Busch Gardens, Tampa

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    One of the many shows.
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  • A Theme Park Outside of Orlando!

    by peach93 Updated Jan 8, 2005

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    Madelaine at Busch Gardens with Cotton Candy!

    Located in Tampa proper, Busch Gardens is a great theme park on the caliber of those in Orlando. It features several great roller coasters, a huge wildlife area where you can watch giraffes, camels, elephants, and several other animals in a natural, free roaming setting either from a train or from above on their ski-lift ride. They also have a water park area full of water themed rides and a cool 3-D movie theatre called the Haunted Lighthouse. Food and beverages are available througout the park. Note that if you go on any rides involving water you will get really wet, so don't go on them if this in not what you want!

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    Busch gardens

    by mafootje Updated Jan 4, 2005
    Close up encounter...

    As i told in the intro Busch Gardens has a bit of all parks in one.. Everyone can find something here too do or see.

    You can walk around in beautifull landscaped areas, interact with the animals or watch a animal show.

    If rides are your thing they also got that part covered.

    We have been here about 4 times now, it's just good to be here and if you take a combo ticket with Seaworld it's even more your moneys worth..

    In the Zoo / Safari part they even have a action ride between the animals, but even if you don't like rides and like to get upclose with the animals you can....

    Be sure to get a schedule so you know when the animals get their food. Most of the time the keepers also answer questions about them.

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    Picture taken december 10, 2004

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    Rollercoaster Heaven

    by DUNK67 Updated Sep 29, 2004

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    You can find some super Rollercoasters at Busch Gardens, especially my favourite, Gwazi a double tracked woody. Gwazi is the only wooden rollercoaster but there are plenty of steel coasters which are almost as good.

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    A safari sponsored by a brewery

    by KaiM Updated Sep 12, 2004
    Alligators at Busch Gardens

    Busch Gardens in Tampa is a great amusement park. It belongs to the Anheuser Busch Brewery.

    The park has several scary rollercoasters and different wildwater rafts. Pure fun! Beside the action-loaded carousels, the park is a huge zoo. With elephants, white tigers, crocodiles, antilopes and all kinds of animals you can see in Africa. Most of the animals don´t live in small, fenced areas, but in a large, wildlife-like plains area. You can drive through this park with a kind of a monorail.

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    Busch Gardens

    by DUNK67 Updated Aug 8, 2004

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    Budweiser Lizards?

    Not only is it a zoo but also a themepark with all kinds of thrill rides.
    Busch Gardens is owned by Anheuser-Busch of Budweiser fame which can also be sampled for free here. Maybe one of these is Louie from the Budweiser adverts.

    Please check out my travelogues for more photo's.

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    All the Animal Exhibits

    by westpalmchickee Written Jul 15, 2004

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    White Tiger

    I've been to theme parks that also have animals... such as Sea World, but I've never been to one that had both such a large number of creatures AND plenty of rides.

    If you like zoos and amusement parks this is a perfect combination.

    Like all theme parks wear comfy shoes and be prepared for inflated food prices (duh).

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    Busch Gardens

    by bugalugs Updated Mar 23, 2003

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    Aquarium

    There are over 2,500 different species of animals in the park. The park is themed on the African Continent ie: The Congo, Timbuktu, Naironi and Morocco.etc.
    There are restaurants, snack bars, and gift shops throughout the park.
    There is also live entertainment, including Ice Shows, Sing/Dance, Bird Shows and a Dolphin Theatre.

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    Busch Gardens

    by bugalugs Updated Mar 23, 2003

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    Lioness

    The park is a mixture of rollercoaster rides, park and zoo. The animals are in lovely surroundings considering they are away from the natural habitat.
    This photo is a lioness is taken through the plate glass window which separates her from 'us'!

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    Busch Gardens

    by bugalugs Updated Mar 23, 2003

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    The Sky Ride

    On entering the park I would advise that you take a ride on the sky ride (monorail) first. It doesnt go completely around the park, but it gives you an idea of your bearings and what you would like to see first.
    At the time we visited there was a lot of work being done and further attractions were due to open in May 2001.
    Admission price is about $50.
    Concessions for children between 3-9 years.

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    Busch Gardens - The Rides!

    by bugalugs Updated Mar 23, 2003

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    Montu

    No theme park would be complete without scarey rollercoaster rides and you certainly get them here in usch Gardens.
    Gwazi is a double roller coaster ride, built in wood with tracks running alongside each other which each set of cars in effect racing against each other. This ride can reach speeds of 100mph and as I dont like rollercoasters, my husband Wayne and son Joe had gone on without me. When they returned, they said it was really mild and I would like it. Consequently I was persuaded to go on and I can assure you there is nothing 'mild' about this ride. In fact I was terrified!
    This photo is of Wayne and Joe on 'Montu' all set for take off!
    There are height restrictions on some of the rides in the park.

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    Busch Gardens

    by sumit_b Written Feb 25, 2003

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    The East African Railways (fake ofcourse)

    Busch Gardens is supposed to be a zoo of sorts. But the main attraction here are the roller coasters. These, I hear, are top of the line coasters. For a smooth side, try out the Montu and if you want to break a few bones, ride the wooden Gwazi :)

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  • Busch Gardens and Adventure...

    by Moondusted Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Busch Gardens and Adventure Island.
    Busch Gardens & Adventure Island are two must-see places. Busch Gardens is a huge wild animal park with some kickin' rides. 5 rollercoasters, water rides, live shows & alot more. Adventure Island is a big water park with all kinds of stuff to do.

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    Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    by eahollin Written Aug 26, 2002

    Safari Theme Park with lots of rides and animals. Of special note is the Montu inverted roller coaster in the Egypt portion of the park, a top-notch coaster ride (best seat is front row on the left. That first turn's a killer ;). Also worth checking out is the Kumba and the Sky Ride over the Serenghetti park offers a splendid view of the various African wildlife. I never got the chance to try the Gwazi wooden roller coaster or Rhino Rally, but the park is definitely one of Tampa's high points.

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    by Gard Written Aug 25, 2002

    I have to admit that I was very disappointed when I saw a sign at the entrance that stated that the roller coaster Kumba was closed. This is one coaster that I had heard of and that I was looking forward too. But we were pretty lucky because the coaster did open later that they and I got to ride it and it was good. The other main coasters are pretty good to. Gwazi is a wooden roller coaster and they always have a different feeling compared to the steel coasters. And it was kinda rough on us, so rough that Nikki had to go to the first-aid station to get some aspirin for a headache. Montu is an inverted steel coaster that also gives a great thrill.

    But this is also a zoo and it was great combination. We started with the rides and then we moved on too the zoo part of the park. The Edge of Africa has zebras, Antelopes, Giraffes and so on on display and we also got to see lions, hyenas, elephants and monkeys up close. The Rhino Rally was a fun experience combining a drive through of the park and a thrill-ride.

    The day we went there was a pretty hot day so we had to try out the water rides as well. We got absolutely soaking wet on the Congo River Rapids and we just continued with Stanly falls and Tidal Wave. Remember to bring some dry clothes if you plan to visit the place

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    Busch Gardens is one-of-a-kind...

    by Tolik Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Busch Gardens is one-of-a-kind – a theme park that incorporates one of America’s top zoos. Tampa’s number one attraction, Busch Gardens requires at least a day to experience its 300 acres and various African lands, such as Egypt, Morocco, and Timbuctu. More than 3,000 animals from around the world wander freely; you swoop over them by skyride or pass them on a train. There are adventure rides, shops and restaurants (expensive). Some of the rides will get you soaked, so bring extra clothes. There is free beer in the beer gardens, to steel your nerves for the roller-coasting terrors.

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