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Keep Cool with Your Kids this Summer at a Greater Ft. Lauderdale Water Park

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Are you looking for ways to have fun with your kids and stay cool in Fort Lauderdale’s sizzling summer sun? Why not spend a day at one of the area’s seven water parks? The Broward and Palm Beach County parks are open seasonally, and Rapids Water Park is open year round. Before you go, check the park’s website for hours of operation, age and height restrictions. And don’t forget to bring plenty of sunscreen! Check out more water parks in Miami here.

Castaway Island

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Topeekeegee Yugnee (T.Y.) Park
3300 N. Park Rd.
Hollywood, FL 33021
(954)357-8811

There are two aquatic playgrounds. The toddlers’ section includes a slide and interactive climbing structures. The playground for older kids features a huge slide and a giant elevated bucket that shoots water down into the pool. There’s a waterfall and interactive surfaces to climb and explore. Lifeguards are on duty. There is a full-service concession stand.

Admission: $8 for the entire day. $5 after 3 p.m. Babies under 12 months are free. Season pass available for $64 per person. $1.50 park entrance fee per person on weekends and holidays. Children 5 and under admitted to the park for free. Umbrella-shaded picnic tables $35-$75.

Paradise Cove

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C.B. Smith Park
900 N. Flamingo Road
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
(954) 357-5170

There's a shallow pool, small slide and hands-on play equipment for children ages five and under. For all ages, Sharkey’s Lagoon is a large wading pool with interactive play equipment and three water slides. Children must be at least 42" tall to ride Crazy Creek, a 410-foot long tube ride, and H2Whoa!, 450-foot slides. Lifeguards are on duty. There is a concession stand.

Admission: $9.50 for the entire day. $6.50 after 3 p.m. Babies under 12 months are free. $76 per person for Season pass. $1.50 park entrance fee per person on weekends and holidays. Children 5 and under admitted to the park for free. Umbrella-shaded picnic tables $35-$75.

Tropical Splash

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Central Broward Regional Park & Stadium
3700 N.W. 11th Place
Lauderhill, FL 33311
(954) 357-5400

Toddlers wade in a shallow pool with slides and climbing equipment, while older kids splash in a large pool with a giant elevated bucket that shoots water down below. There are three slippery slides and water guns to play with as well. Lifeguards are on duty.There is also a concession stand.

Admission: is $8 for the entire day. $5 after 3 p.m. Babies under 12 months are free. Season pass available for $64 per person. On weekends and holidays there’s a $1.50 park entrance fee per person. Children 5 and under are admitted to the park for free. Umbrella-shaded picnic tables $35-$75

Splash Adventure

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Quiet Waters Park
401 S. Powerline Road
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
(954) 357-5100

Splash Adventure is a sprawling shallow pool of fun, featuring an oversized interactive playground with a giant bucket overhead that splashes water down onto the play area. To keep the pool from overcrowding, limited aquatic sessions last about two hours. Get there early in the day or call ahead before going. Lifeguards are on duty.

Admission: $5 per person. Babies under 12 months are free. Season pass available for $40 per person. On weekends and holidays there’s a $1.50 park entrance fee per person. Children 5 and under are admitted to the park for free. There are no picnic tables, though you can rent a shady umbrella for $35-$75.

Calypso Bay

Seminole Palms Park
151 Lamstein Lane
Royal Palm Beach, Florida 33411
(561) 790-6160

Children five and under wade in the water in their own interactive playground as older siblings enjoy an 897-foot hairpin river ride and two giant water slides. There’s also a roomy lap pool with diving boards. Lockers are available for rent. You can pack a picnic or buy lunch at the food concession. Picnic tables around the waterpark cannot be reserved in advance.

Admission: $10.40 ages 12 and older. $8.30 ages 3-11. $3.30 ages 1-2, Babies under the age of 1 are free. Half day rates are after 3:00 p.m. are $8.30 ages 12 and older, $6.30 ages 3-11 and $3.30 ages 1-2.

Coconut Cove

South County Regional Park
11200 Park Access Road
Boca Raton, FL
(561) 274-1140

Little ones love to splash in the kiddie water playground. Older kids have a blast sailing through the 986-foot river ride on an inner tube or slithering down two 220-foot water slides. There’s also a large swimming pool and an obstacle course. Lifeguards are on duty. Locker rentals are available. There’s a full-service concession stand. Picnic tables around the waterpark cannot be reserved in advance.

The Park is open spring, summer and early fall. Admission: $10.40 ages 12 and older. $8.30 ages 3-11. $3.30 ages 1-2, Babies under the age of 1 are free. Half day rates are after 3:00 p.m. are $8.30 ages 12 and older, $6.30 ages 3-11 and $3.30 ages 1-2.

Rapids Water Park

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6566 N. Military Trail
Riviera Beach, FL 33407
(561)842-8756

This 30-acre attraction is the largest water park in S. Florida, with 35 different water slides, a ginormous wave pool and a 1/4 mile meandering river. One of the highlights is Rapid Racer, a six-lane high-speed slide with tunnels, twists and turns. The park is well staffed with lifeguards.

Parking is $10. Admission: Full day Monday-Friday $36.95+tax per person, Saturday-Sunday $40.95+tax per person. Sunset Special Admission 4pm - closing $18.00+tax per person. Saturday-Sunday 4pm – closing $20.00+tax per person. Children 2 and under are free. Large group rates available. Locker rentals from $8-$12, plus a $2 deposit. No refunds or rain checks given due to stormy weather.

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