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The best waterparks in Miami to stay cool all year long

Enjoy some fun in the sun away from the beach at these top Miami waterparks

Written by
Virginia Gil
,
Ryan Pfeffer
&
Krista Diamond
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The best waterparks in Miami offer sweet, sweet relief from the heat, which—if you’ve spent any time in this city, you know sticks around about 11 months out of the year. Sure, the Miami beaches are also a refuge from the weather, but there’s nothing like plunging into an icy pool to really cool off. It also helps that South Florida waterparks double as great things to do with kids in Miami. Water slides, splash zones and lazy rivers—it’s practically a no-brainer when it comes to finding family-friendly fun. Inexpensive and accessible from most neighborhoods, these Miami waterparks range from over-the-top attractions you can spend all day enjoying to smaller outfits tucked away in local Miami parks and community centers. Below, our picks of city’s must-visit waterparks.

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Best water parks in Miami

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  • Aventura
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This family-friendly addition to Aventura’s JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa is about the best hotel perk any kid could ask for. Free to guests, and open to the public, Tidal Cove packs in all the water-park essentials—slides, a lazy river, a FlowRider surf simulator and a splash zone for the kiddies. Plus, it boasts two full bars and cabanas for the grown-ups to chill under and sip frozé.

Must ride: The Boomerango for a brief but terrifying moment of near-weightlessness. 

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Every true South Florida kid has a memory of Rapids Water Park. The sprawling park has been a favorite birthday party spot for thousands and thousands of kids thanks to its selection of insane water slides and epic lazy river. The commute (an hour and a half from Miami) is far from convenient, but folks keep flocking to Rapids despite the distance, which speaks to the park’s quality. 

Must ride: The Lazy River.

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  • Coral Gables
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While not quite a waterpark, Venetian Pool is the crème de la crème of fancy swimming holes in Miami. Created in 1923 from a naturally occurring coral rock quarry, the 820,000-gallon pool is fed by a fresh-water spring. Surrounded by palm trees, shady fields and beautiful porticos, it’s a lushly fabulous way to beat the Miami heat. Everyone three years of age and older is welcome March through November.

Must ride: Swim up to the waterfall.

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The aquatics area here is far from your average neighborhood pool, boasting zero-depth entry, a kids’ play area (the Tot Lot) and multiple waterslides, as well as a facility for recreational and lap swimming. You need to find a friend in Surfside, however; the center is open only to residents and their guests.

Must ride: All of it because getting in is tough—but worth it.

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  • Miami
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The zoo in town offers playground-esque water attractions. Think giant spray fountains, a “whale tail waterfall” and overflowing buckets. Check out Ocean Voyage inside the Playworld Playground, and the Beyond Village Plaza (Fiesta Fountain at the Amazon is currently closed). Both are great places to take your kid, or the kids you’re entertaining, to stomp around and get totally soaked while you hang back in the shady alcoves.

Must ride: The cooling mist stations for parents or overheating teens.

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  • Grapeland Heights
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This is a public attraction owned and operated by the city that offers a lazy river, a few playground areas, a pirate-themed area and a shipwreck water playground. There are wade pools for toddlers and large recreational pools for more experienced swimmers, plus splashy slides for thrill-seekers. Note: the park opens on weekends during the summer season.

Must ride: The Pirate’s Plunge.

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  • Hialeah
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The water attraction set amid the beautiful 17-acre park has so much to offer. There’s a wave pool, waterfall, lazy river, tot lot and party areas. It’s a public park, again, with a water playground, a wave pool, lazy river, waterfall, splash pad, party areas, and a snack bar. It’s absolutely perfect for day parties or birthdays, and the price is right, too.

Must ride: The 1,000-foot lazy river.

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  • Pinecrest
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Perfect for little ones, Pinecrest Gardens’ mini splash pad offers water features galore and shaded benches for parents who chaperone. When the water play is tapped out, take a stroll through the gorgeous gardens and then head to the snack bar.

Must ride: Run through the water spouts.

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