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Busch Gardens Tampa
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Ranked #1 of 198 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: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed April 28, 2014

We all absolutely loved the roller coasters here and rode them all several times, the coasters were the big attraction for us. The grounds and animals roaming around to see from the restaurant were also very good.
The only things that stop me giving this full marks are some smaller, niggly things:
- They're nowhere near as efficient as Disney/Universal - the queues were smaller but take a long time to move as they are very slow (in comparison) at loading/unloading rides, and queuing is more or less a 'free for all' - we forked out for QuickQueue but you really just jump the queue a bit and then scrabble with everyone else.
- The rides are a LONG way apart! Be prepared to get worn out! We rode the coasters several times and wanted to do a couple more before we left but just couldn't face another trek!
- Montu wasn't working for a few hours when we arrived, and you have to keep going back there to check - no info boards around the park. It also wasn't running at full capacity when it did eventually get going with only one car working - queues weren't big but took a long time.
- When it rains they shut all the rides down! And take a long time to open them again (luckily we dived in for early lunch to use the time).
But for all that, we still loved it - that many great coasters in one place - fantastic!

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

14 years ago I visited with my then young sons , now I return with my grandchildren. It has entertainment for all ages, plenty of animals, great wet rides (you get drenched), beautiful flowers, so now we have added it to our list of places to take our guests.

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Our family spent a day at Busch gardens early April, 2014. It is too much to cram into one day if you want to take everything in. The waits for some rides are very long, others not so bad. The main complaint we kept hearing around us was cost of parking and food. We stayed at Hampton Inn nearby that had a shuttle bus which was very convenient. We did have lunch and a bit pricy. The kids loved all the animals, especially feeding the kangaroos. There really is something for everyone. We did get a ticket at hotel for $50.00 for the day but you have to get that on same day as you plan to go.

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

Well where do I start. We arrived at Busch Gardens on a Tuesday and it was not too crowded. The weather was as always very warm, the staff was fantastic and very polite. The rides are some of the best you will find anywhere, the food is really good. the animals are very well looked after and most of them are breathtaking. Spent the whole day there, but you will need to go at least 3 days to see everything.

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Reviewed April 27, 2014

A must see park when you visits sunny Tampa area. We have 2 teens who loved every thrilling roller coaster and the shows were amazing! Loved the giraffes and petting the kangaroos. Only wished they opened earlier in the morning or had early magic hours like Disney, so we could of started our fun earlier. The park was clean and bathrooms were abundant.

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