P-and-P ranking: 4.5 / 5.0
We just got back from our annual trip down to Siesta Key, FL and as always we had the best time -*see Siesta Key, Fl vacation . This is out 4th straight year heading down to the west coast of Florida and we can’t get enough. One of the highlights of the week is the two days we spend at Busch Gardens and Adventure Island. I won’t review Busch gardens here but you can check out my Busch Gardens review for more info on that park. Adventure Island is owned by Sea World parks. They own Sea World , both Busch Gardens parks, and Adventure Island and a few other attractions. We purchase a two park pass that is good for 2 days at any of the parks. With a AAA discount it cost ~ $90 per person for the two days or $360 for a family of four for two days. I think that is a pretty good deal. We get two full days of activity for 4 people for that money. Not too shabby.
Adventure Island is a nice park. They have a lot of rides for all ages. The one area that is missing is the thrill slide. They don’t have a crazy vertical drop slide or anything extreme but they do have a ton of stuff for everyone of all ages. I like this place because we can do every ride here as a family. My 11 year old and my 13 year old were able to do every slide and ride in the park. That is a huge win as far as I am concerned. There are two raft rides where a family of four can all ride together, “Wahoo Run” & “Colossal Curl”. Both rides are favorites of my children and Colossal Curl is the closest you will get to a thrill slide. There is also a giant wave pool, a long lazy river, and a bunch of other slides for one or two people.
Add a couple of man made mini-cliffs for the kids to jump off and a beach with lounge chairs and this place is a winner. By the time we get in the car at the end of the day, my kids are so exhausted, they are passed out for the hour long ride back to Siesta Key.
The facilities are also very nice. The locker rooms were clean, with large rows of benches to change in and out of a bathing suit. There are also showers to rinse off afterward. The park offers lockers for $15 / day. It is totally worth it as you can get in and out with a code that you pick without having to find a place to put a key. The food services here are adequate and I would say not terrible like in many amusement parks. We brought our own sandwiches for the wife and I and let the kids buy lunch here. The kids were happy and I was happy that I spent less than $20 on park food. Unlike Busch Gardens, no one hassled us bringing in the food, although we didn’t flaunt it. It may have been a rule not to bring it in but no one said anything so score one for us!. I like to try and save wherever possible, even on vacation. I felt like the quality of the food was better here than at Busch Gardens. I would think it would be the same but it just seemed better here.
Overall we had a fabulous day here again. My kids never tire of this place and it is a good family day for us every year. The wife and I both love this place because we can participate in all the slides with the kids. It is reasonably priced if you take advantage of the two day pass and couple it with Busch Gardens. I would definitely recommend going that route. One more thing I should mention is that you will be forced to climb hundreds of stairs throughout the day so be prepared. All the slides are at the top of structures and require stair climbing. Just something to consider. I am giving this a P-and-P ranking of 4.5 / 5.0 stars for awesome , affordable family fun. You won’t regret it.