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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Ranked #1 of 201 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: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Different from Orlando attractions and the kids loved the animals. They have some of the scariest rides in Florida. Too bad they got rid of the brewery tours.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I loved this place. It's like a grown up Disney. Bigger rides, more screaming and only an hour from Orlando. Cheetah Hunt and Sheikra were by far our favourites, closely followed by Montu and Kumba. Ride them all! The queues weren't too long on our visit which was great. We had a look around at the animals and a relaxing train journey round the park which was much needed on a hot day, as we're the water rides. We got the all-you-can-eat passes which were fab. As many return visits to the restaurants at the park as you want - you can get a platter main course, side or dessert and drink on each visit. We ate at the Zambia Smokehouse twice! Amazing ribs, brisket and chicken. The fireworks and show weren't as good as Disney but we'd had such an amazing day, we didn't care. It was just nice to sit down and
relax. Must visit!!

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

I got the fast pass so I actually got to ride all the rides some even more than once. It rained while we were there but we still managed to have a good time! I would go back. The iceploration show is definitely worth seeing and the Kinetics light show was very fun to watch. I had a great time.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This was our first trip to Busch Gardens Tampa. It was WONDERFUL. The Team Members were all very friendly, and the animals were awesome and well kept. Lines were very long due to Travel Groups from Brazil being in the line all at once. We were only able to hit one roller coaster due to the extreme lines (120 minutes for a coaster?!?) We did the All-Day-Dining Deal which was AMAZING and well work the $30. For anyone planning to spend all day, I highly recommend the dining deal - you even get BREAKFAST. Our favorite show was the Ice Skating Show but we also loved the Rescued Animals show (very funny). This park is great for anyone that loves Roller Coasters, but also wonderful for the non-riders as well. We will be back and probably will end up being Annual Pass holders as well!

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We took my 7 year old grandson to Busch Gardens while he was in town. We loved that it had a variety of rides and activities for a 7 year old to keep busy. As usual, lines in the amusement parks, as at Busch, were long. We were impressed by the quality of the food that they were able to put out with the number of people being served. It wasn't gourmet, but it was hot and fresh. The day was very warm, and there was no breeze. It would have been nice to have more fans in the areas where we had to wait to get on the rides and some air conditioned area other than the restaurants. I would have also have liked to see more benches or seating areas, especially around the smaller children's areas. I'm guessing not much thought is put out for "seniors" comfort since most of those in attendance were under 50. Tip: MAKE SURE to get a map at the entrance...they are very hard to find anywhere else which is not good. Overall, we did have a good experience and will go again if the opportunity arises.

1  Thank Palmview
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