Try a Water Theme Park

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For a cooling day away from the theme parks why not try one of the many Water Parks in Orlando. It is a great way to spend a day and is great exercise climbing up all the steps to the top of the slides. If you are more into a relaxing type of water theme park, have no fear, they all have a “Lazy River”. This is a canal of water which ambles round in a long circle and the water gently takes you along with it. You can use one of the huge inner tubes to float on or just float round on your back.

The water slides though are another thing entirely. Here you climb quite a good few steps up to the top of the slide and then shoot down on a mat or on your back through swoops and swirls, under water falls and arrive with a splash into a pool at the bottom. Some of the slides have rubber rafts which hold two or more people at a time.

Some of the more daring among you might like to try the slides which drop you almost vertically down, some of the lighter people do actually free fall. These are very safe though as it is impossible to fall out going at that speed down a slide. Most of these rapid drop slides have you going as fast as twenty five miles per hour. When you hit the bottom you do not go into a pool as you would on the other slides, the slide just levels out at the bottom and you whoosh into a water spray and stop.

They all have a wave pool too. This is a huge Olympic size pool which intermittently turns into a giant wave pool which is for good swimmers. However they do give a warning when the waves are about to be turned on so non strong swimmers can leave the pool.

The most famous of these parks is Wet ‘n Wild on International Drive. It has the most variety of slides and pools. It also has a huge lake where you can learn to water ski and a sandy beach for the children to play on.

Disney World has two parks. Blizzard Beach, which has a snow theme and all the slides are made to look like ski runs and Typhoon Lagoon which is has a ship wreck atop a mountain and theme here is the South Pacific.

The newest park is Seaworld’s Aqautica. This has more of a sea world theme as one of the slides goes through a glass tunnel surrounded by fish.

All the parks have dedicated areas for tiny tots and they just love it.

Do try one, you are sure to like it.

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