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Busch Gardens Tampa
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Ranked #1 of 197 things to do in Tampa
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Busch Gardens Tampa is the ultimate family adventure, offering 300 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: Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We went in september this year. This was my second time at this park, the first time was around was five years ago it wasn't as good as i thought, but i was surprised this time around, i actually enjoyed the experience. When we arrived at the park we booked a spot for a safari with the giraffes. It was absolutly fantastic. We had the chance to go up close to the animals and feed them, it was the most amazing experience. I would suggest in booking the safri as soon as you arrive as it does get booked up pretty quick. I will be travelling to Bush Gardens again in the future.

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Reviewed October 3, 2012 via mobile

My husband, mother-n-law & myself just went to Busch Gardens for the first time. We bought the seasonal passes being a little sceptic if it was going to be worth it, but in the end it was still the cheapest way to go being a Florida resident. Right off the get go, the parking was very well directed on where to go and where to park. This makes it nice when getting a parking spot. Then you walk over to where the tram picks you up & takes you right the front gates. Getting our printed tickets onto a card was easy and took less then 10min. You then go to enter the park, scan card, do fingerprint scan and you are now in the park. Right away you see cute shops that make the feel of a little village that makes you feel comfortable and in awe right away. The rides are a lot of fun, lines were less then 5min (tues ) & the animals looked very healthy and happy as they could be for being caged up. The habitats are very large & extremely well taken care of. My only complaint is to deal with "All day dining"....This was a mistake for all of us because it was almost $100.00 and we only ate 2's and there is no way we ate that much money worth of food. Let me put it this way.....you will pay about 15.00 with tax, drink & meal for an adult. It.is so hot out that most the food does not even get eaten, so you are wasting cash. I brought 2- 24oz mt dew with us and.was allowed to take them in. So if you eat breakfast before going, take pop/water/tea with you (plastic bottles) and eat mid day and just get a cup of ice here and there throughout the day for your.water etc, you will not need to spend that extra cash. Now if you.have a couple little ones, take juice boxes, cups, and buy 1 kids meal & split between them because kids dont eat a lot & take snacks for throughout the day. Bring cash for games, photo booth & pop machines. This park is well worth the cash.

Thank Fran E
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We went on the 1st October which is considered low season even though the weather was still in the 90's.park opened at 10 due to low season, we went round and got on all the rides very quickly. Rhino rally shut for the season even though it is a very popular ride, bit disappointing.the rides stopped for about an hr due to thunder.
The gorillas look very sorry for themselves and have a thunderous waterfall very near them can't help thinking this is to cut out the noise of the coasters, even-so if this is the case that noise must still get on the gorillas nerves. The park is huge so be prepared to walk miles. Drinks very expensive inside too.

Thank Jane S
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

A relief from the big theme parks in Orlando. Reasonalbe to see it all in one day. Great roller coasters. Some African animals in a "preserve" environment that you ride over in small gondolas.

Thank Bigjohn1943
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

we gad the best time of our life the roller coasters was amazing staff was really friendly and up for sports.i would go back there anytime over and over.

Thank odettek88
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