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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
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Exotic animals and thrill rides all on the one site at this theme park and zoo designed for the whole family.

Busch Gardens is an African-themed adventure park featuring more than 2,000 exotic animals, roller coasters, thrill rides, shows and exhibits. The 335-acre (135-hectare) site is divided into eight themed areas. Each area has its own attractions, and animals living in natural-style habitats.

The Serengeti Plain is one of the park’s most popular destinations. This 65-acre (26-hectare) replica of the African region is home to hundreds of free-roaming animals, including giraffes, zebras, white rhinos, ostriches and impalas.

Observe animals from aboard the Serengeti Express train, or on the Skyride, a cable-car trip that covers most of the park. Seats on both rides are included in the price of admission. Reserve a place on the Serengeti Safari, a trek across the plain in an open-top vehicle. You’ll stop by some of the animals to feed them by hand. For prices and details, visit the park’s official website.

Head on over to Jungala, a themed village that features rides, live entertainment and close-up viewing areas of Bengal tigers, crocodiles, gibbons and orangutans.

Animals are only part of the appeal of Busch Gardens. Take a deep breath and summon your nerves for Sheikra, a dive coaster that travels straight down a 90-degree drop at 70 miles (113 kilometers) per hour. Cheetah Hunt is a 4,400-foot (1,340-meter) long coaster that travels inside the Serengeti and down into a rocky gorge. It reaches a top speed of 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour.

Take younger thrill seekers and animal lovers to Sesame Street Safari of Fun. There are child-sized rides, a water play area and lots of Sesame Street characters.

Busch Gardens is situated approximately 8 miles (13 kilometers) northeast of downtown Tampa. The amusement park is open every day of the year. Opening hours are updated each week. Check the website for up-to-date information. There is pay parking available.

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF Busch Gardens
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF Busch Gardens
2.5 out of 5
2807 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $109 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14

Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island and University of South Florida. Moffitt ...

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"Bed was really nice, bigger room and newer bathroom"…"

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Baymont by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens
Baymont by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens
2.5 out of 5
3001 University Center Dr, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $81 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18

Located in Terrace Park, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island. Moffitt ...

3.4/5 (970 reviews)

"Staff was nice. Pool was fun. Could see the rollercoasters from our room and my kids liked that. Loved the separate sitting and sleeping areas. Patio was super small, can't even really get a chair out there, but it was still nice to get some fresh air."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 5, 2020

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La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens
2.5 out of 5
9202 N 30th St, (718), Tampa, FL
The price is CA $90 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Located in Terrace Park, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Adventure Island and University of South Florida. Moffitt Cancer Center ...

3.3/5 (989 reviews)

"Loved my stay, only negative was that the floors were really dirty. My daughter walked atound batefoot and her feet were black. But other then that our stay was good!"…"

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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF Busch Gardens
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF Busch Gardens
2.5 out of 5
2807 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $109 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
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Baymont by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens
Baymont by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens
2.5 out of 5
3001 University Center Dr, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $81 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18
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La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens
2.5 out of 5
9202 N 30th St, (718), Tampa, FL
The price is CA $90 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9
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Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Busch Gardens Area
Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Busch Gardens Area
2.5 out of 5
3333 East Busch Boulevard, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $127 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 15
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa USF Near Busch Gardens
Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa USF Near Busch Gardens
3.5 out of 5
3705 Spectrum Blvd, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $119 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
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3BR House in Tampa by Tom Well IG - 2911
3.5 out of 5
2911 E 98th Avenue, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $219 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
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Hyatt Place Busch Gardens
Hyatt Place Busch Gardens
3 out of 5
11408 N 30th St, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $115 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
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Tampa Inn - Near Busch Gardens
2 out of 5
2901 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $79 per night from Dec 5 to Dec 6
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Quality Inn & Conference Center
Quality Inn & Conference Center
2.5 out of 5
2701 E Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL
The price is CA $79 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18
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