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Are you visiting Aquatica and have small kids in tow? I am happy to tell you that Aquatica is great if you have younger children! Thanks to great Orlando weather, we were able to visit Aquatica in January and had a blast. For you parents out there, here is my guide to Aquatica with toddlers!
Strict Outside Food and Beverage Policy
Just like SeaWorld, Aquatica is pretty strict when it comes to bringing outside food and drinks. You are only allowed to bring bottled water and small, snack-sized items. It’s pretty annoying, especially because we are used to the Disney theme parks, which allow you to bring pretty much an entire picnic lunch. You are allowed to bring in all the baby formula and baby food you want, however. They also have a tiny picnic area near the parking lot, but generally if you plan on spending the entire day at Aquatica, expect to buy food at one of the restaurants in the park.
Plenty of Life Vests
Aquatica makes safety its number one priority, and it is obvious. Not only are there lifeguards everywhere, but they require all guests under 48″ to wear life vests on most attractions. These life vests are readily available throughout the park and are free of charge. Just look for them! There are plenty of jackets for guests of all shapes and sizes. They even have infant sizes for the smallest guests.
Get There Early to Get an Umbrella
We were there right when the park opened, so were able to grab a couple of lounge chairs under an umbrella. There was plenty to go around, but it was not a super busy day. I can see in the summer or on busy days how getting an umbrella could be an issue. They have umbrellas for rent, but I say just get there early so you can get a prime spot.
A fun play area at Aquatica is Walkabout Waters, located at the right-most edge of the park. Built to resemble a colorful fortress, the little ones will have a great time splashing around and playing with the fountains. The maximum depth in the play area section is only 1 foot 3 inches. We played mostly in the shallow parts because my son got terrified of the huge bucket of water that overturns when it fills up and throws a massive amount of water on the people below!
Kata’s Kookaburra Cove
Kata’s Kookaburra Cove is what I recommend if you are going to Aquatica with toddlers! This attraction was made specifically for young children, and the maximum water depth is 18 inches. Children must be under 48″ to play here, which is nice because you don’t have to worry about your little ones being run over by the bigger kids. There is even a first-timer’s water slide! My son and niece loved this area, and we spent the majority of our day here.
Tip for nursing mothers: If you are a nursing mother, there is a nursing room to the right of the women’s bathrooms at Kata’s Kookaburra Cove.
Have a Fun, Relaxing Time!
I did not expect to spend the entire day from open to close at Aquatica, but the kids just had so much fun! If you have young children, I highly recommend visiting Aquatica. We can’t wait to go back and are already planning our next trip!