By Lauren Tjaden
Take relaxation to a whole new level when you climb onto a floatie, tube or raft and ride the mellow currents of a lazy river, the ultimate in wet-and-mild fun.
Here's where to discover Florida resorts, located in every corner of the Sunshine State, with lazy rivers...
You can ditch the car keys when you vacation at Buena Vista Palace; this relaxing retreat is within walking distance to Disney Springs and features shuttle service to the Disney theme parks. An arcade, two heated outdoor pools, a kids’ splash area and a lazy river up the fun factor.
Located within Walt Disney World Resort, Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek urges you grab a tube, jump right in and let its winding waters carry you away. For a special treat, take a night ride down the lazy river and watch Walt Disney World’s mind-blowing fireworks as you drift along.
Hilton Orlando, Orlando
Set on 26 acres, Hilton Orlando enjoys close proximity to the theme-parks and is mere minutes from the diverse dining scene and entertainment of I-Drive. It features two pools, a water slide, and an 892-foot-long lazy river that meanders by waterfalls, fountains and water cannons.
Wyndham Ocean Walk, Daytona Beach
Listen to the melody of the Atlantic Ocean while you bob along the lazy river of this beachfront resort, located next to the Ocean Walk shops and movie theater. It offers indoor and outdoor pools, special play areas and baby pools for the kids as well as a water slide.
Villas at Regal Palms Resort & Spa, Davenport
Located within the Regal Palms Resort, this exclusive townhome community is just 20 minutes from Orlando’s theme parks. Its deluxe swimming area includes a heated pool, water slide, outdoor hot tub, tiki bar and lazy river.
New Hotel Collection Harbourside Resort, Indian Rocks Beach
Close to the soft, sandy beaches of Indian Rocks and located directly on the inland waterway, this resort is connected to Splash Harbor Water Park, a watery playground that features twisting slides and a lazy river.
Reunion Resort and Golf Club, Kissimmee
Ideally situated near to the theme parks, Reunion Resort promises six restaurants, three golf courses, a spa and a tennis center. But the hub of family activity at the resort is a five-acre water park, complete with spraying water cannons, four waterfalls, twisty water slides, rope bridges, a zero-entry pool, water volleyball and a giant water bucket that empties every few minutes. For a break in the action, kick back on a floatie on the lazy river.
Centrally-located near Disney World, this hotel invites you to enjoy homemade tortillas from their Mexican restaurant, splash in the pool and relax on the lazy river.
Flamingo Waterpark Resort, Kissimmee
Stay and play at this one-of-a kind, tropically-inspired resort that comes complete with a waterpark. Water slides, a zero-depth kids pool and a relaxing lazy river are all part of the aquatic fun.
A FlowRider Double surf simulator! Dual water slides! A zero-entry pool! A 695-foot lazy river! The resort’s Surfari Water Park boasts them all and more. The slow-moving river takes you on an adventure that includes cascading waterfalls, water cannons, and overhead bridges.
LEGOLAND Hotel, Winter Haven
This kid-centric hotel is situated a mere 130 kid-size-steps from the main entrance to LEGOLAND Florida Resort and its Water Park. The Park’s 1,000-foot-long Build-a-Raft River offers your little ones a unique experience. There, kids create their own rafts and then use them to float down the river, bordered with LEGO models, palms and lush landscaping.
Disney’s Beach Club and Yacht Club Resorts, Orlando
These Walt Disney World resorts share access to Stormalong Bay, an onsite, three-acre water park that features a 230-foot-long water slide set atop the mast of a life-sized shipwreck replica, a gigantic sand-bottomed pool, and a peaceful lazy river. Your whole gang can catch the river’s currents and take in the sights aboard an inner tube.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Orlando
Splash-back to the 1950s and 60s at this retro-styled, vibrant resort that offers a bowling alley, an arcade, and a pool with two slides and a lazy river. The river winds past the iconic architecture amid beach umbrellas, palm trees and waterfalls.
Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista
This lavish resort encompasses Explorer Island, a spectacular, five-acre water park that offers splash zones, interactive fountains, water slides, and a beach entry pool with underwater audio. Its lazy river celebrates Florida’s tropical nature, complete with pounding waterfalls and even a run of bubbling rapids.
Wake up within the gates of Walt Disney World at this idyllic AAA Four-Diamond-rated resort with upscale amenities. The resort offers five outdoor pools, two kids' splash parks, and not one, but two lazy rivers.
Marriott's Lakeshore Reserve, Orlando
The Lakeshore Reserve, rich with Spanish décor and landscaping, is a vacation-ownership resort that offers a tranquil retreat close to the theme parks. It offers a large pool with tube slides, waterfalls and a heated lazy river.
Holiday Inn Vacations at Orange Lake Resort, Kissimmee
Bordering Walt Disney World, this resort vows to make a splash with its River Island pool complex, featuring zero-entry beach-style pools, two water slides, watersports, and a 1,200-foot-long lazy river. The river is surrounded by spas, waterfalls, restaurants, bars and more.
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
Creating this luxurious resort’s lazy river, an elegant oasis of fountains, waterfalls and natural landscaping, required more than 400 million man-hours and one million square feet of tile and stone. When you see it – or better, float down it-- you’ll agree it was worth all the effort.
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, ChampionsGate
The resort, which offers three golf courses, encompasses an entire water park that includes a 110-foot-long water slide. Tunnels, gentle rapids and even hidden canyons highlight its 850-foot-long lazy river, which twists through the generously landscaped resort playground, channeling adventurers by aquatic surprises like shooting cannons, arched waterspouts and a breathtaking waterfall.
The Cove on Ormond Beach, Ormond Beach
Located mere steps from the Atlantic, the Cove offers studio, one- and two-bedroom units, all with full kitchens. The outside pool complex is located right in front of the Ocean, so you can listen to the waves while you float around the lazy river.
Westgate Town Center Resort, Kissimmee
With a location close to Disney World and the theme parks, Westgate Town Center Resorts offers everything from studios to spacious four-bedroom villas. Its Shipwreck Island Water Park is located steps from the resort’s rooms, complete with a Pirate Ship, water cannons and water slides, as well as a soothing lazy river.
Westgate Cocoa Beach Resort, Cocoa Beach
This swanky beachside resort’s state-of-the-art waterpark is home to a 335-foot lazy river that carves a tranquil, scenic loop through tropical landscape. The waterpark also offers a children's splash pad with a water slide and an enormous pool.
Pelican Grand Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale
Nestled on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, Pelican Grand Beach Resort is rich with old Florida grandeur, offering beachside dining, a spa, and a veranda with amazing views. The resort boasts the only lazy river in Fort Lauderdale, where you can float or swim down the winding, palm-fringed aquatic path.
JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa, Aventura
This boutique golf resort, located north of Miami Beach, is home to Tidal Cove, a waterpark that features slides and rides, including FlowRider stationary surfing machines, a Kids Cove, an Oasis Pool, and a tranquil lazy river.
Naples Bay Resort, Naples
You’ll know you’re living the good life when you stay at Naples Bay Resort, complete with luxurious accommodations, fabulous dining and aquatic delights. It offers a variety of pools to suit any taste, including a 5,000-square-foot resort pool and a family pool and waterfall, as well as a peaceful lazy river.
This timeshare resort lures visitors with private balconies, a private island, four pools, hot tubs, and ‘Alligator Alley,’ a 1,000-foot lazy river, resplendent with landscaping.
The Sandpiper Beacon Beach Resort, Panama City Beach
You might have a hard time dragging your family away from this pet-friendly resort to explore the town! Its amenities include an ice cream shop, mini golf, beach playground, pool tables, arcade, a vast array of water slides and even an indoor lazy river.
Hammock Beach, Palm Coast
Nestled on the Atlantic Ocean, this resort is heralded for its beaches and golf – but its water park, the 91,000 square-foot Fantasy Pool Complex, is sure to be one of the biggest hits with the family. Zip down the water flume, enjoy an abundance of pools and beach volleyball, or float the lazy river, curving through beautiful tropical landscaping.
You’ll find this beachfront hotel 10 minutes from central Fort Walton Beach, next door to Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park, and about a half-mile from Okaloosa Island Pier. Its amenities include a tiki bar and small lazy river.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Navarre Beach
Located on the sugary sands of Navarre Beach, this all-suite hotel offers the comforts of home combined with resort-inspired goodies that include a pool overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and a small lazy river.
SpringHill Suites Panama City Beach welcomes you to their new tropical retreat, only steps from the Emerald Coast's famous beaches and close to the area’s family attractions. Its sparkling pool encompasses a small lazy river.
This beach-side hotel, situated close to the attractions, promises amenities like a breakfast bar, a generous zero-gravity entry pool, a poolside bar and grill and even a lazy river.
Holiday Inn Resort, Pensacola Beach
The Holiday Inn Resort Pensacola Beach is all about fun, and that’s the inspiration for its spacious pool, a gorgeous affair with cascading waterfalls and a 250-foot seasonally heated lazy river.
Holiday Inn Resort Fort Walton Beach, Fort Walton Beach
Situated on the white-sand beach of Okaloosa Island, this value-hotel is close to all of the area’s attractions. Its amenities include a Gulf-front pool accompanied by a gushing waterfall and a lazy river.
Waterscape Condominiums, Fort Walton Beach
Waterscape promises a handicapped-accessible boardwalk leading to a pristine beach, a children's playground and a great location, plus three beautiful blue swimming pools, a waterfall and a lazy river.
The Henderson - A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, Destin
Awarded "The South's Best Resorts of 2019" by Southern Living, this resort is nestled on a sugar-white sand beach. Bring your troops and enjoy the active family pool with its splash pad and lazy river.
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