Father and daughter in Castaway Creek lazy river at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon (Photo: Walt Disney World)

Nothing says summer better than a visit to a water park, and this summer Orlando Fun Tickets is giving you 5 reasons to visit Orlando’s many different water parks.

1. Thrill Rides
Disney’s Blizzard Beach will get your heart pumping with a plunge down Summit Plummet. The tallest free-fall water attraction in the world, it reaches speeds up to 55 miles per hour. For thrill junkies, this is the ultimate ride. Universal’s Volcano Bay offers a similar thrill on Ko’kiri Body Plunge. Those who dare will take a 70-degree fall through a drop door and down 125-feet of slide! At Typhoon Lagoon, enjoy thrilling twists, turns, dips and dives on Crush ’n’ Gusher. Just in time for summer, Aquatica will thrill guests with the new Ray Rush that offers three thrills in one.

2. Lazy Rivers
Is there anything more relaxing than floating down a lazy river? Several Orlando water parks let you drift away into relaxation. Grab an inner tube and float down the sonic lazy river at Castaway Creek at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. Cross Country Creek at Disney’s Blizzard Beach floats guests through a polar-themed paradise. Loggerhead Lane at Aquatica offers views of fish and Commerson’s dolphins as you soak up the sun and Kopiko Kai Winding River at Volcano Bay takes you through a tropical landscape and the park’s volcano. The unique Build-A-Raft River at LEGOLAND Water Park combines relaxation with fun as you build your own LEGO vessel and float around the 1,000-foot-long river.

3. Private Cabanas
At nearly all of Orlando’s water parks, you can up the relaxation factor with cabana rentals. At Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach, enjoy a private oasis with The Beachcomber Shack Cabanas and Polar Patio Cabanas. These spaces offer shade, comfy seating, private lockers and more. Aquatica offers a private hideaway perfect for families at any of its many cabanas including Cutback Cove Cabanas, Roa’s Rapids River View Cabanas, Cutback Cove Pool View Cabanas and more. Volcano Bay’s private cabanas come in one- or two-story varieties and offer a bevy of amenities.

4. Wave Pools
Aquatica is home to 2 big wave pools - Cutback Cove and Big Surf Shore. These side-by-side wave pools offer different types of waves from rolling and high to slow and easy. LEGOLAND Water park also keeps things wavy but the park’s wave pool also has a LEGO island built into its wave pool. There is also a special LEGO water exploration area next to the Wave pool for the kids. The Waturi Beach Wave Pool at Volcano Bay is the centerpiece of the Krakatau volcano, making it all the more fun to splash in. Melt Away Bay in Disney’s Blizzard Beach will take you out to sea in this fun-filled pool and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon has so many waves, it offers surf lessons!

5. Kid’s Play Areas
LEGOLAND Water Park will keep the babies and kiddos entertained with the DUPLO Splash Safari. The playground area offers 2 slides and DUPLO animals with working water spouts. Kids can run amok at Runamukka Reef at Volcano Bay. Enjoy bubbling geysers, water guns, slides and dump cups. Kata’s Kookaburra Cove at Aquatica will keep your little ones occupied all day with water spouts, pools, squirting water and more. Keetchakiddee Creek at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon features 10 different aquatic activities just for preschoolers and little kids and Disney’s Blizzard Beach lets the kids enjoy polar-themed fun at Tike’s Peak.