North West Florida
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay may be named after the suds-producing breweries, but adrenaline is the most potent intoxicant this thrill-heavy theme park produces. Exotic animals abound for young park-hoppers, but Busch’s strength lies also in its corkscrews, 360-degree loops and scream-inducing speeds. Most rides in the park have height requirements.
Gwazi is Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s mammoth double wooden coaster. It is also the Southeast’s largest and fastest double wooden roller coaster boasting more than 1.25 million board feet of lumber and over 2 million bolted connections. Named after a fabled lion with a tiger’s head, Gwazi races riders through almost 7,000 feet of track and is two distinct coasters intertwined:
In 2005, Busch Gardens Africa introduced the world to a one-of-a-kind experience: 200 feet up, 90 degrees straight down. And that was just the beginning. As the nation’s first dive coaster, SheiKra raised the bar with first-of-a-kind elements like a true 90-degree drop, an Immelmann loop and a second vertical dive into an underground tunnel.
Now, technology has raised that bar even higher, introducing SheiKra’s fans to an even greater thrill. In June 2007, Busch Gardens reintroduced SheiKra to the world with a new twist: “floorless” cars that allow riders an unobstructed view of the 70 mph rush.
Weeki Wachee Springs
Here you will find the famous Mermaid shows. The Weeki Wachee Springs continues to flow at a rate of 170 Million gallons per day, at a constant temperature of 74 degrees.
Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
The park’s resident manatees make the first-magnitude spring their home, along with fresh and salt water fish that are free to come and go. The Fish Bowl, a floating underwater observatory offers an unequalled, below-the-surface view of manatees and fish in the crystal clear spring environment. Three manatee programs, two Wildlife Encounters and an alligator program are presented throughout the day giving visitors an opportunity to learn more about the Florida’s wildlife.