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Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Amusement Park- One not to be Missed

I have written quite a bit on things to do in Orlando, Florida, and there is certainly enough to keep tourists busy there for weeks. However, I’d like to bring up another excellent park only about an hour west of Disney World. Busch Garden in Tampa ranks with any of the best theme parks in Orlando you will visit, and has some different variations that you might not find in Orlando’s great parks. A short description of the park might be that it is a zoo with more than 2700 animals, and also having excellent roller coaster rides.

As with any park, it will come to the attractions that are going to draw visitors, and the lineup at Busch Garden is excellent. It has six thrill rides, with Cheetah Hunt probably the most popular. It is their newest roller coaster experience with speeds approaching 60 miles per hour. Others are:

Jungle Flyers
Wild Surge
SandSerpent
Gwazi
Congo River Rapids

Next will be the shows, and these will include holiday and seasonal shows, with a couple, A is for Africa and Critter Castaway which are year around. These shows are obviously very family oriented (in other words targeting children), but are really enjoyable and entertaining. They have three shows for Christmas, and they are all rated very well with the ice skating show the must-see option.

The Exclusive Park Experiences will include a safari where you will be able to get close to such animals as zebras, giraffes and ostriches in an open truck. There are also tours by guides who know every inch of the park and can impart massive amounts of knowledge on the animals living there. Also, with the guide you will be able to get front-line access to most of the major rides.

Speaking generally about the park, it is very large, or at least seems to be. We would give it very high marks on cleanliness, and the staff is professional and courteous, although I don’t think to the level of Disney employees. In a recent change in policy, outside food and drinks are no longer allowed in the park.

Busch Garden’s parks were originally developed as a marketing vehicle for Anheuser-Busch products, and until 2009 featured hospitality houses with their products, including free beer. There were also stables housing the company’s Clydesdale horses, a symbol of the company since 1933. In October 2009 Busch Properties were sold to The Blackstone Group for $2.7 billion. This marked the end to the resident Clydesdales and, unfortunately, the free beer.

On our Best Orlando site we have outstanding combination packages with Busch Garden and Sea World, since they are under the same ownership umbrella. This ticket is to two of the best theme parks in all of Florida, combining the best of land (Busch Garden) and sea (Sea World). As of now, a one-day ticket for each park would cost $110 for adults, $105 for young children. From Orlando, you can easily get to Busch Garden and back and see most everything you want to see.

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