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“Ho-Hum and Some Fun at this Busch Garden Water park” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Adventure Island

Adventure Island
10001 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa, FL 33612
+1 888-800-5447
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Ranked #32 of 148 things to do in Tampa
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa, Adventure Island's 30 acres of water-drenched fun in the sun feature the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Within a soothing Key West atmosphere awaits an unrivaled blend of slides, corkscrews, waterfalls, a wave pool, children's water playground and other family attractions. 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Santa Rosa, California
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36 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Ho-Hum and Some Fun at this Busch Garden Water park”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Okay, I have been to many water parks. This park tries to please all age groups and because it does, it is so-so. Most teens like thrill rides, I mean, really thrilling rides and the ones I were with were no different. None of the rides came to their nor mine level of what I called thrilling. They were just so-so or slow. The slides were the closest thing to thrilling. Even their tallest tube ride which took 30 minutes to finally "ride" took a mere 20 seconds to do and it was fun but not scary. Nearly all of the rides are fun just not freaky thrilling. Parking was $12, food was decent for $12 or so. The one thing I did like was the volleyball area as if it was on a beach. I would say for teens, there are only three decent rides. The landscaping was cool. You can do all the rides within 3 hrs. I would advise to print out your tickets and arrive at 10 am during a weekday-avoid weekends.If you want REALLY scary rides, go across the street to Busch Gardens. This has them and a few great water rides also like Congo Rapids. We did that six times because there was no line on the Monday we went. This park requires a good 5-6 hrs time to do because it has wild African animals also,

Visited June 2013
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Lithia, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Tampa native first time visitor”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Bought the annual pass for this park and the garden. Rained us out after a couple hrs. I'll offer what I can. You can use at home printed tickets for free parking on 1st trip.Must take the printed tickets to customer service desk for issuance of annual passes--so bypass the regular ticket line. Locker rental must be obtained at front of park for ALL lockers in park. They give you a $3.00 voucher good at concession or gift shop w/expiration at end of 2013 season upon return of the key. Locker rental is $12.00 up front. Lockers are regular size--they do not hold much. Beer offered at 6.50 per can. Refillable cups $8.00 per w/refills at 1.00. Bathrooms big & clean. Showers offered. No covers for out in sun lines. Keep you posted.

Visited June 2013
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Palm Bay, Florida
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A water park worth seeing!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

We had never been to Adventure Island before. It was a nice waterpark with many attractions and slides for everyone to do. Parking cost $12. The park opens at 9:00 and I would recommend getting there early if at all possible. We were able to try out many of the slides before it got too crowded. By 11 o'clock, the park was definitely filled. There were a lot of summer camps going on there as well. I would also recommend to find a nice shady place to put your things. You are allowed to bring in a small personal cooler with drinks and food. A lot of families were having picnics and lunch there. My family and I left at 2:00 because things were just getting too crowded. All in all, I am glad we had the chance to visit. It was a good day to cool off from the summer heat!

Visited June 2013
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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“fun day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Great water park! It has 2 kids water playgrounds, one for the little ones and one with slides for the older kids. Lots of cool slides too for tween and teens, and those who love to slide. The river is awesome too. Clean, friendly staff.

Visited June 2013
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“Great way to spend a weekend”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

We have season tickets so we come in the evening when it is cooled off a bit. There are a few of our fav. things to like the classic wave pool and lazy river.Coming in the evening the crowds aren't so bad either and that means lines are shorter ....yay !

Visited June 2013
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