Busch Gardens Information
There are two Busch Gardens theme parks. One is Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay
, Fla., (BGTB), and the other is Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, Va., (BGW). BGTB was originally opened as a bird garden in 1959. There was no cost for admission, and it was for the visitors of the Anheuser-Busch brewery. Today, both parks off rides for a variety of ages, some with minimum height restrictions.
BGTB is a zoo with close to 3,000 animals and birds, featuring interactive animal experiences along with rides, shows, dining and shopping. BGW is designed with various European villages, each boasting their own types of food, music, rides and shops. BGTB is open year-round, and BGW is open from late March through October.
For the 2009 season, BGW charged $59.95 for a regular one-day adult admission and $49.95 for children ages 3 to 9. The cost for one-day adult admission to BGTB was $69.95 and $59.95 for children 3 to 9. Children under 2 years old are admitted free to both parks. General parking for both places is $12 a day. Both parks offer discounted group rates and season passes.
Both BGTB and BGW have first aid stations, public phones, sign language interpreters for the the hearing-impaired, assistive listening devices, stroller rentals, locker rentals and designated smoking areas. The parks are accessible to physically challenged guests, and they offer wheelchair rental. They also allow service animals provided they are kept with the guest at all times.
Both parks offer nearby accommodations, and vacation packages are available that include tickets or discounts for the parks and in some cases provides meals. All of their hotel recommendations are for accommodations that meet or exceed the guidelines for AAA's (American Automobile Association) three-diamond rating or Mobil's three-star rating. Reservations can be made directly from the Busch Gardens website for either park.
There are additional parks nearby in both locations. BGTB has Adventure Island directly across from it, offering water rides including slides, waterfalls, a wave pool and a "rambling" river for slowly floating on inner tubes. Also nearby are SeaWorld and Aquatica. A short distance from BGW there is Water Country USA, which offers the same types of water rides. Additional information about each of these parks can be obtained directly from the Busch Gardens website. Some of the hotel packages offer tickets to these parks as well as to Busch Gardens.
Carole Ann has been writing since 2009. She has over 34 years of experience as an administrative assistant and has written articles on travel and other topics for various websites. Ann has an Associate of Arts in general studies from Carroll Community College.
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