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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

How to cool off in a theme park



congo.jpgI will never understand why Florida residents go to theme parks this time of year. I know it's more convenient for school schedules but between the crowds and the heat, I'm waiting till October. But if you have visitors or you simply can't resist the charms of castles (or you have an annual pass burning a hole in your pocket) I simply must point out this helpful blog post from Busch Gardens on how to stay cool when everything around you is swampy.

Among the suggestions:

Seek out the wet rides like Congo River Rapids, Stanley Falls Flume, and Tanganyika Tidal Wave. The Rapids are especially good at delivering a soaking in my experience.

spritzersquad.jpgLook for spritzers. Busch Gardens has even added a Spritzer Squad this year. A crew that looks like a wet version of the Ghost Busters is roaming the park offering heat relief with a light mist of water.

Check your park map for three full-scale misting stations throughout the park called Cool Zones. Each zone has five misting towers that are about 12 ft. tall, which guests can walk under to get a cool mist.

Sweet, sweet air conditioning: "Have kids that want to keep looking at the animals but don’t want to wait around while you cool off?" the blog post says, "Try Tiger Lodge in Jungala. This hideaway has plenty of air-conditioning but also has a marvelous view of our beautiful endangered Bengal Tigers." The kids can see the tigers play and learn from the information screens while you cool off in the A/C.

What about the other parks, readers? I don't haunt the big Orlando theme parks much, so how about passing on your stay-cool tips.

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Busch Gardens

[Last modified: Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:30pm]


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