all-suite Holiday Inn resort in Orlando where some rooms include bunk beds for the kiddos. Everyone can cool off at its Lagoon Waterpark, which features several different waterslides, a kids’ area for younger children, and a large pool hosting poolside activities throughout the day (and watched over by lifeguards).
If you can get the kids out the water, the hotel also has its own nine-hole mini-golf course, the 4-D Experience Theater, and its new Bank Heist Laser Challenge, where the whole family can see who’s the best at being stealthy.
3. CoCo Key Hotel & Water Resort
Book one of the 391 guestrooms at CoCo Key Hotel & Water Resort and get four passes each day to the onsite water park. (Children under 36 inches tall receive complimentary admission.) The 54,000-square-foot amenity includes canopy-covered and outdoor areas where the family will find 14 waterslides (including smaller ones for younger kids), swimming pools, and an interactive play area complete with the always fun “tipping bucket” feature. There’s poolside entertainment and daily scheduled kids’ activities.
When the kiddos are ready to dry off, they can head to the hotel’s 6,500-square-foot arcade. Three restaurants plus a convenience store with grab-and-go options help satisfy any appetite (even picky ones).
4. Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
One of the most luxurious hotels in Orlando, the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort features a five-acre water park. The kids can splash in the interactive fountains or zoom down the two 242-foot waterslides. In the hotel’s lazy river, the entire family can take things slow or make a splash with the help of spray cannons and a nine-foot waterfall. The expansive, lakefront family pool features a gradually sloping beach entry and underwater audio system; it also hosts dive-in movies on Saturday evenings, complete with complimentary popcorn.
The hotel is located within the Walt Disney World Resort, so guests can also make FastPass+ plans up to 60 days in advance and take advantage of the parks’ Extra Magic Hours.
5. Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld
The Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld is home to both an outdoor pool area and the separate R Aqua Zone water park. Bigger kids will love riding down the 122-foot-long open flume slide and 88-foot-long enclosed flume slide, while little ones can enjoy a slide and wading pool sized just for them. Features like shooting water jets and a water windmill provide fun options for cooling down, and there are lounge chairs where mom and dad can relax for a minute (if the kids let them).
Hotel guests also get lots of perks at SeaWorld, like complimentary Quick Queue, 10 percent off dining, and early park entry on some days.
6. Reunion Resort & Golf Club
Accommodations at Reunion Resort & Golf Club range from one- to three-bedroom suite-style villas to entire vacation rental homes. No matter where families stay, they can get access to the resort’s five-acre water park. (Guests who book directly through Reunion Resort can visit the water park every day of their visit; guests who book through a third-party vendor might have limited access to the park or may be charged an additional fee.) The tropically themed site includes a lazy river, twisting waterslides, a zero-entry pool, rope bridges, water volleyball, and other wet-and-wild fun.
Near the water park families can also find lawn games like ladder ball, corn hole, and giant chess. And there are all kinds of other family-friendly amenities at the resort, including playgrounds, bike and golf cart rentals, and a footgolf course (think golf played with a soccer ball).
7. Flamingo Waterpark Resort
Families who stay at Flamingo Waterpark Resort in Kissimmee get admission for up to four people per room to the hotel’s water park. (Additional passes can be purchased for $15 per person per day.) They can brave the DripDrop speed slide or two slightly less intense twisting waterslides that take off from the top of a 30-foot tower. There’s also a 630-foot lazy river and areas for younger kids with smaller slides, play structures, and splash fountains.
Other amenities at the hotel include a game room, playground, and family movie nights in a small theater space, and families can choose from both standard guestrooms and suites when reserving accommodations.
8. Encore Resort at Reunion
There’s a 10-acre water park at Encore Resort at Reunion, which offers vacation rental homes with four to 12 bedrooms. Three waterslides shoot down from a 60-foot tower, including one with a vertical drop and another that allows riders to race against a friend. Younger kids can head to the Surfing Safari Splash Area, which features four waterslides plus water cannons and fountains to help keep the kiddos cool, and the Mermaid Academy offers classes on Fridays to help kids unleash their inner Ariel (additional fee). You can rent a cabana around the spacious swimming pool for a break from the sun, or head to the air-conditioned arcade.
9. Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate features Orlando’s only resort wave pool, offering more than 131,000 gallons for floating among the swells. There’s a zero-entry family pool with a 125-foot corkscrew waterslide, new kids’ pool with smaller-sized waterslides, and an 850-foot lazy river with the requisite water cannons, waterfall, and tunnels.
Outside of the water, Crane’s Adventure Golf offers 18 themed holes of mini-golf, while the family-friendly, par 3 Champions 9 course is lit for nighttime, post–theme park play. The little ones can also head to Camp Omni Kids Escape on Friday and Saturday nights and enjoy kid-friendly dinners, movies, and other activities while mom and dad get some time to themselves.
10. Liki Tiki Village
Liki Tiki Village, a vacation condo resort, is home to two heated pools and the Liki Tiki Lagoon, a 1.5-acre water park with theming befitting the resort’s Polynesian-style name (think an erupting water volcano, waterfall, and tiki heads that spout water). There are five waterslides and a section sized for toddler-aged guests.
Near the Lagoon area families can also find a playground and Shipwreck Sally’s Bar and Grill for those moments when hunger strikes. Within the resort there’s also a complimentary tropically themed nine-hole mini-golf course, a game room, and paddleboat and surrey bike rentals.
11. Fantasy World Resort
Options for cooling down at the newish Fantasy World Resort in Kissimmee include two large pools, a relaxing lazy river, two tall and twisty waterslides, and a colorful kids’ splash pad. Regular poolside games might feature things like hula hoop contests or football tossing challenges, and families can also try their hands at trivia or bingo while staying at the resort, where villa-style accommodations have full kitchens and can fit up to six guests.
Visit the Craft Cove or playground when you’re not at the water park, or enjoy a movie night in the resort’s Activity Center.
12. Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek/Club Wyndham Bonnet Creek
Water-based amenities at the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek and sister property Club Wyndham Bonnet Creek include five pools (including some with waterslides), two lazy rivers, and two kids’ splash pads, so the young ones can find plenty of ways to get wet.
There’s also a playground and mini-golf course located at various points along the pathway that circles the resorts’ central lake, plus dining spots ranging from casual to upscale. Rooms at the Wyndham Grand include options with a bunk bed nook, while Club Wyndham offers one- to four-bedroom suites with full kitchens.
13. Orlando World Center Marriott
Families who stay at Orlando World Center Marriott can swim among the waterfalls at the hotel’s Falls Pool Oasis area, race down the 90-foot speed slide, or take a more leisurely ride on a pair of 200-foot winding waterslides. Little ones can spend time at the Splash Zone area, which includes a wading pool, small slide, and interactive water features, along with Children’s Pool Cabana rental options for some shade from the Florida sun.
Another spot for taking a break from the water is the Kids’ Activity Center with LEGO-themed events and arts and crafts. Options for accommodations include rooms with balconies that offer views of the hotel’s nightly laser light show at Falls Pool Oasis or family-friendly suites with more room to spread out.
14. Margaritaville Resort Orlando
The Island H2O Live! Water Park at Margaritaville Resort Orlando is open to the general public as well as resort guests. But resort guests can purchase discounted tickets ($39.99) at the front desk to enjoy the more than 20 experiences at what’s billed as “Orlando’s most immersive and technologically advanced water park.” The park is all about a connection to social media, and visitors can sync their wristbands with the park’s app to document their experiences on slides with names like the Downloader and Hashtag Heights. There’s also a lazy river, wave pool, and areas for younger kids.
Other family-friendly amenities at the resort include entertainment and dining zone Sunset Walk, and the Parakeets Kids’ Club and Teen Center.
15. Westgate Vacation Villas Resort
Westgate Vacation Villas Resort has its own water park called Shipwreck Island, but guests do have to pay an admission fee to access it. If they do, they’ll find a pirate-themed water play area with small slides and water cannons, a lazy river, and larger waterslides near a big resort pool complete with “palm trees” with jetted fountains. Parents will appreciate that there are always lifeguards on duty when the water park is open.
There are 14 pools in total at the resort, where amenities also include the dinosaur-themed Jurassic Miniature Golf Course, a game room, a movie theater, and bike and paddle boat rentals. Accommodations range from studios that can sleep four to two-bedroom villas with sleeping lofts that can accommodate up to 10 guests.
Beth Luberecki is a Florida-based freelance writer who writes about travel, business, and lifestyle topics for a variety of publications and websites. She enjoys exploring destinations close to home and farther afield with her husband and tween-age daughter. Visit her website at bethluberecki.com or find her on Instagram, @bethluberecki and Facebook, @BethLubereckiFreelanceWriter.
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