Fodor's Expert Review Busch Gardens

Tampa Amusement Park/Water Park Fodor's Choice
Drawing some 4½ million visitors each year, Busch Gardens Tampa is a major theme park, with its popular roller coasters being the biggest lure. The twisting Tigris, with a 50-foot skyward surge and thrilling drops, is Florida’s tallest coaster. The newest ride, Iron Gwazi, opens in 2021. At more than 200 feet tall, it's the tallest hybrid roller coaster in North America, as well as the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world. But this is also a world-class zoo, with more than 2,000 animals, and a live entertainment venue that provides a full day (or more) of fun for the whole family. The Jungala exhibit at Busch Gardens puts Bengal tigers center stage and at eye level—allowing you to view them from underground caves and underwater windows. If you want to beat the crowds, start in the back of the park and work your way around clockwise. The 335-acre adventure park's habitats offer views of some of the world's most endangered and exotic animals. For the best animal sightings,... READ MORE
Drawing some 4½ million visitors each year, Busch Gardens Tampa is a major theme park, with its popular roller coasters being the biggest lure. The twisting Tigris, with a 50-foot skyward surge and thrilling drops, is Florida’s tallest coaster. The newest ride, Iron Gwazi, opens in 2021. At more than 200 feet tall, it's the tallest hybrid roller coaster in North America, as well as the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world. But this is also a world-class zoo, with more than 2,000 animals, and a live entertainment venue that provides a full day (or more) of fun for the whole family. The Jungala exhibit at Busch Gardens puts Bengal tigers center stage and at eye level—allowing you to view them from underground caves and underwater windows. If you want to beat the crowds, start in the back of the park and work your way around clockwise. The 335-acre adventure park's habitats offer views of some of the world's most endangered and exotic animals. For the best animal sightings, go to their habitats early, when it's cooler. Catering to the shorter set, the Sesame Street Safari of Fun is a 5-acre kids' playground with Sesame-themed rides, shows, and water adventures. The Air Grover Rollercoaster takes kids (and parents) on minidives and twisty turns over the Sahara, while Jungle Flyers gets them swinging and screeching. If you're looking to cool off, your best bets are Congo River Rapids, Stanleyville Falls (a flume ride), or Bert and Ernie's Water Hole—complete with bubblers, geysers, water jets, and dumping buckets. Character lunches are available (but you might want to wait until after your rides). READ LESS
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Quick Facts

10165 N. McKinley Dr.
Tampa, Florida  33612, USA

813-884–4386

www.buschgardens.com

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Rate Includes: From $90; parking $25

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