Ever been in another city at a convention and wondered what there was to do after your general session got out? Ever wanted to try something completely unique and "wild"? Well, if you're in Tampa, you're in luck.

From now until August 17, Busch Gardens Africa will stay open until after the sun goes down for its annual Summer Nights event. Guests will be invited to stay and play in the dark, ride all of the thrilling roller coasters, see special performers including a ventriloquist, jugglers, contortionists, an aerial bungee act and much more. DJs will also be stationed all throughout the park so you can jam out to your favorite tunes while exploring the 335-acre adventure park.

DJ at Summer NightsAnd don't forget about the animals... Busch Gardens is one of the country's premier zoos and home to more than 2,000 animals. So even if you're not interested in thrilling coasters and spectacular entertainment, the fascinating array of animals will definitely keep you on your toes.

Here are the basic facts that you will need to know to enjoy this fantastic event:

What:    Summer Nights
When:   June 6 through August 17; Park hours are extended until 
9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
Where:  Busch Gardens Africa in Tampa Bay
Why:     I think I pretty much covered that already :)
Summer Nights at Busch Gardens
Summer Nights is included with a day's paid admission. Check out Busch Gardens' Web site for admission prices: www.BuschGardens.com

Now you have no excuse for staying in your hotel room after a day of endless meetings. Busch Gardens Summer Nights is an experience that you just can't afford to miss this summer. 

Do you know of any other nightly special events going on in Tampa? Let me know and I'll be sure to research and write about it. As always, I would love to hear feedback so tell me what you think or what you'd like to hear more about. I'm always open for suggestions!