Busch Gardens

Since the internet at the hotel won’t let me upload pictures, I figured I might as well blog from my phone while everything is fresh. (And so I can go straight to bed after a shower.)

Today we went to Busch Gardens. Its like an African Sea World. And it’s in Tampa, so it’s an hour drive. But more napping so yay!

This was a fun park. In learning that I like parks that have as much stuff to look at as they have rides, because I don’t like rides.

My brother and dad love rides though, and managed to ride almost every single one. I think they missed two, and that was just because we are tired. There were even a few kiddie enough for me. And there was this HUGE Elmo playground, but I wasn’t allowed on without a kid. But I really wanted to.

They have a train ride around this big open plain where giraffes and zebras and rhinos and ostriches and impalas and other things roam freely, and that was amazing. We got THIS close the a giraffe! There was also a cable car ride over the park and you could see different animals from it. It was a phenomenal experience.

Other animals that could be seen on foot were tigers, primates, cheetahs, hyenas, meerkats, lots of birds, and most impressively a hippo enclosure with an underwater view so you could see them swim.

And they had an aviary where you could buy some bird treats to get them to sit on you. I went in but didn’t feed them because I’m a little scared of birds. I took a picture with an owl though!

As at Sea World, I was amazed at how BIG everything is in real life. Like, animals are just HUGE.

We didn’t bother with any of the shows, because they mostly didn’t include animals. And what’s the point of that?

We ate in the park at the Zambia Smokehouse. The ribs were good.

As a parting anecdote, I almost rode a big girl coaster today called Cheetah Hunt because I thought it didn’t go upside down, but on the cable car I saw that it did, so I did not ride that ride.