Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL
Let your imagination run wild at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay. Take an African safari or get your blood pumping with thrill packed adventure rides. The park is home to more than 2,000 animals, and gives visitors numerous opportunities for up close and personal encounters with some of the world’s most exotic animals. If wild animals don’t get your adrenaline pumping, the fierce rides certainly will.
Wild and Crazy Rides
Take children on Cheetah Chase for a fast-paced chase through Timbuktu, or get a bird’s eye view of the jungle in The Wild Flyers, and even choose their own flight patterns. For the fearless, try a coaster that drops 135 feet like Kumba, or explore the rivers of Africa in Congo River Rapids. One thing is for sure, all of the rides at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay give guests a one-of-a-kind African adventure.
Lifelike Safari Settings
Jungala intertwines kids’ activities like rope climbing and mazes with animal interactions. Observe apes and monkeys in Myombe Reserve, or go bird watching in Bird Gardens, home to over 500 species of tropical birds. Ride the Serengeti Express Railway through a 65-acre Serengeti habitat; take a night safari and witness the nocturnal behaviors of hippos, lions, and hyenas; or take the Sunset Safari and hand-feed giraffes while encountering other African wildlife. A Keeper for a Day tour is also available for a behind-the-scenes look at Zoo Keeping 101.
Shows and Attractions
KaTonga: Musical Tales from the Jungle takes viewers on a journey through traditional African music, dancing and folklore. For younger audiences, and animal enthusiasts, there is Critter Castaways; a comical show involving a variety of pets and animals that is sure to leave the audience laughing.
The Fountains and Orlando Sunshine Resort are approximately one hour and 15 minutes from your African adventure at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
Busch Gardens Williamsburg: A Tour through Europe
When it comes to European vacations, Williamsburg, Virginia serves as a great alternative. Busch Gardens® Williamsburg features six European countries, recreated on 350 acres of land. Winner of The Most Beautiful Park Award from the National Amusement Park Association for twenty years in a row, this park dedicates itself to authentic European history.
Mingle with historically dressed English characters while Big Ben ticks overhead; then stop at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre for a glimpse into early-stage productions. The addition of plants native to Western Europe plants enhances the charm of your visit. Just don’t forget to stop for scones and tea.
Virginia’s beautiful terrain lends is the perfect place to recreate Scotland. This is where you’ll finally confront the Loch Ness Monster–a steel roller coaster and guest favorite. 2010 saw the addition of Highland Stables, where guests can interact with native Scottish animals and experience centuries-old traditions. It is here that visitors realize just how much work goes into the landscaping and upkeep of this award-winning park.
Smiling Irish Eyes
In Ireland, you can explore ancient castles and lush landscapes with cues from the Megalithic Stone Age of 2400 BC through the mid-19th century. Visit the Irish tavern and Emerald Isle shop to hear authentic Irish music. Celebrate Irish culture with Celtic Fyre, a show presented in the Abbey Stone Theatre filled with stories, singers, musicians and the magic of Irish dance.
The culture of France is brought to life by sidewalk artisans, street cafés and authentic architecture. The French trader’s village gives you the chance to participate in French craftsmanship and culture. If you’re into adventure, buckle up for the Griffon, the world’s tallest, floorless dive coaster. This mythical creature known for its power and speed takes you through France on the ride of your life.
Time for Germany
In Germany, a three-story-high Glockenspiel charms guests with a performance every fifteen minutes while medieval Germanic style is brought to life through the buildings and décor. Gift shops offer authentic items from hand-carved cuckoo clocks, to hand-painted beer steins. In addition, Germany houses many rides, including roller coasters and children’s play areas.
A taste of Italy
Venture into a quaint Italian village where romantic music and architecture create the backdrop to authentic cuisine. A trip through the city of Pompeii, will offer brave guests a chance to escape from angry Mt. Vesuvius aboard a thrilling water ride. Da Vinci’s Garden of Inventions re-creates the amazing works of the brilliant Italian visionary.
Parkside Williamsburg and Patrick Henry Square resorts in Williamsburg, Virginia are right across the street.