The holiday season is finally here and Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is inviting guests to experience fall for free with the purchase of a 2017 Fun Card. With Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in residence starting Nov. 25, now is the perfect time to kick off holiday celebrations and end the year with exciting thrills and attractions.
The 2017 Fun Card now is available for purchase. With the 2017 Fun Card, guests pay for one day and get all of 2017 free. Plus, guests who purchase their 2017 Fun Card now can visit Busch Gardens for the remainder of 2016 for no additional cost, which including the annual holiday event, Christmas Town™.
Some of the great special events with Fun Card admission include:
Unwrap a beautiful family tradition at Christmas Town™, where Busch Gardens Tampa Bay transforms into a wonderland of entertainment and attractions, holiday shopping, festive treats and more than two million twinkling lights. New in 2016, the Christmas cheer begins with the all-new Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland where guests can meet Rudolph, Bumble, Yukon Cornelius and other characters from the classic family Christmas television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It continues at Santa’s House presented by Coca-Cola®, where Santa himself takes a break from his busy holiday schedule to meet and take photos with families in his private study. Guests will also have the opportunity to experience some of Busch Gardens’ most popular thrill rides, including Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Falcon’s Fury™ and the newest family spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse.
Real Music: January 9 – March 4
Busch Gardens’ longest-running concert series returns Mondays through Saturdays from Jan. 9 to March 4. With two shows a day, the show features live music that spans six decades, from the 1950s to today. Musical fare includes soul, blues, country, pop and rock ‘n roll. Lineup includes:
Week of January 9 – Shirley Alston Reeves: Original Lead Singer Of The Shirelles
Week of January 16 – The Diamonds
Week of January 23 – The Platters
Week of January 30 – Fernando Varela
Week of February 6 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone
Week of February 13 – Beginnings: The Ultimate Chicago Tribute Band
Week of February 20 – Micky Dolenz
Week of February 27– Lee Greenwood
Food & Wine Festival: Saturdays and Sundays, March 4 – April 30
Next spring, Busch Gardens’ Food & Wine Festival returns with an extended week of new unique culinary offerings and bigger concerts than ever! The park will be tempting guests with a variety of cuisine, wine, craft beer and live entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays from March 4 through April 30. Food and beverage is not included, but is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 or older to purchase alcoholic beverages. Line-up up to be announced at a later date.
Sesame Street Safari of Fun Kids Weekends: May 6, 7, 13, and 14
Created just for kids, the Sesame Street® Safari of Fun events feature animal encounters, parades, dance parties and even a few special guests. The first weekend will feature the cookie connoisseur himself, Cookie Monster and the second weekend will include a scavenger hunt for Ernie’s Rubber Duckies throughout the Safari of Fun play area. Character parades will take place at the top of every hour of the event. Plus, guests can expect kid-friendly music along with the chance to meet with Busch Gardens’ animal ambassadors.
Jack Hanna Weekend: May 27 – 28
Join “Jungle Jack” Hanna for two days of wild animal shows, autograph signings and special meet-and-greets when he visits Busch Gardens. The internationally-known animal expert will share animal facts and his travel tales during animal shows at the Stanleyville Theater.
Summer Nights: Select dates June 16 – August 6
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay kicks summer fun up a notch with extended hours, all-new entertainment and thrill rides – including the one-of-a-kind family spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse™. Guests can challenge world-class thrill rides in the DARK and end the night with a stunning finale.
Sesame Street Safari of Fun “Halloween” Kids Weekends: October 21, 22, 28, and 29
Sesame Street® Safari of Fun is hosting a Halloween party on the last two weekends of October! Enjoy festive arts and crafts, trick-or-treat candy stations and a hay bale maze.
Christmas Town: Select dates November 25-December 31
Unwrap a beautiful family tradition at Christmas Town™, where Busch Gardens transforms into a holiday wonderland of Christmastime entertainment and attractions, holiday shopping, treats and more than two million twinkling lights.
Busch Gardens will offer guests additional events and festivals throughout 2017, so stay tuned for more details.
The 2017 Busch Gardens Fun Card is $99 and is valid from the date of purchase through Dec. 31, 2017. Fun Cards, annual passes and single-day tickets are available online at buschgardens.com, at the Busch Gardens’ front gate or by calling (888) 800-5447.
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