Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida

I love Busch Gardens, Tampa, and its 335 acre African theme animal park.   It is truly a zoological institutions with 2,700+ animals on exhibit.  With something for everyone – tropical landscapes, exotic animals, amusements, shows and more, it is a must-see attraction. Music upon entering park at Morocco set the stage for relaxation and fun.  Returned before departure to indulge in some treats and purchase souvenirs.

Recommend the Crown Colony House as its view of the Serengeti is the best.  On the Serengeti Plain, I observed zebra, giraffe, bongo, addax, gazelle, impala, ostrich, marabou stork, crowned crane and bison up close.

Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens Tampa

In Myombe Reserve, I checked out what some consider man’s evolutionary ancestor gorillas and chimpanzees.

Busch Gardens Tampa

At the Edge of Africa, I saw closeup meerkat, lion, hyena, hippo, and lemur.

Busch Gardens Tampa

Squeamish me   oped out of Curiosity Caverns, but hubby and Middle Son like typical boys delighted at its bats, snakes, lizards, tamarinds, and sugar gliders.

Busch Gardens Tampa

Adult thrill seekers who demand roller coasters, Busch Gardens is the place to be.  Tough to choose which particular style coaster is best among Floorless  SheiKra, steel Kumba  and MONDU, wooden Gwazi, mouse Sand serpent, and flume Stanley Falls.

The Sesame Street Safari of Fun, once Land of the Dragons, has been expanded.  Its children’s attractions include interactive play area Telly’s Jungle Jam, swing Diembe-Fly-Away, water play area Bert & Ernie’s watering Hole, and kid coaster Air Grover.

Refurbishing, renovations, and new additions underway, I managed to miss Jungala – my big regret.  I love cats. I appreciate seeing free-roaming animals in a natural habitat.  Caged beasts simply put do not exhibit as well.  Except for the  absence of the magnificent Anheiser-Busch strong, well-muscled draft Clydesdale horses, everything I experienced was positive.

I appreciated its landscaping, specifically its topiaries.  When I wandered about taking pictures on my electric scooter, hubby complained it wasn’t fair since he had to use   pedestrian power to tour Busch Gardens, Tampa’s 335 acres.  I smiled and reminded him that other options include  the monorail, cable car, and train he decided against.

Busch Gardens Tampa

Admission to the attraction featured in this review was provided for the sole purpose of review. This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of my family and/or self. Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.

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