Adventure Island Tampa in Tampa, FL

10001 N Malcolm McKinley DrTampa, FL 33612
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Adventure Island Tampa in Tampa, Florida

Overview

Busch Gardens® Tampa’s thrilling water park features a range of rides and attractions for the whole family. With high-speed corkscrew slides, a giant wave pool, cascading waterfalls, a lazy river, and much more, this exciting water park makes fun in the Florida sun easy to enjoy. Guests can also dine and shop at the many themed restaurants and stores, or relax in style beneath a rented cabana.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Tampa Travel Experts
  • Coolers are not allowed.
  • Glass and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
  • Lines for Colossal Curl shorter in the morning.
  • Cashless wristband is available.
  • 30 acres of water rides.
  • All-new Colossal Curl slide.
  • Giant wave pool.
  • Lazy river.

Description

from Adventure Island Tampa
Adventure Island, Busch Gardens’ water park located in Tampa, features the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. One step through the entrance and you’re transported straight to the Florida Keys and the laid-back lifestyle that made them famous.

You will ease into island time in a place where corkscrew slides, waterfalls, a giant wave pool, a rambling river, and other family attractions create a laid-back atmosphere and hours of sun-drenched fun.

Parking Fee:
Car, motorcycle, or camper is $20.

Tripster Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Tripster Customer
Palm Harbor, FL
1 Review
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"Last minute Adventure Island Adventure in Tampa, FL"
August 2019
I had difficulty purchasing last minute tickets to Adventure Island. As a Florida resident, I didn't want to pay full price and couldn't find any advertised specials. I googled for sale tickets and found Tripster. The tickets were less expensive than advertised on AAA and the Adventure Island website. I then googled Tripster reviews and found excellent reviews, so I purchased the tickets. Breezed through the lines at Adventure Island, right to admissions.
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Tip: There are large shade umbrellas throughout the park. The cliff jumps are closed because of renovations. Lockers available. Bring towels

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Reasie Balenger
Richlands , VA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Adventure islands"
June 2019
This has always been my childhood favorite place and it feels good to know even being an adult that it’s still just as fun
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Tip: The refillable cups are worth it, go in the morning so you can experience all day

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Clinton Callahan
Pinellas Park, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Place"
August 2018
This water park is awesome. My son and his cousin had a awesome time. Can’t wait to go back again. A sure place to revisit.
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Katherine Potts
Bradenton, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great place to relax"
July 2018
Everything went great, however, no fault of Adventure Island, but they had to close the rides since a storm was upon us.
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Tip: Buy your tickets in advance. You will save money (who doesn't want to save money) and time in line to buy your tickets.

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Tripster Customer
Millbrook, AL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic time"
August 2016
Great experience, safe and family friendly. Picnic tables available throughout, able to bring cooler's ( they open and check for alcohol etc at the gate) and leave them along with you're beach bags with no worries.
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Tip: Dont be afraid of going to the kiddie sections, they have fun things and shotter lines. Wear swim shoes if possible, the concrete gets VERY hot on bare feet.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Weaseltime
"All day we just kept saying how Volcano Bay was better."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed September 08, 2019 NEW
My roommate and I have fun cards to Busch Gardens and go all the time, and we’ve wanted to head to their neighboring park for a while. There was a deal for people college IDs to get in for ONLY 25.99! It’s an online only deal! So we go to buy them online and see a ridiculous 9.99 “service fee” for each of them. So it’s 35.99. Whatever, still cheaper than normal, but too much for this park. Especially when the service fee usually only means you get to just walk right up with your tickets and get in, but we still had to wait in line to get our ACTUAL tickets from the ticket people in the window. Plus being forced to pay 25 dollars just to park your car? And 15 for a locker the size of a shoebox? I would’ve kept my stuff in the car if I’d known it would be that much. So not off to a great start. But whatever, let’s just have fun. The trouble is, we can’t even find the first ride to go on. We see the pools the rides let out on but the entrances are so hard to find! My feet are a little thicker skinned so I didn’t mind the hot pavement, but wandering around trying to figure out where entrances were kind of sucked, especially for my roommate who complained about the ground hurting. It was also very odd how you had to wait in line to just get a tube for some rides? I’ve never seen that before. And some people just wouldn’t give up their tube and just get back on the ride again, as there’s no staff stopping them. This only made wait times LONGER. Speaking of which, quick queue, fast pass, whatever, needs to stop. All it does is making lines longer for everyone else. We were all waiting for 45+ minutes to get on a ride, and this big family all with quick queue walk up and get to walk right by and she only lets like two regular riders go. People literally started booing and making fun of the people with quick queue. All it does is make hostility and jealousy because some people can’t afford the extra 40 bucks a head on top of all the other price gouging. Alright, fine, lines suck. But the rides are fun? No not really. They’re very short and you spend a lot of time waiting for things to happen, and then it’s over. Aruba Tuba is literally just a dark tunnel you slide down and nothing happens. Coastal curl was probably the best one. Wahoo Run just slaps you with water a couple times. Basically everything else was closed. Okay, so we’ll just stick to the pools and lazy river. Nope. Both were jam packed the whole day. The lazy river was completely full with cloudy water, and honestly the rudest people I’ve ever seen. People would literally shove their foot in your face and not care. There also weren’t enough tubes for everyone, and if you wanted one you’d have to wait at an exit and fight some family of 25 to try and grab one from them. And then once you finally got it, every time you floated by an exit, people would basically grab at you expecting you to give up your float. So I just tried to swim in there, and was regularly kicked in the head by people in floats, I had one lady keep yelling at me to GIVE HER A BOOST!!! And kept floating in my way, kids would wrestle each other and block the whole way. And then even floating by exits was a nightmare because of the amount of people trying to get in. Volcano Bay’s rapid river was so much better executed and fun. It was also wider so it wasn’t so crowded, with a little pool area to get on and off so you didn’t feel pressured to give up your tube. We never even got in the wave pool because it was so crowded. We called it “human soup” because it was just a sea of heads in a tiny pool with barely any waves. Yuck. The other pool was less crowded, and we found a little area near the deep end with a floating divider that we could mostly have some space, but little kids who couldn’t swim (why are you bringing a kid who can’t swim to a water park?) kept shoving past us to use the divider as a crutch to swim on. It also sucked that the diving areas were closed, as that looked like something we might’ve had a lot of fun with. But it probably would’ve had an hour wait like everything else. Overall, Volcano Bay was just sooo much better in every way. This park draws the rudest people I’ve ever seen, with gigantic families taking up like 3 tables for just their stuff, and huge groups of people screaming and yelling and shoving. Someone else compared it to a Walmart water park, and that’s perfect. Just kept wishing I was at Volcano Bay. Skip this one.
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107meccas
Wesley Chapel, Florida
"Nice fun day!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 31, 2019 NEW
A very nice water park. We went on every ride. No real long lines and the park wasn't fully crowded so it was real fun. The only thing the wave pool was corny and not worth it. But the lazy river was fun we went around it over a dozen times. We will return because it's a nice place to visit. We got there at 10 am and left at 3pm very tired!
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andycor98
Fort Myers, Florida
"Good but not Excellent!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 24, 2019 NEW
8/17/2019 I had a good time with my daughter and family 8 of us...the park is fun , has a lot rides but the water in some places was dirty, best time to go, the schools started already, and no waiting time for all facility and restaurants... I agree that the park is in severe need of some serious maintenance and upgrades
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Sandy7935711
"Water park Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 18, 2019
Had a good day with my grandchildren at Adventure Island. 7 of us. Kids loved the park. Online directions were poor in my opinion. I rented a cabana says $125, when you click on calendar price jumps to $340.00. Very expensive family outing. $1000 plus for one day, cabana , entrance, meals & snacks. Had a great time but bring your wallet.
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44jeniferp
New Port Richey, Florida
"Has gone downhill "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2019
We haven’t visited in about three years and I will probably never visit again it was not even that busy and the lines for the food and the rides were so long. I think they were short staffed they had six rides closed the bathrooms were filthy no toilet paper ,but the lines I could not get over how slow it was and there was not even that many people.Adventure island is in severe need of some serious maintenance and upgrades.Definitely not worth the money.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Adventure Island Tampa

How much is parking?
Cars and campers are $25.

Are the pools at Adventure Island® heated?
All water attractions at Adventure Island are temperature controlled with the exception of Wahoo Run and Everglides. The water temperatures vary by attraction, but typically range between 75-82 degrees Fahrenheit.

What age can my child enter the park without an adult?
Children 13 years and under must be accompanied by an adult while visiting Adventure Island.

How do I rent a Cabana or Chickeet Hut at Adventure Island?
They are available for a daily rental fee. You can reserve by calling the park directly.

Is there a gift shop?
Yes, the Island Surf Shop features a wide selection of brand-name sportswear, beachwear and other must-have summer items.

Are lockers available?
Yes, they offer lockers and changing areas that make it easy to suit up.

Can I bring a cooler?
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all Adventure Island guests, no coolers, regardless of size, will be allowed inside the water park. Outside picnic pavilions are available outside the front gate for cooler use.

What attire is not allowed at the park?
Guests may wear swimsuits or shorts, and t-shirts on rides. Thong bathing suits are not allowed. T-shirts may not be worn on body flumes. No cut-off and / or frayed Shorts are allowed. Clothing with metal trim is also prohibited. Aqua Socks are permitted on rides and in pool areas.

What is prohibited to bring to Adventure Island?
For the comfort and safety of our guests, prohibited items include but are not limited to the following: Weapons, Knives, Alcohol. Glass containers (exceptions are made for baby food & medicine), Coolers are not allowed, Carts & wagons, Tents & canopies, Barbecue grills, Flotation devices, Scuba masks, Portable stereos, Pets or Squirt guns. Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside. No drinks (other than water) may be taken into the park.

Can I bring a camera on the rides?
Due to the nature and dynamics of all rides and the potential for injury, unsecured cameras or video cameras of any size are not permitted on the rides. To store such equipment, leave with a non-rider or use the lockers that are available.

What happens if it rains?
Adventure Island remains open during inclement weather, although some of the parks rides and attractions may be temporarily affected.  Refunds and rain checks will not be issued due to inclement weather.

Does Adventure Island close for capacity?
In order to ensure our guests' comfort and safety, Adventure Island’s capacity is limited. Admission into the park may be temporarily suspended during the day due to periods of high attendance.

What accommodations are available for guests with special needs?
Adventure Island is committed to providing a fun and safe environment for everyone. For accommodations, please visit Guest Relations at the front of the park.