Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, FL

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Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida

Overview

Home to more than 12,000 animals, this world-class theme park is one of the largest zoos in North America. Busch Gardens® Tampa is one of Florida’s leaders in thrill rides and family entertainment, offering state-of-the-art shows, animal habitats, bird gardens, water rides, zookeeper-for-a-day experiences, behind-the-scenes tours, safari-themed dining and shopping, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Tampa Travel Experts
  • Free transportation is available at select pick up and drop off locations (visit the Busch Gardens website). Reservation is recommended due to high demand.
  • The Unlimited Visits ticket is the best deal and includes FREE parking.
  • Refillable cups are a great deal for a value price.
  • New rides are available throughout the park, including Falcon's Fury and Cobra's Curse.
  • Discover more than 12,000 animals and 250 species throughout the African-themed amusement park.
  • Celebrating your birthday? Stop by the Guest relations and get a complimentary birthday pin.

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Insights from Tripster's own team members

Megan Aguilar

This park is about an hour and a half drive from Orlando. They have so many coasters and rides to choose from... and animals everywhere! Plan on spending a whole day in this park for all the animal interactions, shows, and rides. Be sure to check out the new ride Cobra's Curse that is now open!

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Description

from Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens Tampa is a thrilling African safari and a sun-soaked Florida vacation all rolled into one. Experience up-close encounters with wild animals, and explore fascinating attractions based on cultures and legends of faraway lands.

Take your family to a place where the fun comes naturally — Busch Gardens Tampa. Everyone will enjoy the unparalleled mix of nearly 3,000 animals, captivating shows, restaurants, and thrilling rides. Venture across the Serengeti and race like a Cheetah aboard Cheetah Hunt. Soar like an eagle, roar like a tiger and discover shared family fun.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay combines world-class thrill rides, Broadway-style live entertainment and one of North America’s largest zoos in an unforgettable adventure for the whole family. Imagine a coaster where no two rides are alike. Experience Cobra's Curse and come face-to-fang with Florida's first family spin coaster.

New at Busch Gardens Tampa:
Get ready to take on Tigris® Florida’s tallest launch coaster, opened at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay in spring 2019. Tigris features an exhilarating triple launch with forward and backward motion, catapulting riders through looping twists, daring drops, a 150-foot skyward surge, and an inverted heartline roll – reaching a top speed over 60 miles per hour.

Food & Wine Festival Feb 29th - April 26th (weekends)
The sixth annual Food & Wine Festival features new and exciting dishes, plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. Some of the biggest acts in musical entertainment will take the stage every weekend on Festival Field. All concerts are included with daily ticketed admission to the park. 2020 Blockout dates for Fun Card Holders and Bronze Annual Pass Members during the festival are to be determined. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

Parking fees:
• Cars, Motorcycles, Campers/Trailers - $25
• Preferred Parking - $28

ALL SALES ARE FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR CANCELATIONS ARE ALLOWED.

Tripster Customer Reviews

70 Reviews
Chris Bauch
Seabrook, TX
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch Gardens"
March 2020
We bought the vouchers from Tripster and they worked like a charm. We got right in the park and got our wristbands for the meal option. We were lucky to have gone only a couple of days before they shut down the park.
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Tip: The meal pass is only good for certain restaurants and for certain items there. You can't get elephant ears.

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Lakeisha Smith
st petersburg, FL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful transaction"
February 2020
The transaction was very easy. It even asked if I wanted to upgrade at a discounted rate!
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Tip: The discounts and wonderful. Such an easy transaction

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Simon Scott
MIAMI, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"amazing"
February 2020
i had an amazing experience
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Tip: the people are very polite and the food was amazing

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Edward Cano
DO
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very good service!"
November 2019
You have a very good special and great service!
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Tip: they make sure your card is valid by making minimal consumption

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Rolando Soto
Miami , FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"So Far Best Vacation with Family"
August 2019
We Loved it. Busch Garden Sea World and Aquatico. Enjoyment Amusement Park and Awesome Rollercoasters Ride on Both parks
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Tip: You will come back Again ????

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edith martinez
miami, FL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Amazing family trip"
August 2019
Had such a great time. Variety of shows and rides. And the restaurants amazing. Of you go make sure to visit dragon fire grill my favorite hands down.
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Daniel Smith
Townsend, DE
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Good times at Busch Gardens Tampa"
August 2019
We had a great time at Busch Gardens Tampa. They have some awesome rides and all kinds of animals in the safari. The only negative I had was the safari ride was discontinued and you now have to pay $39.99 to go on a tour. We did the all day dining, it was totally worth it between the three parks.
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Tip: We bought the three day all day dining ticket. We went to Busch Gardens, Sea World and Aquatica.

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Margaret B.
Nokomis, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch Gardens"
July 2019
I bought tickets for Busch Gardens of Tripster which included the all day food package. I took my two nephews that are 14 and 15 years old. The food package was half the price it would have been if purchased at the park. So it was a significant savings, and the wrist bands for the package allowed the boys to run around the park all day without having to carry money or hook up with adults when they wanted food and drinks. Since the temperature was in the upper 90's, I'm sure we saved money just on the drinks before even adding in the food. I also save money on the admission fare. I would definitely use Tripster again.
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Tip: The vouchers are eay to use.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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T M
Lutz, Florida
"Busch Gardens Rocks!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 26, 2020 NEW
If you love rollercoasters and good food, this is the place for you! On our last trip we took the kids on the safari tour to feed the giraffes. It was HOT but a wonderful experience for my children. We love it SO much that we bought an annual pass.
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AirTrip12
"great"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2020 NEW
First, Kesha is amazing, it is the best service we have received, always smiling and kind to everyone. finally, Kody was very kind to us and always willing to answer our questions. Thanks to both of you.
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962estellef
"Fun for all!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2020 NEW
I have had a season pass since 2011 and I never get sick of BG! I love the rides, animals, and all of the different events!
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R7288WLrobertk
Rustington, United Kingdom
"Need to go back asap!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 09, 2020 NEW
Couldn’t do everything in a day The kids would have spent a whole day in sesame street way if we let them! Great addition to the park Will buy a 3 park ticket (seaworld & aquatica) with unlimited entry on next visit ideal has everything needed for the family without the expense and queuing of Disney
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Amusementparkguy
Pataskala, Ohio
"Awesome visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 05, 2020 NEW
A friend and I visited here just before the coronavirus caused things to shut down. I have always enjoyed this park. It was very clean, and the employees were very friendly. The rides were in excellent condition. This is a must do attraction when visiting in Florida.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Busch Gardens Tampa

How much is parking at Busch Gardens?

$25 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks and recreation vehicles

$28 - Preferred parking


Preferred parking is subject to availability. Tour buses may park for free.


Do Busch Gardens tickets expire?

Yes, each ticket type is different. Please refer to your ticket voucher for an expiration date. ALL SALES ARE FINAL, NO REFUNDS OR CANCELATIONS ARE ALLOWED.


Are coolers or picnic baskets allowed inside Busch Gardens?

Picnic baskets and coolers are not allowed inside the park. (Exception: Baby food and medicine are permitted, but not in glass containers.)


What options are available if I want to bring my pet to the park?

On-site kennels are located at the front of the main parking lot across from the first tram stop. The air-conditioned facility is staffed from park open until one-half hour before park close, and the cost is $25.00 per day ($10.00 for Passport members, excluding Fun Card holders). Park guests are required to bring pet food and to walk their pets during the day. You may bring a blanket for the pet's comfort, and a current shot record and rabies tag is required.


Where can I rent a stroller or wheelchair at Busch Gardens?

Strollers, Wheelchairs & Electric Carts - Available for a nominal fee at the Stroller and Wheelchair Rental Shop in Morocco. You must be 18 years of age to rent electric carts and wheelchairs.


Where can I rent a locker?

Single-use lockers are located near Cobra's Curse, Cheetah Hunt, Congo River Rapids, Kumba,  Montu, Scorpion / Falcon's Fury, and Stanley Falls Flume / SheiKra. The first 2 hours is $1 and $2 for an additional hour with a $20 per day maximum.


Is smoking allowed at Busch Gardens?

Busch Gardens is committed to a safe and friendly environment. Therefore we have provided designated smoking stations throughout the park. All indoor areas will remain smoke-free environments. Outdoor smoking stations are designated in guest areas by smoking urns, benches and "Designated Smoking Area" signs, which are situated near most restrooms. These signs are marked on the park maps.


I have a hard cast from a recent accident. Will this effect which rides I can board?

Guests with hard casts are not allowed on Kumba, Montu, or SheiKra.


What shows are available at Busch Gardens?

Opening Night Critters, Turn It Up!, Push Play!, and Elmo Rocks! at Sesame Street® Safari of Fun.


What happens if it rains?

If rain ruins the fun at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, guests will be eligible to receive a complimentary visit to the park to use within 1 year of your visit. If your day is impacted by weather, visit guest relations before you exit the park to receive a ticket for a return visit. Policy enactment is at the discretion of Guest Services. Rainy day guarantee may ONLY be utilized by guests with a Single Day ticket or Multi-Day Ticket. Not valid with any other ticket offers.