The marquee star of Tampa Bay attractions, Busch Gardens deservedly wears the crown. It covers more than 300 acres in central Tampa and is worth finding. Busch Gardens opened as an adjunct to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in 1959 and has evolved to compete with Walt Disney World and its sister park, SeaWorld, in nearby Orlando. This park specializes—quite successfully—in roller coaster rides and they have some twists, turns, bumps and grinds that put the coasters in Orlando to shame. The Montu and Kumba rides are for pure adrenaline junkies, with head-under-heels loops and vertigo-inducing turns. At 150 feet, Montu is one of the tallest coasters in the world, and its seven inversions, and speeds of 60 mph on its almost 4,000-foot track make it one of the best. The inversions include a 104-foot vertical loop and a roll that produces 3.85 Gs. Kumba is a slightly shorter but no less thrilling ride while Gwazi is one of the biggest and fastest wooden coasters on the planet. Topping 200 feet, SheiKra is now the tallest Busch Gardens coaster; it’s floorless and features a true 90 degree vertical drop, which it executes after suspending riders staring face down at the ground for a full four seconds before dropping straight down at 70 mph. Yeah. You might consider tackling Montu and SheiKra before lunch. Other don’t-miss attractions include the Congo River Rapids, Tanganyika Tidal Wave and Stanley Falls. There’s no longer a brewery on premises and, since last year, not even owned by Anheuser-Busch (it’s owned by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment), but the park continues to pack ’em in.