You can get a free pass to the Adventure Island water park if you buy a 2016 Busch Gardens Fun Card, the Tampa theme park announced Wednesday — a savings of nearly $50.
The $99 Fun Card gives you unlimited admission through Dec. 31. The special, which is available at buschgardens.com, ends Feb. 29.
Unlike a similar deal offered in the summer of 2015, when the added water park pass was for weekdays only, this one gives you unlimited admission to the water park, which is open from March 12 to October.
The Fun Card also includes admission to Busch Gardens' special events such as the Real Music Series, the Food & Wine Festival, Summer Nights and Christmas Town, but not the separate-ticket Halloween event Howl-O-Scream.
Adventure Island, the water park across the street from Busch Gardens, is spread across 30 acres, with a lazy river, kiddie play areas and lots of slides. Last summer the water park opened a new ride called Colossal Curl, a 622-foot-long thrill slide with a "weightless wave wall" that lifts riders airborne in the finale.
Adventure Island admission in 2015 was $49, $45 ages 3–9, 2 and younger free. The park is closed for the season now, and the 2016 admission prices have not been announced.
Purchase tickets at buschgardens.com or by calling toll-free, 1-888-800-5447. The park is at 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa.
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