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Adventure Island Tampa Bay

Adventure Island is Busch Gardens' water park located directly across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Just over an hours drive west of Orlando and within a soothing Key West atmosphere awaits Adventure Island's 30 acre water park.

This central Florida water park features an unrivaled blend of slides, corkscrews, waterfalls, a wave pool, children's water playground and other family attractions. While vacationing in the hot Florida summer heat, the best place to cool off is the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Adventure Island water park.

Adventure Island Tampa Bay guarantees water-drenched fun in the sun and features the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages.

Adventure Island also features outdoor cafes, picnic and sunbathing areas, a gift shop and a championship sand volleyball complex for hours of fun in the sun.

Adventure Island Tampa Bay Operating schedule

Adventure Island Tampa Bay

Adventure Island Tampa Bay
10001 Malcolm McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612
888-800-5447
www.adventureisland.com

Adventure Island Tampa Bay Attractions

Riptide, Florida's first four-lane mat slide, is the newest high-speed thrill ride making a splash at Adventure Island. Riptide allows guests to compete against three other riders for a competitive mat-slide adventure. All four racers are released simultaneously from a height of 55 feet into their own tubes, twisting through a hairpin turn before plunging into four open-air lanes for a drenching finish.

Wahoo Run, an exhilarating river five-person raft ride, sends adventurous guests down 600 feet of drenching twists and drops and back-to-back curves and turns. The thrill slide has a unique tunnel design that alternates sections of daylight and darkness, while four waterfall curtains douse unsuspecting guests during their journey.

Everglides, a speed slide that sends riders down a 72-foot watery incline into a 20-yard hydroplane.

Splash Attack, the park's most drenching attraction ever, offers more than 50 water elements, including twisting slides, bridges and a 40-foot-high water-tower bucket.

The sizzling Key West Rapids sends riders down six stories through a 700-foot twisting slide and into a splash pool.

The aptly named Gulf Scream fires riders down into a splash pool at speeds exceeding 25 mph.

Twisting spirals and swirling water are the attraction on the Aruba Tuba and Calypso Coaster slides.

Unpredictable excursions at spine-tingling speeds can be found on the Caribbean Corkscrew, Water Moccasin and five Runaway Rapids slides, coiling their challengers down a series of unexpected twists before dunking them into a splash pool.

Body surfers can ride three-foot waves in Endless Surf, the park's 17,000-square-foot wave pool.

Fabian's Funport offers children a kaleidoscopic wading pool, highlighted by bubbler springs and jumping water jets.

Paradise Lagoon offers 9,000 square-feet of water-soaked activity, ranging from jumping platforms and cascading waterfalls to a hand-rope walk along the pool's perimeter.

The 1,700-foot tube trek Rambling Bayou glides riders through beautiful landscapes and weather effects including fog and rain.

Spike Zone, a 4-court volleyball complex, offers top-notch sand courts for both professional competitions and amateur players looking for leisurely pick-up games.

Guests can grab a bite to eat and chill at Mango Joe's Café, serving burgers, wraps, chicken strips, ice-cold beverages, beer and more.

Fill up on all-American favorites including pizza, hot dogs or chicken strips at Surfside Café. The café also dishes out soft serve ice cream in waffle cones, crispy sweet funnel cakes and more sweet treats.

Find everything you'll need for a day in the sun at Island Surf Shop. Shop swimsuits and water shoes. Find sunscreen, swim diapers, Adventure Island-branded apparel and souvenirs, goggles, keychains, gifts and more.

Directions to Adventure Island Tampa

From Orlando:
Travel WEST on I-4 to I-75. Go NORTH on I-75 to the FOWLER AVENUE exit #265. This exit is also the exit for the University of South Florida. Bear left on the exit ramp, and it will lead you directly onto Fowler Avenue. Proceed west on Fowler Avenue to McKinley Drive. (McKinley Drive is the first light past the main entrance to the University.) Turn left onto McKinley. Proceed south on McKinley to parking and the main entrance to the park

From the North:
Travel SOUTH on I-75 to I-275 SOUTH to the FOWLER AVENUE exit (Exit #51). Turn east (left) onto Fowler Avenue and proceed 2.5 miles to McKinley Drive. Turn south (right) onto McKinley and proceed to the main parking lot entrance.

From the South:
Travel NORTH on I-75, past the intersection of I-4, to the FOWLER AVENUE exit #265. This exit is also the exit for the University of South Florida. Bear left on the exit ramp, and it will lead you directly onto Fowler Avenue. Proceed west on Fowler Avenue to McKinley Drive. (McKinley Drive is the first light past the main entrance to the University.) Turn left onto McKinley. Proceed south on McKinley to parking and the main entrance to the park.

From St. Petersburg:
Travel NORTH on I-275 to the FOWLER AVENUE exit (Exit #51). Turn east (right) onto Fowler Avenue and proceed 2.5 miles to McKinley Drive. Turn south (right) onto McKinley and proceed to the main parking lot entrance.

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