Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Day at Busch Gardens in Tampa

This week we visited Busch Gardens in Tampa. For me, someone who loves roller coasters and animals, this place is like a dream come true. My husband and I enjoy the rides, and I get the added bonus of seeing plenty of animals while we walk throughout the park. My husband and I are both happy taking a day to enjoy all that Busch Gardens has to offer.

Our first visit to Busch Gardens was last spring when my in-laws visited, and since my husband and I are Florida residents we enjoy free visits to Busch Gardens all year long after just that one visit! Needless to say, we've tried making the most of our tickets over this past year. This last visit was a productive one. I actually brought along my dSLR camera this time and snapped some photos of the rides and animals. I hope you'll enjoy the pictures.

snapped this photo of riders on Cheetah Hunt from the skyride

Sheikra, one of our favorite rides in the park!

the skyride offers a relaxing trip above the park and views of animals and rides too

another view from the skyride

gorillas in the Myombe Reserve

this one had his lower lip stuck out and appeared to be pouting

lots of flamingos

cute little kangaroo in Walkabout Way

 getting up close and personal with kangaroos

 they might even lick your fingers

snap photos quickly, they're fast!

you can pet the kangaroos, they don't seem to mind

We spent the majority of the day at Busch Gardens. Visiting on a week day in the fall most definitely has some benefits. The temperatures were hot but not unbearable. Plus the lines for rides were fairly short, and we managed to ride four roller coasters in about 40 minutes. The only ride with a big line was the train, but that's only because it was closed all morning due to a rhino giving birth on the tracks. It was another fun day at Busch Gardens!

I also took tons of photos of the birds in Lory Landing. There are so many pictures I want to share those next week. Come back on Monday for plenty of pictures of these beautiful birds.

Do you have a local place you enjoy
visiting over and over again?


  1. Those rollercoasters look awesome! I love high adrenaline rides like that. I can't believe you got to pet the kangaroo, too!!

    Since the bf and I have been dating, we've managed to go do Disneyland once a year. It's not exactly local (it's a 6 hour drive!) but it's close enough that we try to make it an annual thing. I can never get enough. The only thing that could make Disneyland better is a petting zoo!

  2. I used to have a favorite place until I moved. When we lived in Colorado, we would visit Rocky Mountain National Park. It was so pretty and reminded me of home. The tempuratures in the summer were way better than Denver. Esther Norine Designs

  3. How fun!!! I love the pictures of the flamingos and the kangaroos!

  4. I'm sure I've said this before, but I love seeing familiar places back "home" through your blog posts :) I'm glad you guys had a lovely time!

  5. I'm sure I've said this before, but I love seeing familiar places back "home" through your blog posts :) I'm glad you guys had a lovely time!

  6. I love rollercoasters. Especially suspended ones where your legs hang. My first roller coaster was actually at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. Alpengeist. I love it, still! It's cool that the Tampa park is animal themed. The one in VA is country themed. We love eating in the Octoberfest tent! I am so glad you had a fun day at the park... and how awesome is it that you didn't have long lines? That never happens to me!

  7. A rhino birth?! How awesome is that? What a fun day. Those kangaroos are sooo cute. It's always great to have a day just to yourselves!