Florida Waterparks

From Typhoon Lagoon to Wet-N-Wild, explore the waterparks of Florida.

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Sandpearl Resort (Clearwater Beach)

Sandpearl Resort (Clearwater Beach)

The Sandpearl has all the usual beauty of a beachfront hotel but adds 2 distinctive amenities. First, it boasts the only AAA 4-diamond restaurant in Clearwater, Caretta on the Gulf, which serves up seasonal dishes and ocean views. Second, it features huge beach fire pits, the perfect perch for watching the sunset over the gulf. 960 1280

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Sanibel Siesta on the Beach (Sanibel Island)

Sanibel Siesta on the Beach (Sanibel Island)

All the extravagances of a luxury resort with all the comforts of home. That’s what guests get at Sanibel Siesta on the Beach, which offers 56 rental condos with full kitchens and space to sleep 6. What you probably don't have at home is a private beach, heated outdoor pool, bike paths and tennis courts. 960 1280

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The Breakers (Palm Beach)

The Breakers (Palm Beach)

Established in 1896, the Breakers resort is a veritable playground for vacationers of all ages. Consider that it features a half-mile private beach, 4 pools, 8 restaurants, 10 shops, 2 golf courses, 10 tennis courts, 5 whirlpools and much more. It even has its own reef for snorkeling and scuba diving.  960 1280

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Southernmost Beach Resort (Key West)

Southernmost Beach Resort (Key West)

Southernmost Beach Resort is everything you want in a Key West getaway, with classic island design and myriad amenities. Sunbathe on the private pier, grab a cocktail from the beachfront bars, or recharge during aqua yoga classes in the pool. To top it all off, Southernmost is close to the action of Duval Street — but not too close. 960 1280

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Hyatt Siesta Key Beach, A Hyatt Residence Club (Siesta Key)

Hyatt Siesta Key Beach, A Hyatt Residence Club (Siesta Key)

Don’t lift a finger during your stay at the Hyatt Siesta Key Beach. Get groceries delivered to your rental condo. Order a drink from your poolside cabana. Venture down to the beach to soak up some sun. Call on one of the chefs-in-residence to cook a family meal in your room. And if you happen to get ambitious, go explore the joys of nearby Sarasota, FL. 960 1280

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LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort (Naples)

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort (Naples)

It may be on the pricey side, but a stay at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort is definitely worth it. There’s nothing you can’t do here, from spa treatments to beachside dining to golf to water sports. And with a kids’ camp and babysitting services on-site, it’s a win-win for everyone in the family. 960 1280

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South Seas Island Resort (Captiva Island)

South Seas Island Resort (Captiva Island)

Get a little wild on your Florida vacation at this resort village and 330-acre wildlife preserve, where natural allure meets luxurious elegance. In addition to lounging on 2 1/2 miles of white-sand beach, guests can go exploring on sailing and fishing excursions or go searching around the island for 230 species of birds and more than 250 types of seashells. 960 1280

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Vintro Hotel South Beach (Miami Beach)

Vintro Hotel South Beach (Miami Beach)

Can’t decide between a relaxing beach getaway and an exciting South Beach party? Thanks to Vintro Hotel, you can have both. This adults-only spot provides intimacy in spades, including a cozy courtyard and a rooftop pool. But its location in the center of the city’s cultural district means it’s close to all the action. 960 1280

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The Seagate Hotel & Spa (Delray Beach)

The Seagate Hotel & Spa (Delray Beach)

When you stay at the Seagate Hotel & Spa, you aren’t just a guest — you’re an elite beach club member. Less than a mile from the hotel itself (reached via a walk along the shore or a free shuttle), the Seagate Beach Club offers a waterfront pool, additional dining options and private beach access, including towels, chairs and umbrellas.  960 1280

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One Ocean Resort & Spa (Atlantic Beach)

One Ocean Resort & Spa (Atlantic Beach)

The beauty of One Ocean Resort & Spa near Jacksonville, FL, is surpassed only by the service it provides its guests. Each visit is customized based on your individual preferences, which are collected during a pre-stay phone call. After arrival, personal docents cater to your every need, from unpacking to booking spa treatments to offering insider recommendations. 960 1280

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Legoland Florida

Legoland Florida

In between time on the lake, head to the world’s largest Legoland park, right in Winter Haven, FL. Spanning 145 acres, Legoland Florida is home to more than 50 rides, a waterpark and botanical garden. Another big draw is Safari Trek, where kids take a jeep ride to explore the wilds of Africa in the form of life-like LEGO animals. 960 1280

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Circle B Bar Reserve

Circle B Bar Reserve

Just outside of Winter Haven, explore more wildlife photo ops, but this time for real. Circle B Bar Reserve in nearby Lakeland, FL, was named by USA TODAY as one of the top places in America to see wildlife. Take in the vastness of the reserve’s 1,267 acres, home to wildlife such as bobcats, snakes and alligators, which you can spot in the reserve’s Lake Hancock. 960 1280

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Waterskiing

Waterskiing

Since the 1930s, Winter Haven has grown into a waterskiing mecca. Learn the sport, in all its pulsating variations, like barefoot skiing, at one of the local schools. Then try your luck out on Winter Haven’s famous Chain of Lakes, the series of lakes that extends across this stretch of Central Florida. 960 1280

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Flyboarding

Flyboarding

Blastoff! For a hot, new -- and extreme -- watersport, try your luck at flyboarding. Suit up with a flyboard, an air-powered jet pack that was invented in spring 2011 by watercraft rider Franky Zapata. Local watersports schools such as Absolute Aqua Sports should have you flying high in under 10 minutes, following your lesson. 960 1280

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Bok Tower

Bok Tower

Spread across 250 acres, Bok Tower Gardens was commissioned in 1921 by Edward Bok, a Dutch immigrant-turned-editor of Ladies Home Journal. At the center of the spacious, 250-acre botanical gardens is this 60-bell carillon. Towering 205 feet high, Bok Tower overlooks a long reflecting pond, with lily pads and koi fish offering great photo ops. 960 1280

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Paddleboarding

Paddleboarding

SUP’s up in Winter Haven. Go stand-up paddleboarding on Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes. Local watersports companies like Paddleboard Winter Haven offer 2 hours of SUP time, starting at Lake Summit, and passing through a canal into Lake Eloise, one of the larger lakes in Polk County, where Winter Haven is located. 960 1280

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Airboat Nature Tour

Airboat Nature Tour

In nearby Lake Wales, FL, take an airboat nature tour. Hop aboard a 6-person airboat, and get ready for a tour through Central Florida’s swamps and marshes, home to birds like egrets, cranes and hawks … and some very large alligators. 960 1280

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Chalet Suzanne's Famous Moon Soup

Chalet Suzanne's Famous Moon Soup

In between lake-hopping, stop by Chalet Suzanne restaurant, in nearby Lake Wales, FL, for a 5-course meal. The restaurant’s signature romaine soup has been a tradition for over 50 years. It was made famous by astronaut James Irwin, who chose the soup for his menu in space. 960 1280

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Camp Mack’s River Resort

Camp Mack’s River Resort

Before heading out on the water, use Camp Mack’s River Resort as your headquarters. Located on a quiet stretch of the Kissimmee River, the resort is a great launching point for fishing excursions, with crappies, bluegills, shell crackers and Florida largemouth bass among the prized catches of the day. 960 1280

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Westgate River Ranch

Westgate River Ranch

Break up the lakeside pace with a trip to Westgate River Ranch. This dude ranch, roughly 45 minutes from Legoland, offers the chance to find your inner cowboy: Enjoy a rodeo show, go glamping and when the water calls you back, take a swamp buggy ride. 960 1280

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Chain of Lakes

Chain of Lakes

Take a boat ride through Winter Haven’s Chain of Lakes -- so named because of its many connecting lakes. In all, this “chain” of 9 lakes spans 6,000 acres, with plenty of lakeside areas available for onboarding; 22 boat ramps, 30 waterfront parks and 14 public docks are available to boaters. 960 1280

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Water Ski Hall of Fame

Water Ski Hall of Fame

Ever wondered who the ‘Father of Waterskiing’ is? Find out at the Water Ski Hall of Fame. Established in 1982, the museum’s mission is to honor the pioneering skiers who put the sport on the map. As for the founding father, since you’re dying to know, it’s Ralph Samuelson, of Lake Pepin, MN! 960 1280

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Bass Fishing Capital of the World

Bass Fishing Capital of the World

Reel in the catch of a lifetime in the ‘Bass Fishing Capital of the World.’ Winter Haven is home to dozens of lakes, connected by navigable canals, where largemouth bass, well into the 10-lbs. range, swim. 960 1280

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Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway

Where to Go: Daytona International Speedway
The speedway offers 3 different tours: Speedway, All Access and VIP. Each offers different levels of access to the track, garages, press boxes and Victory Lane, as well as history of the speedway, NASCAR and drivers.
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Jackie Robinson Museum, Statue and Ballpark

Jackie Robinson Museum, Statue and Ballpark

Where to Go: Jackie Robinson Ballpark and Museum
The stadium is home to the Daytona Cubs, a feeder team for the Chicago Cubs. It was named after Jackie Robinson in 1990. The ballpark is now home to a museum and statue that honors Robinson's accomplishments as an athlete and "barrier breaker." Exhibits include information on Robinson's accomplishments on and off the field, his secret to stealing bases and a tribute to other athletes who broke barriers.
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Ponce de Leon Lighthouse

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse

Where to Go: Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse
The lighthouse is the tallest in Florida -- and one of the tallest in the country. Visitors can climb the 203 steps to the top for amazing views of one of the world's most famous beaches, Ponce Inlet and surrounding inland waterways. The museum showcases exhibits on the history of Florida and one of the finest collections of restored Fresnel lenses in the world.
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Main Street Pier

Main Street Pier

Where to Go: Main Street Pier
Called Daytona's "highway over the ocean," the 70 plus-year-old pier is the longest on the East Coast. It has rides such as a sky lift and space needle observation tower, a restaurant and a place for fishing.
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Bulow Plantation Ruins

Bulow Plantation Ruins

Where to Go: Bulow Plantation Ruins
The park has an interpretive center that gives the history of the plantation and Florida's frontier in the early 19th century. Visitors can walk through the ruins of the plantation, sugar mill, wells and slave cabins.
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Museum of Arts and Sciences

Museum of Arts and Sciences

Where to Go: Museum of Arts and Sciences
The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is located on a 90-acre nature preserve. The exhibits include collections of American, Chinese and Cuban art, a prehistoric giant ground sloth, an Americana collection and a rare Napoleonic collection. It also has a planetarium and children’s museum.
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Marine Science Center

Marine Science Center

Where to Go: Marine Science Center
Learn all about marine wildlife through exhibits on alligators, coral, dolphins, whales, sea turtles and fish. Check out the 5,000-gallon aquarium or get up close and personal with a stingray in the touch pool. The center also does rehabilitation of seabirds and turtles, and allows visitors to observe the animals they are helping.
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Shores Resort and Spa

Shores Resort and Spa

Where to Stay: Shores Resort and Spa
This luxury resort offers guestrooms and suites with amazing views and high-end amenities. The resort is home to the Indulge spa, as well as the oceanfront fine-dining restaurant Azure. It also offers a fitness center, kids' club, heated salt-water pool, multiple bars, cabanas, oceanfront fire pits and services to pamper your pet.
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Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/ Ocean Walk Village

Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/ Ocean Walk Village

Where to Stay: Hilton Daytona Beach Resort/Ocean Walk Village
The Hilton Daytona Beach Resort is located right on the beach in the heart of the Ocean Walk Village. The spacious rooms offer sunset views and lots of amenities. The hotel has a KidsZone and kids’ camp for the younger set and a spa for the adult travelers.

Other Hotels to Consider: Wyndham Ocean Walk, Hampton Inn Daytona Shores -- Oceanfront and Sun Viking Lodge
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Hog Heaven Bar-B-Q

Hog Heaven Bar-B-Q

Where to Eat: Hog Heaven
If you are looking for some Southern barbecue, head over to Hog Heaven for beef, chicken or pork that is slow-cooked in a real pit. Diners can feast on everything from baby back ribs to pulled pork and catfish.
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The Oyster Pub

The Oyster Pub

Where to Eat: The Oyster Pub
If you are looking for a place to kick back and watch the latest race or sporting event, check out this sports bar and grill. The menu features fresh seafood and raw bar, burgers, wings and more. For entertainment there is a nightly DJ, pool tables and more than 45 TVs.
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The Dancing Avocado Kitchen

The Dancing Avocado Kitchen

Where to Eat: Dancing Avocado Kitchen
This downtown restaurant is known for its eclectic decor that many describe as hippie-like. It's also known for great vegetarian and vegan dining. The Dancing Avocado Kitchen is only open in the daytime so be sure to visit for breakfast or lunch.

Other Restaurants to Consider: Gene's Steak House, Boot Hill Saloon and Chart House
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Angel and Phelps Chocolate Factory

Angel and Phelps Chocolate Factory

Where to Eat/Go: Angell & Phelps Chocolate Factory
To satisfy your sweet tooth, visit this chocolate factory that has been on Beach Street since 1925. You'll find chocolate in every shape and size along with fudge, jelly beans, taffy and coffee. Take the factory tour to see candy makers doing things the old-fashioned way.
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