Planning a summer family vacation is never easy, especially when it comes to settling on a destination and entertainment. Rest assured, there’s one activity both kids and parents can agree on: water parks. Whether you prefer riding slides, floating down lazy rivers or simply sunbathing poolside, water parks can satisfy every member’s needs – all while beating the grueling summer heat. So, pack your swimsuits, stock up on sunscreen and prepare for the sweet smell of chlorine when booking your family trip at one of these resorts or hotels with incredible water parks.
Orlando World Center Marriott
Families who love to swim will have no problem getting their aquatic fix at Orlando World Center Marriott. While this upscale resort is within a few miles of Walt Disney World® and Universal Studios® (and offers shuttle service to both theme parks), one of its main draws is Falls Pool Oasis, a stunning pool complex with four heated indoor and outdoor pools. Your little ones can splash around at the kids’ zero-entry pool with water toys and activities, while the 90-foot speed slide and pair of 200-foot winding waterslides offer an ocean of excitement to please the thrill seekers in your kin. When it’s time to link up with the entire family, rendezvous at the 600,000-gallon lagoon pool, where you’ll find soothing waterfalls, secluded cabanas and several hot tubs. To cap off your day, kick back and marvel at the nightly poolside laser light show.
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa
Everything is bigger in Texas, and resort water parks are no exception. Located 21 miles north of downtown among 600 acres of soaring oaks and rolling mountains, JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa is a true luxury retreat that caters to all types of travelers, but its centerpiece is undoubtedly the River Bluffs Water Experience. This nine-acre aquatic landscape takes water parks to new heights with its 1,100-foot lazy river, 650-foot rapid river and cavalcade of rip-roaring slides. Kids will love frolicking under waterfalls at the children’s pool, and don’t worry, parents, you can savor some much-needed time at the serene adults-only pool. To make things even better, the water features are heated during the colder months, so your family doesn’t have to wait until each summer to soak up all the fun.
Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center
Considering Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is just down the street from the legendary Grand Ole Opry, the massive luxury resort deserves nothing less than a standing ovation after recently unveiling its cutting-edge, indoor/outdoor water park, SoundWaves. Music is played throughout the park and tailored to the rides, such as laidback tunes for the lazy river and faster, upbeat jams for tubing and rapid-river rides. The ultra-modern indoor section is open year-round and is always 84 degrees, allowing to you and your family to experience the FlowRider® surf simulator, slide tower and activity pool even when it’s not a warm summer day in Music City. When you step outdoors, a 315,000-gallon wave pool adorned with a huge LED movie screen will greet you, as well as kids’ and adults-only pools and other water attractions. To guarantee your admission, you must book the SoundWaves Water Experience Package.
Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas
From the 5 miles of white-sand beaches to its open-air marine habitat, the number of things to do at Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas can be overwhelming. But you would be remiss if your agenda omitted Aquaventure, the luxury resort’s elaborate waterscape packing 141 acres worth of water attractions mixing Mayan and Atlantean themes. At the heart of the Caribbean’s largest water park, there’s the towering Mayan Temple, which features five exhilarating rides. The most thrilling of them all, though, has to be The Leap of Faith, a six-story high-speed waterslide where you zoom down a near vertical drop through a clear, underwater tunnel surrounded by sharks. If you’re looking to take things easier, grab an inner tube and float around the scenic lazy river stretching a quarter mile. There are also 11 refreshing pools including Splashers, a kids’ pool and water playground perfect for your young ones.
Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance
Courtyard Anaheim Theme Park Entrance might be a 10-minute walk from Disneyland®, but you don’t have to leave the property to treat your family to some fun and excitement. Located on the hotel’s second-level observation deck, Surfside Waterpark makes an ideal option for families seeking a splashing good time during their magical vacation. There’s something for everyone in your clan to enjoy, from the duo of 30-foot waterslides to the wet deck featuring a 400-gallon dump bucket. If you have an especially large crew, gather together in the huge 15-person hot tub and take in the mesmerizing views of Disneyland®. Also, Surfside is open year-round with long hours, making it a perfect activity before or after riding roller coasters all day.
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