Coco Key Water Park might not be on the top of your list for a day trip in Orlando, but you may be looking for an economical day out. Or, you may want to avoid crowds at the famous water parks of the areas. Lastly, you may be curious!
Summer is approaching, the temperatures are hitting the 80’s, and it’s that time of year when the sprogs need water. We have plenty of beaches, pools, and springs, but a favorite with the kids is the water parks. With Wet n Wild’s closure, the most obvious choice might be Volcano Bay, but only if you want to drop $80 per person to enter. It’s the newest park in the area and the busiest. I am going to wait till the buzz dies down for this one.
Failing this, as you search for options, you might come across Coco Key Water Park, a much lesser-known, smaller park that is on International Drive. It’s a resort (well, sort of) with a small water park at the back. Coming in at $30 per person, this is an option to consider.
Pro Tip:You can score tickets as low at $10. Use the buy a ticket and passes feature, look for dates and see if you can find any at $10. I played with this and found many dates have a $10 option but only for limited tickets. For example, I could not find sets of 4 tickets at $10. Tickets are sometimes offered on Groupon so check before you go.
Coco Key Water Park Layout
It’s not what I would describe as glamorous by anyone’s stretch, and there is no wave pool or beach, but it gets the job done. There are three areas:
There are several rides for big and little kids, and there is a central splash zone that has connecting slides, bucket drops, hoses, walkways, and all the other splash zone norms. The splash zone alone will keep the sprogs happily entertained. Remember, no wave pools or beaches at this water park are a significant drawback compared to many others.
The park only has one main pool (unless you count the tiny kid’s pool), partially shaded. I was quite impressed with how clean the park is, how well maintained, and overall pleasant. There are tons of lifeguards so it’s very safe and the staff is super friendly. One of the lifeguards rode a two-person slide with my sprog several times.
Given this place is the cheapest water park option in Central Florida, I think all families should have it on their radar. The resort’s a motel-style hotel with resort amenities, and the water park is in the middle of the resort. It’s cheap to stay at Coco Key; you can score a room for less than $100. The clientele is not exactly the Ritz Carlton type. And, while they may show up in Walmart attire and are not Rockefeller’s, I found everyone to be humble souls enjoying their Saturday, and you can’t fault that.
Coco Key Water Park Map
Booking A Room At Coco Key Water Park
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Places To Say Close To Coco Key Water Park
The obvious choice is to stay on-site at Coco Key Hotel because you receive 4 passes daily to the water park if you stay onsite. Rooms at Coco Key Hotel and Water Park run anywhere from $80 – $160. Not bad! If you had a family of four, the room alone would pay for the water park.
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What You Need to Know
It costs $30 per person for a day pass, which includes parking.
It’s spotlessly clean, which surprised me.
The park has a restaurant and a bar on-site, but it’s astronomically expensive -$15 for cheese fries, a soda, and chips.
They provide towels, or should I say hand towels, super small bare-to-the-bone-washed-out towels. Thankfully, we brought our own.
The water park does sell out, so if you are not staying on-site, call ahead or arrive early.
There is plenty of shaded areas and plenty of sunbathing spots with loungers that I would lie on.
You can always see the sprogs, and you can easily find them.
There are no lines that will guarantee the sprogs will get plenty of action, and you can chill.
This said. If you are going to spend $70 plus dollars on entry to a water park, you may as well be at Disney. The parks at Disney are spectacular in comparison and only fractionally more expensive. The challenge with the Disney parks is they are further out, it’s hard to find seating, and they are always crowded.
Would I go again? Probably not without reason. But I do think it is a reasonable option for families. I think it would be a great option to host a party! And yes, I would attend an organized party here.
What do you think? Have you been to Coco Key Water Park? Would you recommend it?
Nikki Webster is a travel writer who covers how to travel while grinding a day job, how to travel without breaking the bank, hotels, cruising, and off-the-beaten-track experiences. She is particularly fond of Florida and writes extensively about the state. She flies around 60,000 miles per year and has visited 54 countries, 50 states, and six continents. You can read all about her travels at www.britonthemove.com.