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Summer fun at Busch Gardens Tampa!



We had the privilege to spend father's day at Busch Gardens this year and boy did we have a BLAST!  Busch Gardens is one of the most entertaining, photo friendly parks around. My husband really enjoys going to parks, even though he is not able to get on most of the rides due to vertigo. This is our 3rd time visiting Busch Gardens in Tampa, and we are never disappointed. Well, maybe the fact that Falcon's Fury is still not open was a bummer for me, still had a blast anyways.
We decided to visit the animals first because it's the most interesting part of the park, in my opinion. We took our time exploring through different parts of the animal area.  We rode the train and saw a lot of different animals up close, the ride was not tiring or too long. We also walked through the bird aviary, the gorillas, tigers, and kangaroo. Unlike other zoo's this part of the park was clean and beautiful to walk through. If you'd like to get even a little more hands on with the animals, for an extra fee, you may trek across the plain on a Serengeti Safari, even stopping to feed the giraffes!
Our next stop was Pantopia the fully-remodeled land featuring thrilling rides and attractions, sensational new culinary options, exciting entertainment, shopping, an indoor theater and more. Our favorite in this area was the "Untapped" show (located at the Pantopia Grill Theater) it was perfect timing because it began to rain and a lot of the rides where shut down because of it. My husband had a Bacon Pretzel in the Pantopia area which he loved. My daughter also enjoyed the merry go round. The huge tower in the picture above is the main attraction at Pantopia called Falcon's Furythe tallest freestanding drop tower in North America which will open later on this summer.

We then decided to get on rides and thankfully the lines were not long at all. If you love roller coasters of all types, sizes and speeds, you'll find one in every area of the park. SheiKra, Montu, Cheetah Hunt were a blast...but hang onto your seats! For the little ones there is also a Sesamee St area for them to play and the characters come out for meet and greets.

We ate at the smoke house and the food was pretty good, but a little pricey, but that is always expected at a theme park.

Few Tips for Families
  • Wear and Bring lots of Sun Screen
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes
  • Pack light.They DO allow coolers, up to a certain size, so you can pack a few snacks too.
  • To save time and money Buy your tickets online 
  • During the summer arrive early so rain does not ruin the experience.
  • If you are a Florida resident, purchase the fun card and passes to get in free year round


Overall, we had a wonderful father's day at Busch Gardens and can't wait to visit again in the fall. 

Planning a visit to Busch Gardens Tampa visit www.buschgardens.com
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We were provided complimentary admission for the purpose of review, but all words and opinions are 100% my own