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The eight best water parks in Miami

With lazy rivers and winding water slides, the best water parks in Miami have you covered for water-soaked fun

Photograph: Courtesy Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park

Few places are hotter than Miami in the summer. When you find yourself in the city, far from the best Miami beaches and without a Miami swimming pool in sight, find refuge at one of the best water parks in Miami. Inexpensive and accessible from most neighborhoods—from Coral Gables to Hialeah—they offer splish-splashing fun for everyone in the family. Whether you're looking to wade or work out, ride a slide or lounge in style, the best water parks in Miami have tons of wet and wild environments to keep your summer cool.

Best water parks in Miami


Venetian Pool

This is the crème de la crème of fancy pools 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 October.

Must ride: Swim up to the waterfall.

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Coral Gables

Paradise Cove at C.B. Smith Park


This place isn't technically in Miami but in Broward, the next county north. Although, for the money and the attractions, it's definitely worth the drive. There are four five-story-tall water slides, an 18-inch deep wade pool with interactive fountains and fun, a 12-inch deep pool for the kids 5 years and younger, as well as a 410-foot tube line. Open daily, it's summers ultimate hub of activity.

Must ride: The corkscrew slide.

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Pembroke Pines

Surfside Community Center

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.

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Zoo Miami

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 Fiesta Fountain at the Amazon and Beyond Village Plaza. 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 Fiesta Fountain.

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South Miami

Grapeland Water Park

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.

Must ride: The Pirate's Plunge.

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Grapeland Heights

McDonald Water Park

The water attraction set amid the beautiful 17-acre park has so much to offer. There's a wave pool, water fall, lazy river, tot lot and party areas. It’s a public park, again, with a water playground, a wave pool, lazy river, water fall, 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 Gardens Splash 'N Play

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 or head to the on-site petting zoo, snack bar or playground.

Must ride: Run through the water spouts.

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Coral Gables

Bucky Dent Water Park

This Hialeah gem has an activity pool with a slide, and two twin 30-ft water slides for added excitement. There's also a zero-depth-entry swimming pool, concessions and plenty of room for sitting. The water park is only open on weekends, though, so don't expect any aquatic fun on school days.

Must ride: The twin slides.

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