Courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
AAA Editor Notes
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is at 10165 N. McKinley Dr., 2 mi. e. of jct. I-275 at the Busch Blvd exit or 2 mi. w. of I-75 at eit 265. The 335-acre adventure park features thrilling rides, live shows, shopping, dining and a major zoo with thousands of animals.

The newest ride, the Serengeti Flyer, allows guest to be seated back-to-back across two gondolas and reaches speeds of 68 mph and a maximum height of 135 feet at the ride’s peak. .

Tigris, a launch coaster, catapults riders forwards and backwards through twists, drops and rolls at top speeds of over 60 miles-per-hour. If you are looking for something faster, try the new Iron Gwazi reaching top speeds of 76 miles-per-hour with a 206 foot peak.

Cobra's Curse, a spin coaster for the whole family, features a vertical lift 70 feet high and a roller coaster that spins in different directions at 40 mph while a gigantic snake king stares you down.

Dive face down on a 335-foot drop tower, Falcon’s Fury. At the thrill ride’s highest point, riders pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later, they plunge straight down at 60 miles per hour.

Visitors watch in awe as cheetahs sprint across the plains of Cheetah Run. The hair-raising launch coaster Cheetah Hunt simulates a cheetah in pursuit of prey.

Jungala is a village nestled among towering trees where visitors can explore a three-story playland, soar on a zipline adventure, be launched into the sky from inside a 35-foot waterfall, connect up-close with orangutans and engage in a tug-of-war with a tiger.

SheiKra, one of several heart-pounding roller coasters, is a floorless dive coaster that sends riders 200 feet up, then 90 degrees down. Among the kid-friendly attractions in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun area are Elmo's Treehouse Trek, Bert & Ernie's Watering Hole, the Air Grover coaster, the Zoe-patra & the Hippos of the Nile flume ride and The Count's Zambezi Rally car ride.

Edge of Africa offers a walking safari with hippos, lions, meerkats, vultures, Nile crocodiles and lemurs living in naturalistic habitats, remote encampments and African villages.

Myombe Reserve visitors can see lowland gorillas and chimpanzees in a naturalistic setting. The Serengeti Safari Tour takes riders through 65 acres and herds of free-roaming giraffes, zebras, rhinos, antelopes and ostriches.

Kennels, strollers, wheelchairs and lockers can be rented. Allow a full day.

Guided tours are available. Food is available.

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