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Busch Gardens - Tampa

Busch Gardens is the ultimate family adventure park offering an array of fascinating attractions based on exotic encounters with the African continent. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos featuring more than 2,700 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens provides unrivaled "real" excitement for guests of every age.

Busch Gardens is loctaed on the outskirts of Tampa which is about 50 miles West of South Palms Villa and is easily reched via the I4. Given our location you can be on the I4 and on your way in 5 minutes as the intersection with the US27 is that close. It's not by accident that Busch Gardens has also been labelled "The Best Thrill Park in Florida" due to it's amazing rollercoaster rides that seem to get better and better the more you ride them.

Wicked Rollercoasters

SheiKra - the only dive-coaster in the U.S.A. is now OPEN. Set amongst the jungle ruins of a once-mighty African civilization, SheiKra begins by carrying riders up 200 feet then hurtling them 70 mph straight down at a 90-degree angle. It will be the first coaster of its kind in North America and only the third in the world, but no other dive coaster can match the height, speed and intensity SheiKra will offer. At 200 feet, SheiKra now takes the crown as Florida's tallest roller coaster. This thrill machine is also the tallest dive coaster in the world and the first of its kind to incorporate an Immelmann loop (a rolling maneuver), a second, 138-foot dive into an underground tunnel and a water-feature finale. With more than half a mile of steel track, SheiKra offers a total ride time of just over three minutes. With its adrenalin-pumping vertical drops, high speed, multiple coaster elements and overall experience, SheiKra is certain to fulfill thrill seekers' expectations and solidify Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's standing as the state's coaster king, said Dan Brown, executive vice president and general manager, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. As the eighth member of the park's family of renowned coasters, the name SheiKra evokes the power and speed of an African hawk as it plunges, twists and turns, giving riders a bird's-eye view of an adventure unlike any other. SheiKra will serve as the centerpiece of Busch Gardens' newly themed Stanleyville area, which will also include shopping options and the new 500-seat, indoor/outdoor Zambia Smokehouse. The restaurant is situated on the coaster's perimeter, allowing guests to be a part of the action while dining..."
Gwazi - is Busch Gardens mammoth double wooden coaster. It's also the Southeast's largest and fastest double wooden roller coaster, boasting more than 1.25 million board feet of lumber and more than 2 million bolted connections. Named after a fabled lion with a tiger's head, Gwazi races riders through almost 7,000 feet of track and six "flyby" maneuvers in which trains pass within feet of each other at crossing speeds of 100 mph. Gwazi is in reality two distinct coasters intertwined: Gwazi Tiger has an element that gives riders a slalom sensation, more like a bobsled than a wooden coaster. Gwazi Lion's highlight is a seemingly continuous number of spirals.
Kumba - one of the world's best roller-coasters! After the terror of an initial 135 foot drop, you will plunge from 110 feet into a diving loop, feel a full 3 seconds of absolute weightlessness while spiraling 360 degrees, and tear through one of the world's largest vertical loops. Height Restriction: Minimum of 54" tall. Other restrictions may apply.
Python - This thrilling roller coaster will make you scream through a double spiraling corkscrew and an intense 70 foot plunge -- just for starters! Height Restriction: Minimum of 48" tall. Other restrictions may apply.
Scorpion - terrifying 60 foot drop and 360 degree loop at incredible speeds. You can find the Scorpion in Timbuktu... If you dare! Height Restriction: Minimum of 42" tall. Other restrictions may apply.
Encounter the swift-moving white-water of the Congo River Rapids. Spin through a geyser, face an ominous waterfall and other thrilling obstacles in a 12-person raft.
Feel the ultimate rush on Montu - one of the tallest and longest inverted roller coasters in the world! Experience the thrill of an inverse diving loop and a 60-foot vertical loop while you endure speeds of over 60 miles per hour and a G-force of 3.85! Height Restriction: Minimum of 54" tall. Other restrictions may apply.
Cool off on Stanley Falls . Our Log Flume whisks your whole family through a splashing trip ending in a 40-foot drop that's sure to get you soaked!

Tanganyika Tidal Wave - Watch out when your seemingly tranquil jungle journey aboard a 20-passenger boat ends with a sudden plunge down a 55-foot drop. This creates an enormous wave that gets everyone sopping wet. You must be 48 inches tall and other restrictions may apply. Believe me, if you are standing on the bridge when the boat comes down the slope .... you WILL get wet. Dont believe me? Take a look at this and Yes, our 2.4 children are in the front .......

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Animal Attractions

Bird Gardens - Soar over to our Bird Gardens area to check out almost 500 tropical birds from around the globe. These birds will amaze and delight you with their glorious colors and raucous calls. You can enjoy the Wild Wings of Africa live show, see our feather-filled aviary, and experience the powerful presence of bald and golden eagles in Eagle Canyon. After the show you can talk to conservation educators about how to attract birds to your own backyard.
Birds of Prey - Take a fascinating journey into the world of rare, majestic, and remarkable raptors. From eagles to free-flying falcons, the Birds of Prey have returned in an incredible presentation.
Edge of Africa - Have the most intense wildlife experience outside of Africa and immerse yourself in the culture of the African continent as you experience its majestic wildlife. Take a self-guided walking tour through a scenic habitat of hippos, hyenas, meerkats, vultures, a Nile crocodile, baboons and more.
Lory Landing - The domed habitat showcases a variety of brilliantly-colored birds including several species of parrots. Lorikeets, hornbills, and pheasants also roam through Lory Landing's free-flight and observational environments.
Rhino Rally - transports guests aboard an off-road adventure through the wilds of Africa. Guests experience a blend of up-close animal encounters with an unpredictable safari competition. You must be 39 inches tall and a minimum of 3 years of age accompanied by an adult to ride Rhino Rally. Other safety restrictions may apply.
Serengeti Plain - The Serengeti Plain features hundreds of exotic African animals that can be seen from the Serengeti Express Railway, Skyride, Serengeti Safari, and various walkways within naturalistic environments featuring rolling landscapes, elevated terrain and lush vegetation.
Myombe Reserve - Enter the lush forest where gorillas and chimpanzees can be viewed in the naturalistic habitat of Myombe Reserve. Tour the Great Ape Domain amid waterfalls and through shrouds of mist and fog to get an up close look at these majestic primates.
Clydesdale Hamlet - Busch Gardens offers something for everyone including a visit with the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales.

Other Attractions

Sky Ride - View the spectacular scenery as you fly through the air from the Crown Colony area to the Congo on the opposite side of the park on Skyride.
Serengeti Railway - Experience first hand the sheer beauty and scale of the Busch Garden's Serengeti Plain. It's famous, like the real thing in Africa, for its large free-roaming herds of African animals. There's no better way to see giraffe, zebra, antelope, ostrich and much, much more. You'll travel around this slice of African bush on the Serengeti Express Railway, making stops at the Congo and Stanleyville.
The Land of the Dragons - includes our three-story-tall tree house, an enchanted forest, one-of-a-kind slides, a gentle waterfall, wonderful rides and friendly dragons. The Land of the Dragons' stage features the Dumphrey's Special Day Show. Height restriction for children's rides are up to a maximum of 56 inches tall and other restrictions may apply.
King Tut's Tomb - Travel back in time to the mysteries of King Tut's Tomb. You'll get to visit a realistic replication of King Tut's burial site as it was being excavated in the 1920's. Kids can do some digging of their own.