Adventure Island Tampa in Tampa, FL

10001 N Malcolm McKinley DrTampa, FL 33612
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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

3 Reviews
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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Jim O
"Glad I didn't pay for passes"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
Water park was fun but $25 parking fee and $9 ice cream is ridiculous. My stepdaughter paid for the passes ,I sure never will
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JnTLibby
Palm Coast, Florida
"Family Fun Across the Board"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
We rented a Cabana at Fabian's Fun Port so we could be out of the sun and not have to worry about where to store our things (and chair thieves). We booked a few days ahead of time and were thrilled we did as there were no cabana's left the day we arrived. Our party had 7 people and there was plenty of room for all of us. There was a mini fridge with cold water as well. Part of the deal with the cabana also meant we had a meal ticket for each person in our part. We only paid $20 extra for the additional person over the limit of 6. We arrived before the park opened and only had to wait for a little while before we were allowed in as soon as the park opened. We brought my mother with us as an extra guest as we are pass holders. Mom loved the idea of the cabana to get out of the sun and at times away from the "general public" as we joked. The one thing which bothered me was that people would attempt to go to our cabana area when we would leave to go to the slides or pools. Thankfully, the cabana also came with locked storage, which was where we placed the items we didn't want rummaged through. My wife and I have not been here since we were teenagers and were hoping to make some memories with our 4 children ages 7 - 14. They all had a blast which was why we were happy we came. We did not try everything this time around, but we will be back later on in the summer. If you have children on the shorter side (under 48 inches) they will not be able to ride all the slides - we had one who did not quite make the 48 inch mark. Also, do NOT bring arm floaties (if you do - it must be a whole ensemble with a chest piece)- the life guard with the stick up his butt will yell at you (mind you there were NO vests available in his size & he had worn them almost all day). If you have a waterproof camera you can get some great shots under the water and while going down the slides (some slides do NOT allow cameras). Some suggestions - if you are concerned about having a shady space - rent a cabana or get to the park early and find an umbrella to park your stuff under. If you plan on staying the entire day the cabana (while pricey) is the best option - rent one where you plan to spend most of your time. Purchase a souvenir cup and you get free refills ALL day (and .99 refills if you return to that park of any other Busch Gardens park).
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LindsayNjoe429
"Fun day!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 18, 2019 NEW
My kids had a blast here. My family has been coming here since I was a kid and not too much has changed. There seemed to be some fun stuff closed though and from what I hear it wont be open all season. Some of the white slides and the cliff jump was shut down. The staff is friendly and pay close attention to ensure rules are being followed. When I was a kid you could bring in coolers and food but this is no longer allowed. Bottled water is fine and maybe some fruit snacks but your not going to get by with much more than that. You also are not allowed to bring in goggles. They have to be the eye goggles but not the ones that cover the nose, which is what we had and we had to take them back to the car. Getting there first thing was best because of parking and getting a shady spot but as the day went on people began to rudely swarm to find shade and chairs. We had two lounge chairs claimed under a big umbrella in the splash area and two chairs leaning over our chairs for the kids. When we came back from the wave pool and lazy river someone took the chairs and from there on it just got worse. The place is great and the rides are fun but people ruin the day. One group even took another lounge chair and pushed it against us to squeeze in under the umbrella and it crowded us even more than it already was. The kid lounge areas are the worst. When we got up to start getting our things together, a guy put his stuff on our seats before we even grabbed our stuff to leave. Very annoying that people simply dont have manners or consideration for others. I suggest coming early and leaving by 2 that way you have some fun and let the vultures take over when your not there. Overall a good experience.
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Jacqueline O
Richmond, Virginia, United States
"Good water park"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 16, 2019 NEW
Nice water park for the family and kids. You do not have to purchase the extra chairs and umbrellas. If you get there early enough the free ones are great.
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kmsfas
Tampa, Florida
"Great place to have fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 14, 2019 NEW
Great place to have fun! You can relax, ride rides, chill in the lazy river and play volleyball. Food is good too!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Adventure Island Tampa

How much is parking?
Cars and campers are $20.

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.