ORLANDO, Fla. And SAN ANTONIO, Tx. (June 30, 2022) – Aquatica is back this summer and guests can visit our parks now with no reservation requirements, no restrictions and the park, rides and attractions, food and beverage, and merchandise outlets are open and ready for summer fun. Also, guests can experience the exhilaration of all-new water slide Reef Plunge in Orlando and the all-new splashy dueling racer waterslide Riptide Race in San Antonio, now open. There’s no better time for guests to buy a ticket or a pass and visit today!
Aquatica Orlando took the #1 spot as the best outdoor water park in North America in this year’s USA Today 10Best awards. It previously won Best Outdoor Water Park in 2021 and 2018.
Now open, Aquatica’s newest attraction is Reef Plunge which sends guests sliding through eye-catching translucent cutouts and rings, and twists and turns through over 330 feet of fiberglass, zooming past a vibrant array of marine life in the new dynamic habitat. Commerson’s dolphins, leopard sharks, sardines, and a variety of other cold-water fish will call Reef Plunge home.
Aquatica also announced several park enhancements this year including space for guests to take a break and relax in any of the 1,000 new loungers and beach chairs that offer increased shade and comfort. Hungry thrill seeks can also grab a slice at the new quick-service pizza place opening in July or quench their thirst at the brand-new beach bar, in addition to enjoying exciting new upgrades to the popular Banana Beach Cookout.
Of the best outdoor water park recognition USA Today noted “…Aquatica Orlando draws 1.5 million visitors per year while seamlessly integrating sea life into rides. Its signature attraction, Reef Plunge, is an enclosed tube slide that passes through a pool of playful, black and white Commerson’s dolphins. Guests can also take a leisurely raft ride down Loggerhead Lane, through colorful exotic fish. Aquatica's South Seas theme is further enhanced by 60,000 lush, tropical plants covering its 60 acres.”
Kyle Miller, President of Aquatica Orlando, said, “We opened our doors at Aquatica in 2008 and over the past several years have been honored to be consistently recognized as one of the top water parks in the country. We are thrilled that water park enthusiasts once again chose to recognize Aquatica Orlando as number one and look forward to continuing to provide our guests the high level of thrills, fun, relaxation and adventure that they have come to enjoy with us.”
Aquatica San Antonio
Deep in the heart of Texas is Aquatica San Antonio, a tropical resort-style waterpark with everything from serene beaches and hide-aways to extreme slides and rides - all designed to help beat the sweltering summer heat.
New for 2022 is Riptide Race, now open! This pipeline ride, the first of its kind in San Antonio, combines everything guests love about Aquatica’s existing rides with a new layer of fun - good-natured competition by featuring dueling side-by-side flumes and low walls to give racers full view of the competition. Set atop of 51-foot tower, guests board a two-person raft and race through 565 feet of slides. Guests can challenge each other and vie for victory while speeding through each turn, spin, and loop to see which team feels the rush of victory as they blast into a cool refreshing splashdown.
The park’s signature ride, Stingray Falls, takes four-seat rafts down twists and turns to an underwater grotto, where guests come face-to-fin with stingrays and tropical fish – the only ride of its kind in the world. Guests can experience stingrays in other ways as well at Aquatica’s interactive attraction, known as Ke-Re Reef. Featuring 120,000 gallons of saltwater, Ke-Re Reef is home to cownose stingrays, Southern stingrays, and tropical fish. The most immersive program is the “Stingray Encounter”, where guests feed and wade with stingrays inside the attraction. They can also get a close view of the stingrays from a wall at the edge of the pool.
Aquatica San Antonio President Byron Surrett said, “There is no better place in the Lone Star state than Aquatica to have fun in the sun this summer while staying cool and enjoying great food and drinks all day long. Plus, guests this year can also take a break from the crowd and enjoy our additional private cabana experiences with concierge services to make the day that much more relaxing and worry free.”
In addition to the all-new Riptide Race, this year Aquatica San Antonio premiered a new bar, Turi’s Beach Bar, adjacent to the Big Surf Shores wave pool. This full-service bar features a variety of beers, mixed drinks, cocktails, and frozen drinks for guests to enjoy at the bar or poolside. Also new, even more private cabanas scattered throughout the beautiful park offer a shaded private space and give guests a place to call base camp during a day of fun in the sun, with select cabanas even offering the convenience of personalized concierge service.
Best Way to Play
One of the best ways for guests to experience the ALL-NEW Reef Plunge and Riptide Race is with an Aquatica Fun Card which offers park admission through December 31, 2022 for one low price. For even more unbeatable benefits, guests can purchase an Aquatica Annual Pass and enjoy 12 months of visits with special benefits like free parking, free guest tickets, access to special VIP events, savings on merchandise and more.
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A great way to enjoy Aquatica San Antonio is with a Season or Annual Pass. For added value, SeaWorld and Aquatica two-park passes are available allowing unlimited access to both parks (located within walking distance of each other), free parking, exclusive passholders-only events, discounts on merchandise and food, and much more.
About Aquatica Orlando
A vibrant aquatic landscape, splashed with South Seas spirit and dotted with towering, colorful slides, Aquatica Orlando delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind waterpark, voted the #1 waterpark in the country by USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Poll, is home to some of the world’s most thrilling water rides, featuring 50 slides, rivers and lagoons and 84,000 square feet of sparkling white, sandy beaches. Aquatica isn’t all about dashing and splashing though. This lush, laid-back playground is perfect for going with the flow. Wade into lazy rivers and wave pools without waiting in line and watch cares float away. Or grab a cozy lounge chair on one of Orlando’s loveliest beaches and sip a refreshing cocktail. Two large play areas just for kids make Aquatica the perfect spot for family fun. Aquatica offers exclusive attractions that promise unlimited fun, sending guests on amazing undersea adventures.
About Aquatica San Antonio
From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches, Aquatica San Antonio, delights all ages and interests. This one-of-a-kind waterpark is home to some of the world’s most thrilling water rides, featuring high speed slides, relaxing rivers and lagoons, private cabanas, and 42,000 square feet of relaxing beaches. The park’s signature ride, “Stingray Falls,” takes four-seat rafts down twists and turns to an underwater grotto, where guests come face-to-fin with stingrays and tropical fish. Aquatica’s stingray attraction, otherwise known as “Ke-Re Reef,” features 120,000 gallons of saltwater and will include cownose and Southern stingrays. Aquatica offers exclusive attractions that promise unlimited fun, sending guests on amazing undersea adventures. For more information on Aquatica, go to www.AquaticaSanAntonio.com