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There are many places to see and activities to do when visiting Florida, some of the best theme parks are the water parks. These tend to be secondary locations for people to go and as such can be a little less crowded. There are many parks, Blizzard Beach, Discovery Cove, Typhoon Lagoon and Wet ‘n’ Wild to name a few. For those that can remember the good old days of Water Mania, it is now no more.
Not to be too downhearted there are still some great water parks in Orlando, one of the oldest parks built in 1977 is Wet ‘n’ Wild. This park really is like Universal Islands of Adventure is in the theme park world, packed with great rides for all the family it seems to have a new ride surfacing each year. One of the best rides is the death drop where you enter a closed booth, only to have the floor drop out and you shoot down 80ft of vertical drop. If you like the freefall feeling in your belly you will love this ride. There are plenty of other rides in Wet ‘n’ Wild that will keep the whole family busy all day. This is one park not to miss when buying your park tickets.
Another great water park is Blizzard Beach. Owned by the theme park kings (Disney) it has been designed around the theme of a Ski resort that has snow on its peak that is melting and causing tons of water to cascade down the side. All the rides are located on the edge of a mountain (Mt Rushmore). To access most of the slides and rides you have to take the ski lift to the top of the mountain. When you reach the top the main ride is called Summit Plummet a 120ft drop that allows its riders to reach speeds in excess of 60mph. This ride is not for the feint hearted either as you only really make contact with the Shute near the bottom! Other rides at Blizzard Beach are, Downhill Double Dipper, Slush Rusher, Snow Stormers, Tikes Peak (Play area for the kids) and Melt away Bay (a large pool for the family to realx).
Another Disney Park is Typhoon Lagoon. As it says this park is located around a large lagoon, it is little less hectic than Blizzard Beach this is the ideal park to visit if you are after a relaxing day. One of the major pulls for this park is the fact it really is great for the kids, they will love the lazy rides, wave machines etc. There is a large shipwreck in the middle of the park (Miss tilly fishing boat). One of the best rides at the park is the Mayday falls, this ride takes you through caves and natural springs along one of the longest tyre rides in Orlando. Other rides include, Keehaul Falls, Humunga Kowabunga and Gang Plank Falls.
Not a water park but on the theme of water is Discovery Cove. This is a great place to have a magical swim with a Dolphin. Many people think this is one of the best experiences in Orlando (although very expensive) as they are up close and personal with the Dolphins. Here you spend around 30 minutes with them and find out many interesting facts about them. Near the end of the experience you are taken out to the depths where you are pulled along by the Dolphins. This is a great experience not to miss.
All in all I would say there are many water parks to visit during your stay. All will provide a great day out and an alternative from the theme parks. There is plenty to do for all the family and should keep everyone happy. Why not try them next time you are in Orlando.
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