The Best Hotels With a Water Park in Orlando, Florida

It's hot in Florida, so what better way to cool down than at a hotel with its own splash pad?
It's hot in Florida, so what better way to cool down than at a hotel with its own splash pad? | © Russotwins / Alamy Stock Photo
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11 August 2021

Orlando, Florida, isn’t all about theme parks, at least not all about theme parks on land. Why not spend some time splashing around in one of Orlando’s famous water parks? Whether you’re interested in swimming up to the edge of an infinity pool, or spending time with your family at the splash pad, these hotels make it easy to have some fun in the sun – and you can book your stay now on Culture Trip.

Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Stylish modern rounded glass building with immense lagoon-style pool at its base at Universal’s Aventura Hotel in Orlando
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With fountains of water bursting into the sky, this hotel is every kid’s dream playground. In an ideal location, Universal’s Aventura Hotel is right next to Universal’s popular Volcano Bay water park and its dozens of water slides. Imagine you’re on a Polynesian island as you drift along the lazy river before settling in the South Sea oasis.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort with a swimming pool, palm trees and colourful parasols
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If you’re looking for a hotel that is practically inside a water park, then look no further. The Cabana Bay Beach Resort overlooks Universal’s Volcano Bay. A walkway connects the hotel to the tropical paradise with free-fall rides, tube slides, lazy rivers and more. When you’re done swimming, enjoy some time in a private cabana and order a pizza for the family.

Encore Resort at Reunion

A blue enclosed slide and an outdoor swimming pool at Encore Resort at Reunion, with palm trees
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Grab the whole family, and rent an entire vacation house at the Encore Resort at Reunion. The resort has a sprawling 10-acre (4ha) water park with three big water rides: the WaveRacer, Stormchaser and Tsunami. If you want to get your heart pumping, you can plummet down a 60ft (18m) tower while the kids enjoy the Surfing Safari Kids’ Splash Area. Here, the whole family can also try their hand at being a real mermaid, donning a mermaid tail and learning to swim like one.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando

A large outdoor swimming pool area at Margaritaville Resort Orlando, surrounded by grass
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Giant water slides, a pumping wave pool, a lazy river and a kids’ area make Island H2O Live!, next to the Margaritaville Resort Orlando, exciting. One unique thing about this water park is that you can gain points, and the more points you earn the more discounts you get on merchandise and food throughout the day. Points also allow you to control the playlist that’s played throughout the park, so make sure you earn enough to put on your favorite tunes.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

An outdoor lazy river swimming pool at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, with a waterfall
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Explorer Island is the Four Seasons on-site water park, comprising five acres (2ha) of fun attractions. Start your day at the family pool, which features an underwater stereo system for your favorite songs, and then explore the adult pool, which overlooks one of Florida’s lakes. There is also a splash zone and lazy river for the younger members of your family. If you’re feeling adventurous, don’t miss the intriguing water slide, the Drop.

Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld

A pool and play area for kids at Renaissance Orlando at Sea World, with colourful slides next to sun loungers
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The R Aqua Zone water park at this hotel is perfect for families, featuring brightly colored slides and tropical bird figurines in the splash zone. Kids will love the waterfalls and spray jets as they cool off in the warm Florida sun. As for adults, grab a beach chair and enjoy a tiki drink while you watch your family have the time of their life on vacation.

FantasyWorld Resort

Blue and yellow slides at Fantasy World Resort, leading to a swimming pool
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Enjoying some time in the water is effortless at FantasyWorld Resort. You can choose from a variety of activities, including two pools, three hot tubs, a lazy river, two water slides and a kids’ splash pad. Each day, you can enjoy various poolside games, such as hula-hoop contests, a mini-golf challenge, football toss games and more, without ever having to leave the pool area.

Liki Tiki Village

A pool area at Liki Tiki Village, with a cascading water feature, pink, green and yellow small slides
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With an on-site water park, Liki Tiki Village is a water playscape for kids and adults alike. Relax in the 1.5-acre (0.6ha) lagoon, which is part swimming pool and part water park, and enjoy five water slides, a waterfall and even an erupting volcano. There are plenty of lounge chairs around the lagoon, so you can always be close to your little ones as they splash and play.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations at Orange Lake Resort

An outdoor pool at Holiday Inn Club Vacations, with a cascading water feature, benches and palm trees
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This hotel is home to an astonishing seven pools, meaning you could bounce from pool to pool all day and still not be able to enjoy all of them. For those who want to take it easy, there is also a 1,200ft (365m) lazy river-style pool. For kids, the Hippo Waterslide is the spot to be, and they can go down the massive inflatable slide as many times as they want throughout the day.

Westgate Town Center Resort

A narrow pool and a play area for kids shaped as a pirate ship at Westgate Town Center Resort
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Just steps away from your room at Westgate Town Center Resort is the Shipwreck Island Water Park, which features a pirate ship with water slides, water cannons and sprayers. After spending the day pretending to be a real pirate, it will be time for a drink. There are three bars near the pool – Jolly Roger’s Galley, Crow’s Nest and Sea Dog’s Bar. Rum, anyone?

Looking for more hotels in Florida? Check out the best hotels to book in Kissimmee, Florida, for every traveler, or opt for one of the best hotels in Orlando for every traveler. You could enjoy some fun with the little ones at the best family hotels in Orlando and book your next stay right here on Culture Trip. There are plenty of things to keep you busy, too, from exploring the most beautiful gardens in Orlando to enjoying natural wonders such as the best springs. Make a weekend of it and bring the whole family along; the kids will enjoy swimming with dolphins, while these unusual things to do will keep everyone else entertained.

These recommendations were updated on August 11, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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