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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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  • After spending a week at Disney with a 7 yo & 13 yo it made me appreciate Busch Gardens. My kids like roller coasters and Busch Gardens is where it's at! My family has annual passes and we go as much ...  more »
  • Overall it was a really neat experience. Got to go on a Serengeti safari were you feed and pet a giraffe. Went first week of June, and it rained about everyday we were there. It seemed like at the sig...  more »
  • Great theme park minutes from Downtown Tampa. Please, be careful in the hotel that you choose to stay at as some of the local area is not the best. A huge benefit is that it is not as crowded as other...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Overall the park was nice. However, to be going on a Saturday like we did, I didn't see many of the dining areas open. Mostly just the food carts. Prices are normal for theme parks and the animals are nice. I would suggest getting to the park as early as possible as there is a lot of walking and doing this in the hottest part of the day isn't fun. We only saw one show, Opening Night Critters. It was very cute and my daughter (almost 3) enjoyed watching the animals. We didn't ride any of the rides (I'm 7 months pregnant and she is too young so my husband would have been the only one to be able to ride) but they looked like they would be fun. Will probably come back when the kids are older. I would suggest adding some type of water area for the kids though since it is so hot.
  • Fun rides, lines weren't too intolerable, even on a holiday weekend. Staff seemed friendly and alert. Prices for food and beverages is insane (think $8 for a Bud light) but that seems standard for these types of places and I think it is cool that you can drink here. The craft brewery was nice, Double Dice was delicious and strong
  • I love Busch gardens and have been going to it for years. As well as all of us local people we have a Busch gardens fun card for a year. It is totally worth the money and the rides are awesome. There are family rides and thrill rides and even a whole section of kids rides. This place has a great African themed lay out the owner did a very good job with this park. This last part is about camps. I go to camps every year and I love it my sister is finally able to go to the camp so I can't wait for her to have a awesome experience