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Busch Gardens Tampa, Tampa

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Both a theme park and a zoo, Busch Gardens Tampa offers a mixture of roller-coaster rides, live shows, dining, shopping, and interactive activities with animals. Opened in 1959 with an African theme, the park now shelters nearly 12,000 animals, spread over 130 hectares (330 acres). You can choose to be an animal keeper for a day or take guided, behind-the-scenes tours of the animal care center, where you can learn how the park's veterinary staff cares for the zoo's residents. The theme park also offers ziplines and water rides. Take advantage of considerable savings by booking your tickets online, and choose from a range of dining and park experiences. Arrange your visit to Busch Gardens Tampa and discover more family-friendly attractions in Tampa using our Tampa trip itinerary builder app .
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  • We moved to central Florida and first thing we did was purchase membership at Busch Gardens! We go often and are never disappointed.  more »
  • Buy the meal deal online - will save you a ton of money at the park. We ate a meal for lunch, and also early dinner before leaving park - tons of selections, great food, tremendous value at only $15 o...  more »
  • We spent the day riding coasters and then indulged in HallowScream at night (only select nights in Sept/Oct). A total must when you're in the area!Lines move pretty quick.  more »
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  • Great park, lots of fun rides, though I am susceptible to motion sickness so I only rode a few before I was done for the day. Great play areas for kids, along with smaller versions of some of their rides. Cool shows, we saw the Christmas on Ice show and were on the front row, was fun to be so close to the skaters. Food/drink prices aren't as unreasonable as they are at some amusement parks, but still more than you'd pay outside of the park. Overall very clean and a positive experience.
  • Busch Gardens is an amazing place to brings kids, family, and even friends. There plenty of animals around with screening times to see, even rides for when you need a rush. All age groups are welcomed, with two kids areas and big to small rides it's sure to be fun for all. A big problem I've seen is the insured love for all guest; the tram area could benefit from more coverage to protect their guest from sun and rain. Over all the park is amazing including the workers. I highly recommend this park for anyone.
  • Fun time and great rides! The park is very well kept and can make you feel like you are in different locales. Food is reasonably prices for theme park fare, but understand that you are going to pay a slight premium. The only issue on my visit is that there was an issue with the Christmas lights in the evening and they did not come on. We did bring up the issue with a customer service rep and they were able to comp us with a 1-day ticket on my next visit. I appreciated that gesture and will surely go back.
  • Pretty good park. Roller coasters are really fun. The nickel and dime you for everything. The park was really clean and the landscaping looked cool. None of the computer kiosks work and there is no signage that says it is out of order, which is frustrating. We ate at the Serengeti overlook restaurant and the food was good. Line management is not stellar, but overall had a good experience.
  • My favorite theme park on the east coast! It's absolutely wonderful that the park has a zoo built in. From adults to teenagers to a toddler, we all had a great time. This was our second trip in 3 years and we loved it just as much. The all day dining is a little pricey, so we only indulged in that for a single day for the adults and toddler and 2 days for the teens. We got our moneys worth on those days. with the prices of the food (unfortunately in line with most theme parks), if you take the time to eat your 3 meals you will do better with the all day dining and the food here is Very Good. I will be returning in the next 2 to 3 years, we enjoyed it that much. The 'quick queue' really wasn't needed for most rides, but if you like the most popular rides it is a benefit. My teens used it by going on all the popular rides the day they got it and the other days riding the rest of the rides. My toddler was in love with the Sesame Street area and could easily spend all day there. Don't be afraid that you will be disappointed by not going to "the mouse". Busch Gardens will put a smile on your face for sure.

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