How is Busch Gardens, in Tampa, Florida, a cultural experience?How is Busch Gardens, in Tampa, Florida, a cultural experience?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is a pretty good question actually. Amusement parks are definitely a cultural experience. An amusement park demonstrates what a culture values, fears and finds entertaining. Roller coasters are a cultural phenomenon. They don't need roller coasters in countries where every day is a fight to survive. Roller coasters provide an adrenaline rush without the risk. The food, tourist traps and exhibits are also uniquely American.
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This depends on what you mean by a cultural experience.

If you were a visitor to the United States, simply going to an amusement park would be a cultural experience.  This would be because you would be getting a look at a type of entertainment that is very typically American.  It is typical of American popular culture.  Looked at that way, Busch Gardens would be a cultural experience.

If you are thinking about culture more in terms of the arts, there are also aspects of Busch Gardens that are cultural.  For example, there are shows there that can be seen as cultural.  These include shows having to do with Motown music and with ballroom dancing.  Both of these could be seen as cultural in the sense of being experiences that expose a person to the arts.

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