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Waterparks in Tampa Bay: Keep cool and have FUN!

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.

*Note: Most of the parks required you to wear a face mask in certain locations–just not in the water for obvious reasons, so make sure to pack one so you’re prepared.

Adventure Island in Tampa

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 waterslides, or play some volleyball in the Spike Zone, there is something for everyone! Be sure to try the new Solar Vortex waterslide which opened last year!

water parks in Tampa Bay adventure island

The Beach (open year-round!)

Explore nature’s waterpark…the beach! Our Family Fun contributor Anna Tataris DeJesus of 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

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 STAYCATION in St. Pete Beach

Stay the night 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. (2021 UPDATE: As of right now, day passes are not available, but you can book an overnight stay to enjoy the amenities!)


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, water shoes 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 or Julian B Lane Riverfront 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.


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! You can also take a ride down Roaring Springs for a splash down to keep your cool!Lowry Park Zoo Splash Pad Things to Do in Tampa

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

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!

water parks in Tampa Bay Weeki Wachee Springs

Photo by Weeki Wachee Springs


Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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