Busch Gardens - Near Tampa Florida

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Busch Gardens is located on the West Coast of Florida and is around a 1 hour drive from the short term rental villas in Davenport and Clearmont, getting to Busch Gardens could not be easier. Drive straight down the Interstate 4 and then pick up the signs for Busch Gardens once you get near to Tampa.

Busch Gardens is part of the Anheuser Busch Company as is Seaworld in Orlando. The park offers a joint ticket that is well worth the money and a lot cheaper than buying each ticket on the door. At various times of year you can also get special offers and some free extra days by purchasing the joint ticket.

Once you arrive at Busch Gardens the one thing you notice about the park is just how quiet it is compared to Disney and Universal Studios. This is mainly because it is a little out of the way and some families don’t like to drive the 1 hour to get there. If you are happy with this, the park is probably one of the better ones and well worth the visit.

The park is themed around an Africa and has lots of animals and open countryside, intermingled with state of the art roller coasters. Some of the animals you can see are elephants, crocodiles, tigers, birds and reptiles, but to name a few. This theme makes sure Busch Gardens is different from any other theme park in Florida and makes sure the younger ones are kept entertained.

If you are after some adrenalin rush, there are plenty of thrill rides to keep the adults and teens happy. Some of the rides worth taking are SHEIKRA – one of Florida’s only vertical drop roller coasters; CHEETAH – a long fast roller coaster that winds its way around Busch Gardens at over 70mph; KUMBA – an extreme loop roller coaster and one of Florida’s best and MONTU – Another extreme loop roller coaster that hangs you below the tracks.

Like other theme parks there are shows and parades to watch. Although, not on the scale of some of the Disney shows and parades, they are still very good and enhance your overall experience. The children will really like some of the colourful parades and as they are not as busy as the Disney ones, you can normally leave it until the last minute to get a good view.

If you are planning a day out and want to go somewhere a little different than Disney or Universal, Busch Gardens is well worth a visit. Not only is it good value for money (if you buy the double ticket with Seaworld), It is very easy to get to. If you visit during the week and not the weekend (when the locals visit and the park is very busy), you will have an even better time as the queues/lines are not generally shorter. On some days we have visited we have got straight back onto the rides again.

Next time you visit Florida, make sure Busch gardens is on your list.

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