Busch Gardens Tampa is a 19th century African-themed animal amusement park situated in the city of Tampa, Florida. It consists of 335sections of land (136 ha) and was known as Busch Gardens Africa a very long time ago. It opened on March 31, 1959 as a free hospitality facility for Tampa Anheuser-Busch, which provided free beer tasting as well as a flying creature garden and the ‘Stairway to the Stars’ which was an elevator that took visitors to the top of the bottling plant.
The park is controlled by Sea World Parks and Entertainment and is currently accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquarium (AZA). Its main focus always has been on its tropical landscape, exotic animals and amusement park to attract tourists.
There are many exciting features and attractions in the park including replica train cars from the Serengeti Railway that runs along the edge of the park and makes stops at themed areas of the park at Nairobi, Congo and Stanleyville. It is a 3 ft narrow gauged steam train.The Sky ride will transport visitors between Crown Colony and Stanleyville.
This theme park has a variety of animals and birds exhibits in the zoo part of the park. The most famous exhibit is known as “The Edge of Africa”, a famous walk through for tourists to observe the free roaming African animals. It exhibits lions, giraffe, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, vultures and more.
It also has wondrous and amazing roller coasters for adults as well as the children. Gwazi, a wooden roller coaster is 105 ft. long and runs at 51 mph, a high speed, and breathtaking roller coaster for adults which is duel sided crossing each other seven times a ride. It also contains attractions from Land of the Dragon for the kids to have the time of their lives. It consists of an interactive play area, a water play area, swing ride and a children’s roller coaster. It also has a beautiful water park and different exotic and mind blowing water rides. This water park is most famous for the first and the only Dive coasters in the United States.