The Busch Gardens Chain is among the best theme parks in the United States. Having original themes as their basis and plenty of fascinating attractions and outdoor activities, they are worthwhile and preferred by many US families and foreign visitors among many other options.
The Busch Gardens Chain consists of two parks today, which are the Bush Gardens Tampa Bay and the Bush Gardens Williamsburg. The Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the first theme park, opened by the Busch Entertainment Corporation on March 31, 1959, on an African theme. The Bush Gardens Tampa Bay is one of America's largest zoological foundations with more than two thousand and five hundred animals in its collection. Combining a zoo, the world's most exhilarating roller coasters and rides, plenty of place, live shows and the Adventure Island Water Park, the Bush Gardens Tampa Bay has always been an ideal family destination in Florida.
What about the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay best rides? The Sheikra is the tallest, fastest, longest and only floorless roller coaster in Orlando. It takes the passengers to the heights of a fifteen story building and turns you upside down seven times - all at the speeds, reaching sixty five mph.
The Gwazi is mammoth double wooden coaster. It is also the fastest and largest double wooden roller coaster in the Southeast, having more than one point twenty five million board feet of lumber, over two million bolted connections and seven thousand feet long track. The Kumba is one of the world's best roller coasters. After the blood-chilling experience of an initial one hundred and thirty five foot drop, the riders plunge from one hundred and ten feet into a diving loop, feel a full three seconds of total weightlessness while spiraling three hundred and sixty degrees and tear through one of the world's largest vertical loops. The Montu is one of the tallest and longest inverted roller coasters in the world, while the Python is famous for its twists and turns.
In addition to thrills of breathtaking rides, the Busch Gardens Tampa offers a wide variety of fascinating live shows. The Ka Tonga is one of them, which takes the participators on a journey to the heart of Africa, where they will hear and see relived traditional African stories, set on a skillful puppet design, magical folklore, dynamic music and a spectacular African-inspired dance.
The Busch Gardens Williamsburg opened on May 5, 1975, and has a European theme. The park is divided into seven sections, each tastefully themed to a different European country. The National Amusement Park Historical Association has voted the Busch Gardens Williamsburg as "The Most Beautiful Theme Park in America" for fifteen years of its running. The Bush Gardens Williamsburg also boasts some of the wildest roller coasters in the United States. The most popular and blood chilling contain the Big Bad Wolf Steel, Suspended, Terrain and two Lifts, Arrow and Huss, designed by Anton Schwarzkopf.
However, there have been more Busch Gardens Chain parks, which are closed today. These were located in Pasadena, California (1905-1937), Van Nuys, California (1964-1979) and Houston, Texas (1971-1972). For those, interested in the history and development of the former Busch Gardens Chain parks, there is the Enchanted Park with a museum, exhibiting on the original Bush Gardens in Pasadena, California.