Discounts, accessibility make Busch Gardens Tampa a good choice for visitors in a wheelchair
Written by Daniel Etcheberry
Busch Gardens Tampa is a good tourist destination if you are in a wheelchair. It is not hilly, and the pathways are wide. The admission ticket for the disabled (wheelchair or blind) is half the price of the regular one, but you have to ask for it at the park's front gate. The park's website does not offer this option. Being a theme park where most rides are not wheelchair accessible and they are difficult to transfer, it makes sense that they give a discount for the disabled.
There are two rides that you can take the wheelchair with you: one is the train ride around the park. The space for the wheelchair gives you the same good views of the animals at the Serengeti than the regular seats. For a closer look at the animals, take the Serengeti Safari; you go on an open air vehicle (that is wheelchair accessible) around the Serengeti Plain. You will have the opportunity to feed the giraffes. The Safari is not included in the park's admission.
The rest of the park offers other animals' exhibitions, live shows, and a 4D theater. All of them are wheelchair accessible. The tiger exhibition's best spots to see them very close through the domes are not wheelchair accessible. If going to Sesame Street Safari of Fun, be careful with the toddlers who love to get under the wheelchair; NEVER go backwards unless you are sure there is no toddler behind you.
Overall, Busch Gardens Tampa is a good destination for everyone.
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