The history of Vintage Busch Gardens in Florida (1959)
Unique in every respect, Busch Gardens, a new industrial concept, has attracted visitors from all over the world.
Busch Gardens dedicated to the memory of the past presidents of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. Adolphus Busch August A. Busch, Sr. Adolphus Busch. III March 31, 1959.
RARE BIRDS, BEAUTIFUL GARDENS, & FASCINATING ANIMALS
Against the lush green backdrop of Busch Gardens, hundreds of brilliantly-plumed birds provide a range of color representing the entire spectrum. It is truly a photographer’s paradise, so by all means bring your camera.
More than 150,000 trees and shrubs — some never before grown in this part of the world — thrive abundantly at Busch Gardens, and each fall 50,000 annuals are planted to provide a profusion of blooms throughout the year.
The Trained Bird Show, presented several times daily in the Amphitheater, is a favorite of visitors young and old. High-wire acts, aerobatics and (lancing are but a few of the spectacular feats performed by these highly-trained Macaws and Cockatoos.
Adolphus Busch space frame, a unique geodesic structure
Profusion of petunias blossom in the sunshine
Four species of macaws pose on a tree trunk
Hansel & Gretel’s gingerbread house in dwarf village
Graceful flamingos present a colorful pink montage
Relax in the hospitality house & enjoy the world’s finest beers, with our compliments, of course.
Welcome to Busch Gardens (early 1960s)
Busch Gardens is an attraction unique in American Industry. From the time you step onto the “Stairway to the Stars,” the world’s longest escalator, and begin your tour, you’ll discover many exciting and unusual features at Busch Gardens and the adjacent Anheuser-Busch Brewery.
We invite you to tour this scenic tropical wonderland while in Tampa. You are always most welcome.
Cordially, August A Busch
BUSCH GARDENS Open Daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sundays & Holidays FREE ADMISSION
Old Busch Gardens in the 1970s
Vintage Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida – 1966
African animals in a Florida Veldt are seen by visitors from the comfort of a monorail train.
Hungry visitors can get a delicious meal in the restaurant or cafeteria of the Old Swiss House.
The giraffe and elephants are almost close enough for train passengers to touch in this Busch Gardens scene.
People of all ages enjoy the antics of the bird show performers.
In this Hospitality House, adults have the opportunity to sample our beers.
People thrill to the sight of this lion in a Veldt setting as they tour the Wild Animal Kingdom on the monorail.
Busch Gardens: The Dark Continent – Tampa, Florida (1980s)
Sights that take your breath away!
Take your seat in the dazzling Moroccan Palace to experience “Kaleidoscope” — our spectacular new song and dance revue. (Photo on cover.) At Busch Gardens, the entertainment never stops!
Hop aboard the Monorail, Skyride or the Trans-Veldt Railroad to track down one of the largest collections of free-roaming animals in the United States — herds of zebra, giraffe, gazelle and antelope, rare black rhinos, stately lions, Cape Buffalo, and more — on the Serengeti Plain.
Rides that make you roar!
Scream on The Scorpion, our wild, looping coaster… hold on through The Python’s’ 360 degree loops. Fly with The Phoenix… swirl with The Sandstorm…cruise on the African Queen… hang on to the Monstrous Mamba… ride the white water of the Congo River Rapids… then plunge down Florida’s longest flume — the Stanley Falls.
Fun that never ends!
Dance in the streets to the big brass sound of The Mystic Sheiks of Morocco… polka with the Bavarian Colony Dancers and Band in the 1200-seat Festhaus… fall under the spell of our beautiful belly dancers and snake charmers. And don’t miss the excitement of all-time favorites… Dolphins of the Deep and the colorful Bird Show.
Animals that tickle your fancy!
See the antics of elephants taking a bath in their new home … let the kids ride aboard a real live elephant. Glimpse rare white Bengal tigers. Enjoy tropical birds of every kind. Make friends with some of our gentler animals in the petting zoo. And be sure to see our new nursery — it’s bigger than ever and full of delightful, exotic baby animals.
Treasures that tempt you everywhere
Why spend your whole Florida vacation on the beach? (1987)
When you can discover everything under the sun at Busch Gardens, Tampa. From a white tiger to a 1,200 foot python. From a photo safari on the Serengeti Plain to a splashy voyage down the Congo River Rapids…