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“Great rides, severely understaffed” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Adventure Island

Adventure Island
10001 N. McKinley Dr. Tampa, FL 33612, Main Entrance on McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
+1 813-987-5600
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Ranked #24 of 89 attractions in Tampa
Type: Water Parks
Activities: Swimming, Dining
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Owner description: Located right across the street from Busch Gardens(R) Tampa, Adventure Island's(R) 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.
Melbourne, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Great rides, severely understaffed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

We love the rides at Adventure Island. We were there last Saturday and it was not very crowded. We climbed lots of stairs with no rest in between. Exhauasting, but awesome. Everglides is our favorite, and we have never seen a ride like it at any other water park. However, Key West Rapids was closed because of understaffing. Food service was pitifully slow, probably for the same reason. It took us nearly half an hour to get nachos. And for the most part, we found the employees that were there to be the laziest bunch we had ever seen. In fact, my daughter was having trouble lifting the sled at Everglides to put it away after the ride, and the lifeguard said "you got it out, you can put it back". Talk about RUDE.

Visited September 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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“Adventure Island Water Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

This park is part of the Busch Gardens and Sea World Group. This water park is located directly across the street from Busch Gardens. Admission is average but it is much cheaper if you do a combination ticket with Busch Gardens. There are lots of rides for all ages and interests. They have multiple areas for toddlers, teens and adults. There is a picnic area to bring your coolers and lunches. There is also white sand volleyball courts, lockers and plenty of beach chairs. Cabanas are available for rent by the day at an extra charge.

Visited August 2013
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Boston Area
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“Family Fun Day”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Adventure Island is clearly designed for the whole family. They have worked hard to create a beach atmosphere with lots of sand. Arrive early to pick a shady spot remembering to note where the shade will be later in the day. Though dated in some ways, there are a variety of experiences. The lazy river has a real current to it and two loops (one with an almost tropical experience by going through a misty greenhouse). The water slides required lots and lots of stairs. Since it wasn't busy there was no waiting as you climbed. The corkscrew was an enclosed tube and clearly the most daunting of the ones we tried (2 slides were closed for the day due to lack of staff--we wished that had been noted on our way in). Our favorite area turned out to be near the front just by our chairs---a pool where you could actually jump off psuedo cliffs and be dumped five feet above the water by small tubes and do a miniature version of "Wipeout" by trying to cross on small floats. There was a wave pool and a children's area. We did not like the fact that you do not get money back for your key deposit, but a credit to use in the park. Since turning your key in is the last thing you do for the day, it forced you to go and buy something when all you want to do is leave.
Parking fee of $12 where the parking lot is very hilly (not flat).
Food was very expensive.
There is some wheelchair accessibility to the slides themselves.

Visited August 2013
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Renton, Washington
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“Great park, great value”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Very large park with many ride choices. The park is a bit dated in comparison to Orlando parks, but the value is great. We went at the end of August and it was not busy. The staff is very friendly.
Lots of ride choices, and lots of food choices.
There are also many rides for the kids who are 42" tall. Most other parks offer similar rides for 48" and taller kids.
We really enjoyed our visit and will be back again.

Visited August 2013
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Zephyrhills, Florida
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“Splash”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

You can spend the day there. It was great.
Food was not so good for the price.
Some of the rides were closed. do the work when closed.
for the rest I enjoyed myself

Visited October 2012
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