Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida
For those seeking an up-close look at safari wildlife without the high price of an airfare ticket to Africa, Busch Gardens is the perfect setting. Among the 2,700 animals that call the 335-acre zoological-themed park home are elephants, cheetahs, hyenas, hippos, kangaroos, meerkats, and lemurs.
Regularly priced single-park, single-day tickets cost $82 for adults and $77 for children ages three to nine. The ticket gets you admission and either a complimentary second visit to be used within seven days of your initial park visit or an all-day dining pass.
Busch Gardens Tampa also features an adjoining water park, Adventure Island. Seek out some water-filled fun on the twisting Aruba Tuba, the 55-foot-drop Riptide, and the 700-foot-long Key West Rapids. Adventure Island single-day tickets cost $42 for adults and $38 for children ages three to nine. Adventure Island closes from November through February and reopens in March; see the current calendar for more information.
Annual Busch Gardens single-park passes start at $156 for those ages three to 64. All theme-park tickets provide complimentary round-trip shuttle transportation from several Orlando pickup/drop-off points.