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Spanning 297 acres and boasting more than 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, roller coasters, shops and games, Busch Gardens is a popular way to spend a day under the Tampa sun. Did you know that Busch Gardens is actually older than nearby Disney World? It's also cheaper and includes themed lands, such as the Edge of Africa; plus, animal exhibits based on the Serengeti Plain and the Myombe Reserve (and that's just scratching the surface). 

Recent visitors enjoyed the combination of entertainment and education found here, saying that everyone from animal lovers to thrill-seekers will be happy at the park. If you're here for the rides, you can purchase a Quick Queue Unlimited pass to skip the lines – another highlight for reviewers.

You'll find Busch Gardens about 10 miles northeast of downtown Tampa. The park is open every day of the year, but park hours can vary be season and even by day, so consult its website for updated times and more information about specific shows. Ticket prices also vary. Single tickets start at $84.99, if bought online three days in advance. An any-day ticket costs $94.99. Prepare to fork over some more green for parking, too, which costs $25 per car. Admission to Busch Gardens is also covered by CityPASS, which costs $109 for adults and $99 for children and includes admission to four other area attractions, including the Florida Aquarium and the zoo.

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The Riverwalk is a 2.6-mile-long trail which runs along the Hillsborough River in Tampa. Visitors can walk, bike, rollerblade, enjoy public art and access any number of restaurants, stores, parks and playgrounds, bike rental shops and attractions, such as the Florida Aquarium and the Glazer Children's Museum, along the route.

Recent visitors were impressed by how well-maintained and clean the park is and noted that it's an ideal place to catch the sunset. You can access the Riverwalk from any number of places along the river. Visit the Friends of the Riverwalk website for more information and maps.

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