We just returned from a 16 day trip from Maryland down to Atlanta, then to Savannah, down to Orlando, to Tampa, and then up to St. Simon Island, and back to Maryland. We will be doing reviews for many of our stops. Just a bit about us. We are a couple in our 40s and have two kids aged 4 and 9 who are seasoned travelers and who have easy going personalities. This was our fourth trip to Orlando in the past 6 years, but the first time we have done the non-disney attractions. It was also our first trip to Tampa.
I think if we would have gone to Adventure Island before Aquatica we would have enjoyed it more. Aquatica really spoiled us. Adventure Island had nice kids areas, that were good for both our 4 and 9 year old. There were pools with slide areas, and the now required at waterparks giant bucket of water on your head area. The lazy river was good, but no 'fast' lazy river like the one at Aquatica. The food was good and reasonably priced, the Seaworld/Busch Garden parks do a great job with the food in my opinion.
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