Summer is almost here in Florida. With summer comes amazing days in water parks filled with thrills and relaxation! However, Florida also brings all the heat and humidity with it in the summer months. So how do you in enjoy the water parks without the heat becoming a problem? Let me share some Florida summer water park tips to help you enjoy your time more.
Florida Summer Water Park Tips
Whether you are local or coming down to Florida from around the world, you are sure to experience our unique brand of sticky heat. You’ll feel it when you open the door or when you step off the plane. The first impulse, when greeted by this heat, is to run to the water. Let me share some tips for making the most of your water park days in our Florida heat.
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
The temptation when visiting Florida water parks is to enjoy either sugary beverages, sodas, or adult beverages. The Florida heat can be very draining. Feel free to enjoy some of these delicious drinks. However, make sure you are drinking plenty of water as well.
My friend Dawn suggests having electrolyte powder to add to a water bottle while having a day out. Many of your water parks will allow you to get a free glass of water. That said, it’s also wise to invest in water bottles to bring along. It’s a good way to make sure that you are staying hydrated.
Here are a few of the signs of dehydration to keep your eyes open for when at the water parks if you are not hydrated well.
- dizziness or light-headedness.
- dry mouth, lips, and eyes.
If you have these symptoms, make sure to prioritize getting hydrated and reach out to first aid if they don’t improve or get worst.
Many of the water parks have a lot of walking areas that are not covered by shade. Because of this, they can be very hot. Don’t let the heat burn your feet. Instead, take advantage of either flip flops or water shoes to protect your feet from the hot ground. This is especially important for small children. Plan ahead or you will end up carrying your toddler everywhere.
Apply Sunscreen OFTEN
Whether the sun is out or it is cloudy, the Florida heat can be really brutal! In fact, my husband ended up with a really wicked sunburn because he thought being in the water on a cloudy day meant no sunscreen. That said, sunscreen is needed and it needs to be applied every 2 hours while you are at the park.
Make sure to put it on your face, ears, and cover any exposed areas on your body. It can be tempting to spend the whole day playing and then forget to reapply sunscreen.
The tricky thing about a sunburn is that it won’t show as much on the first day. Make sure that sunscreen is a huge part of your waterpark plans in order to avoid burns and dehydration.
Take advantage of kids play areas
Sometimes parents need a break while kids play. Take advantage of kids play areas in order to relax for a moment. They can play in a kid-safe area or sit and build sand castles by your feet while you enjoy the shade and a cold drink. Many water parks will let you bring in small toys. You could bring in small toys to build sand castles with or anything else that would aid in entertaining the kids while sitting in the sand.
Check out meal plans and reusable cup options
Many of the water parks have meal plans that give you the ability to eat when you are hungry throughout the day. This can mean that the family can enjoy food without worrying about packing things. That said, many places won’t allow coolers. The meal plans will give you the ability to make sure the family eats well while having a lot of fun together.
Make sure to eat some fruit and vegetables when you can as it will help you not to feel as sluggish when you are spending your day in the heat.
Look into reusable cups as well. These reusable cups can be a great souvenir while giving you a strategic way to stay hydrated. With these reusable cups there is usually a time limit between refills. This will mean that the entire family won’t be able to easily share one cup with unlimited refills.
Take a mid-day break
Are you staying near the water park? Between noon and 3 or 4 are the hottest times of the day. This is a great time of day to head back to the hotel to enjoy the a.c. and a nap. You can also plan to use this time to find some shade and let the kids grab a poolside nap and relax. I know with the price of water park tickets, it can be tempting to push thru the heat but that can backfire and leave you feeling worn down. Make sure to keep your health in mind as you plan your day. This is especially true if you have small children.
Dress for the heat
While you might want to rock your favorite bikini or wear something you’ve been saving up for, you want to keep in mind how hot it is. Between the potential for sunburn and the potential for a wardrobe malfunction, it is better to dress with less skin exposed. Hats are also a great way to protect your head from the sun while you are out in the water parks. Pack some shades as well as it can be quite bright out!
Know your limits
The Florida heat can be too much for some. Be aware of your limits and the limits of your children as you plan to spend the day at the water park. If you know that exposure to the sun or humidity is difficult for you, plan for some modifications to a typical day at a water park. It’s completely ok to modify your expectations to have the best possible day at a water park.