Orlando is a prime location for over-the-top water parks, and the newest way of cooling off in Florida's warm weather are inflatable water parks. These bouncy aqua parks make for a great day of summer fun with school-age kids, as well as tweens and teens. Sometimes it's harder to entertain, or even hang with, teens, so we parents are usually willing to try any option—even if we seem a bit crazy out there on the ninja warrior course.
Looking for more swimming and splashing spots for the kids near Orlando? Check out our guides to local splash pads, natural spring swimming holes, and nearby Florida beaches.
Each park requires kids to reach a certain height and/or age before they can attend, and some require reservations. Be sure to measure and plan ahead so as not to come away with disappointed kids.
Kids and adults can climb, jump, slide and splash on over 40 obstacles at this 10,000-square-foot inflatable water park playground located at the Orlando Watersports Complex. With a beach entrance area, three different skill levels, and obstacles such as an XXL climbing tower, trampoline, and rodeo slide, this aqua park provides hours of family fun! The complex also boasts a cable park operation to experience water sports such as wakeboarding, waterskiing, and tubing.
Aqua park participants must be at least 6 years old and 43 inches tall, and they must be able to swim. Life vests are required and provided by the park, and lifeguards are onsite. Online bookings are available for single (50-minute) sessions or double (100-minute) sessions. The aqua park is also available for private events and birthday parties, and there's a summer camp and lessons here, too.
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They'll be worn out after navigating the obstacle courses at Nona Adventure Park. Photo courtesy the water park
This entertainment center on Lake Nona features a 1,000-foot floating water park with multiple interconnected obstacles such as a whirlpool, ninja jump, tire run, and many more. The park also features a wake cable system with two tracks for all skill levels, plus a 60-foot-tall climbing tower complete with a ropes course, climbing tower, and a junior course for kids. Between adventures, stop by the onsite bistro for a bite to eat.
Participants must have basic swimming skills, and the minimum age to participate in the aqua park is 5 years old. Kids ages 5 to 8 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult. Aqua guides are onsite and are first-aid certified. Guests can book 50-minute sessions or purchase day passes. Group and party packages are available as well.
The Lift Adventure Park has plenty of space to run, jump, climb, bounce, and of course, splash. Photo courtesy the park
The Lift Adventure Park sits on a 70-acre spring-fed lake with a white sand beach. Located a little less than 2 hours from the heart of Orlando, this attraction makes for a great family day trip. Participants can take on the inflatable tire run, traverse along a narrow inflatable beam, swing across monkey bars, and slide into the refreshing spring water. Other activities include a cable wake park, paddleboarding, and kayaking.
Water park participants here must be at least 7 years of age and 45 inches tall, and all participants must wear a provided lifevest at all times. Sessions are 45 minutes long and guests can book a time slot online.
Cooling off is just part of the fun at these inflatable water parks near Orlando. Most kids come for the thrill of the obstacle courses, bouncy slides, and even boating.