Living in Central Florida in the summer months can mean finding new and innovative ways to stay cool. A visit to the many water parks and natural swimming spots around the area is a great way to pass a hot summer day. Here are some of the top places to splash in the sun in and around the Central Florida area.

Coco Key

Coco Key is a perfect place for parents to take the entire family for a day of water fun. There’s a hotel and waterpark in the same area, but locals can purchase passes to the waterpark only and visit for the day. A total of 14 waterslides surround the four tropical themed pools, for a total of over 50,000 square feet of fun. Younger kids can play at the splash pad while parents relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Blizzard Beach

One of Disney’s water parks, Blizzard Beach, is made to look like a fancy ski resort, complete with ski lifts to take riders up to the top of steep slopes of melting glaciers to slide down. The large size of the water park allows it to offer something for everyone: a wave pool, waterslides, two children’s areas and more. The waterslides here are more intense than other water parks, and many have a minimum rider height, so this park is perfect for families with older children or groups of adults.

Universal’s Volcano Bay

Opening May 25th, 2017, Universal’s Volcano Bay will take the place of Wet n’ Wild, an Orlando fixture for many years. The park has an island theme and complex story centered around a race of water loving people.  Perhaps the most exciting part of the new waterpark is the company’s promise to do away with long lines by issuing everyone a wearable wristband that will allow them to book a time to come back to each ride simply by tapping. Universal has also done away with the need for riders to carry their own rafts to make the whole experience simpler. The waterpark will stay open until 10 PM each night, with the central volcano changing to display lava flowing as the day goes on.

De Leon Springs

Less than an hour’s drive from most parts of Orlando, De Leon Springs is one of Florida’s natural wonders, located inside the state park of the same name. In addition to a swimming area in the spring, where the warm water flows naturally, there is canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Since the spring is located inside a state park, the cost of a visit is much less expensive than one of the water parks associated with a theme park.

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