Cool off at South Florida water parks and pools
Published: May 26, 2021
By: Jennifer Jhon
Summer in South Florida is a great time to hit the pool, and although COVID-19 has caused Broward County water parks to close, plenty of other places to splash and swim are open.
South Florida’s most well-known water park, Rapids, is now open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Located just north of West Palm Beach, Rapids has more than a dozen water slides, a lazy river, a FlowRider, a wave pool and a splash lagoon for smaller ones. Rapids is kicking off summer fun with an Educators Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 12, for educators and their families. Learn more at www.rapidswaterpark.com.
Coconut Cove Water Park in Boca Raton is opening Memorial Day weekend for weekends only through June 18. On June 19, it opens seven days a week through Aug. 8, then returns to weekends only through Sept. 6. Coconut Cove has two slides, a lazy river, an interactive water playground and more. www.coconutcove-waterpark.com
The Cypress Pool and Water Park in Coral Springs will be open daily during the summer with limited capacity. Only 60 guests will be admitted per session on a first-come, first-served basis. www.aquaticcomplex.com
The Caporella Aquatic Center in Tamarac is also open daily on a limited basis, with a swimming pool with zero-depth entry and a children’s water playground. www.tamarac.org/539/Caporella-Aquatic-Center
South Florida’s newest water park, Tidal Cove, is tucked away at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura. With seven water slides, a FlowRider, a lazy river, a kids cove and more, Tidal Cove has more than enough to entertain the whole family. www.tidalcovemiami.com
Grapeland Water Park near the Miami International Airport opens May 29 and will be open 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. daily from Thursday, June 10, through Sunday, August 22. Grapeland has three water slides and an interactive water playground, a large heated pool, a lazy river, a splash and slide area for smaller kids, and more. www.archive.miamigov.com/grapeland/index.html
The Venetian Pool in Coral Gables is a great way to cool down, too. Open seven days a week starting May 25, the Venetian Pool requires reservations in advance at www.playgables.com. Although it has no water slides, the Venetian’s 820,000-gallon pool is fed with spring water from an underground aquifer that refills the pool daily. www.coralgables.com/departments/CommunityRecreation/venetianpool