We are part of the Busch Gardens Ambassador program for 2014 and we traveled down to Florida on Tuesday to check out Busch Gardens. You guys know that I’m a huge Disney girl. I haven’t been to Busch Gardens since I was a kid, so honestly cannot remember much of what they had to offer. I have to say that it blew me away and we are eagerly awaiting our next trip!
For starters, they have a tram that will take you from your parking area to the front gate. That was a huge help at the end of the day when we wanted to get back to our car and we were tired.
When we arrived at the park, we scanned our tickets, got in the gate, and then the bottom fell out of the sky. I’m talking torrential downpour and lots of thunder and lightning. We ducked into the nearest shop and waited the storm out. As soon as we felt it was clear, we hopped to the next store and the next one.
Busch Gardens automatically shuts down all rides if there is lighting within 8 miles of the park. It took a while for the rides to re-open, but there are a ton of things to do in the meantime. We went to all the animal exhibits and watched Madagascar Live. The Animal Care Center was also fun to check out and had an interactive game for the kids. The employees were super kind and pulled out a coloring table to help pass the time as well.
There were up close and personal animal encounters and even feeding opportunities. It was awesome feeding kangaroos! We even got to see a little baby joey and his mama!
Once they reopened the rides, we enjoyed those. It was such a stormy day so many people didn’t go to the park. We were able to walk right on pretty much everything that we wanted to ride. They did continue having to shut down the rides throughout the day, but it was never for long once the initial storm went through.
There was plenty for everyone to ride, even my littlest girls, age 3 and 5. They had an entire section of rides for the toddler age in their Sesame Street area. I was very impressed with their variety. Even if you don’t like rides, there is plenty to do and see! Not a roller coaster fan, plenty for you as well.
I had forgotten how incredible Busch Gardens is for the family. It’s like having a zoo, amusement park, and water park all in one! We are definitely going to be visiting this more often! Can’t wait to go back!