July 13th, 2015 12:49 PM by Karyn Smith
As summertime fun sizzles in Orlando, cool down with our top picks of ways to beat the heat. From theme park rides that make a splash, indoor places to chill, cool places to take a dip to tasty frozen treats, see how you can have a refreshing, #awesummer vacation in Orlando.
Orlando's world famous theme parks and attractions are overflowing with rides and activities that will drench you and your family with cool fun.
#1. Water Rides with a Splash Hop on board for the water rides of your life whether you are singing along with Br'er Rabbit on Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park, dodging dinosaurs on Jurassic Park River Adventure at Universal's Islands of Adventure, or exploring a mythical city on Journey to Atlantis at SeaWorld Orlando.
#2. River Raft RidesHang on for whitewater adventures unlike anywhere else including a rainforest adventure on Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, sailing with Popeye the Sailor Man aboard Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges at Universal's Islands of Adventure, or embarking on a safari on the Congo River Rapids at Busch Gardens Tampa.
#3. Kids Splash AreasAll Aboard for some splish and splash fun at our kids only, theme park splash areas including Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station in the new Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park, Curious George Goes to Town at Universal Studios Florida, Shamu's Happy Harbor at SeaWorld Orlando and the new DUPLO Valley at LEGOLAND Florida.
#4. Splash Zone ShowsNo visit to SeaWorld Orlando is complete without being splashed by Shamu (or dolphins or sea lions)! Make sure to sit in the Splash Zone at all of the stadiums so you can get drenched and cool off in the Orlando sun. You never realize how cold the water is until you're soaked!
#5. Indoor Attractions at I-Drive 360Orlando's newest entertainment destination is home to three of the area's coolest attractions including a refreshing view of the Orlando skyline on The Orlando Eye, the chance to chill with your favorite celebrity at Madame Tussauds and the chance to learn what it's like to swim with the fishes at the Sea Life Orlando Aquarium.
#6. Indoor Thrills and Chills on International DriveOrlando's "Main Street" is complete with all kinds of ways to cool off with indoor family fun including the chance to take flight at iFLY Indoor Skydiving, experience the fascinating to the outrageous at Ripley's Believe It or Not! and exercise your mind at WonderWorks.
#7. Splash-tastic Water ParksAn Orlando visit isn't complete without a day at one of our themed water parks. Disney's two parks, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach each offer distinctive watery fun in the sun. SeaWorld's Aquatica takes you down under for the serene to the extreme. While Orlando's original water park, Wet ‘n Wild is offering waves of fun through December 31, 2016.
#8. Cool PoolsAny time of year, Orlando's resorts can offer a relaxing dip or an aquatic adventure in their amazingly cool swimming pools. From tropical oases and lazy rivers to thrilling water slides and rockin' underwater sound systems, see all of the coolest, cool pools in Orlando that will have you cooling off in style.
#9. Frozen TreatsNothing beats the summer heat better than a frozen treat, including Disney's iconic treats - Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar and pineapple soft serve, Dole Whip. For the Potterheads, grab your wand and chug refreshing a Frozen Butterbeer, while SeaWorld fans can swim along with a Shamu Ice Cream Bar.
#10. Cool DrinksOrlando's theme parks are abundant with uniquely themed beverages to keep you cool all summer long. From LeFou's Brew at Gaston's Tavern in the Magic Kingdom Park, the Flaming Moe in the Springfield Area of Universal Studios Florida, SeaWorld's custom South Pole Chill drink to the famous Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake at the '50s Prime Time Cafe at Disney's Hollywood Studios, you'll stay refreshed and recharged during your Orlando visit.