Entries tagged with “Theme Park”.

As a destination for travelers worldwide, the 2011 version of Busch Gardens in Tampa is quite different from the 1959 version. Today, Busch Gardens encompasses 335 acres of modern day theme park rides, exhibits, shows, and conveniences. With seven roller coasters and three water rides, there is plenty to occupy the time of the thrill seekers, while animal lovers will have more than enough exotic animals to marvel over. Visitors in early 2011 will find it hard not to notice a new roller coaster currently under construction. Set to open in May of 2011 is Cheetah Hunt, which will be a 3 ½ minute thrill ride traversing through much of the park. The popular African Themed Animal Theme Park has evolved from its early days as a hospitality facility for the adjacent Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and had no admission fee. Eventually, as the brewery closed down, and times changed, more attractions and exhibits were added, as well as admission fees, and the park has become the destination for over 4 million people from around the world. If you’re planning a visit to Busch Gardens, get there early, and expect a full day of rides and exhibits. Hop on SheiKra for the 90 degree drops, slip from one end of the park to another aboard the steam engine propelled Serengeti Express, or cool down on a hot day riding the Stanley Falls log flume. There is something for all ages at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!!

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 IMG_5716IMG_5709 Begun as a roadside attraction in 1949 by Owen Godwin, and still owned by his family today, Gatorland, located between Orlando and Kissimmee, will take you back to the simpler days of Central Florida attractions. Thousands of alligators and crocodiles inhabit the 110 acre theme park and wildlife preserve, known as the “Alligator Capital of the World”. Take a stroll along the boardwalk overlooking the breeding marsh, check out some alligator wrestling or watch them being fed in Gator Jumparoo. Gatorland offers families a glimpse into “Old Florida” at very reasonable prices.IMG_3086 IMG_3091 IMG_2154 IMG_3098 IMG_3100 IMG_3101IMG_3128 IMG_5707

IMG_5840 Educational exhibits, exhilarating thrill rides, and funny and inspiring shows. Opened in Orlando in 1973, SeaWorld has evolved into the complete entertainment package. Famous for the Shamu killer whale spectacular, there is much more to explore and experience at SeaWorld. Thrill seekers will love the Manta and Kracken rollercoasters, and the Journey to Atlantis splashdown boat ride, while less adventurous guests will not want to miss the trademark Shamu show and the Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island show. Dolphin Cove, Penguin Encounter and Shark Encounter are just a few of the exhibits featuring marine animals from around the world. So if you’re looking for a full day of fun and excitement for the whole family, check out SeaWorld!!

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