Summer is about to rear it’s humidity, high temps, and full-on sunshine. It’s the perfect time to plan the perfect little cool getaway, to relax, chill-off, and find that break from the heat, you’ve been looking for.
For the Family
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate
Who doesn’t love a lazy river? Well, grab a tube and head to Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, to float down their 850-foot rapid. Watch out for the shooting water cannons, along the way! While you’re taking a trip around the lazy river, the rest of the family can relax and play in the zero-entry pool, or dancing water fountains, which is awesome for those little ones! Don’t worry, big kids, there’s a 125-foot corkscrew waterslide for you, too.
For more info, visit www.OmniHotels.com or call 407-390-6664
Bob Makinson Aquatic Center
Only got a day to play? Head no further than the Bob Makinson Aquatic Center, in Kissimmee. For $5 per person (two and younger, free) you’re in for a real treat. With a kid’s zero-entry pool, children’s play features, and a 150-foot waterslide, there is no room for boredom. For the big kids, let them be free on 2 diving boards or strike up a match on the sand-volleyball court. And Mom and Dad, they even have birthday party options, for any summer-born babies.
For more info, visit www.Kissimmee.org or call 407-870-POOL
Osceola County YMCA
Maybe it’s more of a structured cool-off you’re looking for. The Osceola County YMCA provides numerous options for swimming lessons, that your little one will love! From under 3, to adults, there is a class for anyone. For those kids who are ready to hit the water! Check out their outdoor aquatic center!
For more info, visit www.YMCACentralFlorida.com or call 407-847-7413
Flamingo Water Park and Resort
Wanna hit a water park, but not the crowds? Check out the Flamingo Waterpark Resort, in Kissimmee. The kids will go crazy, for all 120,000 gallons of cooling off fun, here! There are 6 water park attractions, 3 main slides, 6 kiddy slides, and 2 pool areas to choose from. Thrill seekers will love 500-feet of twists, turns, and dark plunges, while you more mellow folks can enjoy a lazy-river trip, or a bar-service lounge pool. The waterpark is for resort guests only, so call the number below, to book your next weekend getaway.
For more info, visit www.FlamingoWaterPark.com or call 407-846-2221
For Adults Only
Looking for that upscale place to not only cool off, but relax? Then check out Reunion Resort, A Salamander Golf & Spa Resort, in Kissimmee. There are 11 pools on property, including a water park. However, for that real sophisticated chill off spot, check out the Rooftop Pool at Eleven, and take in the amazing views, while you sip on a cocktail. If you get hungry, they have you covered. Highlights include the Eleven Steakhouse, Forte Italian Restaurant, and a Sushi Bar. Full-service dining is also available poolside, at The Grill at Water Park, so you never have to leave the pool!
For more info, visit www.ReunionResort.com or call 1-866-880-8563
Unique Place to cool off:
The Ice Factory
Grab your hats and mittens (if you can find some!) and head down to The Ice Factory, for some ice-skating fun. They are open daily, but we suggest their Family Night Specials. On Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., get 5 admissions, 5 skate rentals, 5 slices of pizza, and 5 small sodas, for only $30! You can also get the same as above on Saturdays, from 8 to 11 p.m., for $40.
For more info, visit www.IceFactory.com or call 407-933-4259
Sidebar – A Dip on the Wild Side
Maybe you like things a little less, well, chlorinated. Check out these cool spots to hit up the beaches or lake waters, on Lake Tohopekaliga. We hear it has some pretty intense fishing, too.