And Busch Gardens Theme Park, is even closer!! Only a 20 minute drive, we surprised the boys with a family day, to Busch Gardens!!
Jungle "Jack" Hanna & his great show, Into the Wild! So, what better time to visit Busch Gardens than during Jack Hanna weekend!! With a huge thanks to some special people at Busch Gardens, we were able to attend a very special meet + greet brunch with Jack Hanna himself!
Our day started with a delicious brunch at Serengeti Overlook Restaurant, in the park. While we awaited for Jack Hanna to arrive we enjoyed a delicious breakfast buffet! Eggs, bacon, fruit, waffles-as big as the boy's heads, fried chicken and carving stations too! So, so good!! And you couldn't beat the view! Giraffes were roaming just below us in the Seregenti Plains!
On Jack's Summer bucket list, he insisted we go to the Columbus Zoo, home of Jack Hanna ;) To our surprise, COLUMBUS ZOO came to us!! And, they brought some baby animals to play with while we waited for Jack Hanna to arrive! What a special treat!! This staff, from the Columbus Zoo, were the sweetest! We'll make it there one day, but in the meantime, we so appreciate your kindness in showing us this baby leopard & the baby fox we met that day!
Jack Hanna arrives!!!
This boy was over the moon excited!! And I couldn't help but grin, ear-to-ear, watching this interaction with the man of the hour, Jack Hanna! He spent a good amount of time with us, giving our Jack some tips for when we do make it to Columbus Zoo one day & even tried to sneak a blueberry from Max's plate! He was exactly as you see him on his show, genuine and kind!
After brunch, we walked to the Stanleyville Theater inside Busch Gardens to catch Jack Hanna's live show with many of his favorite animals. It was super cool to see, a baby sloth, a giant chameleon and even adult cheetahs purring over the microphone!
We spent the rest of the afternoon roaming around the park! We rode the train and saw lots of animals! We watched crazy people ride scary roller coasters & even got soaked just watching SheiKra!!
For a moment, we thought we stumbled upon Te Fiti, from Disney's, Moana!
What an awesome time we had exploring Busch Gardens and meeting Jack Hanna! If you haven't visited Busch Gardens, or it's been a while, grab the kiddos and plan your visit soon! So many great things to check out! And, with the Preschool Card, your littles under 5, can get in free! Be sure to visit the link for more information!!!
Hope you're enjoying your Summer!
Stay tuned for some more family activities coming your way soon!!!
Again, a very special thanks to the special people at Busch Gardens for helping to organize this great family day!!
**All opinions and photos are my own.