Hotel with Large Water Park on Orlando’s International Drive
It’s easy to while away a day in a 54,000-square-foot water park, barreling into heated pools by dint of 14 flumes. The Boomerango Double Rider, for one, imitates the flight of its namesake toy by sending a pair of inner-tube riders up a steep wall before sliding down backward and passing beneath a waterfall. Located just minutes from the heart of Orlando’s entertainment district, the AAA Three Diamond CoCo Key Hotel & Waterpark Resort beckons visitors to splash through its canopy-covered, outdoor aquatic playscape and settle in for a restful slumber after a day of sightseeing.
With mahogany furniture, brightly colored walls, and a flat-screen TV, each room presents overnighters with two double or queen-size beds for unwinding, and several on-site restaurants proffer the opportunity to fuel up. Tradewinds boasts breakfast and dinners menu composed of American and island fare such as conch fritters, and Callaloo Grill serves burgers, wraps, and other family-friendly casual eats. Tropical drinks and snacks await sun seekers at the poolside Wet Rooster Bar.
At CoCo Key’s water park, a large lifeguard staff keeps vigilant watch as riders shoot through oversize tunnel slides, navigating the enclosed turns and swift drops that finish with a resounding splash and a high-five from a team of Olympic lugers waiting in the pool below. Younger visitors may ascend the watery fortress of Parrot’s Perch, as well as the adjacent 6,500-square-foot Key Quest Arcade with more than 50 games (most games cost extra per play).
Orlando: Family-Friendly Hub with World-Class Theme Parks
CoCo Key guests get easy access to nearby destinations such as Universal Studios and its affiliated water park Wet ‘n’ Wild, Sea World, and Aquatica courtesy of the resort’s shuttle. Less than a five-minute ride away, Universal Studios dazzles with more than 50 attractions including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where J.K. Rowling fans can troll through the village of Hogsmeade, sip on a butterbeer, and hurtle through the air on a hippogriff-themed roller coaster. At Sea World orcas dazzle with flips and tricks during daily shows, and more than a dozen exhibits range from the award-winning Manatee Rescue to the interactive Dolphin Cove.
Running right alongside Coco Key, International Drive proffers an escape from ticket lines in the form of more than 150 restaurants, numerous brand-name outlet stores, movie theaters, and even its own trolley service.