Busch Gardens with the Fam!

29 10 2012

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity, mostly work-related. I can’t believe it is almost November! What’s even crazier to me is that stinkin’ hurricane causing a raucous up north. My hometown is directly in it’s path, so I’m keeping all my friends in my prayers. Stay safe friends!

Thankfully, my family is down here visiting me! My parents and brother came into town on Tuesday and they planned on staying until today (Monday). Unfortunately, all flights in and out of Atlantic City have been cancelled, so they have to stay down here until Thursday! Too bad we have a cold front coming in. I guess a few cool-weather Florida days is better than windy/wet/powerless/cold NJ hurricane days.

On Friday, I took off work so we could spend the day at Busch Gardens! I think the last time I was here my dad was pushing me around in a stroller. I didn’t remember much about the park, but I knew it had a bunch of roller coasters. What I didn’t realize was there are animals all over the park, like a big (expensive) zoo.

We spent the day walking the park and checking out the animals. I was so exhausted from my week at work that I wasn’t really in a coaster-riding mood. I’ll need to go back with my thrill-seeking friends!

Especially if I plan to ride this thing:

uhhhh…Maybe not.

The park is smaller than the parks in Orlando, but walking around and seeing all of the animals took up the entire day. I don’t know how you’d have time to get on all of the rides and see the animals in one day!

I finally got to see Florida gators up close and in person!

And I saw a baby kangaroo nursing!

There are a lot of opportunities at Busch Gardens to get within inches of the animals.

One of which was the safari ride, which was a discounted $20 for the month of October.

This was probably my favorite part of the day, because we really got up close and personal with the animals. I’m sure it doesn’t really compare to a real African safari, but for $20, it was well worth the 30 minutes of riding around and seeing the animals in their “natural” habitat.



And the best part? We got to feed the giraffes! They knew that tours=food, because they walked right up and stuck their heads into the back of the truck.

We fed them leaves of lettuce for about 10-15 minutes, posed for pictures, and then said goodbye to our new friends.

We spent the rest of the day meandering through “Nairobi,” “Timbuktu,” “Jungala,” and the other sections of the park. I loved seeing the big cats (duh), and we watched the gorillas for quite some time.  One stood on a rock beat his chest all tarzan-like, and a few of the others were chasing each other. One even ran up to the window and loudly banged his fists on the glass, which was a little startling! I’m glad that glass was sturdy!


Watching them made me wonder what it would be like to be going about your business, but you’re being watched by these weird creatures who take pictures and point and stare?

Speaking of “business,” we saw (and heard) a giant tortoise handling some of, uh, his own business. Who knew tortoises grunt and groan?

There’s just no privacy, I tell ya!

And on that note, I’ll leave you with my favorite picture of the day:


Happy Monday friends!



3 responses

29 10 2012

oh my hahahahahahah the turtles! The pic of the giraffe is awesome!

31 10 2012

Hahah thanks! I thought so too:-)

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