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Explore Busch Gardens Florida!
Tampa Bay's #1 Attraction

busch-gardens-raft-ride-floridaOnly an hour's drive from South West Orlando...Busch Gardens Florida is an excellent day out for all the family to have loads of fun.

Here's a quick geographical lesson...The park is located West along the gulf coast area of Tampa Bay Florida, with easy access from Orlando along the much improved I-4 highway. Journey time is around 1-1½ hrs.

We have travelled here a few times during our visits to Orlando Florida, and have never been disappointed with what's on offer...All aspects of this theme park we believe push the right buttons.

From a safari ride on 'Rhino Rally' around the 'Serengeti plains' to the thrill seekers paradise of 'Cheetah Hunt', 'Sheikra', 'Gwazi', 'Montu', 'Scorpion' 'Wild Surge' 'Kumba' 'Falcon's Fury'...get soaked at the 'Congo River Rapids', and enjoy toe tapping dinner shows at the 'Desert Grill' over lunch...Busch Gardens Florida has it all.

News Update!

Starting Jan 2014 - Nov 9th 2014 a cast of 20 brings to life an all-new adventure Iceploration, filled with world-class skaters, more than 75 original costumes, amazing aerial performances, master puppetry and live animal stars, with shows daily in the Moroccan Palace.

Helpful Links:

To help explore Busch Gardens...here's are a few useful tips you might find helpful to get a feel of the place before you arrive...especially if it's your first time. Click on the blue hyperlink of your choice and 'bookmark' if required.

Park Information supplied courtesy of www.buschgardens.com and www. bgtguide.com

"Remember as with all the theme parks, we always recommend an early start"

Arriving At Busch Gardens

I-4-highway-orlando-floridaIf you've decided to drive to the park from Orlando or Kissimmee depending on the time of year (High season) etc this should take you around an hour, check opening times before you leave your home town.

Parking charges as we update this page (2014) are...$17.00 dollars for cars, and $22.00 dollars for preferred parking - close to main entrance into park...these prices are subject to change. Book online parking which start's from $14.01 dollars.

If the shuttle service is your first choice of travel from Orlando, check pick up times when you request your pick-up point in Orlando, you will pay at Busch Gardens service desk on arrival at the park ($10 Dollars per person)...remember it's free if you have purchased Orlando Flex tickets.

Once Inside The Park!

Remember your park map as you enter the park...if you require a stroller/pushchair/wheelchair...make your way round to the right, walk pass lost and found and the hire place is next, these hire charges start from $14 dollars (2012).

sheikra-busch-gardens-tampa-floridaIf you are 'thrill seekers' head straight towards 'Sheikra' as in high season this becomes busy as soon as the gates open...don't forget your park photo...you will be approached.

Now our children are grown up, we personally split up into groups and do our own thing until lunch time and meet up at the 'Desert grill', this is where your mobiles, i-phones, androids etc are useful here just to keep in contact through out the park.

If you have young ones with you, head towards the 'Land of the Dragons'...and the Bird Gardens, they love this area, then hop over to 'Edge of Africa' and take a ride on the train around the Serengeti Plain and the rest of the park (stops are along the way to save those legs).

If we had to criticize Busch Gardens it would be 'Rhino Rally'. Since its opening in 2001 problems have been a regular occurrence with the vehicles and the water bridge...so we would recommend you ask at the gate if the ride is working properly as in the high season this ride becomes extremely busy.

congo-river-rapids-busch-gardens-tampa-floridaThe rest of the park is brilliant and is totally down to you and your family on how you want to approach it...remember what time of year you are going.

During the high season, get the rides out of the way first, as they do become busy...and remember 'you will get wet' on the Congo River Rapids. After the rides enjoy dinner, then explore the colorful shows...

We hope you enjoy your visit to Busch Gardens as much as we do. We recommend you check out the forums above for that personal point of view regarding the park.

"Don't forget if you have come by shuttle bus...remember the time it leaves, it's a long walk back to Orlando"

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