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Busch Gardens - Tampa Bay, Florida

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 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 2,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens in Tampa provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age making it one of the most popular places in Florida.

Jungala; The Latest Adventure at Busch Gardens

Jungala Tiger

Discover a colorful village, nestled among towering trees, flowing waterways and elaborate stone structures. Explore a 3-story play land of climbing nets, mazes and exploration tunnels, soar above the treetops on a zip line adventure or launch into the sky from inside a 35-foot waterfall.

From atop the tallest trees or beneath the jungle floor, guests are completely immersed in the animals' world. Multi-tiered habitats allow visitors to connect with two of the world's most endangered species - Bengal tigers and orangutans. View orangutans as they maneuver overhead on O-lines, or watch them rest in rope hammocks through glass platforms in a specially designed treehouse.

Giraff at Jungala

The Tampa animal park features Subterranean caves and underwater windows offer a clear view of tigers swimming in their temperature-controlled plunge pool, while a pop-up dome brings guests face to face with these magnificent predators. Acrobatic gibbons, flying foxes and unusual gharials also make this exotic rainforest home.

Jungle Flyers Two signature rides add to the excitement of Jungala: Jungle Flyers is a zip line experience for young adventurers ages 6 to 13 that offers three different flight patterns above the tree tops. Wild Surge launches 14 passengers out of a mountain crater above a towering waterfall for a thrilling view of the village below. Tree Tops Trails is 3-story climbing area featuring nets, bridges and crawl tubes, allowing families to explore the different layers of jungle life.

At Jungala's center, a vibrant village comes alive with the sights and sounds of this jungle paradise. Towering trees, cascading waterfalls and elaborate stone structures shape the landscape, transporting guests to a mythical place where the inhabitants - both human and animal - live in complete harmony with nature.

Tiger at Jungala

Then, connect up close with exotic jungle animals. Come face-to-face with orangutans and test your strength in a tug of war with a Bengal tiger. It's an unforgettable adventure and an extraordinary mix of discovery and fun in the only jungle in the world that plays with you.


Busch Gardens Rides

SheiKra

SheiKra - North America's first dive coaster sends riders through a breathtaking three-minute journey 200 feet up, then 90 degrees straight down - and that's just the beginning. "Floorless" cars give riders an unobstructed view of the 70 mph rush, and SheiKra was the first dive coaster to incorporate an Immelmann loop (a simultaneous loop and roll), a second, 138-foot vertical drop into an underground tunnel and a water feature finale, all packed into a half-mile of steel track.

Montu

Montu - Feel the ultimate rush on 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.

Kumba - After the blood-curdling thrill 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.

Gwazi - Challenge the dueling forces of Gwazi: two wooden tracks intertwined into the Southeast's largest and fastest double wooden roller coaster. Boasting more than 1.25 million board feet of lumber, Gwazi's Lion and Tiger tracks offer two distinct ride experiences.

Cheetah Chase - Families will love the curves, drops and corkscrews of Cheetah Chase, a five-story "wild mouse" style coaster in Timbuktu. With its top speed of 22 mph and 46" height requirement, Cheetah Chase is the perfect ride for a child's first coaster experience.

Scorpion - Feel the "sting" of Scorpion's terrifying 60-foot drop and 360-degree loop at incredible speeds.

Rhino Rally - This wild jeep tour transports guests aboard an off-road adventure through the wilds of Africa, blending up-close animal encounters with an unpredictable safari competition.

Congo River Rapids - Encounter the swift-flowing white water of the Congo River Rapids. Spin through a geyser and face an ominous waterfall and other thrilling obstacles in a 12-person raft.

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, creating a tidal wave that gets everyone sopping wet.


Animal Adventures

Baby White Rhino on the Serengeti Plain

Serengeti Plain - This habitat features hundreds of exotic African animals that can be seen from the Serengeti Express Railway, Skyride, Serengeti Safari and various walkways. The 65-acre environment includes expansive berms, the largest of which is four acres; tiered and open landscapes covered with native and African grasses, scrub trees and shrubs; rock outcroppings and bluffs replicating natural formations; and naturalistic creek beds and mud banks.

Myombe Reserve - Enter the lush forest where gorillas and chimpanzees can be viewed in this naturalistic rainforest habitat. Tour the Great Ape Domain amid waterfalls and through shrouds of mist and fog to get an up-close look at these majestic primates.

Jambo Junction - Busch Gardens' Nairobi Field Station is transforming to allow greater interaction between guests and the park's animal ambassadors. The new area is called Jambo Junction, a name inspired by a Swahili greeting. At Jambo Junction, guests will have the opportunity to participate in animal feedings, lessons in husbandry and behavior training. Featured animals will include Caribbean flamingos, lemurs, cuscuses, sloths and opossums.

Bird Gardens - Soar over to our Bird Gardens area to check out almost 500 tropical birds from around the globe. You can enjoy the Wild Wings of Africa 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.

Lory Landing - The domed habitat showcases a variety of brilliantly colored birds including several species of parrots, including lorikeets, as well as hornbills and pheasants in both free flight and observational environments. Clydesdale Hamlet: Guests can pose for a picture with one of the World Famous Budweiser Clydesdales during daily photo and petting sessions.

Other Tours and Attractions

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, of course, friendly dragons! The Land of the Dragons' stage features a family-friendly show staring Dumphrey the dragon and friends.

Serengeti Express Train - See the beauty of the Serengeti Plains as you make a round-trip journey from our Nairobi train station on the Serengeti Express Train.

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 1920s. The park's Egypt area also includes an area for kids to do their own digging.

Skyride - View the spectacular scenery as you fly through the air in a cable car that runs between the Crown Colony area and the Congo on the opposite side of the park.

Serengeti Safari - For animal enthusiasts, we offer half hour Serengeti Safari tours daily. This open truck tour offers guests a unique look at our Serengeti Plain habitat and the opportunity to feed giraffes, antelopes and birds by hand! Encounter African wildlife up close with a Busch Gardens education specialist as your guide.

Family-Friendly Safari - This half hour open truck tour is geared for families with small children. It offers guests an opportunity to meet an animal ambassador, as wall as a unique look at our Serengeti Plain habitat hosted by a Busch Gardens' tour guide. Encounter African wildlife up close and hand-feed giraffes!

Busch Gardens General Information

Normal park hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. within a 365-day operating schedule. Hours are extended during select weekend, summer and holiday periods. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a member of the Anheuser-Busch Adventure Park family. Other members include: SeaWorld Adventure Parks in Orlando, San Diego and San Antonio; Adventure Island in Tampa Bay; Discovery Cove in Orlando; Water Country in Williamsburg; Sesame Place near Philadelphia; and Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va. To learn more about the Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks, visit www.4adventure.com, or call toll-free 1-800-4-ADVENTURE.





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