Make a Splash: Family-Friendly Water Excursions in Orlando

Beyond the bustling theme parks, Orlando boasts a wealth of exciting water-based excursions for families and adventurers alike. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the diverse array of Orlando locations to get out on the water, highlighting everything from leisurely kayak tours to unique nighttime experiences. Whether seeking relaxation, adventure, or a bit of both, join us as we explore some of the best ways to make a splash during an Orlando getaway.

1. Lake Louisa State Park

Spend an unforgettable day on the water visiting Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont, Florida. This wonderous park is home to three major lakes where visitors can swim, fish, kayak, canoe, and paddleboard. Rental kayaks have room for two people, and lessons are available for those who are new to the activity. The park hosts a special treat on the water, the Night Kayak: Full Moon Paddle tour, which thrills visitors with a gorgeous view of the lake under the romantic shine of the moon.

Girl kayaking on a river

2. Wekiwa Springs

Wekiwa Springs State Park is known for its emerald springs perfect for crystal-clear swimming. Vacationers will love cooling off by snorkeling in the lake, enjoying a whimsical paddle board ride, or exploring the 25 miles of walking trails. Rent any of the canoes and kayaks for a journey on the Wekiwa River or Rock Springs Run for a tour of the park’s natural wonders.

Woman bike riding in the forest area of Wekiwa Springs State Park

Photo Credit: Florida DEP - Visit Florida

3. Bill Frederick Park

Bill Frederick Park offers 183 acres of gorgeous scenery surrounding Turkey Lake and is famous for its top-five rated fishing. Whether participating in an angling competition for the biggest catch, picnicking together under a pavilion, or kayaking to take in the breathtaking views, this park offers plenty of activities for families to spend time together.

Friends in a canoe on a lake

4. King’s Landing on Rock Springs Run

Be amazed at the storybook clear waters of the Rocks Springs Run and enjoy the #1 rated kayaking run in Florida! Paddle board tours in the tropic scenery are perfect for families new to paddling. Enjoy a family competition to see who can spot turtles, river otters, and deer from the water. The park also has self-guided kayak rentals, adventure tours, and nightly escapes to explore the area in the Emerald Cut section of Rock Springs Run.

Family paddleboarding on Rock Springs Run river in Florida

Photo Credit: Emergent Media - Visit Florida

5. Sailing Orlando

New sailors or experienced mariners who want to wade through the waters in a new location are in for a treat at Sailing Orlando. Sailing lessons are available, and sailing tours take place on Lake Fairview in Orlando, giving families many scenic views to enjoy under the sun. Don’t miss the chance to take a perfect memory home with picture-perfect sunset photos from the water.

Group of people riding in a sailboat on a lake

6. Winter Park Chain of Lakes

Explore the beauty and splendor of Winter Park Chain of Lakes by kayak with six bodies of water to adventure through. Known for the crystal-clear waters, great fishing, and abundant wildlife, the Winter Park Chain of Lakes is connected by a series of canals that are great fun to navigate. The calm waters of the lakes are perfect for relaxing and paddling together or as the place for an exciting family race.

Aerial view of lake in Winter Park, Florida

7. Epic Paddle Adventures

Your family will love the unique paddling experience with Epic Paddle Adventures, where kayak tours include see-through kayaks. The paddle tours treat guests with the fresh air of the outdoors and scenic views of Downtown Orlando from a unique viewpoint. The waters are a great place to spot manatees and dolphins, and the Night Glow Paddle Tour provides breathtaking views of Lake Ivanhoe in boats equipped with LED lights.

Man on a standup paddlebaord

It’s clear that Orlando offers a myriad of opportunities for unforgettable experiences on the water. Whether kayaking through lush mangrove forests or cruising along pristine lakes, Orlando’s aquatic landscape never fails to captivate and inspire.

With that in mind, the tropical-themed atmosphere and laid-back vibe of Margaritaville Resort Orlando provides the perfect retreat after a fun day of exploring. Guests can relax by the pool with a refreshing cocktail or indulge in delicious coastal cuisine to become immersed in this island-inspired paradise. Plus, with Margaritaville’s convenient location to many attractions, guests can make the most out of their stay.

So, when planning a trip to Orlando, consider making Margaritaville Resort Orlando a home away from home and experience the ultimate blend of relaxation and excitement amidst Orlando’s vibrant aquatic landscape.