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  1. Adventure Island

    Editor's pick

    Tampa : 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa, 33612

    Adventure Island's 30 acres provide water-soaked excitement for guests of all ages. The park's laid-back Florida Keys theme is punctuated with corkscrew slides, waterfalls, a giant wave pool and a rambling river.The 17,000-square foot Endless Surf produces rolling waves up to 5 feet high. Paradi …

  2. North Greenwood Recreation Complex and Pool

    Downtown Clearwater : 900 N Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater, 33755

    The North Greenwood pool is 25-meters with a 1-meter diving board. A plunge pool features a twisting, 140-footlong, two-story water slide. For young children, the activity pool comes with water playground and shade structure. Kids can enjoy a water slide, palm trees with coconuts that tip out wa …

  3. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center

    Editor's pick

    Largo : 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo, 33770

    Highland Recreation Complex in Largo offers programs, classes and special events for nearly every recreational interest. It features both indoor and outdoor facilities, a gym, a newly constructed skatepark and is home to to the tallest municipal water slide in Pinellas County at the Highland Fam …

  4. Cuscaden Park

    Ybor City : 2900 N 15th St., Tampa, 33605

    Unfortunately, the historic Cuscaden Pool is scheduled to be closed during summer 2010 while officials deal with leaks. This is also affecting rooms in the facility near the pool, which is built above ground.Cuscaden Park amenities include: soccer fields, a picnic area and playground. Cuscaden P …

  5. Jim & Heather Gills YMCA (St. Petersburg)

    Grand Central District : 3200 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33712

    A pool, indoor rock climbing wall and a game room will provide countless hours of entertainment for the kids. The pool provides family swimming and a waterslide. Youths and adults can enjoy state-of-the-art fitness equipment, a lap pool, group exercise classes, youth sports, activities rooms and …

  6. Childs Park Pool

    St. Petersburg : 1227 43rd Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33711

    Amenities at the Childs Park pool include a deck for sunbathing, picnic area, parent drop-off, 12' deep area with low diving board and giant flume slide. For younger children and those just learning to swim, there is a training pool, water playground features and splash pad.The pool is handicap …

  7. Sprayground at Highland Family Aquatic Center

    Largo : 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo, 33770

    The Highland Family Aquatic Center is a family friendly mini-waterpark for all ages. In addition to a pool, amenities include a 214-foot corkscrew water slide, a three-story speed slide, a zero-depth sprayground with play structure and water sprays, and a double slide suitable for all ages. Wate …

  8. Discovery Cove

    Editor's pick

    Orlando : 6000 Discovery Cove Way, Orlando, 32821

    This watery theme park gives you up close and personal adventures with dolphins. You can also relax on beaches, float along on a scenic tropical river, snorkel in waters with rays or exotic fish, explore tropical reefs and secluded grottos. About 1,000 guests a day get to go to the 30-acre cove.

  9. Davis Islands Seaplane Basin

    Davis Islands : 864 Severn Ave. , Tampa, 33606

    This isn't an official park, although many beach lovers come here to throw a blanket on the sand and read a book waterside, with downtown Tampa as the backdrop. Think twice about swimming, though — locals say the cove is polluted with waste from boats whose owners live on board. Other than …

  10. Sand Key Park

    North Pinellas beaches : 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, 33767

    Sand Key Park is actually a park and a beach, just like Fort DeSoto. The park part offers picnic shelters with grills and tables, a playground and a dog park. The beach area contains cabana rentals, beach wheelchairs, outdoor showers and bath houses with changing stalls and restrooms. There is  …

  11. Fred Howard Park

    Editor's pick

    Tarpon Springs : 1700 Sunset Drive, Tarpon Springs, 34689

    Fred Howard Park occupies 155 acres on the Gulf of Mexico in Tarpon Springs. A mile-long causeway links the main park area with a white, sandy beach popular with northern Pinellas and western Pasco residents. The beach reopened in December 2009 after two years of repairs to causeway bridges.The  …

  12. Honeymoon Island State Park

    Editor's pick

    Dunedin : 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin, 34698

    At Honeymoon Island State Park, you can swim, skimboard, bird watch, fish, snorkel, picnic or just catch some rays. Bring your pup, too, because there's a dog park on the south beach. Animals are also allowed on the marked trails and in the picnic area. Showers are available and the park´ …

  13. Caladesi Island State Park

    Editor's pick

    Dunedin : 1 Causeway Blvd. (at the West end of Dunedin Causeway), Dunedin, 34698

    Caladesi Island State Park contains one of the nation's best beaches. The 661-acre island is accessible only by boat or ferry. Caladesi has picnic tables and shelters near its sandy beach and a marina with electric and water hookups, as well as a snack bar and gift shop. Fishing is allowed, but  …