With 36 water slides, six rivers and lagoons, and more than 80,000 square feet of beaches, Orlando's Aquatica is the place to cool down this summer. Here, you will do more than just get wet, you can also ride underwater through a 250-foot clear tube alongside black-and-white dolphins in the Dolphin Plunge, try to catch a wave in the world's only side-by-side wave pools in the Cutback Cove or Big Surf Shores, or splash through 1,500 feet of rapids, waterfalls, and geysers in Roa's Rapids.
General daily admission to the park costs $45 for adults and $39 for kids, but you can save by buying combination tickets to Aquatica and other parks in the area such as SeaWorld or Busch Gardens. Vacation packages are also a way to cut corners when planning a trip for longer than a few days.
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