Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is going to have a wild time this weekend, as “Jungle Jack” Hanna, the internationally-known animal expert is coming to the park May 27-28 to host animal shows, meet-and-greets, autograph signings and more. [Read more…]
SeaWorld Entertainment and Sesame Workshop have announced the extension of their 37-year-long partnership today, as well as the development of a new Sesame Place theme park in the U.S. [Read more…]
Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and all of your favorite Sesame Street friends are back to celebrate a fun family weekend at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay this May. [Read more…]
By Kristen Keys
The vikings have invaded and the battle has begun at Busch Gardens Williamsburg for its newest roller coaster, InvadR! [Read more…]
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has announced their starting lineup of 2017 Food & Wine Festival musical acts, opening on March 4 with Daughtry and up through Lynyrd Skynyrd’s April 23 appearance. [Read more…]
Theme park fans looking for a bargain on annual admission may want to take advantage of new 2017 Fun Card offers from Busch Gardens Tampa and SeaWorld Orlando, which allow guests to visit throughout 2017 for the price of a single day’s admission. [Read more…]
Proving that theme parks in October aren’t only for horror-addicted adults, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will host Sesame Street Halloween Kids’ Weekends this October, featuring a hay bale maze, animal encounters, character parades, and trick-or-treat candy stations. [Read more…]
Rudolph is joining Christmas Town, the annual holiday event that’s returning to Busch Gardens Tampa for 23 select dates between Nov. 25 to Dec. 31, 2016. [Read more…]
Bookmark this page and check back to see the latest on how Hurricane Matthew is affecting Central Florida’s theme parks and attractions. [Read more…]
Mr. Karver and his dolls are ready to give guests at Busch Gardens Tampa an Evil Encore with the start of the park’s annual Howl-O-Scream event. [Read more…]
In only a few weeks, Howl-O-Scream will return to return to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for an Evil Encore, featuring two all new haunted houses that have recently been announced. [Read more…]
Just in time for the final weeks of summer, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has opened its Rising Tide Conservation exhibit, a 270-gallon aquarium housing aquaculture fishes, live coral and snails. This non-profit collaborative effort was initiated by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment in 2009 and focuses on methods to successfully breed saltwater reef fish to provide alternatives to collecting them from the wild.
Rising Tide Conservation partners with public aquariums, research facilities, pet-industry professionals and saltwater aquarium hobbyists to protect coral reefs by developing sustainable aquaculture methods. The collection of marine tropical fish can cause damage to both the reef and the fish it sustains.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has been establishing the tank system for nearly two years. The aquarium will display several marine fish that Rising Tide Conservation has successfully bred, including the first successful aquaculture of Yellow Tangs, which was done in conjunction with the Oceanic Institute of Hawaii Pacific University.
Guests can visit the exhibit by the conservation windows located to the right of Jambo Junction in the Nairobi area of the park. The exhibit is open daily during park operating hours and is included in regular admission.
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund has supported the Rising Tide Conservation for the past five years in the form of grants. Guests can help with the initiative by texting #HelpRisingTide #BGT to “21212” and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will donate $1 to the Fund.
In what’s starting to sound like a regular refrain, Busch Gardens Tampa is trying to attract fans of the latest worldwide gaming phenomenon with a Pokémon GO Lure-a-Thon, now running daily through August 7.
Hard-ticket headliner entertainment is headed to Tampa Bay’s roller coaster headquarters as Busch Gardens Tampa has announced an all-new Red Carpet Series concert program, kicking off with Wayne Brady and Arturo Sandoval.
This is shaping up to be a momentous month for Central Florida theme parks, because in addition to the new attractions in Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa has just announced that their Cobra’s Curse opening day will be held on Friday, June 17. [Read more…]
Summer might just be starting, but you can start planning your fall already because tickets are now available for Howl-O-Scream 2016 at Busch Gardens Tampa. [Read more…]
Busch Gardens has announced the dates and times for this year’s Summer Nights and Adventure Island’s Island Nights.
The night time annual event at Busch Gardens will run this year from June 24 to Aug. 7. Guests can experience thrill rides in the dark, including the all new Cobra’s Curse, enjoy rock-fueled music and acrobatics at the award-winning Kinetix show and end the night with a fireworks show. Plus, Busch Gardens is open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, giving guests even more time to experience Summer Nights. The park will close at 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays.
This year, Adventure Island will be presenting Island Nights, Thursday through Saturday, from June 16 through Aug. 6. During Island Nights, guests can enjoy island-inspired performers, a live DJ and games on the beach, starting at 5 p.m. each event night. The event will also showcase talented sand sculpture artists and a nightly finale featuring Polynesian Fire Dancers.
New this year, Island Nights extends its hours until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 9 p.m. on Thursday nights.
Muppet fans may want to make their way to Tampa before the month is out, because Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is hosting exclusive Sesame Street Safari of Fun weekends during May 14 through 22, 2016. [Read more…]
Busch Gardens Tampa is saluting those who serve America by offering special half-price tickets to U. S. military veterans. [Read more…]
By Seth Kubersky
Hold onto your horned helmets, because Busch Gardens Williamsburg is building a Viking-themed wooden roller-coaster for the 2017 season.
After months of teasing the attraction through web videos and social media posts using the hashtag #BGProject2017, Bush Gardens Williamsburg finally unveiled details on the ride, which will be the Virginia park’s first wooden coaster.
The coaster will be built in the New France section of the park, and the storyline will pit fur trappers against invading Vikings who threaten to pillage their village. On the technical side, the wooden coaster will boast a 74 foot drop and 9 airtime-inducing hills, reaching a maximum speed of 48 miles per hour.
Here’s Busch Gardens’ official intro video, featuring a few more details on the 2017 attraction:
One thing that isn’t yet clear is the new ride’s name, which Busch Gardens Williamsburg has left in the hands of its fans. From now through April 1, you can cast your ballot online for Viking Raider, Battle Klash, or InvadR as the new coaster’s name.
Update 4/8/2016: It’s now official, Busch Gardens fans have selected InvadR as the new coaster’s name. Fans will be able to vote online for further elements of the attraction in the coming months.