Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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    Welcome to Busch Gardens

    The entrance to the park looks like an African village, complete with market stalls.
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    Florida Theme Park and Animal Park

    It's a thrill ride park. It's a zoo. It's two parks in one! And it doesn't skimp on either the thrills or the animals. See the unique park, including its world-class coasters and its up-close views of wild and exotic animals.

    The entrance to the park looks like an African village, complete with market stalls.

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    Yep, it's Busch GARDENS

    Busch Gardens is really three parks in one: a ride park, an animal park, and a botanical park.
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    Busch Gardens is really three parks in one: a ride park, an animal park, and a botanical park, as this lovely orchid display demonstrates.

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    Two Tracks Are Better than One

    Gwazi is a dual-track wooden roller coaster.
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    Gwazi is a dual-track wooden roller coaster.

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    Now, That's What I Call Hospitality

    The Hospitality Center at Busch Gardens Africa serves complimentary Anheuser-Busch beer products.
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    The Hospitality Center at Busch Gardens Africa serves complimentary Anheuser-Busch beer products.

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    Water-Spewing Dragon

    Land of the Dragons at Busch Gardens Africa offers pint-sized rides for the park's younger guests.
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    Land of the Dragons at Busch Gardens Africa offers pint-sized rides for the park's younger guests.

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    Pretty in Pink

    The Flamingoes at Busch Gardens are quite photogenic.
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    The Flamingoes at Busch Gardens are quite photogenic.

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    Orchid-Mania

    Another lovely orchid display at Busch Gardens Tampa.
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    Another lovely orchid display at Busch Gardens Tampa.

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    Get Ready to Shiek, er, Shriek

    One of Busch Garden's signature coasters is SheKra, a floorless diving coaster.
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    One of Busch Garden's signature coasters is SheKra, a floorless diving coaster. After climbing a steep lift hill and making a sweeping 180-degree turn, the unique 24-passenger cars hang momentarily before diving 200 feet straight down.

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    Again?!

    SheiKra makes a second vertical dive into an underground, fog-shrouded tunnel.
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    SheiKra makes a second vertical dive into an underground, fog-shrouded tunnel.

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    Big, Wet Finish

    As SheiKra heads back to the loading station, it sends a plume of water onto the midway.
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    As SheiKra heads back to the loading station, it sends a plume of water onto the midway at Busch Gardens.

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    Tiger's Beat

    The Jungala area at Busch Gardens Africa includes an exhibit featuring Bengal tigers.
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    The Jungala area at Busch Gardens Africa includes an exhibit featuring Bengal tigers.

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    Who Is in the Cage?

    The tiger exhibit includes a pop-up dome from which guests can get an up-close view of the animals.
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    Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa, Florida

    The tiger exhibit includes a pop-up dome from which guests can get an up-close view of the animals.

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    Make Like a Monkey

    Jungala includes an elaborate climbing structure.
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    Jungala includes an elaborate climbing structure.

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    Bang on the Drums All Day

    Guests can make their own music at Jungala.
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    Guests can make their own music at Jungala.

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    Monkey in the Middle

    Jungala includes a viewing glass embedded into the floor of the orangutan exhibit.
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    Jungala includes a viewing glass embedded into the floor of the orangutan exhibit. A hammock beneath the glass encourages the orangutans to hang around and check out the humans (and vice-versa).

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    Jungala's Hosts

    Colorful characters meet and greet the guests at Jungala.
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    Colorful characters meet and greet the guests at Jungala.

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    Hang on for the Surge

    The Surge is a mini freefall ride inside a mountain crater at Jungala.
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    The Surge is a mini freefall ride inside a mountain crater at Jungala.

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    Montu Much Fun

    Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa is one of the world's best inverted roller coasters.
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    Montu at Busch Gardens Tampa is one of the world's best inverted (trains hang beneath the track) roller coasters.

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    Quite a Feet

    The feet of Montu's riders dangle as the coaster runs its course.
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    The feet of Montu's riders dangle as the coaster runs its course.

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    Under and Over

    With the train hanging beneath the tracks, Montu sends its passengers racing upside down into a loop
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    With the train hanging beneath the tracks, Montu sends its passengers racing upside down into a loop.

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    Through the Catacombs

    One of Montu's unique features is its underground passageways.
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    One of Montu's unique features is its underground passageways. The coaster dives low to the ground into the four chambers.

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    The King of Busch Garden's Jungle

    The Edge of Africa exhibit includes lions.
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    The Edge of Africa exhibit includes lions.

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    Dinner Time

    Baby meerkats nurse with their mother at the Edge of Africa exhibit at Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa
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    Baby meerkats nurse with their mother at the Edge of Africa exhibit at Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa.

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    Scenic Route

    The train at Busch Gardens Africa travels through the middle of its Serengeti Plain.
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    The train at Busch Gardens Africa travels through the middle of its Serengeti Plain and offers passengers some up-close views of the free-roaming animals, such as these rhinos.

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    All Together Now: Awwww!

    A weeks-old baby zebra at Busch Gardens.
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    A weeks-old baby zebra at Busch Gardens.

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    The Long and Short of It

    For an extra fee, Busch Gardens Africa offers Serengeti Safari Tours.
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    For an extra fee, Busch Gardens Africa offers Serengeti Safari Tours which takes guests aboard open trucks into the Serengeti Plain for real close and personal interactions with the animals.

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    Ewww!

    This guest takes
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    This guest takes "real close and personal interactions with the animals" to a whole new level.

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    Flowers at the Restaurant

    A lovely topiary animal guards the Crown Colony, the full service restaurant at Busch Gardens Tampa.
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    A lovely topiary animal guards the Crown Colony, the full service restaurant at Busch Gardens Tampa. The tables overlook the Serengeti Plain.

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    In a While...

    An alligator suns himself at Busch Gardens Africa.
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    An alligator suns himself at Busch Gardens Africa.