Busch Gardens is home to one of the largest zoos in the U.S. , it has a beautiful and manicured landscape of roller coasters, water rides, themed kids’ play areas and character interactions that stray from Florida’s dominant mouse paradigm. In short it is a zoo with rides! I believe this is the perfect equation for an unforgettable family getaway.
There are three reasons why families particularly enjoy spending a day at Busch Gardens: the beautifully landscaped grounds, activities that appeal to every age range, and opportunities to see exotic animals up close and even feed them by hand; over 2,700 animals, from aardvarks to zebras, are housed here in surprisingly natural environments that are spread across 335 acres. And of course this is NO Disney and they have shorter hours of operation. But there is NO shortage of friendly helpful staff and things to do.
Busch Gardens’ free-roaming habitat for African wildlife is thought to be the largest such environment outside of Africa, and zebras, giraffes, hippos, lions, gorillas, chimpanzees and more call it home. That is why we would occasionally find ourselves entrenched in lush scenery as we explored the park, almost as if we’d entered a jungle. That’s one of the things that makes Busch Gardens so unique, which is emphasising on animals and their natural habitats in addition to having thrill rides.
Whether you’re looking for a zoo-like experience complete with kangaroos eating from your hand and safari trips across a realistic savannah, live shows that cater to your two year old and let him cuddle with Elmo, or thrill rides that will keep the teens in your entourage thinking you’re the best parents around, Busch Gardens is that rare theme park that offers a heavy dose of something for every age child.
You can tour the entire park in one day, but devoting two days to your visit will let you explore all of the attractions at a more leisurely pace. So consider tacking on a few extra days while you’re in these parts to make the most of your family vacation.
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