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March 2, 2019
As the days of winter pass behind us and we head into springtime, we’re sharing our favorite ways to stay cool in Tampa Bay and have fun as a family! Here are some waterparks you’ll definitely want to add to your summer bucket list.
Adventure Island (opens for the season on March 15, 2019): There are so many ways to keep your cool at Adventure Island in Tampa! Whether you want to relax with the kids down the Rambling Bayou (pictured), splash in one of the splash and play areas, swim in one of the multiple pools in the park, slide down the waterslids, or play some volleyball in the Spike Zone, there is something for everyone! Try the brand new Vanish Point waterslide if you dare!
The Beach (open year-round!): Explore nature’s waterpark…the beach! Our Family Fun contributor Anna Tataris DeJesus of TheGreatEscapePlan.com shares her favorite hidden gems that are a little off the beaten path, but well worth the trip. You won’t regret experiencing these beautiful local beaches like Shell Key and Caladesi Island with your family: discover the beaches by clicking here!
LEGOLAND Florida Water Park (opens for the season March 9. 2019): Go for a slide down the waterslide, build a raft down the lazy river, or even build a boat in Creative Cove (pictured)! There is so much to do at LEGOLAND Florida Water Park. Your young child can splash and play in the Duplo Splash Safari and the older kids can test their adventurous side with a slide down the waterslides! There is no shortage of water play fun!
Tradewinds Resort: Pick up a day pass and play like a tourist! The resort features seven swimming pools, the High Tide inflatable waterslide, an inflatable surfing challenge and more! While you’re there, relax on the sugary white sands of St. Pete Beach! Learn more here.
Florida Aquarium’s “The Splash Pad”: If you haven’t had the chance to explore The Florida Aquarium’s new Splash Pad, we highly recommend checking it out, so don’t forget the swimsuits, watershoes and towels the next time you visit! You can read our Inside Look here.
Local Splash Pads: Speaking of splash pads, why not check out your local splash pad like Water Works Park near downtown Tampa! There are some shaded areas where parents can keep an eye on the kids as they splash and play on the play structures! Some of our other favorite splash pads are at Ballast Point Park in South Tampa and Highlander Park and Kiwanis Sprayground in Dunedin.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay: Get ready for a soak on the Congo River Rapids (pictured)! This thrilling ride is the perfect way to cool off after a hot afternoon exploring the theme park! You can also go for a splash on the Stanley Falls Flume ride which is suitable for younger guests, as long as they are at least 46 inches tall!
ZooTampa at Lowry Park: Cool off in the splash area at Wallaroo Station at Lowry Park Zoo. Bring your child’s bathing suit, pool shoes and towel so they can cool off after visiting with their favorite animals at the zoo!
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park (opens for the season on March 15, 2019): Nature has another gem in store for you…Weeki Wachee Springs! Meet a few live mermaids and don’t forget to bring your bathing suits to take a dip in the crystal clear springs in Buccaneer Bay. There’s even a waterslide, kiddie pool and lazy river!