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Water slides and on-site pools are a dime a dozen in Florida, but these hotels take it one step further and also include fun-filled water parks with elaborate slides, lazy rivers and lagoon pools. Skip the tourist crowds, admission costs and parking headache and instead enjoy a day of family-fun splashing in the water. Step out of your room and into the pool at these top Florida resorts with water parks.
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The only all-suite Holiday Inn Resort in Orlando, Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites – Waterpark is just one mile from Disney theme parks. Relax in your spacious suite, then gear up for a day of fun in the on-site water park or indoor Batman Laser Challenge, 4-D Theater Experience and arcade. Refuel at the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, Lagoon Bar and Grill or Antonio’s Pizzeria, the grab a frozen treat at Hershey’s Ice Cream.
A normal hotel pool just can’t compare with the water park at CoCo Key Hotel and Waterpark Resort. This family-friendly resort has 14 slides, three heated pools, and a long list of other kid-friendly water features that will keep them entertained for the entire day. There’s a shuttle service for when you want to explore the theme parks, in addition to a large arcade, poolside tiki bar an array of on-site restaurants.
Beachfront luxury on the Atlantic Ocean, Hammock Beach Resort, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort in Palm Coast is nestled on a stretch of unspoiled beach. Featuring multi-room villas and suites, families can enjoy resort living with an array of luxury perks. The kids will delight in the water park adventure with a 91,000 square-foot water pavilion with a lazy river and thrilling water flume, while oceanfront restaurants serve up fresh seafood.
Located in Disney World, Four Seasons Resort Orlando is a lakeside haven with Park View Rooms where you can catch the nightly fireworks show at Disney from your private balcony. Head to Explorer Island for a sun-soaked day of playing in the splash zones, interactive fountains, water slides and lazy river. Step inside to discover video games, billiards and touch-screen tables in addition to private cooking classes.
If you’re looking for an exciting day of splashing about, the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort is the place to be. You’ll find two winding 200-foot water slides and a 90-foot super fast speed slide that will delight thrill-seekers of all ages. Don’t fret if you’re not the adventurous type, as those looking for a more laid-back day of fun can head to the oasis pool and hot tub grotto that is nestled under a rocky waterfall.
The Grove Resort & Spa Orlando offers residential-style accommodations, but kids will be more thrilled with its exciting Surfari Water Park with water slides, a zero-entry pool and lazy river. Families can enjoy the one, two and three-bedroom suites, which include flat-screen TVs, full-size washers and dryers, sleeper sofas and separate living and dining areas. Pick up snacks at the Alfresco Market or dine on Three Cheese Margherita pizzas at Antonio’s Pizza.
An upscale resort in Kissimmee, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center has a premier location close to Disney. Step inside the soaring glass atrium before exploring the hotel’s array of amenities, which include a water park, adults-only pool, full-service spa and nine restaurants. Winter is a particularly magical time to visit the resort, as you can enjoy the on-site water park in addition to its lavish holiday displays with more than 2 million twinkling lights.
Reunion Resort offers one, two and three-bedroom villas, where families are lured in by its huge water park with twisting water slides and lazy river. The spacious villas feature separate living and dining areas, full kitchens and balconies. Sharpen your skills at the on-site golf course designed by Arnold Palmer or treat yourself to a Citrus Melon Mojito mani-pedi at the spa.
Marriott’s Harbour Lake offers you the chance to have a tropical vacation right in Florida, where spacious one and two-bedroom villas feature fully equipped kitchens, a screened in balcony and separate living and dining areas. Practice your swing at the miniature golf course or head to Shipwreck Landing, a themed pool area with a pirate ship, water slides and water cannons. There are also plenty of family activities such as karaoke, poolside games and movie nights.
You can bask in the sunshine poolside at Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, while the kids refresh in the on-site water park that features water slides and toddler play areas. There are multiple on-site restaurants, including Toppers Creamery in addition to a luxurious day spa. Unwind in one of the spacious guest rooms or suites that offer pool or SeaWorld views in addition to seating areas, mini fridges and Netflix.
Previously Wakulla Suites, Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort in Cocoa Beach is a solid choice for families. Make a splash in the new water park or relax beachside with a beach concierge at your service, it’s up to you. The newly renovated Luxury Suites have king-size beds, cozy breakfast nooks and flat-screen TVs, and if you need extra space, upgrade to the Signature Two or Four-Bedroom Suite.
Flamingo Waterpark Resort in Kissimmee is popular for its fun-filled on-site waterpark and spacious family suites with bunk beds. Enjoy the kitchenette, mini fridge and flat-screen TV with HBO, then pick up snacks at the 24/7 Pantry Corner or head to the Tiki Bar for kid-friendly drinks and adult beverages. Soar down the 30-foot tower water slides, relax in the lazy river and make a splash in the zero-depth children’s pool.