Adventure Island water park
10001 McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
Joined at the hip to uber-popular Busch Gardens on the northern fringes of Tampa, the Adventure Island water park is a fine place to come to cool off in those sultry summer days. With an overarching tropical theme, the park comes complete with lagoons built to look like the bayous of the Deep South, slides inspired by the backcountry of the Florida Everglades, manmade beaches following the fashion of the sands of the Mexican Gulf, and Caribbean-flavored attractions like the twists and turns of the Calypso Coaster flume. There’s also an on-site eatery – the Surfside Café – along with a mock-up beach shack serving iced cocktails and chilled beers.