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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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Lodging Near Busch Gardens

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La Quinta Inn Tampa-Near Busch Gardens

La Quinta Inn Tampa-Near Busch Gardens

9202 N 30th St, Tampa
3.3
of 5, from 1,758 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This hotel is located 1 mile from the entrance to Busch Gardens, 2 miles from Adventure Island water park and University of South Florida, and less than 9 miles from downtown Tampa.

$63
Econo Lodge Busch Gardens

Econo Lodge Busch Gardens

4139 E Busch Blvd, Tampa
2.7
of 5, from 812 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Tampa, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Adventure Island and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from University of South Florida. Museum of Science and Industry and USF Sun Dome are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$118
Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Busch Gardens Area

Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Busch Gardens Area

3333 East Busch Boulevard, Tampa
4.4
of 5, from 58 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Tampa, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Adventure Island and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from University of South Florida. University of South Florida Botanical Gardens and University Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$98
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF Busch Gardens

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF Busch Gardens

2807 E Busch Blvd, Tampa
4.1
of 5, from 1,166 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Adventure Island and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from University of South Florida. University Mall and University of South Florida Botanical Gardens are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$58
Tampa Inn - Near Busch Gardens

Tampa Inn - Near Busch Gardens

2901 E Busch Blvd, Tampa
2.2
of 5, from 1,495 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Tampa, this motel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Adventure Island and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from University of South Florida. University of South Florida Botanical Gardens and University Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Budget Friendly Cozy 3 Bedroom Pool Home Located In Central Tampa

Budget Friendly Cozy 3 Bedroom Pool Home Located In Central Tampa

4204 E 98th Ave, Tampa
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Tampa, this vacation home is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Adventure Island and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from University of South Florida. Museum of Science and Industry and USF Sun Dome are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$114
Baymont Inn & Suites Tampa Near Busch Gardens

Baymont Inn & Suites Tampa Near Busch Gardens

3001 University Center Dr, Tampa
3.4
of 5, from 2,253 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of South Florida Botanical Gardens and Adventure Island. University of South Florida is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

$52
Rodeway Inn

Rodeway Inn

2307 East Busch Boulevard, Tampa
2.2
of 5, from 468 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Tampa, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Adventure Island, University Mall, and University of South Florida Botanical Gardens. Moffitt Cancer Center is 3.1 mi (4.9 km) away.