Oh what a day at Busch Gardens. So much fun and so much to do. Our day started with doing a few rides for the girls. It was the first time Isa has gone to an amusement park and actually was able to get on rides and walk around. She was too little last time we came to Florida that we were limited. She was only about 2 months of age. Well this time she was 3 years old. How time flies! And men did she love it. She got on all the rides that her big sister got on. She was just the happiest bundle of joy. As for Bella she was just having a blast. Her second, third time getting on all these rides but truly enjoying them. She even did her very first roller coaster. I was so proud of her.
I think our favorite part of Busch Gardens was going to see the kangaroos. Let me rephrase that. My favorite part! As the animal lover that I am, I think I stayed close to every animal encounter there was sympathisizing with them and wanting to take selfies with all of them. I got kisses from a kangaroo and even got to feed the cutest little colorful birds with my daughters. So much fun. The selfies we took were priceless.
Of course my husband's favorite part was riding all the roller coasters. Not my favorite part. Drops, spinning, and going fast on something manmade is just a little scary for me. The movie Final Destination didn't help my fear of roller coasters out either. But my husband and my mom enjoyed them. My husband even went on a few on his own that my mom didn't dare go on like Cheetah Hunt.
The kids favorite area was the Sesame Street Place. There was the biggest jungle gym ever where the girls crawled, climbed and ran around. They even had little kids roller coasters and rides for them to get on. Elmo even had a few shows of his own that the kids could watch and then take pictures with him afterwards. This was the perfect "wear out your kid" zone. They had so much fun here. And a plus for breastfeeding moms. They have a nice breastfeeding room under AC for you to sit and nurse your child. How awesome is that. A park that supports breastfeeding. Woot woot!!!
Best way to enjoy the park is to arrive early and purchase your tickets online. If you're taking a stroller you'll have to walk quiet a ways from the parking lot to the park entrance but it's worth taking the stroller. Little ones tend to get tired and even want to take a nap at some point during the day. If you purchase your tickets online and printed them out or have them on your phone then you can easily skip the ticket line and go straight to security. You will show them your ticket there and they will inspect you and let you through. Don't be slick. They will inspect your bags.
Arrive early to miss all the chaos and so you can take advantage of the cool morning. It's Florida, the sunshine state, so that means sun, heat, and possible sunburns and most likely cranky tired kids by noon. I would do all the kid stuff first while the kiddos are still up and ready to go and then enjoy your fun.
Bring snacks and drinks. We purchased the big drinks with all day free refills. Trust me it may seem expensive at first but after the 5th or 6th refill you'll realize that it was the best investment you have made all day. Fresh drinks all day. Can't go wrong with that.
If you want to do roller coasters then brining a buddy to take turns with watching the kids is a must. And don't forget your camera to capture the moments, the diaper bag to capture the... messes, and sunblock to repel the rays.
Believe it or not military get some awesome discounts. If you're a Veteran or Military member you can get into the park for free. My husband and I both go in for free and our kids as well. Sadly my mom was the only one that had to pay. They will only cover immediate family so spouse and kids. Free admission is always a plus in my books so if you meet the criteria don't miss out on the opportunity of going to Busch Garden's for free.
Next time you're in Tampa, Florida, don't miss out on this awesome park. So much to do for a whole day loaded with fun and creating memories to last you a lifetime.
If you have gone to Busch Gardens before feel free to comment below with your favorite thing to do or most memorable experience below. Planning a trip and have questions about how I enjoyed the park or more of my favorite things to do? Just comment below and I'll reply.
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