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“Good day out” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens
10165 N McKinley Dr, Tampa, FL 33612
+1 888-800-5447
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Ranked #9 of 92 Attractions in Tampa
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Zoos, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Bodmin, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Good day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

A good selection of wildlife and rides to keep you amused all day. Some of the animals could only be seen at a distance but others you could get very close and get some good photos.

Visited September 2014
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“Not worth it”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We visited Florida in the sprig break and we said lets pay this theme park a visit.
we regret it because of many reasons:

1) We bought the VIP tour and it was the worst VIP customer service comparing to Universal Studios and Disney.
2) We bought in advance the quick que unlimited in order to avoid the lines, however when we arrived we have been informed we have to wait in a long line for picking those que unlimited thing , under the sun, no shades !
in summery don't waste your time buying it on the net , you have to wait in the same line for buying again !!!
3) Most if not all the rides are rollercoasters.
4) Not so many choices in restaurants.
5) Staff are not that happy looking like Universal and Disney, you feel you are dealing with n airport customs rather than a theme park staff.
6) VIP tour was not worth it since younger kids did not ride or eligible to ride any rollercoaster !. as I said above no rides for the whole family wit younger kids to enjoy.
7) If you are staying in Orlando this is an hour and half drive maybe , and it does not worth the hassle.

If you are family with younger kids , Disney and Universal and also Lego Land, all have 1000's more fun and nice memories.
and if you have strict budget , this will be the first one you can take out from your list, and save its money for other parks or attractions.

Visited March 2014
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Essex, United Kingdom
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“Very good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Loads to do here. A lot of animals. I recommend the Turkey drumstick but you might want to share it...

Visited October 2013
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Birmingham
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“Great Day Out..”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

It's late but I visited Busch Gardens in 2011.. We were staying in Orlando therefore it's about a 1 hour drive which we found no problem. It has to be one of the best theme parks in the world! You have fantastic rides to the Safari tour. I recommend the Shiekra ride it's great but all the others are great too! Get there early to see and go on everything as it gets very busy. Highly recommended.

Visited October 2013
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“Best attraction in park to see and good parking info”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Busch Gardens has much to offer. But, if I could tell you just one thing NOT to miss, that would be the Iceploration Ice Show. WOW!! The skaters were super talented. The staging, visual effects, and costumes were remarkable.

As for the parking.......general or preferred? Think about what you need out of it. You can pay $17 for general parking and either walk a really long way or you can catch the tram that will take you straight to the ticket entrance. Or you can pay $22 for preferred parking and walk a pretty long way and no tram is offered. Hmmmm?
We payed for preferred, since we didn't want to walk far, but as it turned out, that just made us pay $5 more and forced us to walk farther.

If you are planning to go to Seaworld, Aquatica, Discovery Cove, and/or Busch Gardens over a period of 3 or more days, then you will want to check on a multi park parking pass. Otherwise, each park has a separate parking charge. This can really add up.

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Visited September 2014
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