Tampa Adventure Island - Your 2023 Insider's Guide

January 21, 2022

Ready to make a splash? Adventure Island offers plenty of ways to get wet ‘n wild. 

What's not to love about lounging and playing in a tropical setting surrounded by all the sun and sand you can soak up? Tampa Bay's largest water park is filled to the brim with a whopping 30 acres of water rides.

Relax in a landscape as laid-back as the Florida Keys, or get an adrenaline rush on one of many thrilling slides. Mosey along the lazy river or go on the adventure of a lifetime with virtual reality snorkeling. 

There's fun for the whole family at one of the Sunshine State's biggest and best water park attractions. Time to jump in!

Fun Fact: Tampa Bay has recently been tagged Champa Bay thanks to its success in various sports over the last few years. 

Why You Should Go to Adventure Island

Two words: water slides. Slip 'n slide on the Colossal Curl, the Solar Vortex, the Aruba Tuba, and many more! Adventure Island offers all the twisting and turning fun it can muster up.

Word on the street is that two brand-new water slides will join the watery fleet in the spring of 2022. Adventure awaits on these high-speed slides!

people floating down the lazy river at Adventure Island Tampa FLIf you like to take things a little slower, the Rambling Bayou may be more your speed. Wind your way through a tropical rainforest landscape on the lulling lazy river. Ah, true relaxation!

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Ocean lovers will be delighted by the crash of the waves in the Endless Surf Wave Pool! Adventure Island does waves on a big scale with its giant 17,000 square foot wave pool. 

The kiddos will feel right at home at Fabian's Fun Port or Splash Attack, which features a huge treehouse to splash around in. 

The virtual reality snorkeling experience may be the star of the show. Grab a snorkel and dive in for an under-the-sea experience like no other! Float weightlessly as you go on one of these three adventures:

  • Ocean Experience
  • Space Experience
  • Dragon Experience

Guide to Adventure Island Tampa Tickets

Listen up, penny pinchers! You can get your tickets for Adventure Island and other Tampa Bay attractions from Tripster at the best rates. There's plenty to do in The Big Guava, so bundle your tickets and hotel stays to get the biggest bang for your buck.

Close up photo of a family going down a waterslide on yellow tubes at Adventure Island in Tampa, Florida, USA

photo credit: Adventure Island via Facebook

When to Go

Adventure Island runs on island time, so go with the flow when planning your visit. The park is closed in December, January, and February, then opens up again in March until November. It's open daily from May to August.

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Pro Tip: Adventure Island typically opens at 10 a.m. and closes between 5 and 7 p.m., but check the calendar to see which hours it's open before selecting your tickets. 

Guide to Adventure Island Tampa Tips and Tricks

Family Resting in a Cabana at Adventure Island - Tampa, Florida, USA

Rent a Cabana or Chickee Hut

Secure a place to land between rides and slides when you rent a Cabana at the wave pool or a Chickee Hut at Mango Joe's.

Doing so will give you your own personal spot in the park to lay claim to so you can easily meet up with family and friends or have a place to crash for a couple of hours.

If you opt for a Cabana, here are a few of the amenities you will enjoy:

  • Chaise lounges
  • An all-day locker
  • Mini-fridge stocked with water bottles
  • Souvenir towels
  • Food and drink concierge (with a limited menu)

Photo Alert: The cabana is a great meeting place to snap some family photos before everyone runs off on their adventures!

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Skip the Lines

Purchase the Quick Queue Unlimited option with your ticket for unlimited priority access to water slides Colossal Curl, Aruba Tuba, Calypso Coaster, Riptide, and Solar Vortex. So spend more time sliding and less time waiting!

Go Cashless

Leave your wallet worries behind when you link a credit or debit card to a cashless wristband. Scan the wristband to make a purchase anywhere in the park! This is a complimentary service.

Pack the Essentials

Spare yourself the sunburn and prepare for your day by adding these items to your beach bag:

  • Sunscreen
  • Aloe vera (just in case!)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Appropriate swimwear
  • Towel
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Goggles
  • Change of clothes

If you happen to forget something, no sweat! The gift shop has you covered. 

Pro Tip: Outside food and drink is not allowed, except for water bottles. Leave it all behind and choose from the park's delicious and thirst-quenching options instead!

Close up photo of the blue-green and wood Island Food Truck on a sunny day at Adventure Island in Tampa, Florida, USA

photo credit: Adventure Island via Facebook

Guide on What to Eat at Adventure Island

Surfside Café or Mango Joe's Café are two of the park's tropically tasty dining choices! Other options include the Island Food Truck, Colossal Snacks, and Captain Pete's.

Chow down on all-American classics like burgers, fries, chicken strips, and BBQ sandwiches. There are salads available for those who prefer healthier fare, too. Pretzels, churros, and chips are great choices if you need something to tide you over between meals. 

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Go with the All-Day Dine Deal wristband to satisfy your appetite all day long!

Where Else to Go

There's more fun to be had in Tampa Bay! If you're looking to keep the good times rolling while you're in the city, you're in luck. Adventure Island is right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa

This theme park keeps the thrills coming with classic rides like roller coasters. Not only that, but it doubles as a zoo! Bundle your tickets for both parks for a steal.

Where to Stay

There's nothing like a day spent in the sun-kissed water to get you ready for a good night's rest. So when choosing the perfect hotel for your post-swim slumber, don't forget to bundle up! No, we don't mean in a coat.

Bundle attraction tickets (like your Adventure Island ones!) with your hotel stay so you can sleep in peace, knowing you got a great price. 

Guide to Transportation and Parking at Adventure Island Tampa

General parking costs $25 a day per vehicle. To upgrade your experience, VIP parking costs $35 and will snag you one of the closest spots! 

Spare some change by walking. If you're hopping on over to Busch Gardens after your time at Adventure Island or vice versa, it's only a 10 to 15-minute walk!

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Which Adventure Island Experience Are You Most Excited About?

Calling all beach bums and adrenaline junkies! This Tampa Bay water park is a little slice of paradise on earth, perfect for the whole family. So catch some waves or some sun when you enter the tropical wonder world of Adventure Island.

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Written By Michaela

Michaela is a journalist who views every story she writes as an adventure, leading her to explore new places and meet new people. She is based in the Midwest ...

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