Busch Gardens, Tampa

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    Busch Gardens Tampa

    by tampa_shawn Updated Jun 28, 2008

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    Tampa has a premier amusement park, called Busch Gardens.

    Bucsh Gardens is an extra special treat to those who love animals and roller coasters. The park is essentially built around a zoo so there are tons of animal to see, in fact you can spend a day looking at the animals and gardens and not go on any rides.

    There are a few ?Tricks? to Bucsh Garden?s that will make a big difference in your trip

    Discounts on Admission
    1) Discounts to the park are available. Discount are always available from the Bucsh Garden website when you buy your ticket in advance.
    2) AAA Auto also has discounted tickets and fast food places like Wendy?s and McDonalds in the area often offer discounts off of the admission price. Discounts are also regularly found on locally sold Coke cans.
    3) Buy today and ride free all year ? if you?re a Florida resident Bucsh Gardens has a special promotion at least once a year where if you buy a ticket into the park you can get into the park for free for the rest of the year. Note this promotion does not include parking which can be quite expensive.
    4) If you live in the local area yearly passes are often the equivalent to 1 to 2 visits to the park AND include free parking. These passes also offer discounts on food and concessions within the park as well as discounted admission to other parks. I get these passes every few years and they are well worth it

    Current day pass pricing - $61.95 for adults and $51.95 for children ages 3-9
    Check website for latest on Senior Pricing

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    Make the Most of Your Visit to Busch Garden

    by tampa_shawn Updated Jun 28, 2008

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    Tiger Cub at Bucsh Gardens

    Tips on making the most of the park
    1) Be sure to get a map and show schedule when you enter the park or print the map and show schedule from the website listed below.
    2) The park is large so plan your day to avoid continually walking back and forth across the park. I would recommend starting at the back of the park and working forward
    3) The park gets VERY crowded during its peak hours 11 am to 2 PM. This is the best time to take in the numerous shows and take a long lunch
    4) There are some wonderful places to have that long lunch. My favorite on hot days is the restaurant that overlooks the African Plain and Animals. Its cool, has a great view & the food is excellent. Another favorite is the German Dining hall that offers hot dog, beer and a show

    THE WAY to visit the park
    1) Arrive early & chill out during the hot/crowed times
    2) The real trick to this and any amusement park is to be at the gate before the park opens. Factor in parking, take the shuttle and buy tickets (20 minutes minimum). Arriving early will allow you to go on 3 to 5 of the rides in the first hour, during peak times this same feat may take you 4 hours!
    3) The parks hours change based on the day and season so check the website for that day/seasons opening times and get there 30 MINUTES BEFORE the opening time. It will take you at least 20 minutes to park, ride the tram from the parking garage to the park and get your tickets.
    4) The park often opens a few minutes before the posted time so be there
    5) Do the roller coasters and more popular rides in during the off peak times (do them first if you get to the park early)
    6) When it gets hot and busy take a long lunch within the park and see a show or two. Both the heat and crowds die down by 3 PM and then you will be re-energized to enjoy the park
    7) During the shoulder seasons (and week days) the park is less crowed and lines are minimal. This is when Bucsh Garden has the most price specials too.

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    Drinking beer at Busch Gardens

    by tampa_shawn Updated Jun 3, 2010

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    BUSCH WAS SOLD TO A NON AMERICAN COMPANY AND FREE BEER IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE AT BUSCH GARDENS.

    THE BEER GARDEN IS STILL THERE AND NOW OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF DRAFT BEERS (MANY HIGH END) AT A FRACTION OF THE PRICE THAT CAN BE FOUND FOR THOSE METAL "BOTTLES" SOLD INSIDE THE PARK. IN GENERAL THE PRICE OF DRAFT BEERS IS A LOT CHEAPER (AND YOU GET A HIGHER QUALITY BEER TOO)

    -----FREE BEER NO LONGER

    Busch Gardens was created as part of Anheuser Busch's (as in Beer) Brewery Tours and has expanded to the point where the Brewery is no longer on site.

    HOWEVER, they do have a Beer Garden that offers FREE beer as a way to showcase their products.

    The Beer Garden is not located near the rides and is a bit out of the way so plan your day accordingly so you don't have to walk all the way across the park to get there and back OR stop by for a bit on your way out of the park (the beer garden is located near a park exit)

    The beer garden is a good place to chill out for a bit on hot days. Free beer tasting clinics are also available (times will be posted) . See the map for the Beer Garden.

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    Busch Gardens

    by tafurojo Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    Gwazi - Wood Rollercoaster

    If you are in love with the beautiful "Dark Continent" of Africa like I am then you will definitely not want to miss Busch Gardens... its an excellent zoo/ride park. Of course living in Florida I tend to try to go during the winter season when its cooler but the lines are usually longer because everyone else has the same idea. There is plenty to do here... I enjoy taking the skyride over the exhibits in the Serengetti Plains and the many shows they have to offer as well as the Nairobi Reserve with lots of primates straight out of Central Africa! Be sure to grab your 2 free Budweisers at the hospitality house at some point. Aside from the zoo portion of Busch Gardens the other main attractions are the many roller coasters spread throughout the park... from a classic wooden dueler called "Gwazi" to a suspended loop coaster called "Montu"... explore every corner of Africa from the plains of Tanzania to the bizzares of Morocco and back into the thick jungles of the Congo!

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    busch gardens

    by doug48 Written Oct 21, 2007

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    busch gardens

    busch gardens is the most visited attraction in tampa. you need a full day to experience all of the attractions of the park. busch gardens offer high tech thrill rides, water flumes, animal exhibits, and motion picture shows. the park has an african safari theme. of course you can sample some of busch's products at the brewmaster's club. a fun family oriented theme park.

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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 Tampa

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Sep 1, 2012

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    Busch Gardens in Tampa has some 2,700 animals from across Africa including lions, tigers, elephants, camels, zebras, and more. This is also a very large amusement park, but easily overshadowed by nearby Disney World. Busch Gardens was owned by Anheuser-Busch until 2009 when it was purchased by the Blackstone Group and it became part of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

    The park is divided into various cites, nations, and geographical areas of Africa including the Sarengeti Plain, Egypt, Morocco, Stanleyville, Timbuktu, Congo, Nairobi, and the Bird Gardens.

    We were in the park for about five hours and had time to ride all five of the roller coasters, see the stupid 4D Pirates movie, take the relatively boring Rhino Rally safari ride, and grab a bite to eat at the Desert Grill restaurant. Luckily the lines were short on a rainy afternoon just a few days before Christmas, or all that might not have even been possible. The roller coasters are called SheiKra (which has a 200 foot 90 degree drop), Gwazi (a bone-rattling wooden coaster which, at 7,000 feet, is the longest roller coaster in the southeast), Scorpion (amazingly compact with lots of loops), Montu (an inverted roller coaster), and Kumba (a large & fast roller coaster).

    Anheuser-Busch also owns the three Sea World parks in San Diego, San Antonia, and Orlando, as well as Sesame Place near Philadelphia.

    Tickets for Busch Gardens cost about $62 for adults and $52 for children. Discounts are available for groups, for some online purchases, and for military members. We all agreed that if we had not entered using the military discount (free!) that a day there would have been a waste of money.

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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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    Awesome park

    by laurenzi1 Updated May 28, 2009

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    Baby Gorilla hamming it up!
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    Busch Gardens is an awesome value for the price. It offers tremendous Zoo exhibits, Broadway quality shows, killer rollercoaster’s, plenty of things for the kids to do. If you get there at 9am, you will have to chance to experience the whole park by 6pm. The plants & flowers are always immaculate and the park grounds are spotless. Plus, they let you bring in your own bottle water and snacks, so that helps cut down on the costs. On a sour note: they do not offer free samples of beer at the Hospitality House anymore; now the building is called the Garden Spot Café.

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    Bush Gardens - the Animals

    by tampa_shawn Written Apr 16, 2007

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    Bush Gardens is more than just an amusement park it is also quite the zoo so please take time to enjoy the animals. I have had season passes about 5 of the 10 years I've lived in Tampa and still enjoy wondering around the park - even on those days when I don't feel like doing the rides.

    My favorites are the various talks the zoo keepers do (will be on the park schedule), the Hippo pool & the gorillas wildlife area.

    If you are really into animals there are several back stage tours you can do for a fee. There is even a "zoo keeper for the day" program.

    If you are really into animals it is well worth buying a season pass and also visiting Bush Gardens two sister parks in Orlando - Sea World and Discovery Cove (dolphins and snorkeling). If your interested in going to these parks buy the tickets at the same time for a discount.

    Link to educational resources on Bush Garden's Animals see below
    http://www.swbg-animals.org/animal-info/index.htm

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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 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

    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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    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 - 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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