Water Parks in Florida
& Best Florida Water Parks



Water Parks in Florida: you'll find pictures and reviews of the best florida water parks from Pensacola, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Daytona, Cape Coral down to Naples, FL.



Florida Water Parks Guide

Pensacola
Sam's Fun City

Panama City Beach
Shipwreck Island

Jacksonville
Shipwreck Island  at Adventure Landing

Daytona
Daytona Lagoon

Destin
Big Kahuna's

Tampa Bay
Adventure Island Tampa
Buccaneer Bay

West Palm Beach
Rapids Water Park

Orlando
Aquatica
Blizzard Beach
Fantasy Surf
Typhoon Lagoon
Wet N Wild

Cape Coral
Sun Splash

Pensacola

Sam's Fun City

Panama City Beach

Shipwreck Island

Daytona

Daytona Lagoon Water Park

Destin

Big Kahuna's

West Palm Beach

Rapids Water Park

Orlando

Rapids Water Park

Cape Coral

Sun Splash Water Park

Tampa Bay

Adventure Island

Jacksonville

Adventure Island

Adventure Island is located in the city of Tampa across the street from Busch Gardens Florida theme park.

Adventure Island Tampa: Slides

Paradise Lagoon - pictured below is the perfect place to relax and soak up the Florida sun.

Adventure island Tampa, Florida water park

Riptide - racing slide with a maximum drop of 55ft. Grab a mat and race your friends to the bottom.
Minimum height to ride - 42 ins.

Aruba Tuba - a two person tube ride.
No minimum height to ride, but riders under 42 ins must wear a life vest.

Calypso Coaster - a gentle one or two person tube ride in open air flumes.
No minimum height to ride, but riders under 42 ins must wear a life vest.

Caribbean Corksrew - a fast twisting water slide inside a  230ft long tube.
Minimum height to ride - 48 ins.

Everglides
Minimum height to ride - 42 ins.

Gulf Scream - get ready to scream! This is a 210ft long body slide where you can reach speeds of 25mph.
Minimum height to ride - 48 ins.

KeyWest Rapids - 2 person raft ride through twists turns and water fountains.
No minimum height to ride, but riders under 42 ins must wear a life vest.

Runaway Rapids - a body slide where you choose from 5 different slides.
Slides 1 & 2: Parent may ride with a small child in front. Slides 3, 4, & 5: single riders only and no life vests allowed. 

Wahoo Run - a gentle multi-person raft ride through waterfalls, twist and turns in a half flume.
No minimum height to ride, but riders under 42 ins must wear a life vest.

Water Mocasin - a fast twisting single person flume ride.
Minimum height to ride - 48 ins.

Splash Attack - an area just for kids with climbing nets, bridges, water jets and small slides.

Adventure island Tampa, Florida water park

Fabian's Fun Port - just for young children (pictured above).

Before you go to water park check out the great choice of Water Park Accessories.

Adventure Island Tampa: Opening Times

Adventure Island opens for the summer months only. In 2011, this water park will open from mid March through October. It is closed every winter - November through March. (For water parks in Florida that are open during the winter, see our Orlando water parks page.

In general, the water park opens from 9am or 10am until 5pm or later. It's advisable to check the operating hours for a particular day, using this link below.

Check Adventure Island park hours for 2011

Adventure Island Tampa: Tickets

Tickets are not currently available on the Adventure Island website. Updated ticket prices will be available closer to March 2011. Because this florida water park only opens seasonally, usuall between March and October, ticket prices vary from year to year.

The only tickets currently available for purchase online are the annual passes. These passes are great if you plan on visiting multiple Anheuser-Busch theme parks throughout the year. Anheuser Busch owned theme parks include Adventure Island Tampa, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, SeaWorld Florida and Aquatica Water Park. More info about 2011 annual passes.

Adventure Island Tampa: Address, Map & Directions

Adventure Island Tampa Address

10001 McKinley Drive
Tampa, FL 33612
Tel: 1-888-800-5447 or 813-987-5660


Directions to Adventure Island Tampa


From the south

  • Travel north on I-75 until you pass the turn-off for I-4.
  • Exit at Fowler Ave, which is #265.
  • Stay left on the exit ramp - this will bring you to Fowler Ave.
  • Continue on Fowler then turn left on McKinley Drive. This will be the first light after the University of South Florida main entrance.
  • Continue south on McKinley until you see the signs for Adventure Island parking lot.


From the north

  • Travel south on I-75 until you reach I-275 South. 
  • Exit on Fowler Ave, exit #51
  • Continue 2 miles and turn right on to McKinley Drive.
  • Continue south on McKinley until you see the signs for Adventure Island parking lot.


From Orlando

  • Travel westbound on I-4 until you reach I-75.
  • Take I-75 north until you reach exit #265 for Fowler Ave and the University of South Florida.
  • Turn left on McKinley Drive. This will be the first light after the University of South Florida main entrance.
  • Continue south on McKinley until you see the signs for Adventure Island parking lot.

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Adventure Island Tampa - FAQs

Can I bring a cooler to the water park?

Yes, you may bring a small cooler no larger than 15 inches wide and 15 inches high. Large coolers can be brought to the park and used in the picnic pavillion just outside the main entrance to the water park.

There are no glass containers or alcoholic drinks allowed inside the water park.


Should we bring our own towels?

Yes, if you can it's a good idea to bring enough towels for your party. You can store them in the lockers within the water park. 


What should I wear?

Any bathing suits, shorts and t-shirts are allowed. Although you cannot wear T-shirts on the body flume rides. It's advisable not to wear any cut-off jeans or clothing with any belts, buckles or zips which might get caught on the flumes and slides. Aqua socks are permitted. It's a good idea to wear aqua socks or shoes around the water park because the ground can get very hot.


How much is parking?

Cars and campers $12. Tour buses and motorcycles are free. Annual passport holders also get free parking.


Can we rent a cabana or chiki hut and how much do they cost?

There are cabanas and chiki huts available for rent inside the water park. Prices for chiki huts are between $50 and $70 depending on the date you visit. You can reserve cabanas and chiki huts online once Adventure Island is open for business.

Private cabanas include:-

  • All day large locker
  • Mini refridgerator
  • 4x bottled water and 4x bottled soda
  • 4x souvenir towels
  • 2 sun loungers and 2 chairs

Prices from $150 per day depending on the exact date you want to visit. Annual passport holders can get discounts on the cabana rental cost.

Chiki hut Rental includes:-

  • 4x sun loungers
  • Large all day locker

Click here for more information about cabana and chiki hut rentals

When is the best time to visit?

The peak of the summer months (June, July and August) are more likely to be busy. Any US holiday will also be busy. View this theme park calendar to see when all the US holidays are and which days are best for visiting Tampa and Orlando theme parks (see Busch Gardens).

Avoid the Lines/Queues

Can we visit Adventure Island and Busch Gardens in one day?

To make the most of your money, we would say it's going to be a rush to visit both parks in one day. There is so much to do and see at Busch Gardens, that could take a day alone. We recommend setting aside one day for each park.

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