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Busch Gardens

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Categories: Attraction, Tourist attraction, Theme parks

Features: Guided tours, Kid-friendly, Play area, Sprayground

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Alcohol: Beer and wine only

Parking: Lot

Admission: $99, $79 for ages 3-9.

One of Tampa Bay's top tourist attractions, Busch Gardens is an Africa-themed park with some of the southeast's largest roller coasters, Broadway-style shows, exotic animals, multi-story family play areas, rides and live entertainment.

Rollercoaster enthusiasts, you'll love the choices here. The newest is Cheetah Hunt, a launch coaster that opened in summer 2011 and is meant to mimic the speed and movements of the cheetahs that are housed in the Cheetah Run habitat at its entrance. Sheikra is a floorless plunge coaster whose first drop will leave you breathless. Kumba offers a smooth ride that features a distinct roar, while the floorless Montu flips, dips and zips. Too chicken to do these? The Scorpion is a must for the beginner.

The Florida attraction's family-friendly area is the Sesame Street exhibit, where kids can interact with all of the familiar characters like Big Bird and Elmo. And fear not, it still has the fun sprayground that keeps them cool on a sunny Florida day.

Adults who are rollercoaster averse can amuse themselves with water rides like Congo River Rapids, the Tanganyika Tidal Wave and Stanley Falls. Or take a ride across the Serengeti Plain on an old-time train.

You'll find plenty of dining options, with either sit-down family dining (Zagora Cafe) or quick-bite places like the Kenya Kanteen or Oasis Snacks.

Be sure to visit the animal exhibits. Jungala offers a chance for animal interactions (that lion seems awfully close!), while the Myombe Reserve lets you see magnificent gorillas safely from a distance.

World-class skaters, amazing aerial performances, master puppetry and live animal stars take to the ice in Iceploration. Shows run daily in the Moroccan Palace.

Read a review of Cheetah Hunt.

And here's the lowdown on the other coasters.

Events at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival
Saturday, March 4, 2017 12:00pm
Sunday, March 5, 2017 12:00pm
Andy Grammer
Saturday, March 11, 2017 12:00pm
Goo Goo Dolls
Sunday, March 12, 2017 12:00pm
Kool and the Gang
Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:00pm
Young the Giant
Sunday, March 19, 2017 12:00pm
Jason Isbell and John Hiatt Trio
Saturday, March 25, 2017 12:00pm
NBC's The Voice finalists Craig Wayne Boyd and Adam Wakefield
Sunday, March 26, 2017 12:00pm
El Gran Combo

Real Music Series
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 11:30am
Lee Greenwood
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 1:30pm
Lee Greenwood
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 11:30am
Lee Greenwood
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 1:30pm
Lee Greenwood
Thursday, March 2, 2017 11:30am
Lee Greenwood
Thursday, March 2, 2017 1:30pm
Lee Greenwood
Friday, March 3, 2017 11:30am
Lee Greenwood
Friday, March 3, 2017 1:30pm
Lee Greenwood
Saturday, March 4, 2017 11:30am
Lee Greenwood
Saturday, March 4, 2017 1:30pm
Lee Greenwood

Serengeti Night Safari
Saturday, March 4, 2017 8:30pm
Saturday, March 11, 2017 8:30pm
Saturday, March 18, 2017 8:30pm
Saturday, March 25, 2017 8:30pm

Reader reviews

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