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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Tampa

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Both a theme park and a zoo, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 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. Plan your Busch Gardens Tampa Bay visit and explore what else you can see and do in Tampa using our Tampa family vacation planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    Visited Disney and the Universal and although all the parks were good Busch Gardens, for a visit with my 14 year old son is head and shoulders above them all, the roller coasters have to be the best w...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    One of our favorite theme parks, we grew up going to BG almost monthly. It is now a must visit place any time we go back to Florida to visit. We love the zoo atmosphere with all the thrill rides!  more »
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  • June 27, 2017
    Sesame place is great for toddlers and younger kids. We spent almost the whole time in that section watching an Elmo show, and going on the rides (car driving, carousel, mini swings). They also have a huge netted play place for kids to run around in, and a splash zone. The park is beautiful and has a lot of nice animals, but be prepared to do a lot of walking!! I packed snacks for my toddler and was able to bring them in the park. The train is fun and a good way to see some animals, but be prepared it stops at each station for about 15 minutes so it takes a while to do the whole ride.
  • July 3, 2017
    I lost 220 dollars cash. And the employees turned it in to lost and found. I love the rides they are more thrilling than any other theme park. Also I like the food better here than any other theme park. Hooked on the corn dogs and pretzel dogs. I had nachos this time and they were great. My daughter who is 10 also loves it. Every time we go we have a great and different experience.
  • June 15, 2017
    Busch Gardens is a wonderful Florida theme park. Ticket prices are fair, especially if you have an annual pass (also includes parking!), food prices are fair, the animal attractions are clean and the animals are very well cared for (my wife worked there for a while, its an excellent facility). The rides are the best in Florida, and the shows are so much fun. Opening night critters is great, and I can't wait to try the new ice show. Finally, the people that work there are really wonderful. My proposal to my fiancee was at Busch Gardens, and the staff worked with me to set up something truly special.
  • June 28, 2017
    This was our first time at Busch gardens and we had a great time. The theme of the place is amazing and makes you feel like you're somewhere other than an amusement park. The animal exhibits were great and very informational. I appreciated the pet hospital and the information they provided about the care that they do there. My only complaint would be that the cafe that we chose was overpriced for the amount of food that you get and some of the staff were cussing and unfriendly. Overall had a great time, the staff just need to be more considerate of what they are saying since this is a family oriented attraction.
  • May 17, 2017
    Very clean place. Staff were friendly and helpful. My toddlers had a blast in the Sesame Street area and we are so thankful that there was a splash pad area. The design of the park was spectacular. Details in every corner including music and sounds of the rain forest. The train ride was free with general admission and a great way to end the day. I loved the interactive tree house and that I was permitted to climb with my kids everywhere they chose to climb. The animal enclosures were well kept, the animals look well cared for and all water areas looked clean and well circulated. There was virtually no area with still water. We have toddlers so we're unable to ride the large coasters and we still had a blast! The environment is engaging if you just stroll through. I would love to come back someday soon.

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