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Aquatica

Whether you take the Dolphin Plunge® or simply float the day away, SeaWorld®’s South Pacific-themed water park makes a huge splash.

Go to a South Sea Island-style paradise 20 minutes’ drive south from downtown Orlando with a visit to Aquatica. It’s owned and operated by SeaWorld®, which also operates a theme park opposite Aquatica, on International Drive. Throughout Aquatica’s 59 acres (24 hectares), you’ll find manmade beaches with golden sands, climate-controlled water and waves rolling in at speeds suited to everyone from toddlers to teens. Rides range from a leisurely raft journey to a high-speed spin on a tube.

Dolphin Plunge® is one of Aquatica’s most popular attractions. This ride plunges you down a tube, a portion of which is transparent and goes underwater into a lagoon. This is the home of the energetic Commerson’s dolphins. Keep an eye out for these playful black and white creatures as they may zip past you while you’re under water.

Other high-speed rides include Omaka Rocka, which rocks your inflatable tube from side to side down half-pipes and funnels. Experience the swirls of a white water adventure during Roa’s Rapids®. For the biggest adrenaline hit, rush headfirst down a steep slide on a mat on the Taumata Racer®, which pits you against seven other thrill-seekers. 

Change the pace with a relaxing float through Loggerhead Lane, a popular attraction that combines a water ride with views of wildlife. Hop on your raft and drift through an aquarium filled with exotic fish that swim above and around you. 

Children and adults alike will have a blast in the kid-friendly areas. Walkabout Waters is a 60-foot (18-meter) tall fortress armed with spray guns and hoses, and plenty of splashes from buckets tipping water overhead. The whole family can rock along in the same raft through the Walhalla Wave®, which has six stories of twists and turns.

To rest and refuel, go to one of Aquatica’s restaurants. There’s a great buffet at Banana Beach, or pre-order a Family Picnic, available seasonally. Plan ahead and book your own cabana for the day. Options range from reserving a space with a sun lounge and umbrella to a private cabana for up to eight guests.


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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld $67
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld

10100 International Drive, Orlando, FL
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Orlando resort is located on the Strip, within a 10-minute walk of SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica. Discovery Cove and Orange County Convention Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    Homewood Suites by Hilton-Orlando Theme Parks, FL $94
    Homewood Suites by Hilton-Orlando Theme Parks, FL

    Homewood Suites by Hilton-Orlando Theme Parks, FL

    6940 Westwood Blvd, Orlando, FL
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Orlando, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of SeaWorld® Orlando and Discovery Cove. Aquatica and Pointe Orlando are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Hilton Grand Vacations at SeaWorld $95
      Hilton Grand Vacations at SeaWorld

      Hilton Grand Vacations at SeaWorld

      6924 Grand Vacations Way, Orlando, FL
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Orlando hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of SeaWorld® Orlando and Discovery Cove. Aquatica and Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Hyatt Regency Orlando $103
        Hyatt Regency Orlando

        Hyatt Regency Orlando

        9801 International Dr, Orlando, FL
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Orlando resort is located on the Strip, within 2 mi (3 km) of The Wheel at ICON Park™, SeaWorld® Orlando, and Aquatica. Discovery Cove and Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando at SeaWorld $76
          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando at SeaWorld

          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Orlando at SeaWorld

          10771 International Drive, Orlando, FL
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Orlando, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquatica and SeaWorld® Orlando. Discovery Cove and Orange County Convention Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            TownePlace Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld $79
            TownePlace Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld

            TownePlace Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld

            10731 International Drive, Orlando, FL
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Orlando, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Aquatica and SeaWorld® Orlando. Discovery Cove and Orange County Convention Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Hilton Orlando $124
              Hilton Orlando

              Hilton Orlando

              6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this spa resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of SeaWorld® Orlando, Aquatica, and Pointe Orlando. Discovery Cove and The Wheel at ICON Park™ are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld $89
                SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld

                SpringHill Suites by Marriott Orlando at SeaWorld

                10801 International Dr, Orlando, FL
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Orlando hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica. Discovery Cove and Orange County Convention Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).