2 new rides coming to Adventure Island this month; Park now open

Patch News

TAMPA, FL – As this weekend sets new records with temperatures past the 90s, residents and visitors head to adventure island to beat the heat as the water park officially reopened on Saturday, just in time for the spring break crowds.

But water park fans will have to wait until later this month to try out the Rapids Racer and Wahoo Remix rides as the construction team puts the finishing touches on the long-awaited thrill rides.

Rapids Racer is Adventure Island’s all new waterslide with the world’s first dueling saucers. Riders grab a two-person raft before racing down nearly 600 feet of slide, with low walls to encounter opponents throughout this side-by-side experience. The thrill of the hunt is amplified as guests whirl through a journey full of tunnels and high-speed turns.

“It’s going to be great fun, lots of twists, lots of turns, lots of duels, speed, excitement, splashing water all the way to the end of the course,” said Andrew Schaffer, project manager of design and engineering.

The Wahoo Remix waterslide, formerly Wahoo Run, will be Adventure Island’s first waterslide to feature synchronized light and sound elements, providing a high-energy family raft ride experience. Enclosed tunnels that were once dark will now glow as runners complete the 600ft course.

These new rides follow the 2020 opening of the Solar Vortex, America’s first dual-spin raft slide with high-incline spins and rapid descents at speeds of up to 20 mph.

Other new features include Virtual Reality Snorkeling where guests can choose from three excursions: Ocean Experience, Space Experience or Dragon Experience.

Old favorites include Calypso Coaster, an open-water ride that seats two passengers; Colossal Curl, an epic waterslide with corkscrews and waterfalls; Aruba Tuba single or double water slide; Vanishing Point ; Caribbean Corkscrew; and Riptide, where guests can race friends on four lanes.

The water park also offers the quieter half-mile Rambling Bayou tubing trip through rain, fog, and tropical waterfalls; the 9,000-square-foot Paradise Lagoon with a net climb and cliff jumps; and the 17,000 square foot wave pool.

For the little ones, there’s Fabian’s Fun Port with bubbly springs, jumping jets and a jungle gym; and Splash Attack, a huge treehouse with over 50 water toys.

The new Hang Ten Tiki Bar is the park’s first full-service bar with craft cocktails like the Beach Bum Mojito, Hang Ten daiquiri, Island Lava Flow, and Caribbean Corkscrew; favorite local beers; more than 20 international and Florida-distilled rums; and light bites like the Tiki Man soft pretzel, empanadas and smoked Gulf fish dip with pineapple relish.

The Hang Ten Tiki Bar joins Adventure Island Surfside Cafe’s existing restaurants with burgers, chicken strips and fresh salads; Mango Joe’s with smoked chicken, ribs, barbecue pork sandwiches and frozen cocktails; the Island Food Truck with foot-long hot dogs; Colossal snacks with personal pizzas; and Captain Pete’s with frozen drinks, churros, pretzels, and cold beer.