We have never been to Busch Gardens or Seaworld. So, I was planning a trip for myself, DH and DS (10) (he has a fall break) for the week of Oct. 14th. We would be driving (about an 8-1/2 drive to Tampa) Here is my itinerary and cost of trip. Sun: Drive down stay in Clearwater Beach Mon: Go to Clearwater Marine Aquarium to visit Winter Tues: Go to Busch Gardens open 10-6 (should we do the dining plan?) (Sun - Tues staying at a condo in Clearwater) Wed: Drive to hotel near Seaworld, if the weather is warm enough, go to the waterpark its open 10-5, then maybe go to SW a few hours in the afternoon (SW closes at 6p) Thurs: Full day at Seaworld open 9-6 (thought about doing the dining plan this day) Total cost for the 3 nights at condo, 2 nights at Fairfield by SW, all tickets, food allowance, gas and parking is $1900.00 I would like to know, from those of you that have been, what do you think? Is it worth the money and the drive to do BG and SW? I don't want to go and be disappointed. I know its not WDW, but is it still fun? We do like going to zoos and aquariums. The 3 of us aren't really into thrill rides, so I am not so sure about BG. (duing Oct. Congo River will be closed, that is something we would have liked) We aren't into the big coasters. We like things like BTM at WDW. Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.