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Conveniently located in North Tampa, Holiday Inn & Suites Tampa North - Busch Gardens Area is the prime location for your next trip to Tampa.  We are one mile from Busch Gardens, University of South Florida, Adventure Island, USF Sun Dome, MOSI, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Hospital and VA Hospital.

Experience unforgettable connections at the Lowry Park Zoo (5 miles away) and for cat lovers visit Big Cat Rescue (11 miles away) an animal sanctuary that is home to over 100 cats big and small.

Enjoy 165 parks and beaches right in Tampa or take a drive and experience Clearwater Beach (30 miles away).  University of South Florida (1 mile away) and Universitiy of Tampa (9 miles away) are part of a vibrant college community. Tampa Bay is home to the NFL Buccaneers (Raymond James Stadium - 10 miles away) MLB Rays (Tropicana Field - 30 miles away in St. Pete) and NHL Lightening (Amalie Arena 10 miles away). Tampa Bay is also home to shopping - Downtown Malls (9 miles away) and the new Tampa Premier Outlets (14 miles away).  Popular nightlife districts include Channelside, Ybor City, SoHo, International Plaza and Bay Street. So much for you to see and do!

Adventure Island Opens today, March 9, 2018

Guests are in for the slide of their lives when Adventure Island® Tampa Bay's new epic drop slide, Vanish Point®, opens today, March 9, 2018.
Inspired by the point on a wave where water and gravity form a perfect partnership, the crest of this 70-foot tower challenges you with two 425 ft. wave paths. Step into one of two skyboxes, and face your fears as the floor disappearsbeneath you. Or, get horizontal on a 455-foot long slide ending with a high speed finale. 
“These unique ride paths give guests options on how they want their thrills delivered,” said Stewart Clark, president of Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay and Adventure Island.  “Whether you choose to have the floor drop from beneath your feet, or race to the bottom on a looped slide, the only way down once you get to the top is a wild ride that gets your heart pumping.”
Located right across the street from Busch Gardens, Adventure Island is the ultimate combination of high-speed thrills and tropical, tranquil surroundings for guests of all ages. Within a soothing Key West atmosphere, guests enjoy slides, corkscrews, water falls, a wave pool, children's water playground and other family attractions.
Vanish Point will be located at the center of the park next to another family-favorite thrill slide, Colossal Curl™.

TAMPA — From now on, call it ZooTampa at Lowry Park, and maybe bring a towel.

Officials at the former Lowry Park Zoo announced upgrades and a planned new water attraction Thursday, along with a new logo and name for the nearly 60-year-old zoo.

This spring, ZooTampa will open Roaring Springs, a boat ride that will allow passengers to catch glimpses of the surrounding park.

"Explorers will board a boat and gently drift along a crystal-clear spring surrounded by native landscape and wildlife," zoo spokeswoman Andrea Alava said in a news release. "The journey takes a sudden turn when the elevation drops. Guests will feel a rush of adrenaline as they experience a three-story splashdown."

The journey for guests will continue along a trail showing hidden Florida, with glimpses of black bears, alligators, panthers, Key deer and other native species, Alava said.

Don't look for ZooTampa to turn into an amusement park, though. Much of the development coming in the upcoming months and years will be for the betterment of the animals, Alava said, with the zoo increasing its capacity to take in Florida wildlife.

There are also plans to improve life-support systems at the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center, which accepted 35 injured manatees in 2016. The zoo dedicates about $1 million a year to manatee rehabilitation.

The changes — the biggest expansion at the zoo in 10 years — are part of an ongoing effort by zoo officials to remain an integral part of the Tampa Bay community while also promoting wildlife preservation, zoo CEO Joe Couceiro said.


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