Needing to get away from the house, my family and I opted for a closer alternative to WDW (I know, its just not the same) but we do live 15 minutes from Busch Gardens. So my mother, my daughter and I piled into the car and hopped on over.
Should you wish to see all the photos I took that day, please visit HERE.
We arrived to discover the signage for Howl-O-Scream has already been put up, was an interesting contrast to the African themed park.
It was a very warm and humid day but the sky was such a pretty blue which made for great photos.
We mainly visited the animal enclosures and took in some "kiddie" rides. So if you're looking for thrill ride photos, you might want to stop reading now.
My mother and I debated for about 2 minutes whether this turtle was sunning himself or just stuck.
He wasn't stuck.
We always stop by the Budweiser Stables to see the horses and the donkey. It's kinda neat knowing these are the animals they use in the commercials.
Today we met Budd.
Next we headed over to the Montu area where they have this really great King Tut exhibit and some fun interactive things.
They do a great job with theming in this area, although there are many places to trip. Then again a woman walking around with a camera who isn't looking at her feet, well that's just a recipe for disaster.
Here's me having a little fun.
This poor man, I wonder if there were ever any fat pharaohs.
Into the chamber we go...
And back outside, after they dumped us in a gift shop of course!
Nice cover for the restrooms eh? LOL
Next it was onto the Edge of Africa where we ran into a lot of different animals.
These little guys were so cute and funny.
Uh oh! I think they are being stalked!
Just kidding, different enclosure.
More pretty theming, it's no Disney, but they hold their own.
And they say homes aren't built for hurricanes in Florida...
I love this photo, the hyena is like, "What do you want? I'm sleeping!" LOL Immediately after he flopped down and went back to sleep.
Next we stopped by the hippo enclosure, apparently she had just had a baby this year. Everybody say aww....
I love shade..
Then we took a ride on the Skyway, this is probably my favorite attraction here, it's covered and the views are awesome.
Next we stopped by Jungala so C could play and have some fun, she got a little wet in the water areas so her shoes were giving her some trouble.
(My mother and C)
We stopped by the tiger enclosure since my mother hadn't seen it yet. You can tell it's hot when cats go hang out in the water.
Next we took a trip on the Congo River Rapids, I have to say I got more soaked from the people paying .25 to spray passing riders than I did the rapids themselves. LOL
C liked it though.
After that soaking adventure, we decided to huff it over to Timbuktu.
Here we played the ring game that we previously won a HUGE tiger at, wasn't as lucky this time but at least C gets a prize anyway.
To which she promptly took for a ride on the carousel.
Then C wanted to go on Cheetah Chase so while Grandma and I waited for her, we took in the sights.
While waiting we looked down and realized the stuffed tiger decided to get some sun while we weren't looking. LOL
This is the Pheonix, I don't know if I could do this ride again. LOL
On the way out we saw some more animals.
These guys looked REALLY bored.
More Hall -O- Scream fun.
My mother trying to escape the Penitentiary, yeah right, if it were real I'd be stopping her from running away and trying to send her back in! LOL
Then we saw this courageous flamingo hanging around some reptiles.
Spooky trails! I love it!
I have no idea what kind of bird this is but it sure was beautiful.
These guys just cracked me up, such faces!
This guy kept posing for the people walking by, it was funny.
He's like, "I see you over there! Throw me a banana!" lol
Yay for shade!!
Bye Bye Busch Gardens!