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“Take The Guided Tour or African Safari at Busch Gardens” 5 of 5 stars
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Busch Gardens
10165 N Malcolm McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
+1 888-800-5447
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Ranked #8 of 60 Attractions in Tampa
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Amusement/ Theme Parks, Zoos, Amusement Parks
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching, Dining
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Owner description: Busch Gardens(R) Tampa is the ultimate family adventure, offering 297 acres of fascinating attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.
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“Take The Guided Tour or African Safari at Busch Gardens”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

This is a tour that I highly recommend for kids ages 10-99

Cost Adults $99 Kids $89. Park entrance fees are still required. I went over and over whether this was worth the extra cost! It was worth it even though the lines where short when we visited. They were at least 10-20 minutes. We rode each coaster twice, and if we would have had to stand in line we would not have been able to do this even with short lines. Now, at peak times....RUN DON"T WALK TO GET THIS 5 HOUR GUIDED TOUR!

Fantastic Busch Garden experience...we had basically a private tour because no one else showed up, but it can include up to 15 people that get front-of-the-line access to most of our major rides. Lunch at a family favorite restaurant that includes a show. Then Get up-close and personal feeding giraffes, kangaroos, exotic birds, and flamingos. Then jump on the Serengeti Safari to view zebras, giraffes and ostriches. Water is provided all day, and the guide takes you to the front of the line and holds all your belongings. In our case she also bit the bullet and went on all the rides I refused to go on (water soaking and scary coasters) with my teenage daughter. Thanks Hope!

When you add up all the costs for lunch, water, food for animals and safari it comes to around $79 dollars you would spend anyway...so your only paying an additional $20 may be $30 with tip for a private guide and you DON"T HAVE TO STAND IN LINE!

If this tour is out of your price range, then I would suggest that you budget into your trip the African safari $39...this tour made our day, and the whole experience positive and memorable when we spent 10 minutes hand feeding giraffes. Shout out to Drew who gave some good photo tips on the Serengeti Tour.

I would recommend this for kids who can see over the truck rail on the safari and are tall enough to ride the roller coasters. For Adults you will need to be able to walk all day (you do the whole park) and enjoy riding coasters (most of the rides).

I am plan on buying this tour as Christmas gifts this year. No waiting in lines, great animal interactions, Grandparents or parents can take the kids (enjoy the day without ever getting any rides unless they want to), and great guides who know the park and all the tips and tricks to having a spectacular day!

Pack a bag with sunscreen, take some Bonnine (prevents motion sickness), a camera, some spending and tip money.

The guided tour is well worth the money, but if it's not in the budget definitely plan on taking the Serengeti Safari. Skip the gift shops with overpriced t shirts and other cheesy unnecessary stuff, and use your money for an enjoyable experience you will remember for years to come!

I saw wheel chairs being used, but I did not see any motorized scooters, so ask about this if you have mobility problems.

Visited August 2013
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“This park will be closed due to weather during your next visit.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

This park is ridiculous. If there is lightning within 20 miles, EVERYTHING closes down. Anyone who has lived in Florida knows that there is always lighting within 20 miles. We arrived and as we were getting on our first ride, they closed it due to weather. It was partly cloudy... 3 hours later and it is still closed because supposedly another storm is on its way. Haven't seen a drop of rain, it's just still partly cloudy. Oh and no they do not give refunds due to inclement weather. Biggest waste of money ever.

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“Mmmmm tired,sad and has lost its identity”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

The rides are great but the animals are in poor condition and it is a confusing park.Over the years the things that made it special have been lost.MANY RIDES AND STALLS WERE CLOSED.I WOULD NOT RETURN BUT MY KIDS WOULD.

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“Wonderful day!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

We spent the past week at Universal Studios in Orlando and decided to try something different and visit Busch Gardens. We weren't really sure what to expect but have to say we LOVED IT!!

There was lots to see and do. Great rides that my kids say were on par with Universal. Loved the incredible landscaping. It was nice that those who didn't want to do rides had lots of things to do as well instead of just waiting around. The animal interactions and keeper talks were very informative and interesting.

It was very hot (94*) when we visited but there was lots of shady areas and seating. This is something that is lacking at Universal (unless you go into a store).

The park was not too busy which was such a relief from the chaos of Universal.

We were able to do most of the rides but my kids say they definitely want to come back to visit this park again.

Great day!!

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“Elephants, tigers, monkeys, and more”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Loved the Jungle theme that runs through this amusement park. Rides were exciting and all the wild life also. Food is pricey but its worth the trip!

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