C.C. asks from Tampa, FL on October 18, 2009
Lowery Park vs Busch Gardens/Adventure Island
Our zoo pass is getting ready to expire and I'm debating whether to renew it or get a pass to Busch Gardens/Adventure Island. I haven't been to Busch Gardens since 2006 (I think) which is (correct me if I'm wrong) before they opened the zoo. I didn't really enjoy it much, don't care for roller coasters and the like BUT I do like Adventure Island and I know you can't get a pass to just that. So I'm wondering - is the Busch Gardens zoo comparable to Lowery Park or am I going to be really disappointed?
So What Happened?™
Since our son is still so young AND since we can get just Adventure Island passes, we've decided to keep our Lowery Park membership for at least the next year or so.
S.P. answers from Tampa on October 19, 2009
ive never been to lowry park zoo but i know busch gardens is great!! and just to let you know you can get a A.I.pass with out getting a B.G.pass! the only thing is that A.I. is only open from like may or june till sept. but it is great at B.G. and they have really nice stuff for kids!!
H.G. answers from Tampa on October 19, 2009
Busch Gardens has always had animals.
Going with your child's age, I would get a Lowry Zoo pass. When the child is two plus, I think that is a better age for a Busch Gardens pass.
R.H. answers from Tampa on October 19, 2009
I have passes to all 3 (Busch Gardens, Adv. Island & Lowry). Busch Gardens is the best! The zoo is a lot better than Lowry, but the best part is the Dragon Land for kids. We went there yesterday and my 20 month old & 4 yr old had a blast! They have so many rides for kids that age. So, my opinion is that Busch Gardens is the best out of those 3, but also the most expensive.
S.S. answers from Miami on October 19, 2009
My family has purchased passes for Adventure Island only. They have changed things and they will continue to due so as the parks have been sold. They are no longer owned by Anheiser Busch. If you go onto Adventure Islands website you can buy passes, I just don't remember the number of days. Plus you don't have to do Busch Gardens, you could do Sea World if you wanted.
J.G. answers from Orlando on October 19, 2009
We have passes to Busch Gardens and have also been to the zoo this year and last. I don't recall seeing an area of Busch Gardens that was set up like a zoo, but it does have TONS of animals all over the park. Our kids are 3, 2, and 1 and they LOVE it there, probably even more than the zoo. They have so many rides at Busch Gardens now for kids (though your little guy is still kinda young for some of them) and they also have a regular playground, which isn't huge, but pleasing to kids of our age (and easy for parents to watch kids on!). My youngest was born in May of 2008, so he's about 5 months older than yours, and he absolutely LOVED the rides he could go on the last time we went (July??). I'm also pregnant, so I can't go on the big rides either, but I love riding the kiddie rides with my kids!!
Maybe (since you really like Adventure Island anyway) you could go with that pass this year, and if it's not worth it to you, you could always do the zoo again next year. They always have those $5 days at the zoo anyway. I think the next one is in January. That's the only time we go to the zoo!! (But we also live 2 hours away...)
R.W. answers from Tampa on October 19, 2009
I asked my daughters. They said if your not into the rides then it's best to keep the zoo passes. They are 21 and 23 and both prefer the zoo over Busch Gardens as far as the animals go. You will be disappointed if you choose the Busch Garden passes for a child so young. When he gets older and into the rides then you would want the Busch Garden passes. I am also from Michigan. Lansing/Jackson area. Did you ever go to Deer Park when you lived there. If not it's a great place to take your son if you go back home for a visit.
R. answers from Tampa on October 18, 2009
I prefer Busch Gardens over the zoo. They have the animals there, a spray area for the little ones, lots of little rides for the little ones (that you don't have to ride on (I don't like rides either). You can ride the train around the preserve and get a much better view of the animals than you do at the zoo. Jungala offers close up views of some pretty neat animals. No restrictions on bring in food to the park (they do at the zoo) I suggest you get the Passort pass. It will give you free parking, plus 10% discount on any purchase at the parks. If you son is 2 and under he is free. If you buy a ticket for your husband then he is free for the rest of the year.
T.V. answers from Lakeland on October 19, 2009
I worked at Adventure Island. You CAN get a pass to just A.I. its not offerred on the website alone, but if you wait until the park opens again this spring, you can buy an annual (seasonal) pass. A week day pass was $34.99 this year. The annual pass to include weekends was $99.99. Prices may change, but you do not need to get a 2 park pass.
H.B. answers from Tampa on October 19, 2009
I have had both passes and would renew the zoo over the amusement park. The zoo is always less crowded and there are still a few kiddie rides if that's important. The zoo is more of a special family outing vs battling the crowds. They have a couple water areas too, although certainly not like the amusement park. The parking is free and it's leisurely to walk in most any day. The zoo has 'zoo school' classes and other special events too that don't have 5 million other people all trying to sign up for too.
The zoo pass also gives you reciprocal member benefits throughout the year so you can enjoy the Florida Aquarium for a full free month and other places like different museums and attractions.... This really gives you lots to enjoy throughout the year..