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Busch Gardens in nearby Tampa is an excellent family-friendly destination. You may ride the twists and turns of its major roller coasters, including Sheikra, Kumba, and others. The various animal attractions in the Busch Gardens Zoo area of the park will delight animal enthusiasts.

One of the nicest advantages of vacationing on Anna Maria Island is that you are never far from any of the amazing nearby attractions. Whether you are visiting from inside the United States or from abroad, you will discover that Anna Maria Island is much more than simply beautiful white sandy beaches, palm palms, and breathtaking sunsets.

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If you’re looking for a bit more adventure during your tropical trip, Busch Gardens Tampa is about an hour north of our 7-mile-long barrier reef island. With thrilling roller coasters, fantastic live concerts, and animal exhibits for the entire family, this exciting theme park is well worth the day’s journey up to Tampa during your Anna Maria Island vacation.

A typical day will look like this:

Twist and spin your way through a fun-filled day riding roller coasters, watching world-class performances, and visiting animal attractions. A family-friendly theme park—something there’s for everyone in your traveling party. Also, Modern roller coasters like Sheikra, Montu, and Kumba are likely to satisfy even the most extreme thrill seekers, and there are plenty of family-friendly choices for younger traveling companions.

Moreover, Busch Gardens Tampa is one of the largest zoos in North America, with over 12,000 species in their animal habitat. This beautiful display features everything from tigers to orangutans, penguins, and newborn rhinos. Register for a guided adventure tour or a glimpse behind the scenes at their animal care center!

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Here’s how to get to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay:

The Manatee Avenue bridge allows you to access the mainland and connect to I-75 North if you are traveling by car or have rented a car. AMI Transportation, Island Sedan, or Paradise Car Service are also taxi or shuttle services you can hire.

You’ll need:

A hat or visor, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes are all necessary items for an action-packed day at Busch Gardens. Shirts, pants, and shorts are required for guests of the park for safety reasons. Please bring your MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover Card, or cash for any purchases you make throughout the day. It is not permitted to bring food from outside into the park, but there are several concession stands and restaurants available in Legoland America.


Below are a few sample reviews from Google and Tripadvisor.

A Tripadvisor Reviewer wrote:

It’s a combination zoo and theme park and they managed to pull it off! There are rides for all ages, and lines don’t seem too long. The admission price is reasonable, and you can combine with Sea World for an even better deal. The place is clean and secure, and the staff is very friendly.

I liked it better than Disney Animal Kingdom.

A Google Reviewer Wrote:

Beautiful park and the attractions were awesome. Not a roller coaster person but if you are I’m sure you’ll be excited. The main attraction to me are the animals. Amazing to see these animals in the wild. From elephants to zebras they had it all. Can’t wait to visit again

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