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Facts about Busch Garden
You will find that Busch Garden is an extraordinary African themed park. In one fantastic park it brings together a combination of rides, animals, and shows. The floorless dive coaster, SheiKra takes you 200 feet up, then you come 90 degrees straight down at speeds of up to 70 mph.
Busch Gardens has more roller coasters than any other park in Florida, although most of the parks are trying to catch up. There is the thrilling family roller coaster, Cheetah Chase, with it' s crazy curves and hairpin turns as well as Montu one of the tallest and longest inverted roller coasters in the world. Screams from this park can be heard some way away!
However with your feet firmly on the ground you can take a self-guided tour around one of the beautiful animal habitats. Jungala, gives you the chance to come face-to-face with some of the world' s most endangered animals, white tigers and orangutans, as well as two signature rides, including a zip line experience and a 3-storey family climbing area, this is a fabulous part of the park for all the family.
Be sure to take your time as you take a walk through Myombe Reserve because it is here you will see wonderful gorillas and playful chimpanzees in their lush, rainforest habitat. Everyone is invited to experience the stunning Broadway style show, KaTonga a musical celebration of animal folklore told through electrifying dance and puppetry. There is so much to explore and experience for visitors young or old.
You will find Busch Gardens about 70 miles from the Orlando theme parks so if you are traveling from there allow about 75 - 90 minutes journey time. Busch Gardens is located at the corner of Busch Boulevard and 40th Street; this is eight miles northeast of downtown Tampa. Depending on where you are coming from this is a rough guide:
Just over one hour from Orlando via Interstate 4
Thirty minutes east of area beaches and Tampa International Airport
Two miles east of Interstate 275 at the Busch Boulevard exit
Two miles west of Interstate 75 at exit 265
Follow the signs for the car parking as there are a number of parking lots at Busch Gardens. Lots A and B are nearest the park entrance and these are reserved for the handicapped and preferred parking. The standard parking is across the street which is where the majority of vehicles are parked. You will be taken to the park entrance via the Busch Gardens Trolley however if you are in lots A or B then it' s just as easy to walk.
Remember to leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy Busch Gardens. Busch Gardens is a big park with lots of attractions and activities to keep you entertained, to do the park justice and see absolutely everything you really need at least one if not two days, especially in peak season. Some people who have traveled from Orlando stay overnight at St Petersburg, Clearwater or the Tampa area so that they can return to Busch Gardens for a second day.
This is a park with loads to see and do.
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