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Busch Gardens, Tampa
(4.2/5 based on 12,000+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan your Busch Gardens visit and explore what else you can see and do in Tampa using our Tampa family vacation planner.
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  • Spent a full day of fun great park lush gardens animals well kept the trainers superb ! Train fun and the rides well superb ! No lines as kids at school so perfect thank you ! Received recommendation ...  more »
  • I really enjoyed this park. Great ambiance without being elbow to elbow busy. Very good coasters and good food options. Stuff for all ages including some very good educational stuff that is really int...  more »
  • I went on a Saturday in December and there were hardly any lines. Loved that we went on every roller coaster and even twice on some without waiting much at all. It was Christmas themed all over and ve...  more »
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  • The rides are medioca at best if running. With that only handful of good rides. Good too expensive. Customer Service doesn't exist. RUDE RUDE RUDE. Visit another park in Fl may be bit more but their better than any Sea world/Busch garden park.
  • Excellent zoo and with rides as well. This zoo thinks of the animals first and the public second, all the animals can get out of sight if they want to which isn't very often as they seem happy to be on show. The rides are quite good and the water rides do soak you through. We had all day wrist bands which worked out good value for money as you can eat every hour. This is good as you can eat little and often so the rides don't upset your stomach. There is a train that takes you on a 40 minute ride round the park which is a really good experience especially for the younger people.
  • Fantastic park which combines rides, dance shows and animals(zoo) together. Its a complete fun visiting this place., which offers all sorts of entertainment to all age groups. The design and idea of African theme is a big boost and refreshing for this park.The support staff and maintenance was excellent to keep us entertained and safe. We got a free pass since the weather went bad in the middle of the day. Don't miss cheetah hunt ride.
  • This place is simply fantastic. Admission and parking can be a little high, but there is plenty of stuff for people of all walks of life. Rollercoasters, live shows, tours, animal shows, plenty of places to eat. Multiple functions of the same show. Admission 100, and 20 for parking. There are lockers that you can rent for a fee as well. Not as crowded as Disney parks, you still have to wait for some rides, but definitely not two hours like in Disney for some rides. More like 30 minutes, and 60 minutes for new popular rides.
  • My family always has a good time here. Great shows, coasters and we love the animal encounters. Prices are cheaper than the parks in Orlando. We love the Orlando parks too but BG is a great way to spend the day. The staff can be a bit rude but we see that in all the parks but Disney.