Florida is known for its unique, thrilling theme parks, particularly its fantastic water parks that are perfect for cooling off during the hot summer. After all, the Sunshine State is home to water parks more than anywhere else in the country. From Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park in Lake Buena Vista and Adventure Island in Tampa to Buccaneer Bay in Weeki Wachee Springs, Spring Hill, to Big Kahuna's Water & Adventure Park in Destin and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon in Lake Buena Vista, people will never run out of fantastic water parks in the beautiful state. However, there's one unique park considered to be the best in Florida, thanks to its endless opportunities of entertainment, fun, and action. Aquatica Orlando water park will wow anyone visiting it with the unique attractions that people will not find anywhere else.

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Here's What Makes Aquatica Orlando So Unique

This water park in Florida is unique because it's the only one that features water slides zipping through a lazy river and a pool of dolphins where people can witness live tropical fish while floating. Aquatica Orlando is an award-winning water park in Florida and allows people to experience marine animal encounters while enjoying wild and wet water rides suitable for every thrill level and age. The park also features two wave pools, a lazy river, and kids' play areas.

  • Recommended: People visiting Aquatica Orlando should try the Walhalla Wave and Ihu's Breakaway Falls slides that add to the theming of the South Seas throughout the park.

Children with sensory processing issues will be happy to visit Aquatica Orlando because the staff members are trained to assist them. The park also features low sensory areas, quiet rooms, and a sensory guide for people to choose appropriate rides. Moreover, Aquatica Orlando is the first park in the world to be designated as a Certified Autism Center.

  • How to get there: Directly off the street from SeaWorld Orlando, people can find Aquatica Orlando off International Drive in the city, where people can find signage on the way directing them towards SeaWorld. However, visitors will not be lost because they will find the park between Aquatica's colorful slides on one side and SeaWorld's towering coasters on the other side.

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Here Are The Top Attractions That Visitors To Aquatica Orlando Should Never Miss

Visitors to Aquatica Orlando will enjoy meeting the live animals at some attractions, which is an experience hardly found at other parks in the region. For instance, people can view tropical fish when taking a ride on the lazy river through underwater tunnels at Loggerhead Lane. Visitors to the park should also not miss the Dolphin Plunge, which allows them to go through a Commerson's dolphin pool. The minimum required height for this attraction is 48 inches. However, people who don't want to take the plunge can enjoy the beautiful sights from the viewing area.

The park also features the tallest drop slide in Orlando, Ihu's Breakaway Falls, which also has a height requirement of 48 inches. Aquatica Orlando is also home to the Riptide Race, the tallest dueling race slide in the world. The latter has a height requirement of 42 inches. The competitive mat ride, Taumata Racer, is also a must-try at the park, along with the high-speed, not-lazy-river, Roa's Rapids.

  • Recommended: People interested in learning more about the majestic Commerson's dolphins by taking the Commerson's Close-Up Tour. Visitors to the park are also advised to pay an additional fee and benefit from premium seating rentals, a cabana, and an all-day dining pass.

Here's Who Should Visit Aquatica Orlando And How To Get The Tickets

Each and every family member can enjoy the unique attractions at Aquatica Orlando. Children under ten years old will mostly enjoy Walkabout Waters and Kata's Kookaburra Cove. The former consists of sprawling kids' play structure with slides, tunnels, stairs, and of course, lots of water. People can enjoy the large shallow pool at Kata's Kookaburra Cove while taking part in the various water features and slides.

Not any attraction at the park has a height requirement exceeding 48 inches, which means that teens and tweens can hop on any activity they want, although they don't have attractions targeting them specifically.

While some family-friendly attractions require younger riders to wear life jackets, these are offered free of charge by Aquatica Orlando.

Aquatica Orlando operates on a date-based reservation system. This means that anyone that wishes to visit the park must make a reservation beforehand. People will be saving money when they purchase their tickets online on the park's official website rather than at the gate.

However, people must know that they will have to pay the parking fees separately from the ticket. Parking passes can be purchased online or paid directly when reaching the park. People have the option to park either in general or preferred parking.