While Florida has inarguably some of the most beautiful beaches ever, if you’re trying to get to them from Orlando, it can end up being a whole-day affair. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of ways to cool off in The City Beautiful, where hotels—and awesome hotel pools—abound. Here’s a list of some of the most awesome public pools in Orlando that you won't believe exist.

Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

Hours: 8a.m. – 10p.m.

Why you need to go: Cruise down an 850-foot lazy river that runs through tunnels, hidden canyons, and waterfalls, or hide away in an oasis of private cabanas. The regular pool and lazy river close a little earlier than the formal pool, which opens in the morning and closes late enough for you to catch some amazing sunrise and sunset photos.

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JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes

Hours: 8a.m. – 9p.m.

Why you need to go: Scenic waterfalls, rocky cliffs, and vibrant foliage line the lazy river at this pool, making it easy to forget you’re still in Orlando. You can seek shelter under a cabana during the day and swim at night, because this pool tends to stay open later than their scheduled hours, till around 11p.m.

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Marriott’s Lakeshore Reserve

Hours: 7a.m. – 11p.m.

Why you need to go: Picturesque, quiet, and one of the smaller Marriott resorts, you’ll find less loud families here and more time to relax. Splash down the waterslide, float through the lazy river, and stride into the perfect transitioning shoreline right into the water.

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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Hours: 7a.m. – midnight

Why you need to go: A great alternative to theme parks, this pool is an 800,000 gallon heated lagoon with 12 beautiful waterfalls, a waterslide tower pavilion, a water jet splash zone, and of course, lots of places to lounge after all the fun is to be had.

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Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center

Hours: 7a.m. – 11p.m.

Why you need to go: While Gaylord’s beautiful tropical atriums are open to the public, their pools are reserved for guests only. You can catch a wave on their surf simulator, race down seven different waterslides, and relax in one of the two hot tubs and grab drink a drink at the Sand Bar. Gaylord even boasts The Florida Free Fall, the tallest AquaDrop slide in the state.

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Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Hours: 8a.m. – 9p.m.

Why you need to go: Right in the middle of the property lies Explorer Island, five acres of water recreation and a zero-entry pool. The lazy river features water cannons, a waterfall, and bubbling rapids, while The Drop, a 242-foot waterslide, is enclosed on one side, and has see-through fiberglass on the other! We hope you have a water-proof cover for your phone, you’ll definitely want it here.

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Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

Hours: 10a.m. – 8p.m.

Why you need to go: The sun-worshipping is real at this pool with a 50-foot Mayan pyramid that swimmers can rest on while exploring the Lost City of Cibola through the vast Dig Site Pool. Tunnel down a 123-foot waterslide and then relax in the largest hot tub on any Disney property!

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If you’re looking for more water-themed fun, then you'll definitely want to go on a bioluminescent kayak tour, or learn to wake-board this Orlando park.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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