10 Things You Absolutely HAVE to Do at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

10 Things You Absolutely HAVE to Do at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

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Universal’s Islands of Adventure really is the “choose your own adventure” of theme parks. With so many options, what attractions would you regret skipping? We’ll tell you… 

1. Soar above Hogwarts on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey


Make your way through iconic locations inside Hogwarts castle before boarding this exciting attraction. Then join Harry as you come face-to-face with an array of magical creatures.

2. Get up close and personal with a prehistoric predator at Raptor Encounter

GIF Raptor Encounter at Universal's Islands of Adventure

If you’re brave enough to step up to this electrified paddock, you’ll find a wild raptor inside for a truly unique photo op.

3. Rage out at 67 mph on The Incredible Hulk Coaster


Volunteer to be a test subject for Dr. Bruce Banner’s research and your Hulk-like powers will propel you faster and faster on this thrill ride.

4. Blast into action on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

GIF The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

Swing above the streets, scale skyscrapers, and battle the Sinister Syndicate with Spidey.

5. Indulge in a delicious Butterbeer at Hog’s Head

GIF Butterbeer at Hog's Head Pub

It’s easy to love this classic treat, enjoyed by Harry and his friends in the films. The Hog’s Head pub provides the perfect cozy spot for sipping and relaxing.

6. Take an 85-foot plunge on Jurassic Park River Adventure

GIF Jurassic Park River Adventure

There’s only one way out of trouble when a hungry T. rex stares you down.

7. Learn who rules the jungle on Skull Island: Reign of Kong


This mysterious island contains many treacherous creatures – who is friend and who is foe?

8. Meet Dr. Seuss’s beloved storybook characters at Seuss Landing

GIF Cat in the Hat at Seuss Landing

The Grinch, Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat in the Hat, and others can be found here surrounded by whimsical scenery.

9. Get soaked on Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls

GIF Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls

Slosh your way through twists and turns – and a 65-foot drop.

10. Experience the otherworldly cuisine of Mythos


The Lost Continent’s award-winning, full-service restaurant offers modern cuisine with Mediterranean, Asian, and American-inspired dishes.

What are your favorite Islands of Adventure experiences? Tell us in the comments below!

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  1. Shawn Spencer

    I love sitting on the bench at the front of the park and thinking about my life choices.

  2. Mary Elizabeth Ward

    I did them all! Islands of Adventure is awesome! One of the best places on earth!

  3. Jason

    I actually used to work in the park when it opened. What an incredible experience that I will never forget. Love all of the islands!

  4. Brian Hearns

    What’s the best deals on discount tickets for Universal?