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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

One of Florida's prime vacation destinations, the 335-acre Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is an exciting family adventure park that combines world-class thrill rides, live entertainment and an array of fascinating attractions based on exotic encounters within the African continent.

Located in Tampa, which is about 90 minutes from Orlando, Busch Gardens is an unforgettable adventure for the whole family. Enjoy a unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos, featuring more than 2,700 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops, games and much more.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
10165 N McKinley Dr
Tampa, FL 33612

Busch Gardens Tampa Attractions

Sesame Street Safari of Fun
Sesame Street Safari of FunJoin Sesame Street® friends at Busch Gardens for a family-friendly African adventure filled with kid-size rides, cool water fun and plenty of memorable adventures.

Climb and play in Elmo's Tree House. Splash and refresh in Bert and Ernie's fun-filled water play area. Dip and dive through the desert on the Air Grover junior coaster. Watch your Sesame Street friends in African-inspired shows – and share a hug or a meal with these lovable characters. It's Sesame Street Safari of Fun, where imaginations run wild, and there's fun or everyone.

SheiKra
North America's first dive coaster sends riders through a breathtaking three-minute journey 200 feet up, then 90 degrees straight down — and that's just the beginning. "Floorless" cars give riders an unobstructed view of the 70 mph rush, and SheiKra was the first dive coaster to incorporate an Immelmann loop (a simultaneous loop and roll), a second, 138-foot vertical drop into an underground tunnel and a water feature finale, all packed into a half-mile of steel track.

Kumba
After the blood-curdling thrill of an initial 135 foot drop, you will plunge from 110 feet into a diving loop, feel a full 3 seconds of absolute weightlessness while spiraling 360 degrees, and tear through one of the world's largest vertical loops.

Montu
Feel the ultimate rush on one of the tallest and longest inverted roller coasters in the world! Experience the thrill of an inverse diving loop and a 60-foot vertical loop while you endure speeds of more than 60 miles per hour and a G-force of 3.85.

Gwazi
Challenge the dueling forces of Gwazi: two wooden tracks intertwined into the Southeast's largest and fastest double wooden roller coaster. Boasting more than 1.25 million board feet of lumber, Gwazi's Lion and Tiger tracks offer two distinct ride experiences.

Cheetah Chase
Families will love the curves, drops and corkscrews of Cheetah Chase, a five-story "wild mouse" style coaster in Timbuktu. With its top speed of 22 mph and 46" height requirement, Cheetah Chase is the perfect ride for a child's first coaster experience.

Cheetah Chase

Air Grover
A junior coaster full of fun turns, mini-dives, perfect for parents and kids to ride together.
Scorpion: Feel the "sting" of Scorpion's terrifying 60-foot drop and 360-degree loop at incredible speeds.

The Wild Surge
Launch out of a 35-foot mountain crater up above a towering waterfall for a thrilling view of Jungala's village below.

Jungle Flyers
Young adventurers choose from three different flight patterns to soar 50 feet above Jungala's village.

Rhino Rally
This wild jeep tour transports guests aboard an off-road adventure through the wilds of Africa, blending up-close animal encounters with an unpredictable safari competition.
Congo River Rapids: Encounter the swift-flowing white water of the Congo River Rapids. Spin through a geyser and face an ominous waterfall and other thrilling obstacles in a 12-person raft.

Stanley Falls
Our Log Flume whisks your whole family through a splashing trip ending in a 40-foot drop that's sure to get you soaked!

Tanganyika Tidal Wave
Watch out when your seemingly tranquil jungle journey aboard a 20-passenger boat ends with a sudden plunge down a 55-foot drop, creating a tidal wave that gets everyone sopping wet.

Busch Gardens Tampa Shows

"KaTonga: Musical Tales From the Jungle"
Takes you on a journey to the heart of Africa in a 35-minute musical celebration of animal folklore. The show follows a day in the lives of aspiring storytellers, called Griots, as they strive to become masters of their craft. To accomplish this rite of passage, the performers evoke traditional African stories that mesmerize and entertain! Masterful puppet design, magical folklore, energetic original music and spectacular African-inspired dance combine to create the first theme park show of Broadway-production caliber.

Rock A Doo Wop
This all-new show at the Marrakesh Theater features the greatest hits of the '50s and '60s, performed by eight talented singers and dancers. Guests will enjoy favorite songs like "This Magic Moment" and "Sherry" as they travel back in time to the doo-wop era.

Mystic Sheiks of Morocco
Snap your fingers and move your feet to the music of this high-energy brass and percussion marching band.

Sesame Street presents "Lights, Camera, Imagination!"
Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and other lovable Sesame Street characters try to save the Sesame Street Film Festival. Their adventures are brought to life with zany 4-D gags and special effects like wind, water and jump-out-of-your-seat surprises. Showing daily in Timbuktu's 4-D Theater.

Critter Castaways
Using the same encouragement-based training philosophy our animal trainers use throughout our parks, a cast of unlikely characters – including dogs, cats, ducks and doves – comes together to create a side-splitting show with surprise twists that will have the whole family laughing.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Animal Attractions

Serengeti Plain
Busch Gardens Tampa Animal AttractionsThis habitat features hundreds of exotic African animals that can be seen from the Serengeti Express Railway, Skyride, Serengeti Safari and various walkways. The 65-acre environment includes expansive berms, the largest of which is four acres; tiered and open landscapes covered with native and African grasses, scrub trees and shrubs; rock outcroppings and bluffs replicating natural formations; and naturalistic creek beds and mud banks.

Jungala
A four-acre fun filled attraction area with up-close animal interactions. Located in the Congo area, Jungala features a three story maze of rope bridges and nets for kids to climb, two signature rides and live entertainment. Come face-to-face with orangutans and gibbons. Test your strength in a tug of war with a Bengal tiger. Jungala is an extraordinary mix of discovery and unforgettable adventure.

Animal Connections
A 30-minute VIP experience where you get to be the star of an animal show. The guest shoots a head shot, is escorted through wardrobe and makeup, then stars alongside a furry friend, which could include a lemur, owl monkey, macaw or other exotic species. After a few minutes to rehearse a script, guests read from a teleprompter in a studio with green-screen technology. Then take a DVD of the "show" home. The cost is $29.99 per taping.

Myombe Reserve
Enter the lush forest where gorillas and chimpanzees can be viewed in this naturalistic rainforest habitat. Tour the Great Ape Domain amid waterfalls and through shrouds of mist and fog to get an up-close look at these majestic primates.

Edge of Africa: This habitat offers an intense walking safari where guests can experience hippopotamus, lions, lemurs, meerkats, crocodiles and lappet-faced vultures in natural habitats themed around an abandoned African fishing village.

Jambo Junction
The former Busch Gardens' Nairobi Field Station now allows greater interaction between guests and the park's animal ambassadors. The new area is called Jambo Junction, a name inspired by a Swahili greeting. At Jambo Junction, you can participate in animal feedings, lessons in husbandry and behavior training. Featured animals include Caribbean flamingos, lemurs, cuscuses, sloths and opossums.

Bird Gardens
Soar over to our Bird Gardens area to check out almost 500 tropical birds from around the globe. You can enjoy the Wild Wings of Africa show, see our feather-filled aviary, and experience the powerful presence of bald and golden eagles in Eagle Canyon. After the show you can talk to conservation educators about how to attract birds to your own backyard.

Lory Landing
The domed habitat showcases a variety of brilliantly colored birds including several species of parrots, including lorikeets, as well as hornbills and pheasants in both free flight and observational environments.

Other Attractions Busch Gardens Tampa

Cheetah Hunt

Tree Top Trails
With climbing nets, bridges, crawl tubes and a multi-level maze for bigger kids, plus a water-play area for younger children, this 3-story family play area in Jungala allows visitors to explore the different levels of jungle life.

Serengeti Express Train
See the beauty of the Serengeti Plains as you make a round-trip journey from our Nairobi train station on the Serengeti Express Train.

King Tut's Tomb
Travel back in time to the mysteries of King Tut's Tomb. You'll get to visit a realistic replication of King Tut's burial site as it was being excavated in the 1920s. The park's Egypt area also includes an area for kids to do their own digging.

Skyride
View the spectacular scenery as you fly through the air in a cable car that runs between the Crown Colony area and the Congo on the opposite side of the park.

Parking at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

$13 - General parking for cars and motorcycles
$15 - General parking for buses, trucks and recreation vehicles
$20 - Preferred parking ($10 for 2 Year & 1 Year Passport members; Free for Platinum members)
$26 - Valet Parking ($22 for Passport members)
Valet and Preferred parking are both subject to availability. Tour buses may park for free.

Directions to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens is approximately 1 hours 30 minutes drive from Orlando. Located at the corner of Busch Boulevard and 40th Street, Busch Gardens park is 8 miles northeast of downtown Tampa.

Directions from Orlando to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Travel West on I-4 to I-75. Go North on I-75 to the Fowler Ave exit #265. This exit is also the exit for the University of South Florida. Bear left on the exit ramp, and it will lead you directly onto Fowler Avenue. Proceed west on Fowler Avenue to McKinley Drive. (McKinley Drive is the first light past the main entrance to the University.) Turn left on McKinley. Proceed south on McKinley to parking and the main entrance to the park.

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