• Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announces new anniversary experiences

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    Festivities are going strong as Busch Gardens Tampa Bay continues to offer new opportunities for park guests to join in the 60th Anniversary Celebration.

    Originally opening on March 31, 1959, Busch Gardens is celebrating 60 years with 60 days of giveaways, a park-wide scavenger hunt, and a limited-time endangered species tour.

    In partnership with the Gold & Diamond Source jewelry store, the park announced an online sweepstakes via social media this week. With one play per day, participants will be entered to win a grand prize $5000 gift certificate to the Gold & Diamond Source or a specialty gold and diamond tiger pendant. Each day, there are instant-win opportunities for park tickets and the Serengeti Safari experience. No purchase necessary to participate, winners will be selected after the sweepstakes ends on Friday, May 17, 2019.

    Park guests are invited to take a stroll down memory lane as they embark upon an all-new scavenger hunt, honoring 60 years of Busch Gardens history. As guests arrive at the park, they can pick up their complimentary scavenger hunt guide and follow the clues to iconic moments of the past. Each location will feature a code word for guests to unlock the master code word on their sheet. Guests who finish their scavenger hunt can visit the Emporium, Xcursions or Painted Camel gift shops to receive their complimentary 60th Anniversary Celebration button.

    The park’s anniversary isn’t the only milestone this March – one of its most beloved resident animals is also celebrating a big year. The Busch Gardens zoo team is offering a special opportunity for guests to meet Jody, a critically endangered black rhinoceros, in honor of her 30th birthday this month. For one weekend only from March 29-31, guests can book the Rhino Endangered Species Tour for an up-close encounter with Jody.

    In addition to the new experiences, park guests can continue to enjoy a #YearOfBeer with complimentary beer samples each day of 2019 at Serengeti Overlook Pub and Restaurant and Garden Gate Café. Also, the 5th Annual Food & Wine Festival continues each weekend through April 28, featuring more than 30 dishes and over 100 wines, craft brews and cocktails.

    Best Way to Play

    To fully enjoy all that the 60th Anniversary Celebration has to offer, guests can select from multiple annual admission products that provide value and benefits all year:

    • Pay for Day, play ALL YEAR at 2 parks- For a limited time, guests can buy a 2019 Busch Gardens Fun Card and get an Adventure Island Fun Card free! Block out dates apply – offer ends March 31.
    • MORE VALUE, MORE OPTIONS WITH ANNUAL PASS - Pick your way to play in 2019 with a Busch Gardens Annual Pass, starting at $10.99 a month for Florida Residents. Guests can select from four pass levels for the benefits they want most – including FREE parking, discounts on merchandise and food, as well as animal encounters – to gear up for a calendar full of special events plus EXCLUSIVE Pass Member ride time for the opening of Tigris: an exciting new attraction coming in 2019. Add more parks – Get a 4-park pass to Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, SeaWorld and Aquatica, starting at just $15.99 a month.
    • FREE Preschool Card- Kids 5 and younger can enjoy FREE admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island throughout all of 2019 with the Preschool Card. There’s never been a cooler time to be a kid! Florida residents only, other conditions apply, visit BuschGardensTampa.com to register. 

     

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