Just in time for spring break, Adventure Island water park in Tampa is opening for the season March 12. And Busch Gardens is making its Fun Card deal that includes a free water park pass — a savings of nearly $50 — available for another month.
The Tampa theme park, which also owns the water park across the street, had offered the $99 2016 Fun Card deal through Feb. 29, but the park is extending that offer through March 31, park spokeswoman Karen Varga-Sinka said.
"We extended (the deal) due to the popularity of the offer," she said, "and we wanted to give our guests a chance to take advantage of the offer during our upcoming Food and Wine Festival as well as key spring break dates."
The $99 Fun Card gives you unlimited admission through Dec. 31. This weekend Busch Gardens begins its two-month Food and Wine Festival with special food and drink kiosks and free concerts on weekends.
The Fun Card is available online at buschgardens.com, and it also gives you unlimited admission to the water park, open daily starting March 12.
Adventure Island hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. that first weekend and change to 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. the week of March 14, also the week when Hillsborough, Hernando and University of South Florida students are on spring break.
The water park is spread across 30 acres, with a lazy river, kiddie play areas and lots of slides. Last summer Adventure Island 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.
Daily admission is $44 online and $51 at the gate with ages 2 and younger free. The park also offers a Weekday Pass for $51 valid March 14 through Sept. 5, when the water park switches to weekends only through Oct. 9.
Purchase tickets at buschgardens.com or by calling toll-free, 1-888-800-5447. The park is at 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa.
Get free beer for SeaWorld festival
In related news, SeaWorld, owned by the same the parent company as Busch Gardens, is offering a free beer and a discount ticket at its Orlando theme park for the remaining days of its Bands, Brew & BBQ festival, which ends this weekend.
Admission for a single-day at the theme park, purchased in advance, will be discounted to $79, and participants will receive a free 5-ounce craft beer and a sample of pretzel bites at Mama's Pretzel Kitchen in the park. The offer is also available to SeaWorld Orlando's annual passholders who register online. Deal participants must be at least 21 years old and have a photo ID.
The event, which includes craft beer and barbecue for sale, includes concerts by the Steve Miller Band on Saturday and Daughtry on Sunday.
Bands, Brew & BBQ is included in admission to SeaWorld. Go to seaworldorlando.com for tickets.
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