Enjoy a beach vacation in Siesta Key, where there are plenty of activities to entertain the entire family. Siesta Key not only boasts a wealth of beautiful beaches, shopping, dining, and activities, but it is also well positioned for enjoying short road trips to additional entertainment options within a short distance. At approximately an hour’s drive north of Siesta Key lies Tampa Bay, home to the popular theme park, Busch Gardens.
Exploring Busch Gardens
A day of family fun awaits when you spend it at Busch Gardens. This animal themed amusement park offers entertainment that will engage the smallest child through adults. Experience the thrill of an adrenaline rush as you spend the day riding thrill rides and roller coasters, a favorite attraction at Busch Gardens. Scream your way along the track as you ride the Tigris, the country’s tallest launch coaster, try to catch your breath on Falcon’s Fury, which free falls from a 335-foot drop tower, and try not to leave your stomach at the top of the Sheikra, a roller coaster that includes a 200-foot vertical drop. Families traveling with children will want to explore the Serengeti Express, the park’s mellow train ride, and Stanley Falls Fume, a water ride that offers a splash perfect for cooling off on a sunny day. Small children will also enjoy Air Grover, the park’s Sesame Street themed ride.
The unique thing about Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is that it is not simply an amusement park – it is also a zoo! As one of the country’s largest zoos, you’ll find more than 200 animal species that call this park home. The animal’s habitats have been carefully crafted to mimic what they would experience in nature, earning the zoo accolades. Big game animals such as tigers, lions, elephants, and giraffes are all present at Busch Gardens, and there are also animal encounters that allow visitors to get up close and personal with some of the zoo’s animals. Meet some of the park’s penguins, go on a Serengeti Safari aboard an open-air vehicle, or learn more about how to care for an elephant. It’s all possible at Busch Gardens!
Planning Your Excursion to Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens is located in Tampa Bay at 10165 McKinley Dr. Single-day tickets start at $89.99 each, though prices fluctuate with the season and special deals are often available.