Southern Cove Apartments: Perfectly Placed in Temple Terrace

There are many opportunities for adventure living with us at Southern Cove Apartments. One of our main attractions is the magnificent Busch Gardens theme park located just 2 miles away!

Busch Gardens History

The Busch Gardens in Temple Terrace originally opened in 1959 as a free hospitality facility for the Anheuser-Busch Companies. It had beer tastings, a bird garden and the “Stairway to the Stars”, which was an escalator that took guests to the roof of the brewery.

A few years later, it purchased more land, brought in African exotic wildlife, built a few rollercoasters, and opened for the public in 1965.

Busch Gardens Today

Today, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (located specifically in Temple Terrace), is a  335-acre African-themed animal theme park owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

The park officially features 8 roller coasters and 2 water rides as well as additional rides and animal attractions.

In 2015, the park hosted 4.2 million people, placing 11th as the most-visited theme parks in the United States!

Busch Gardens Rides: Cobra’s Cruise

Its newest roller coaster, Cobra’s Curse, was opened in June 2016. It is a steel rollercoaster featuring an elevator-style lift and spinning cars. Construction of Cobra’s Cruise replaces and expands upon a previous ride called “Tut’s Tomb.” However, King Tut’s spirit remains: after pushing a pharaoh button under the mirror in the adjacent restrooms, you’ll be able to see the mask of King Tut appear through the glass!


Cobra’s Cruise is located right near the entrance, in the “Egypt” area.

Cobra’s Cruise Ride Preview

Upon reaching the top of the ride’s 70-foot-tall elevator lift, the train turns to the left and banks outwards, bringing riders closer to the 80-foot-tall statue of the snake king, King Venymyss, before continuing along the course. From there, the cart descends the 70-foot (21 m) drop reaching up to a maximum speed of 40 mph!

What’s really unique about Cobra’s Cruise is its spinning cars. Imagine speeding at 40mph while also spinning!

Adventurous Experiences in Temple Terrace

Many more fantastically unique experiences like this are to be found at Busch Gardens. We at Southern Cove Apartments encourage our residents to take advantage of everything living in Temple Terrace offers. The value you’ll get for our price absolutely cannot be beat!

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