Busch Gardens

Did you know you only have to go as far as Florida to take an African Safari? Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a 65-acre recreation of life on the Serengeti plains. Visitors can ride on an open-air vehicle through this exciting habitat and see hundreds of fascinating animals, even feeding some by hand. The African-themed park also boasts a variety of other animal exhibits, fun shows, and exhilarating thrill rides!

Interesting Facts:

  • The first Busch Gardens park was established in Pasadena, California, in 1906, by Adolphus Busch, the cofounder of Anheuser-Busch. Although the park closed after Busch’s death in 1913, the idea remained. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay opened in 1959 with an African theme, and Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 1975 with a European theme. A park in Houston was open for two years in the early 1970s with an Asian theme.
  • Initially developed as a marketing vehicle for the Anheuser-Busch brewing company, the parks originally all had stables which housed the company’s famous Clydesdale horses.


Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

History of Busch Gardens

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.