Summer is an ideal time for family togetherness and vacations that should be chocked full of adventure, leisure, new experiences and over-the-top-fun for every member of the family.
For your summer we recommend outings right here in our sunny state. Pick any or all of these five sensational Florida amusement parks and you’re guaranteed to have a stupendous summer!
LEGOLAND® Florida DUPLO® Valley now open to the public
One LEGOLAND Way (Winter Haven) | (877) 350-5346 ⍟ florida.legoland.com
LEGOLAND Florida is a 150-acre interactive theme park dedicated to pure family fun.
Opened in October 2011, today LEGOLAND® Florida boasts more than 50 rides, shows and attractions plus an all-new water park made for kids ages 2-12 and their families. Some of its more notable sections include LEGO® Kingdoms, LEGO® City, the Imagination Zone and the World of Chima. Visitors will also enjoy various dining and shopping opportunities
This May, LEGOLAND® Florida celebrated the opening of its newest attraction, DUPLO® Valley, which brings to life the DUPLO® line of preschool building toys with new farm-themed attractions in an air-conditioned indoor play area ideal for toddlers ages 2-5.
76 Golf World Spend an hour or spend the day
6801 S Kanner Hwy. (Stuart) | (772) 220-7676 ⍟ www.golfworld76.com
Your summer’s sure to be a swinging success at the amazing all-in-one amusement attraction, 76 Golf World in Stuart.
There are few other places where can you find two miniature golf courses, a driving range, two go-kart tracks and karts catering to four age levels. You’ll also find an arcade, batting cages, two bounce houses, a trampoline-basketball hybrid attraction and bumper boats, Spider Mountain and the oh-so-exciting Zip Line!
There’s no admission charge, free parking, and all the attractions are lighted for nighttime fun. It’s the perfect place for date night, family night, fundraisers, company parties and birthday parties. 76 Golf World offers four different birthday party packages and each party lasts two hours, including an activity, food, arcade tokens and more (10 child minimum). There’s also a great snack bar on hand. All parties can be booked online.
Lion Country Safari More to discover than just wild animals
2003 Lion Country Safari Rd. (Loxahatchee) | (561) 793-1084 ⍟ www.lioncountrysafari.com
More than 900 wild animals, including lions, giraffes, zebras, ostriches and rhinos, live right here in our backyard. At Lion Country Safari, large herds of animals from six continents roam free and visitors can view them up close from the comfort and safety of their vehicles.
After you visit the four-mile drive-through safari, there’s even more to explore in Safari World Amusement Park, including six rides, animal shows, exhibits and encounters, a water “sprayground,” two brand-new water slides and more.
Come visit for the day or send a special safari fan on an adventure at their Safari Day Camp. Open to ages 6-13 years, each week will offer a different theme!
Open daily, Lion Country Safari is located off Southern Boulevard, just 15 miles west of 1-95 or 10 miles west of the Turnpike.
SeaWorld® Orlando’s 18-month long 50th Celebration features a Sea of Surprises™, including new interactive experiences, even more up-close animal encounters, giant sea-life sculptures made out of recycled beach trash, and the SeaWorld “Surprise Squad” roaming the park on a daily basis, randomly giving away prizes and special gifts.
Remember to stay late for an amazing new night show, “Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night,” featuring new, original music and production elements as well as new killer-whale behaviors.
Then brave a watery freefall and face your fears and friends at Aquatica’s all-new thrilling attraction, Ihu’s Breakaway FallsTM. As many as four riders drop nearly 80 feet and are propelled through 360° spirals, making it the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind in Orlando.
Rapids Water Park Keep cool all summer long
6566 N Military Trail (Riviera Beach) | (561) 848-6272 ⍟ www.rapidswaterpark.com
Take a splash in the cool blue waves, take a thrilling plunge down the water slides, or just relax and float around the Lazy River; there is something fun for everyone at Rapids Water Park.
Rapids Water Park is South Florida’s largest water park, featuring 30 action-packed acres of attractions including 35 of the biggest, wettest and most thrilling water slides. The park offers a full day of non-stop fun.
Tackle big thrill rides like Big Thunder, Raging Rapids, Rapids Racer and more, then head to Body Blasters, Pirates Plunge, Baby Blue and the classic Old Yellar. Afterward you can visit Alligator Alley and the Lazy River, and the little ones won’t want to miss Splish Splash Lagoon.
Great food is also available and Rapids Water Park is staffed with plenty of lifeguards to ensure safety. Visit the Rapids website for more info about tickets, season passes or special events, and take advantage of half-price admission after 4 p.m. with their Sunset Special.