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Busch Gardens Tampa
3000 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL 33612
888-800-5447
http://seaworldparks.com/en/buschgardens-tampa/
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Roller Coaster Photos
Air Grover
Cheetah Hunt
Cobra's Curse
Gwazi
(Closed)
Kumba
Montu
Python
(Closed)
Sand Serpent
Scorpion
SheiKra

Other Ride Photos
Carousel
Congo River Rapids
Falcon's Fury
Phoenix
Rhino Rally
(Closed)
Sandstorm
(Closed)
Serengeti Train Ride
Skyride
Stanley Falls
Tanganyika Tidal Wave
Tut's Tomb
Ubanga-Banga Bumper Cars
Wild Surge

Theme Park Review Photo Updates
Cheetah Hunt Media Day
Cheetah Hunt Construction Photos
Theme Park Review's Orlando 2008 Trip
Photos from October 2005 Halloween Trip
Photos from May 2005 Memorial Day Weekend Trip
Photos from Spring 2004 trip
Photos From "Florida Trip 2001"
Park Photos From 1997

TPR Member Photo Trip Reports
August 22nd, 2014 by jedimaster1227
August 2012 by biosciking
October, 2011 by cfc
March, 2009 by Electerik
March 31st, 2008 by RCFreak
March 15th, 2007 by Electerik
January 13th 2006 by CoasterPalooza
November 25th, 2005 by SuperGreek1562
1970 Retro Photo TR by Erik Johnson

Attractions
Busch Gardens has a trio of top-notch coasters in Montu, Kumba and Sheikra along with top notch family coasters Cheetah Hunt and Cobras Curse. Falcon's Fury is also a thrilling drop tower

The water rides at the park (especially Congo River Rapids and Tidal Wave) are designed to get you wet so be prepared. The Serengeti Express Railway and, Sky Ride all offer opportunities to view the animals. Lory Landing, Walkabout Way, Myombe Reserve, and Edge of Africa offer the opportunity to be closer to the animals to various degrees. Behind-the-scenes tours are available as an upcharge for private and more personal experiences.

Kids can find solace with smaller rides and play areas in Jungala and the Sesame Street Safari of Fun.
Food
If you plan to spend the whole day (at least two sit-down meals) at Busch Gardens, the All Day Dining Plan is a good deal. The park has mutliple sit-down restaurants with above-average theme-park food that are included in the All Day Dining Plan. Zambai Smokehouse serves BBQ, Zangora Cafe offers healthy alternatives, Dragon Fire Grill offers Italian, American, Asian and Southwest cuisine.
Operating Season
Open year round.
Established Seasonal events
Howl-o-Scream is a nightly Halloween event in October with scare zones and houses requiring a separate admission ticket for entry into the park. All major coasters are open during Howl-o-Scream.
Access & Location
Driving Directions
From the North:
Travel SOUTH on I-75 to FOWLER AVENUE exit. #265. This exit is also the exit for the University of South Florida. Bear right on the exit ramp, and it will lead you directly onto Fowler Avenue. Proceed west on Fowler Avenue to McKinley Drive. (McKinley Drive is the first light past the main entrance to the University.) Turn left on McKinley. Proceed south on McKinley to parking and the main entrance to the park.

From the South:
Travel NORTH on I-75, past the intersection of I-4, to the FOWLER AVENUE exit #265. This exit is also the exit for the University of South Florida. Bear left on the exit ramp, and it will lead you directly onto Fowler Avenue. Proceed west on Fowler Avenue to McKinley Drive. (McKinley Drive is the first light past the main entrance to the University.) Turn left on McKinley. Proceed south on McKinley to parking and the main entrance to the park.

From Orlando: Travel WEST on I-4 to I-75. Go NORTH on I-75 to the FOWLER AVENUE exit #265. This exit is also the exit for the University of South Florida. Bear left on the exit ramp, and it will lead you directly onto Fowler Avenue. Proceed west on Fowler Avenue to McKinley Drive. (McKinley Drive is the first light past the main entrance to the University.) Turn left on McKinley. Proceed south on McKinley to parking and the main entrance to the park.

From St. Petersburg: Travel NORTH on I-275 to the FOWLER AVENUE exit (Exit # 51, Exit # 34). Turn east (right) onto Fowler Avenue and proceed 2.5 miles to McKinley Drive. Turn south (right) onto McKinley and proceed to the main parking lot entrance.

Busch Gardens Shuttle Mears Destination Services offers round-trip motor-coach transportation from several Orlando-area locations to Busch Gardens Tampa.
•The fare for round-trip transportation is less than $20 per person from Orlando attractions (payable at the Busch Gardens Service Desk once you arrive). Transportation is complimentary with multiple-park tickets.
•Passengers are responsible for transportation to and from the designated pickup and drop-off locations in and around the Orlando area. Mears Taxi services are available at a minimal charge by calling (407) 422-2222.
•Arrival time at Busch Gardens is subject to change: could be as late as 11:30 a.m.
•Departure time from Busch Gardens depends on the park’s closing time. Please call the number below for exact departure time.
•Number of stops for each shuttle are not determined until day of trip. Your shuttle could potentially have a maximum of 3 stops on the route.
•For additional information please call 1-800-221-1339.
Nearby Lodging
Many budget hotel chains are located close to the park on Busch Boulevard, but unfortunately these motels are not well kept.
Virtual Queue Options
Two versions of Busch's Quick Queue are available. Regular Quick Queue gives you one-time front-of-the-line access for all the coasters and water rides. Unlimited Quick Queue is exactly what it says for the same rides. Note that some attractions using Quick Queue restrict you to a particular row of seats.
Shows
There is not a standout show at the park, and the animal attractions are recognized as better options when not riding.
Videos
Falcon's Fury 90 Degree Vertical Drop Tower Video
SheiKra Roller Coaster POV
Scorpion Roller Coaster POV
Python Roller Coaster POV
Montu Roller Coaster POV
Cheetah Hunt Roller Coaster POV
Kumba Roller Coaster POV
Gwazi Wooden Roller Coaster POV

Nostalgia
late-1960's Park Brochure - Mark's Postcard Paradise
1974 Park Brochure
1979 Park Brochure - Shane's Amusement Attic
1979 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
early '80s Souvenir Book - Shane's Amusement Attic
1980 Park Brochure - Shane's Amusement Attic
1980 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
1982 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
1983 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
1985 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
1986 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
1987 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
1988 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
1989 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
1990 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
1992 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
1993 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
1996 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
1999 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
2001 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
2003 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
2005 Park Brochure
2006 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
2007 Park Brochure
2009 Park Brochure - courtesy of live2tell75
2011 Park Brochure
Mark's Postcard Paradise

Park Maps
1978 Park Map
1983 Park Map
2004 Park Map
2005 Park Map*
2007 Park Map
2008 Park Map
2009 Park Map
2009 Park Map (Howl-o-Scream)
2010 Park Map
2011 Park Map (Howl-o-Scream)
2012 Park Map*
2016 Park Map

Discussion
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