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Busch Gardens 1 day visit- is it worth it?

Busch Gardens Tampa: Hi everyone! We're in FL for 4 days for a wedding, and we were wondering if it would be a good idea to go to BGE for 1 day?

From Valerie O.
Posted November 4, 2007 at 1:53 PM
My daughter is afraid of coasters: the biggest one she's ridden yet it California Screamin in DCA and she loves woodens like GhostRider at Knotts; but my son is only 6 1/2, and won't ride much of anything. My husband doesn't really like coasters, but will ride them for my daughter, while I stick with my son.

By the way, we are going Dec. 2, its a Sunday.

Should we even make the trip? If so, what rides do we get my daughter on. I have never been to BGE, so any help would be appreciated....


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From Erik Yates
Posted November 4, 2007 at 2:07 PM
Not really. I love Busch and despise disney, but lets face it.....Busch is a coaster park. If they do not like coasters, there are about 6 coasters...4 of which have inversions, 3 of those being fairly tall and intense. There are no dark rides, there are water rides, which being december its hard to say what the case my be weather wise. There are a few flat rides, and a play area for kids as well as a broadway style show and a 4D pirates show.
Is it worth it? Its always worth trying something new,but who knows if you'll have a good time. There are a few animal attractions including feeding the birds, you can take a tour and feed animals there is Rhino Rally, the train, and the skyride. I'm sure you can find enough to do just walking around, but I dont know if you're going to be able to justify paying admission if you're not going to ride the majority of the rides.....which are coasters.

From Iris Hernandez
Posted November 4, 2007 at 3:17 PM
I say try something new, especially for your daughter, but if you dont want to risk it then dont go. Like Erik said, its pretty much a coaster park. I have been there and not ride the coasters and I still had a decent time, but i wouldnt do it again.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted November 4, 2007 at 3:33 PM
I would stick with AK for your animal fix. Its got more or less the same stuff, but is probably closer and both of your kids would enjoy it more! Also Everest would be around the same level as Californian Screamin so your daughter should be OK on it! BGA is a really neat park and I have done it one day. Granted, you won't get on everything, but its not impossible. But yeah, its mostly known for their coasters which are some of the best in the US

From Brian Emery
Posted November 5, 2007 at 11:49 AM
I enjoyed Bush Gardens in May. It’s true there are some nice coasters but the overall park is al great. There is a small coaster called Cheata chase, several water rids, animals, Sky ride , train ride, Bird Avery….. I would go back to BGA during any visit.

I did notice a different crowd than at the Orlando parks. Many locals with Mullets drinking free beer. But that did not bother us. Heck I may have had a few free beers myself. I wanted to feel like a local and join the crowd.

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