Adventure Island Tampa in Tampa, FL

10001 N Malcolm McKinley DrTampa, FL 33612
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Busch Gardens® Tampa’s thrilling water park features a range of rides and attractions for the whole family. With high-speed corkscrew slides, a giant wave pool, cascading waterfalls, a lazy river, and much more, this exciting water park makes fun in the Florida sun easy to enjoy. Guests can also dine and shop at the many themed restaurants and stores, or relax in style beneath a rented cabana.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Tampa Travel Experts
  • Coolers are not allowed.
  • Glass and alcoholic beverages are not permitted.
  • Lines for Colossal Curl shorter in the morning.
  • Cashless wristband is available.
  • 30 acres of water rides.
  • All-new Colossal Curl slide.
  • Giant wave pool.
  • Lazy river.


from Adventure Island Tampa
Adventure Island, Busch Gardens’ water park located in Tampa, features the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. One step through the entrance and you’re transported straight to the Florida Keys and the laid-back lifestyle that made them famous.

You will ease into island time in a place where corkscrew slides, waterfalls, a giant wave pool, a rambling river, and other family attractions create a laid-back atmosphere and hours of sun-drenched fun. The park opens March 9th for the 2018 season and operates on select dates through October 14th.

New for 2018 - Vanish Point. Plunge 70 feet on Adventure Island's new drop slide, which lets riders choose between two skyboxes, each sending them through 425 feet of spiraling tubes until they reach the splash run finale.

Parking Fee
Car, motorcycle, or camper is $20.

Reserve Tampa Customer Reviews

3 Reviews
Clinton Callahan
Pinellas Park, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Place"
August, 2018
This water park is awesome. My son and his cousin had a awesome time. Can’t wait to go back again. A sure place to revisit.
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Katherine Potts
Bradenton, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great place to relax"
July, 2018
Everything went great, however, no fault of Adventure Island, but they had to close the rides since a storm was upon us.
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Tip: Buy your tickets in advance. You will save money (who doesn't want to save money) and time in line to buy your tickets.

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Reserve Tampa Customer
Millbrook, AL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fantastic time"
August, 2016
Great experience, safe and family friendly. Picnic tables available throughout, able to bring cooler's ( they open and check for alcohol etc at the gate) and leave them along with you're beach bags with no worries.
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Tip: Dont be afraid of going to the kiddie sections, they have fun things and shotter lines. Wear swim shoes if possible, the concrete gets VERY hot on bare feet.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Jesup, Georgia
"Nice water park"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2018 NEW
My family and I visited this park labor day weekend. We found the selection of slides to be pretty good. There is a good variety and something for everyone. We also enjoyed the lazy river - although there were not nearly enough tubes for everyone. However, the park is laid out so that it doesn't feel crowded. The barbecue place there is outstanding! Don't miss it. My only complaint has to do with the quick que. First, even though we had purchased it online, we had to stand in the same line as people purchasing it to get a wristband. Also, many rides have a wait to get a float. There is no quick que for floats, so there really isn't much of an advantage to having it on those rides. We spent the better part of a day here. It was enjoyable day, but on a visit a month later, my 12 year old opted to spend the second day at Busch Gardens instead of going here again. We did have a fun pass, which gave us access to both parks. Also, they share a dog kennel with Busch Gardens. The kennel was a good place to leave our dog for both parks.
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Dunaujvaros, Hungary
"Jó csúzdák, szörnyű étkezés"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 10, 2018 NEW
Október közepén hétvégén jártunk ott. A csúzdák tetszettek a gyerekeknek es nem kellett sokat várni. Viszont hérközben nincs nyitva es takarítva sem. Koszos vokt a nyugágy, a medence körül sem volt felsöpörve sem. Az étterem 2-kor már bezárt, a büfé koszos, rossz kiszolgálás, a kirakott szószok csomagolása is ragadt a kosztól. A vega hamburger fasirtja nem volt megsütve, nyers és hideg volt. A asztalok között a kacsák széklete mindenhol. Az ételtől beteg lettem kb 7-10 napig. We were there on the weekend in the middle of October. The slides were nice to the kids and they did not have to wait a long way. However, in the meantime it is not open or cleaned. The lounger was dirty, and there was no swirling around the pool either. The restaurant was closed at 2 o'clock, the buffet was dirty, bad service, packed sauces packed in the dirt. The vega hamburger was not fried, raw and cold. Between the tables, the stool of ducks everywhere. I became sick for about 7 to 10 days.
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Swindon, United Kingdom
"Great day out"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 03, 2018 NEW
Attended on the penultimate day of the season. The park was very quiet and as a result we were able to purchase a cabana for the day at a reduced rate. The cabana had a table and chairs, two sun loungers, a locker and a fridge stocked with 8 bottles of water. The rides we fantastic especially the ones for 4 people which the kids loved. The cabana was a big plus and really useful when you just wanted to relax and keep your stuff in one place but there was plenty of seating around the whole park. Other than being a slightly cold day, it was very enjoyable and the kids loved it. Would recommend.
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Vero Beach, Florida
"Not a fan"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 01, 2018 NEW
You are much better going to Disney or Universal. There parks are better kept and more fun!! I love Busch since it normally has no crowds... but the place could use cleaning up.
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Cordelia M
"Great family day out"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 29, 2018 NEW
We booked this as our children are now 11 & 9 so great age to enjoy all the slides. Also there was a special offer of $25 a ticket! Bargain. We went on the last Saturday that it was opened and hoped that the queues wouldn't be too long! It was fine, no queues for anything but it would have been a little cold waiting anyway. Few words of advice as the website isn't very clear on certain things. There is a picnic area outside by the car park so if u want to bring your own lunch then you can use this. We didn't know this so didn't bring any food with us. I would have brought our own lunch if I had known this in advance as meals are circa $15 a head. Only one place served coffee!! There are plenty of life jackets available to use in the attraction that are free. So you don't need to bring your own. Once you get in, get a locker -costs $15 for a small one currently, that you can have for the whole day. It has a touch key code so anyone from your party can go to it. Go and stake your patch. There were plenty of sunbeds but I presume when it is busier, these will go quite fast. You can leave your non valuables there. We spent most of the morning doing all the rides, my kids were happy to only do vanish point the once, they enjoyed it but they did find it scarey. Then the afternoon they spent in the pool, jumping off the high ledge and going along the leap pads. The pool was really warm so they were really happy. Enjoy and have a great day, reading the reviews pick your times in regards to business, we got a good day.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Adventure Island Tampa

How much is parking?
Cars and campers are $20.

Are the pools at Adventure Island® heated?
All water attractions at Adventure Island are temperature controlled with the exception of Wahoo Run and Everglides. The water temperatures vary by attraction, but typically range between 75-82 degrees Fahrenheit.

What age can my child enter the park without an adult?
Children 13 years and under must be accompanied by an adult while visiting Adventure Island.

How do I rent a Cabana or Chickeet Hut at Adventure Island?
They are available for a daily rental fee. You can reserve by calling the park directly.

Is there a gift shop?
Yes, the Island Surf Shop features a wide selection of brand-name sportswear, beachwear and other must-have summer items.

Are lockers available?
Yes, they offer lockers and changing areas that make it easy to suit up.

Can I bring a cooler?
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of all Adventure Island guests, no coolers, regardless of size, will be allowed inside the water park. Outside picnic pavilions are available outside the front gate for cooler use.

What attire is not allowed at the park?
Guests may wear swimsuits or shorts, and t-shirts on rides. Thong bathing suits are not allowed. T-shirts may not be worn on body flumes. No cut-off and / or frayed Shorts are allowed. Clothing with metal trim is also prohibited. Aqua Socks are permitted on rides and in pool areas.

What is prohibited to bring to Adventure Island?
For the comfort and safety of our guests, prohibited items include but are not limited to the following: Weapons, Knives, Alcohol. Glass containers (exceptions are made for baby food & medicine), Coolers are not allowed, Carts & wagons, Tents & canopies, Barbecue grills, Flotation devices, Scuba masks, Portable stereos, Pets or Squirt guns. Outside food and drinks are not allowed inside. No drinks (other than water) may be taken into the park.

Can I bring a camera on the rides?
Due to the nature and dynamics of all rides and the potential for injury, unsecured cameras or video cameras of any size are not permitted on the rides. To store such equipment, leave with a non-rider or use the lockers that are available.

What happens if it rains?
Adventure Island remains open during inclement weather, although some of the parks rides and attractions may be temporarily affected.  Refunds and rain checks will not be issued due to inclement weather.

Does Adventure Island close for capacity?
In order to ensure our guests' comfort and safety, Adventure Island’s capacity is limited. Admission into the park may be temporarily suspended during the day due to periods of high attendance.

What accommodations are available for guests with special needs?
Adventure Island is committed to providing a fun and safe environment for everyone. For accommodations, please visit Guest Relations at the front of the park.