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Busch Gardens

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http://www.buschgardens.com/

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
Real Music Series
Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:30am
The Diamonds
Saturday, January 21, 2017 1:30pm
The Diamonds
Monday, January 23, 2017 11:30am
The Platters
Monday, January 23, 2017 1:30pm
The Platters
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 11:30am
The Platters
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:30pm
The Platters
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 11:30am
The Platters
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 1:30pm
The Platters
Thursday, January 26, 2017 11:30am
The Platters
Thursday, January 26, 2017 1:30pm
The Platters
Friday, January 27, 2017 11:30am
The Platters
Friday, January 27, 2017 1:30pm
The Platters
Saturday, January 28, 2017 11:30am
The Platters
Saturday, January 28, 2017 1:30pm
The Platters
Monday, January 30, 2017 11:30am
Fernando Varela
Monday, January 30, 2017 1:30pm
Fernando Varela
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 11:30am
Fernando Varela
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 1:30pm
Fernando Varela
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 11:30am
Fernando Varela
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 1:30pm
Fernando Varela
Thursday, February 2, 2017 11:30am
Fernando Varela
Thursday, February 2, 2017 1:30pm
Fernando Varela
Friday, February 3, 2017 11:30am
Fernando Varela
Friday, February 3, 2017 1:30pm
Fernando Varela
Saturday, February 4, 2017 11:30am
Fernando Varela
Saturday, February 4, 2017 1:30pm
Fernando Varela
Monday, February 6, 2017 11:30am
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Monday, February 6, 2017 1:30pm
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 11:30am
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 1:30pm
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 11:30am
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 1:30pm
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Thursday, February 9, 2017 11:30am
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Thursday, February 9, 2017 1:30pm
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Friday, February 10, 2017 11:30am
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Friday, February 10, 2017 1:30pm
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Saturday, February 11, 2017 11:30am
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Saturday, February 11, 2017 1:30pm
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Monday, February 13, 2017 11:30am
Beginnings: The Unlimited Chicago Tribute Band
Monday, February 13, 2017 1:30pm
Beginnings: The Unlimited Chicago Tribute Band
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:30am
Beginnings: The Unlimited Chicago Tribute Band
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 1:30pm
Beginnings: The Unlimited Chicago Tribute Band
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 11:30am
Beginnings: The Unlimited Chicago Tribute Band
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 1:30pm
Beginnings: The Unlimited Chicago Tribute Band
Thursday, February 16, 2017 11:30am
Beginnings: The Unlimited Chicago Tribute Band
Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:30pm
Beginnings: The Unlimited Chicago Tribute Band
Friday, February 17, 2017 11:30am
Beginnings: The Unlimited Chicago Tribute Band
Friday, February 17, 2017 1:30pm
Beginnings: The Unlimited Chicago Tribute Band
Saturday, February 18, 2017 11:30am
Beginnings: The Unlimited Chicago Tribute Band
Saturday, February 18, 2017 1:30pm
Beginnings: The Unlimited Chicago Tribute Band
Monday, February 20, 2017 11:30am
Micky Dolenz
Monday, February 20, 2017 1:30pm
Micky Dolenz

Run for the Fund
Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:15am

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