Covering over three hundred acres, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida is one of the largest zoos in North America. More than a zoo, however, the attraction features shows, shopping, roller coasters, and interactive experiences, in addition to the abundant animals. Busch Gardens Tampa is also engaged in widespread animal conservation efforts, establishing itself as a world-class animal care facility.
Originally the hospitality center for the American Brewer Anheuser Busch, the garden opened in 1959 and expanded rapidly. By the mid-1960s, the park had grown beyond the beer gardens with the opening of the 29 acre Serengeti Plain exhibit. The park continued expanding in the 1970s, opening its first roller coaster in 1976. Growth continued into the 90s, taking over the former brewery site in 1995. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is now an expansive theme park and zoo, with more than 12,000 animals, representing 250 species, 30 of which are endangered. The Park’s animal care efforts have been featured on the TV shows The Wildlife Docs, which is filmed at the Park’s Animal Care Center, one of the largest, most respected zoological facilities in North America. The Center, which cares for all of the Park’s creatures, is open to visitors.
1.Busch Gardens Tampa Exhibits
2.Serengeti Plain & More at Busch Gardens Tampa
3.Busch Gardens Tampa Rides
4.Busch Gardens Tampa Shows and Other Attractions
Things to Do in Florida: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
- Busch Gardens Tampa Exhibits, Photo: Courtesy of white_bcgrd - Fotolia.com
- Serengeti Plain & More at Busch Gardens Tampa, Photo: Courtesy of white_bcgrd - Fotolia.com
- Busch Gardens Tampa Rides, Photo: Courtesy of white_bcgrd - Fotolia.com
- Busch Gardens Tampa Shows and Other Attractions, Photo: Courtesy of white_bcgrd - Fotolia.com
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