Best Lazy Rivers in Orlando for Kids

The JW Marriott Grande Lakes features a newly renovated water park, including the refreshing lazy river. Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Grande Lakes
The JW Marriott Grande Lakes features a newly renovated water park, including the refreshing lazy river. Photo courtesy of JW Marriott Grande Lakes
6/25/23 - By Charlotte B

Lazy rivers offer a tranquil and leisurely escape from the hustle and bustle of busy Orlando water parks and attractions. Orlando lazy rivers meander through lush tropical landscapes, inviting families to unwind on inflatable tubes as gentle currents carry them along. Whether you’re visiting an outdoor water park in Orlando or looking for awesome Orlando hotels with lazy rivers, these idyllic retreats promise a refreshing experience for guests of all ages.


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Take a turn around the lazy rivers (that's right, plural) at Aquatica. Photo by author

Lazy Rivers at Orlando Water Parks & Natural Springs

Aquatica Orlando

Aquatica, SeaWorld's water park, boasts TWO lazy rivers that offer distinct experiences. Loggerhead Lane takes guests on a serene journey past colorful marine life exhibits and under cascading waterfalls. Roa's Rapids takes guests on an exciting, fast-paced adventure with swirling currents and unexpected twists and turns.

Kelly Park at Rock Springs

Kelly Park at Rock Springs offers a natural, lazy river experience like no other. The crystal-clear water of Rock Springs creates a soothing current that carries visitors along its scenic path, surrounded by towering cypress trees. Float down the lazy river at Kelly Park for a tranquil escape and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Create your own floating masterpiece in Legoland Florida's lazy river. Photo courtesy Legoland

Legoland Florida Water Park

Legoland Florida's water park features the Build-A-Raft lazy river, where guests create their own floating masterpieces using large, soft Lego bricks that connect to inflatable tubes. While drifting along with the current, guests encounter playful LEGO characters and models, which adds a touch of whimsy to the experience.

Ride the currents at Typhoon Lagoon's lazy river. Photo courtesy Walt Disney World Resort

Typhoon Lagoon

One of two Disney water parks, Typhoon Lagoon has the 2,000-foot-long Castaway Creek lazy river that encircles the entire water park. The lazy river path takes guests through a variety of scenic areas, including a mysterious rainforest, overhead rope bridges, and a serene beachfront.

Volcano Bay

Universal Orlando’s water park, Volcano Bay, features a lazy river known as Kopiko Wai Winding River. It takes guests on a slow ride through a tropical paradise surrounded by waterfalls, vibrant foliage, and views of Krakatau, the towering centerpiece of the park. Thanks to the virtual queue wristband, guests avoid standing in line!    

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort offers guests a five-acre water park. Photo courtesy of hotel

Best Orlando Hotels with Lazy Rivers

Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal Orlando's Cabana Bay Beach Resort boasts a lazy river that takes guests on a leisurely journey surrounded by vibrant colors, retro-inspired architecture, and fun poolside activities. On Friday evenings, enjoy character appearances in the lobby.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Drift on the lazy river at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando, which provides a luxurious and relaxing retreat for guests. As a bonus, guests staying at this resort enjoy early theme park entry to Walt Disney World parks.

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Gaylord Palms

Nestled within the magnificent Gaylord Palms Resort is the Cypress Springs Water Park, home to waterslides, a zero-entry pool, and a "rapid" lazy river. The Crystal River Rapids invites guests to glide at speeding currents, floating while immersing themselves in the resort's ambiance.

Enjoy the chill vibes of The Grove Resort's lazy river. Photo by author

The Grove Resort

The Grove Resort features a full water park, complete with lazy river, multiple pool areas, waterslides, and an aqua playground. The gentle lazy river is a winding oasis of relaxation. The resort’s two large waterslides exit into the lazy river, so kids can ride the slides over and over while parents float along the currents.

JW Marriott Grande Lakes

JW Marriott Grande Lakes has a new onsite water park complete with a lazy river, water slides, lagoons, AquaVenture course, and pool-side dining. Drift along the quarter-mile lazy river through the heart of the water park.

Enjoy a luxe stay at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, complete with lazy river rides. Photo courtesy of resort

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

The 850-foot-long lazy river at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate boasts water cannons, hidden canyons, gentle rapids, and a waterfall. The resort also boasts a zero-entry pool, wave pool, and kids pool with tot-sized slides.

Reunion Resort

Reunion Resort has a full five-acre water park onsite! Float down the 1,000-foot lazy river on inflatable tubes while passing by waterfalls. In addition to the lazy river, the water park features a zero-entry pool, waterslide, aquatic playground, and lawn games.

Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek

Watch Disney fireworks as you float along the lazy river at Signia by Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek! Enter the river through a zero-entry pool and float by the resort's lush gardens and palm trees. With comfortable floaties available and a tranquil atmosphere, the lazy river provides a perfect way to unwind.

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