TAMPA — A new drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will open Monday in the Adventure Island parking lot.
The site is located at 10001 N. McKinley Drive and will be free to the public, according to Hillsborough County officials. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week and no appointment will be necessary. The water park is closed for the winter and reopens on March 5.
Access the parking lot on Avenue E Bougainvillea to access the site. Those driving north on McKinley Drive will take the first right. Those heading south on McKinley Drive will turn left onto E Bougainvillea Avenue, then take the first right. Signage will direct drivers to the test site. Click here to see a street map.
The site will offer both COVID-19 tests: rapid antigen tests, which can produce results in minutes or hours; and PCR or polymerase chain reaction tests, which are more accurate but take around 48 hours or more to arrive.
For more information, visit HCFLGov.net/COVID19 or Vaccines.gov. Call 813-272-5900 if you do not have internet access.
Here are the other free public testing sites in Hillsborough County and Tampa:
- Free drive-through testing at Al Barnes Park, 2902 N 32nd St., Tampa. It is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Police will close the drive-thru line at 6 p.m. Check the City of Tampa’s social media to make sure the site didn’t close early before heading there. Click here for more information about the City of Tampa and to pre-register.
- Al Lopez Park, 4602 N Himes Ave., Tampa. The City of Tampa site is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Check the City of Tampa’s social media to make sure the site didn’t close early before heading there. Click here for more information about the City of Tampa and to pre-register.
- Free on-campus drive-through testing at Hillsborough Community College Brandon, 10451 Nancy Watkins Drive, Tampa. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. The site is only accessible via E Columbus Drive. Do not use Nancy Watkins Drive.
- Progress Village Park, 8701 Progress Blvd., Tampa. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
- West Tampa Community Resource Center, 2103 N Rome Ave., Tampa. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Vaccines and boosters are also available. The pediatric vaccine is available for children ages 5 to 11, but a parent or legal guardian must verbally confirm the child’s age.
Click here for more information on testing at Hillsborough.
Click here for more information on testing in the city of Tampa.
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How to get tested
Tampa Bay: The Times can help you find free, public COVID-19 testing sites in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.
Florida: The Department of Health has a website that lists testing sites in the state. Some information may be out of date.
United States: The Department of Health and Human Services has a website that can help you find a testing site.
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How to get vaccinated
The COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and older and boosters for eligible recipients are being administered at doctor’s offices, clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores and public vaccination sites. Many allow you to book appointments online. Here’s how to find a site near you:
Find a site: Visit vaccines.gov to find vaccination sites in your ZIP code.
More help: Call the National COVID-19 Immunization Hotline.
Call: 800-232-0233. Help is available in English, Spanish, and other languages.
Disability Access and Information Line: Call 888-677-1199 or email [email protected]
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