At Busch Gardens, visitors can travel through the 300-acre park by monorail, cable car, or train to find roller coasters, ... More
At Busch Gardens, visitors can travel through the 300-acre park by monorail, cable car, or train to find roller coasters, wild animals, entertaining shows, rides, food, shopping, sightseeing, bird shows, exotic flowers, train rides, Serengeti adventures, river rapids and more.
annual membership includes free parking. so buy your membership before you go because they won't refund your money even if you plan on buying your membership at the gate. you can buy the membership online and print out the certificate or if you're uncomfortable doing it online, drive to the gate and buy your membership before heading to the parking...by doing that, you will save yourself $14 parking. $14 maybe not much but that can goes towards food & drinks once you're inside.
The whole park atmosphere and handicap/disabled accesibility is bad. I would never recommend this park to anyone. Disney and Universal Studios have much better atmospheres and their accessibilty to all rides and shows is amazing. The same animals found at Busch Gardens can also be seen at Disney's Animal Kingdom. I certainly would recommend both of those parks to anyone visiting the Florida area.
i loved bushgardens camp so this is why me 13 year old daughter loved it .monday they went to adventure island then tues. they went to bushgardens and got to skip every line except chedia hunt but they got in line right at 930 so no line wail . then wed they went to aquatica and did every ride then thur.they went to bs again and did a montu behind the sciend she loved that and friday they went to adventure island again what a weeek for more info go to the bush garens websight and find your way to summer camps
Busch Gardens use to be my favorite park when they use to take pride in their animals. Now it's all about the roller coasters. There is a horrible mixture of themes such as Africa's Cheetah hunt, old English Colony Restaurant, and Egypt all thrown together. Animal habitats are being neglected. Employees are rude and miserable and they don't mind letting you (the customer) know this. If you like to wait in line for at least an hour to ride a roller coaster, then this is the park for you. It is no longer the park that Jack Hannah use to rave about.
We live in Tampa and buy the annual pass with parking.
It is a great deal if you buy the annual pass and make return trips which we do. We've done 6 so far.
My 3 year old loves the water park area, sand pit, rope climbing area, bouncy area and looking at the animals.
We pack food and drinks in the kids bags and have never had a problem getting the items in.
Although, I sure do miss the days of the free beer.
The New Cheetah coaster is up and running. Wait time is a bit long to get on as EVERYONE wants to ride the new coaster.
The Sky Bucket ride is also back up and running. I really enjoyed it and best of all NO wait at either end to get on.
I had lunch at the Smoke house. Excellent BBQ chicken with FF and roll.
There is nothing to dislike about Busch Gardens, Tampa. Our family has been going there since 1980 with our 5 children and then came the grandkids and we still love it. There use to be the elephant ride the kids had to do that first and then we would do the animal trails. I am not a ride person but the kids did them.
Last year when we took our granddaughter, it was like the first time all over. The rides, the animals, especially the kangaroos and white kangaroo. We fed them and of course my granddaughter has to talk to them. BUT I think the part my husband and I enjoyed the most was the bird area. To be able to feed the birds and have them come and rest on you arms or even head (I have a picture that is worth a thousand words) this was great. It even rained on us but we did not care because there is something to do that is covered.
We look forward to coming back this year and probably doing the same things because it will be the same but different.
This place is amazing. There are several huge roller coasters, as well as smaller rides for children. There is also a zoo in this park, which I love. The food is pretty good, I recommend the all you can eat pass. With that pass you get to choose certain foods from each restaurant, or you can just walk in and grab a drink if your thirsty.
I went on the safari, I do not know what the lady is talking about it is impossible to find, the map is clear and easy to read. When you buy the tickets they tell you exactly where to go, the park is huge so it does take some time to walk there so plan ahead.
I am in the military so I received my tickets free which was another amazing perk.
All in all this place is wonderful, it is an all day event, so plan accordingly.
I'm 50 and not really into roller coasters. I do enjoy the train ride, rhino rally, congo river ride, and the log flume. Mostly I purchased the season tickets ( make sure to get one pass with the FREE parking) to see the SHOWS!! This is great if you live in Florida.
The Real music series was great 10 concerts over 10 weeks. I attended 9 of the 10. It's so great to see Debbie Reynolds, Osmonds brothers, Peter Noone with Herman's Hermits, the 5th dimension, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Tony Orlando, Charo, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Ventures. The best part is they do 3 show a day for 4 days. Wednesday and Thursday are the best with the least people. It a small venue so every seat is a good seat. I had front row or many of them. We would see the 1:00 show and come back for the 3:30 show. They were always different.
I don't drink beer but the Bands, Brew and BBQ series was great. Only problem was not much shade in the sits if you wanted to sit close without paying extra money for the VIP sections. I attended 3 of the 4 shows. Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, rocked.
The double bill with the POINTER Sisters and the Commodores was a fun show. A little problem between shows as it took too long to re set the stage for the next band.
Charlie Daniels on a double bill with Travis Tritt was another great show.
That's 12 concerts for one price with free parking. You can't beat that!
The animal show is great. Especially the start where the animals open the show without any people on stage.
After the concerts are over there is the ice skating show. Always a good place to cool off from the Florida sun.
There is a Motown singing show going on now. At the holidays it changes to a Christmas show.
Burn up the dance floor is a dance group that will be at Busch until May 1st. One WORD!!! WOW!! High energy lots of dancing and costume changes. SEE IT!!
The Circus show is also a must see. Great costumes, music, singing, juggling. Makes you feel old to see the woman bend there bodies in ways you can't believe.
I haven't even talked about ANIMALS except for the show. The HIPPO is so much fun. They use the waterfall as a tooth pick. The elephants and lion feedings are really neat to watch. Go into the cave and see the night animals. OR just take the train around and see the animals out walking the plains.
Yes food is spendy, yes drinks are extra,. But the park does allow you to bring in a few snacks. Buy the re fill drink up. It can be re filled for $1.06 with tax. You can get soda or ice tea.
yes there is a big roller coaster being built that takes away some of the trails.
Yes busch gardens is big and it is a LONG walk around the park. Plus it is HOT
in FLORIDA!! The train helps if you happen to arrive as a train is coming. The sky buckets will reopen and that will be a good way to get from one place to another.
There are many rides that will get you wet to cool off. Even some areas to get wet and you never have to step foot onto the ride!!!
If you don't ride the coasters , do go to the areas provided and stand need them. It's really a thrill to feel the speed and not have to ride them!! HA HA.
I'm looking forward to seeing Jack Hanna and his animals in a few weeks.
I have been to Busch Gardens 15 times since Nov. 2010. It's always different and always fun!.
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