If you’re looking for extreme water slides in Florida, you’ve come to the right place. Florida is home to some of the best water slides in the world, including the Summit Plummet at Disney’s Blizzard Beach, which ranks among the tallest free fall water slides in the world.
The biggest water slides in Florida can be found in a variety of parks across the state. Each has its own unique reason for water slide awesomeness. Really, the key to finding your favorite extreme water slides in Florida is taking the time to ride them all! With that plan in mind, here’s a list to get you started.
Located at Disney’s Blizzard Beach in Orlando, the Summit Plummet is widely considered not only one of the most extreme water slides in Florida, but in the entire country. A ski lift takes you to the top of “Mount Gushmore,” where riders (arms and feet crossed, on their back, head down) fly down at 55 miles per hour to a splashy finish at the bottom. It ranks among the tallest free fall water slides in the world.
Crush n’ Gusher
Located at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, the Crush n’ Gusher offers three different slides from the top. You use an inflatable raft on each one. All three chutes have unexpected surprises – sudden water jets to propel you up hills, wild curves and dark tunnels. A surprise awaits around just about every corner.
Located at Big Kahuna’s Water and Adventure Park in Destin, this is a five-story drop water slide that you use a specially designed speed mat to ride. You start in a long, curvy tunnel before bursting out into an outdoor slide area where you race to the bottom. You experience free falls and fast speed down a steep slide, not unlike the Slingshot Water Slide.
Floridians will tell you Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach is a must-see if you love water slides. This park features 35 slides! One of the biggest attractions is Big Thunder, where riders sit in a four-person, round raft. You start in a tunnel with many dips and sudden accelerations – not to mention the fact your raft is spinning – until reaching a giant, open funnel that leads you to the pool below. You’ll feel weightless on parts of the ride.
Located at Aquatica, the waterpark extension of SeaWorld Orlando, the Dolphin Plunge honors both parts of its name. Riders plunge down a darkened tunnel lit by small white lights, then ride through a clear tunnel that takes them underwater through a large enclosure where dolphins swim.
Trap-Door Water Slides
Located at Volcano Bay in the Universal Orlando Resort, these slides give you a unique experience. Riders choose between a blue and green enclosed capsule at the top of the volcano. On your signal, the operator opens a trap door at your feet and you plunge down a water slide tunnel to a pool. Not for the faint of heart. The Water Coaster Ride at Volcano Bay also is worth checking out.
Located at Buccaneer Bay Water Park at Weeki Wachee Springs, this slide is not as wild as the others on this list. But it bears a mention because it’s the only slide at a park where there is also a live mermaid show. That’s as Florida as Florida gets.
You can’t really go wrong with extreme water slides in Florida – it’s something Florida does better than other places, just like white sand beaches and tropical drinks. Any of these slides will provide you plenty of thrills and great stories to tell for years to come.