Busch Gardens is an exciting, African-themed attraction; and is also one of the country’s largest zoological institutions; with over 2,700 animals for visitors to see. There are plenty of rides and shows; and highlights include Congo River Rapids, Sand Serpent, Falcons Fury and the recently added Sesame Street Safari of Fun, suitable for younger guests.
Eating at Busch Gardens
At Busch Gardens, you can give the kids a treat they’ll never forget by arranging lunch with Elmo and Friends. The Crown Colony Café has great pizzas and sandwiches or you could enjoy some tasty barbequed food from the Zambia Smokehouse.There are also plenty of places to grab a snack, such as Kettle Corn for some delicious flavored popcorn, Sultan’s Sweets for some home-made candy or the Kenya Kanteen for a proper all-American hotdog.
Here’s a few helpful tips to ensure that your time at Busch Gardens is as unforgettable as possible.
Get animal spotting. If you want to see the animals when they’re at their most active, visit them in the morning or late in the afternoon.
Get your random fact. All members of Busch Garden staff are animal experts. Ask them for a random fact, and they’ll give you one!
Take a poncho. There are water rides here, and it’s possible you’ll get wet. Be prepared.
Do a meet and greet. After the shows, hang around for a while and you’ll be able to talk with the performers and get their autographs.
Tour Guides. If you want to do Busch Gardens in style, hire a tour guide. They’ll get you to the front of the lines and get you priority seats for the shows.
The Best Attractions at Busch Gardens
There’s plenty of great rides at this fabulous them park. Here’s some of our favorites.
Falcon’s Fury. If you’ve got a head for heights and feel like plummeting at incredible speeds down to earth, this is definitely the ride for you. Good luck!
Sheikra. This fun rollercoaster has a great descent, which promises to give a great buzz to even the most ardent thrill-seeker.
Skyride. For a change of pace, climb aboard the Skyride and look at all the animals from a whole new perspective.
Tanganyika Tidal Wave. This ride is every bit as wet and wild as the name implies. It’s also big on thrills and breath-taking exhilaration, so it’s not for the faint-hearted.
Serengeti Railway. Children will be delighted at the chance to see the animals aboard their very own train.
Opening hours vary, please visit the official Busch Gardens site for further details.
Ticket prices vary, please click here for further details.
How to Get There:
From Orlando, take the I4 to the I75. Go north, then take the Fowler avenue exit (265). Bear left on to Fowler Avenue, then head west to Mckinley Drive. Proceed south on Mckinley to Busch Gardens. Parking is available.
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