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Day Trip to Bush Gardens/Water Parks - Traffic Question

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Day Trip to Bush Gardens/Water Parks - Traffic Question

If the parks open at 0930, what time should we realistically leave TI if we want to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to opening? These darn google/mapquest directions never seem to factor in "real-time" traffic. Thanks!

P.s: Want to apologize in advance as I will probably ask 1000 more questions before arriving in August. Planning is my favorite part of a vaction (besides the vacation itself LOL) + just a "tad" OCD.

- Tania

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1. Re: Day Trip to Bush Gardens/Water Parks - Traffic Question

I will guess it to be about 1 hr 20 minutes or so at that time of day...

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2. Re: Day Trip to Bush Gardens/Water Parks - Traffic Question

What time does the traffic die down? 0800?

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3. Re: Day Trip to Bush Gardens/Water Parks - Traffic Question

If on a weekday, rush hour is heaviest about 6:30-about 8:30ish, and again in the afternoon, say, 4:30-6:30 is heaviest.

No rush hour really on weekend days, so the trip will take maybe 15 minutes or so less, or maybe just over an hour.

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4. Re: Day Trip to Bush Gardens/Water Parks - Traffic Question

Thank you MarkBee! Wish 15min..but I wouldn't trade staying at the beach for Tampa. - Tania

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5. Re: Day Trip to Bush Gardens/Water Parks - Traffic Question

I agree, good plan. Have a good time !

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