The current version of this description is at .Location: Busch Gardens Tampa is located in Tampa, Florida. You can obtain driving directions by clicking the park's link on Theme Park Insider's Google map of U.S. theme parks.
History: Busch Gardens Tampa opened in 1959 as an animal exhibit and gardens adjacent to Anheuser Busch's Tampa Brewery. It was later developed into a full theme park called Busch Gardens: The Dark Continent. The Park is comprised of eight themed areas including Morocco, Bird Gardens, Stanleyville, Congo, Jungala, Timbuktu, Nairobi, and Egypt. It is meticulously well-maintained and features several major roller coasters, the requisite water rides, plenty of kid-sized attractions, some midway amusements, high quality live shows, expansive animal exhibits, themed shops, and above average theme park dining.
Busch Gardens Tampa is currently operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, a division of The Blackstone Group.
Hours: http://www.buschgardens.com. Busch Gardens is open 365 days a year.
Tickets: Buy online. Always try to buy your tickets in advance, to save time when you get to the park.
Reservations: Busch Gardens offers a variety of guided tours for both animal exhibits and rides. You can book these tours online.
Strategy: If you want to see animals, they tend to be more active in the morning. If you're there for rides, the lines for the major coasters and water rides get longer as the day goes on (except at around an hour before park closing, then the lines are mostly nonexistent everywhere). If you want to see it all, check the show schedules online before you arrive (www.buschgardens.com), arrive early and start at the back of the park, working your way to the front.
Coming In 2011: Busch Gardens will debut a new show, Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, as well as a new roller coaster-with-an-animal-exhibit, Cheetaka. -- Last edited by Robert Niles on September 1, 2010