Once you make the turn into the Adventure Island parking lot, you know you’re in for a good time. Although most of South Florida is without any visible hills or undulating land, the parking lot here is almost as good as riding a rollercoaster! Parking on an angle may be the norm for visitors from other states, but for this Florida native, it was an experience to behold!
Of course, the real fun doesn’t start until you enter the front gates. From the moment guests enter Adventure Island, they are immersed in a Key West-themed paradise. The 30-acre water park features thrilling slides and tube rides including Riptide, Wahoo Run, Key West Rapids, Runaway Rapids, Everglides, Calypso Coaster, Aruba Tuba, Caribbean Corkscrew, Water Moccasin and Gulf Scream. Guests can also kick back on the beach or in the 17,000-square-foot wave pool, play on professional sand volleyball courts, breeze through tropical gift shops or let the current sweep them through a half-mile of lush landscapes and tropical waterfalls on the Rambling Bayou.
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 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.
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.
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, jumping water jets and appearances by Fabian, Adventure Island’s playful amphibian.
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, an 11-court championship 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 the park’s various tropical-themed eateries including the delectable Mango Joe’s Café.
Single-day admission tickets for Adventure Island are $44.99 for adults and $40.99 for children ages 3-9. Children ages 2 and younger are free, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. All prices are per person, plus tax. Park hours are subject to change, so be sure to check their website for today’s hours.
For guests looking for a respite from the relentless Florida sun, you can rent a cabana at Adventure Island and enjoy a place for your family and friends to relax all day long. Each cabana includes four chaise lounges, a locker, a mini-fridge with assorted drinks and four souvenir towels. Daily rental prices range from $99.99 to $189.99, based on the time of year.
This summer, guests can escape to the islands each weekend in summer during Island Nights at Adventure Island. Busch Gardens’ water park takes on a festive party atmosphere Thursday through Saturday nights June 14 through Aug. 11. Enjoy tropical-inspired food and entertainment. Hours are extended each event night until 9 p.m.
Though the park cannot compete with the massive scale of some of the water attractions in Orlando, it is a great place to spend the day. The water-lined pathways, and unique entry point into some of the slides makes for a great, cooling adventure that must be experienced at least once, if not many times!
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