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Busch Gardens

Exotic animals and thrill rides all on the one site at this theme park and zoo designed for the whole family.

Busch Gardens is an African-themed adventure park featuring more than 2,000 exotic animals, roller coasters, thrill rides, shows and exhibits. The 335-acre (135-hectare) site is divided into eight themed areas. Each area has its own attractions, and animals living in natural-style habitats.

The Serengeti Plain is one of the park’s most popular destinations. This 65-acre (26-hectare) replica of the African region is home to hundreds of free-roaming animals, including giraffes, zebras, white rhinos, ostriches and impalas.

Observe animals from aboard the Serengeti Express train, or on the Skyride, a cable-car trip that covers most of the park. Seats on both rides are included in the price of admission. Reserve a place on the Serengeti Safari, a trek across the plain in an open-top vehicle. You’ll stop by some of the animals to feed them by hand. For prices and details, visit the park’s official website.

Head on over to Jungala, a themed village that features rides, live entertainment and close-up viewing areas of Bengal tigers, crocodiles, gibbons and orangutans.

Animals are only part of the appeal of Busch Gardens. Take a deep breath and summon your nerves for Sheikra, a dive coaster that travels straight down a 90-degree drop at 70 miles (113 kilometers) per hour. Cheetah Hunt is a 4,400-foot (1,340-meter) long coaster that travels inside the Serengeti and down into a rocky gorge. It reaches a top speed of 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour.

Take younger thrill seekers and animal lovers to Sesame Street Safari of Fun. There are child-sized rides, a water play area and lots of Sesame Street characters.

Busch Gardens is situated approximately 8 miles (13 kilometers) northeast of downtown Tampa. The amusement park is open every day of the year. Opening hours are updated each week. Check the website for up-to-date information. There is pay parking available.


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La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens $67
Reviewed on May 15, 2019
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La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens

9202 N 30th St, (718), Tampa, FL
     
    3.4 of 5
    2.5 out of 5.0

    Very welcome staff, we went walking to Bish Gardens and has some different kind of food around the hotel.

    Econo Lodge Busch Gardens $61
    Reviewed on Mar 18, 2019
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    Econo Lodge Busch Gardens

    Econo Lodge Busch Gardens

    4139 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL
       
      2.7 of 5
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Everything was good except they don't have a elevator. I had to carry all my luggage up the stairs. Very inconvenient.

      Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF Busch Gardens $101
      Reviewed on May 16, 2019
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      Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF Busch Gardens

      Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF Busch Gardens

      2807 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL
         
        4.1 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Best place I stayed at in a while and I have 6 kids rooms where great! Staff was very very friendly and helpful and nice will always stay there when I go to bush gardens

        Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Busch Gardens Area $139
        Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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        Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Busch Gardens Area

        Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Busch Gardens Area

        3333 East Busch Boulevard, Tampa, FL
           
          4.4 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0

          Walking distance to amusement park. Clean facility. Everything was just right.

          3BR Pool Home by Tom Well IG - 4204E98A
          Reviewed on Oct 21, 2018
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          3BR Pool Home by Tom Well IG - 4204E98A

          3BR Pool Home by Tom Well IG - 4204E98A

          4204 East 98th Avenue, Tampa, FL
             
            1.8 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Overall the location was great, it was very close to Busch Gardens where we took a 20 minutes walk to and from. The house was clean and beds were comfortable. The coordinator, Rasheen, was especially helpful and always answered my questions in a timely manner. Would recommend for people who want ...

            Hyatt Place Busch Gardens $84
            Reviewed on May 16, 2019
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            Hyatt Place Busch Gardens

            Hyatt Place Busch Gardens

            11408 N 30th St, Tampa, FL
               
              4.2 of 5
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Convenient to many restaurants and shopping. 5 minutes from university of south Florida and Busch gardens. Half hour from Downtown Tampa/ airport / university of Tampa. Staff accommodating very clean. Would prefer continental breakfast w room

              Baymont by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens $63
              Reviewed on May 10, 2019
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              Baymont by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens

              Baymont by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens

              3001 University Center Dr, Tampa, FL
                 
                3.4 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0

                I was pleased with the room,every thing was well kept.rooms smelled fresh and clean no bed bugs. Everything convenient and in place at the hotel ,breakfast was awesome and check-in was quick and clerk was super nice and friendly no issues on my end may request to stay in hotel on another trip to ...

                Walk to Amusement Parks
                Reviewed on Mar 6, 2019
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                Walk to Amusement Parks

                Walk to Amusement Parks

                Tampa, FL
                   
                  5.0 of 5
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  The house was great and the owner was very helpful with the internet and suggestions for places to go and things to do in the area.