About Busch Gardens TampaBusch Gardens Tampa (formerly known as Busch Gardens Africa) is a 335-acre (136 ha) 19th century African-themed animal theme park located in the city of Tampa, Florida. It opened on March 31, 1959, as a base hotel for free admission to the Tampa Anheuser-Busch; besides tasting different beers, they had a bird garden and Stairway to the Stars, which is an escalator that takes visitors to the roof of the brewery.
Busch Gardens continues to rise, and in 1965, opened 29 acres (12 ha), Serengeti Plains, allowing African wildlife to roam freely. It continues to focus on tropical landscape, exotic animals, and pleasures for attracting visitors. Busch Gardens began charging admission as entertainment becomes more complex, with extra fees for thrill rides, such as Busch Gardens roller coaster that is now known. Along with sister Adventure Island water park (30 acres (12 ha)), Busch Gardens Tampa is an anchor of the 365 acre (148 hectare) entertainment multiplex. Currently Busch Gardens parks in competition with other parts of Florida and charge fees equivalent. The park is operated by SeaWorld Entertainment, majority owned by private equity firm Blackstone Group. Busch Gardens is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). In 2011, the park held 4.3 million people, located in the top 20 of the theme park the most visited in the US and among the top 25 worldwide