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Busch Gardens, Tampa

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Both a theme park and a zoo, Busch Gardens 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 and discover more family-friendly attractions in Tampa using our Tampa trip itinerary builder app .
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  • We have had season passes for years. It's the best park for your buck. A season pass gets you into multiple parks free. You will have to wait in line if you buy them with EZ pay the first time you go....  more »
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  • We took our 16 month old on a Saturday in August and he loved it! There is a nice kids area with rides that are themed Sesame Street. He even got to meet Elmo! It was really hot that day but they have a few splash pads, one for little ones and another for older kids. He enjoyed seeing all of the different animals as well. We got season passes and will be going regularly for the different events they have throughout the year.
  • Great amusement park, but we liked the Busch Gardens in VA. much better. We were able to ride most of the rides, however many were closed as well which was a little disappointing. The Falcon's Fury ride was worth the whole visit though. Such a unique and scary ride! All the animals were awesome! Wish we had more time to really take everything in. The hours the day we went was 10-6 and that just isn't long enough to do everything. Dining plan is a great deal, and food was great.
  • Pretty cool place. Wish they had more animals to see up close but otherwise pretty nice. We went during the week so the waits were short. Some of the stores are not badly priced, which was surprising. All in all it's a good place. If you have kids they will like it there. But will probably be mad if they can ride majority of the rides as your hace to be 42 or 48 in to ride most.
  • Safari was fantastic. Feed Giraffes and get to pet them! Very well maintained park.. and pretty good rollercoasters. If you come in summer months then ensure you get fun card. Rain usually hits early/mid afternoon and will allow you to go back without paying more and will allow you to see and enjoy the park more
  • We are not the tipical visitors of Busch Gardens. We fell in love in this park 3 years ago while we were on vacation in Orlando and came back especially for this park for 10 days this year. The park is beautiful, but what we love the most is how good they take care of their animals. We were so many hours in the park watching things that normally day visitor may not see when running from one ride to another. The staff is amazing, the animals looks very happy and active with all the toys they get each day. The rides are very good, large selection for the thrills and also nice train and sky ride for the less thrill lovers. We really appreciate their guest service communication online. We wrote them couple of times with questions and always got full explanation and response. We live 14 hours in flight from Tampa so it will take us some time to get back but we sure we will as we absolutely love this park and appreciate the hard work the people who work them so.

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