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Busch Gardens

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http://www.buschgardens.com/

Categories: Theme parks, Tourist attraction

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

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Alcohol: Beer and wine only

Parking: Lot

Admission: $95, $90 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. Gwazi is that rarity: two wooden coasters that cross at "approaching speeds" up to 100 miles per hour. Too chicken to do these? The Scorpion is a must for the beginner.

The Florida attraction's newest 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 beginning Feb. 2, 2012. Shows will 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 7, 2015 10:00am
Sunday, March 8, 2015 10:00am
Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:00am
Sunday, March 15, 2015 10:00am
Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:00am
Sunday, March 22, 2015 10:00am
Saturday, March 28, 2015 10:00am
Sunday, March 29, 2015 10:00am
Saturday, April 4, 2015 10:00am
Sunday, April 5, 2015 10:00am
Saturday, April 11, 2015 10:00am
Sunday, April 12, 2015 10:00am
Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:00am
Sunday, April 19, 2015 10:00am
Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:00am
Sunday, April 26, 2015 10:00am

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens
Saturday, December 27, 2014 9:00am
Sunday, December 28, 2014 9:00am
Monday, December 29, 2014 9:00am
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 9:00am
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 9:00am

New Year's Eve Busch Gardens
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 9:00am

Real Music Series
Monday, January 5, 2015 11:30am
Cornell Gunter's Coasters
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 11:30am
Cornell Gunter's Coasters
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 11:30am
Cornell Gunter's Coasters
Thursday, January 8, 2015 11:30am
Cornell Gunter's Coasters
Friday, January 9, 2015 11:30am
Cornell Gunter's Coasters
Monday, January 12, 2015 11:30am
The Grass Roots
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 11:30am
The Grass Roots
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 11:30am
The Grass Roots
Thursday, January 15, 2015 11:30am
The Grass Roots
Friday, January 16, 2015 11:30am
The Grass Roots
Monday, January 19, 2015 11:30am
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 11:30am
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 11:30am
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Thursday, January 22, 2015 11:30am
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Friday, January 23, 2015 11:30am
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Monday, January 26, 2015 11:30am
The Diamonds
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 11:30am
The Diamonds
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:30am
The Diamonds
Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:30am
The Diamonds
Friday, January 30, 2015 11:30am
The Diamonds
Monday, February 2, 2015 11:30am
Fernando Varela
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 11:30am
Fernando Varela
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 11:30am
Fernando Varela
Thursday, February 5, 2015 11:30am
Fernando Varela
Friday, February 6, 2015 11:30am
Fernando Varela
Monday, February 9, 2015 11:30am
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Terry Myers Salute to Benny Goodman
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:30am
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Terry Myers Salute to Benny Goodman
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 11:30am
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Terry Myers Salute to Benny Goodman
Thursday, February 12, 2015 11:30am
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Terry Myers Salute to Benny Goodman
Friday, February 13, 2015 11:30am
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra with Terry Myers Salute to Benny Goodman
Monday, February 16, 2015 11:30am
Ricky Nelson Remembered featuring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 11:30am
Ricky Nelson Remembered featuring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 11:30am
Ricky Nelson Remembered featuring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson
Thursday, February 19, 2015 11:30am
Ricky Nelson Remembered featuring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson
Friday, February 20, 2015 11:30am
Ricky Nelson Remembered featuring Matthew and Gunnar Nelson
Monday, February 23, 2015 11:30am
Shirley Jones
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 11:30am
Shirley Jones
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:30am
Shirley Jones
Thursday, February 26, 2015 11:30am
Shirley Jones
Friday, February 27, 2015 11:30am
Shirley Jones
Monday, March 2, 2015 11:30am
Exile and Juice Newton
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 11:30am
Exile and Juice Newton
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:30am
Exile and Juice Newton
Thursday, March 5, 2015 11:30am
Exile and Juice Newton
Friday, March 6, 2015 11:30am
Exile and Juice Newton

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