Summer is around the corner, and it’s about time to start planning summer vacations. If you are planning a trip to the Tampa Bay Area or already live in Florida, these three water parks are great ways to enjoy your summer and make unforgettable memories.
10001 N Malcolm McKinley Dr
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Adventure Island is the main water park in Tampa, and there is plenty of parking for everyone. Adventure Island is a major amusement park, and as such, getting in the door will cost roughly $45 per adult and $40 per child. Prices will vary depending on where the ticket is purchased and applicable discounts.
Once inside, you can float along the lazy river that winds throughout the entire park and get out whenever you are near the next ride that you would like to try. They have an assortment of water rides and swimming areas, so you can spend most of your day in and around the water.
10165 N Malcolm McKinley Dr
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
While Busch Gardens is not exclusively a water park, it is worth mentioning because of all of the water rides and features. As an added bonus, when Busch Gardens stays open late, they will keep their water rides open so that visitors can have the unique experience of riding the thrilling water rides at night. In addition to having several water rides, Busch Gardens also has a kid’s zone with water features and splash zones throughout the park to help keep guests cool during the hot Florida summer. Admission costs about $82, but the price is reasonable when you consider that it’s a theme park, water park, and zoo combined.
Note: If you are visiting Florida, you can get discounts if you purchase tickets to both Busch Gardens and Adventure Islands or if you a resident and plan to visit often, you can purchase year passes to both parks individually or together.
Tradewind’s Splash Island Water Park
5500 Gulf Boulevard
TradeWinds Island Grand
Saint Pete Beach, FL
Hours may vary depending on tide
If you are staying as a guest at the Tradewind’s, then this water park is conveniently located and is a discounted $16 per hour session. Otherwise, the cost is $25 per hour session. The cost may seem steep for only an hour but the floating trampolines, slides, and other fun inflatables out over the open water make it worth the cost.