When Busch Gardens Tampa Bay opened in 1959, the Tampa, Florida, park became an immediate hit with locals and tourists alike. Over the decades, Busch Gardens has grown to become an internationally acclaimed and accredited zoological facility and world-renowned theme park. Serving as a sanctuary for thousands of exotic and endangered animals from around the globe and offering up unique thrilling rides and world-class entertainment, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay proudly welcomes millions of guests each year.
About the Author
Author Joshua McMorrow-Hernandez is a Tampa native and historian who grew up visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Focusing primarily on the park’s first half-century of existence, he details the colorful history of Busch Gardens with more than 160 vintage photographs from private collections and historical archives. McMorrow-Hernandez has authored other books profiling Tampa history and has written about local landmarks and attractions for publications including the Tampa Bay Times and Tampa Bay Magazine.