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, opening at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay 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.

Safari of Fun Kids' Weekends - Oct 5 - Oct 27th (weekends)
Celebrate Halloween with Elmo, Abby, Grover and all your favorite Sesame Street® friends every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3:30pm in October during Sesame Street® Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends. Show off your family costumes during each themed weekend while you trick-or-treat, enjoy exclusive crafts, explore through a hay bale maze and play fall-inspired activities and games in our festival field area. Included with park admission. Then, join your favorite Sesame Street friends during a character dance party!

Christmas Town - Nov 16 - Jan 6th
It's Christmas every day at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay with Christmas Town November 16 through January 6. Enjoy millions of twinkling lights, Yuletide shows, delicious holiday treats and much more. Christmas Town is included with admission

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

Tripster Customer Reviews

66 Reviews
Rolando Soto
Miami , FL
1 Review
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"So Far Best Vacation with Family"
August 2019 NEW
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
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"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
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"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
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"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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Camila Sotil
Coral Springs, FL
1 Review
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"Good"
June 2019
Good experience
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Tip: You’re gonna walk a lot

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Faith Willis
Melbourne, FL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"One day visit"
June 2019
Hadn't been for years. A lot had changed for the better. Rides and shows were great. Plan to go back soon.
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Tip: Meal plan is a plus

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Carla Stape
Bradenton , FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome!"
June 2019
It was so cheap to buy with tripster and I had to call them for some questions and they were super nice with me over the phone. Definitely would buy from them again.
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Tip: Awesome trusted website

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Allyson Sehr
Waterloo , IL
1 Review
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"Good fun!"
May 2019
Lines were short during the week, park food was delicious, lots of shady areas to cool off! Had a lot of fun with my family!
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Tip: Some rides do not allow backpacks so you may have to rent lockers.

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wendyg96
Tampa, Florida
"Fun rides for sure"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2019 NEW
If you are used to the standard and high quality at Disney and Universal then BG May be a bit disappointing. However I need to say right up front that the actual rides are first class - especially Cheetah, Tigris and Sheikra. So if it’s just for the rides you won’t be disappointed. But the actual park surrounds needs huge upgrades and some serious love. The entrance is tired and old and many of the buildings need to be updated and repainted. I have never been a fan of any type of zoo so I stay away from the animals.
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hellsbells70
Merthyr Tydfil County, United Kingdom
"Nice change to Disney"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2019 NEW
We visited because we had bought tickets to Discovery Cove which came with an unlimited two week pass to Busch Gardens plus free transport which we decided to take advantage of. As we hadn't paid for our tickets we decided to buy the all day dining plan which was very good value for money giving you a main, dessert and drink every hour. It was hard work though eating every hour as we felt like we were missing out on the other attractions. It was a lot quieter when we visited than the other parks which was brilliant as it meant hardly any queues, we managed to go on Cheetah (which is a must about 5 times).
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Dee D
Clearwater, Florida
"Always good family fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2019 NEW
My grandbabies love this park. My youngest grandbaby loves the coaster she can ride and the animals. Love the up close time with the animals and trainers. We are planning on watching an operation on an animal. We have passes and it is well worth the money!
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AdventureVibes
Puerto Rico
"Fun! Best date to visit! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
We bought our tickets before arriving to the park to make the admission process faster. We also bought the "All day dining plan" (totally worth it!). Good for families, couples, solo trips, friends etc. We found that the perfect day to visit is the second week of September, waiting time was less than 10min even for the high demand rollercoasters!!! We had a blast, we definitely recommend it!!!
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996chadr
Tampa, Florida
"Huge park with lots of excitement!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2019 NEW
This park is absolutely amazing I have never gotten lost in a theme park before but I highly suggest that you do! Alongside some of the best roller coasters not only in Florida but the United States this is a thrill seekers paradise however older guest and guest with disabilities will also enjoy the shows and the animals there is something here for everyone! The only drawback that I would see is that they compete with Orlando-based theme parks that have the opportunity to pick the best of the best when it comes to Frontline employees at Busch Gardens they truly do hire high school kids and younger adults who sometimes need to learn the art of guest service. As long as you come to this park and not think you’re going to Disney or universal and just enjoy the park for its natural and amazing beauty you will be delighted
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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.

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.