Busch Gardens to serve free beer to celebrate 60th Anniversary

Drink up, Tampa! The city’s premiere amusement park, and one of the best parks overall in the U.S., is turning 60. To celebrate the milestone Busch Gardens is getting back to its roots as a beer garden when it first opened in 1959.

How?

By serving patrons 21 and over two complimentary beer samples at Garden Gate Cafe or Serengeti Overlook Pub each visit during 2019.

52 weeks of events and debuts

That’s not the only way their kicking it for their 60th. Busch Gardens has 52 weeks of events and specials to make it a super long birthday bash we’re all invited to.

Most exciting is the promised launch of the new Tigris Coaster. USA Today even listed it amongst the most anticipated coaster debuts in 2019. Once completed, it will be Florida’s tallest launch coaster.

Tigris will catapult riders through an exhilarating array of looping twists with forward and backward motion, breath-taking drops, a 150-foot skyward surge, and an inverted heartline roll, all at more than 60 miles per hour, according to Busch Garden’s website.

The ride will cruise along an 1,800-foot steel track. We’re definitely ready to try this ride with out eyes closed and our hands firmly holding the harnesses.

Gift shop sales to benefit conservation fund

At least the line will be educational. The lead up to the ride will include educational content about the plight of tigers in the wild and what conservationists – including the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund – are doing to help save them.

Additionally, 5% of the sales price of items bought at the Tigris Gift Shop will be donated to the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund to protect tigers and their habitat.

Concerts, food festivals and more in 2019

52 weeks of programming is a lot to come up with, especially when the stakes are raised for your 60th birthday. Busch Gardens is stepping up its game with celebrity appearances, live concerts, food and wine festivals and some of your favorite television characters.

Here’s a few events we’re most looking forward to:

Food & Wine Festival — March 16-April 28
Guy Harvey Weekend — May 11-12
Run for the Fund 5K — May 19
Independence Day Fireworks — July 4
Bier Fest — August 17-September 8
Howl O Scream — Fall 2019

You can learn more about the 60th Anniversary celebration online. Are you ready to Celebrate at Busch Gardens? Let us know in the comments.

 

*Featured image courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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