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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

Saturday, October 1, 2016 7:30pm
Sunday, October 2, 2016 7:30pm
Thursday, October 6, 2016 7:30pm
Friday, October 7, 2016 7:30pm
Saturday, October 8, 2016 7:30pm
Sunday, October 9, 2016 7:30pm
Thursday, October 13, 2016 7:30pm
Friday, October 14, 2016 7:30pm
Saturday, October 15, 2016 7:30pm
Sunday, October 16, 2016 7:30pm
Thursday, October 20, 2016 7:30pm
Friday, October 21, 2016 7:30pm
Saturday, October 22, 2016 7:30pm
Sunday, October 23, 2016 7:30pm
Thursday, October 27, 2016 7:30pm
Friday, October 28, 2016 7:30pm
Saturday, October 29, 2016 7:30pm
Sunday, October 30, 2016 7:30pm

Sesame Street Safari of Fun Halloween
Saturday, October 22, 2016 12:00pm
Count Weekend
Sunday, October 23, 2016 12:00pm
Count Weekend
Saturday, October 29, 2016 12:00pm
Monsters and Fairies Weekend
Sunday, October 30, 2016 12:00pm
Monsters and Fairies Weekend

Reader reviews

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