Busch Gardens Tampa Tickets

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From world-class thrill rides to live entertainment and 12,000+ animals, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is one of Florida’s leaders in family entertainment. Get ready to unleash your wild side at this 335-acre Tampa theme park with award-winning shows, animal habitats, water rides, zookeeper-for-a-day experiences, safari-themed dining and shopping, and more.

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Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Tampa Travel Experts
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from Orlando available at select pick-up and drop-off locations. Reservations recommended.
  • Enjoy family-friendly rides, attractions, shows and activities. Infants ages two and below visit free!
  • Park only accepts cashless payments, including credit and debit cards and smart devices with Apple Pay or Google Pay.
  • Busch Gardens Tampa Bay no longer accepts cash, but you can transfer your cash to a prepaid debit card free of charge at cash-to-card kiosks throughout the park.
  • New rides are available throughout the park, including the Serengeti Flyer, Iron Gwazi and Cobra's Curse.
  • Discover more than 12,000 animals and over 200 species throughout the African-themed amusement park.
  • Celebrating your birthday? Stop by the Guest Relations and get a complimentary birthday pin.
  • Weather-or-Not Assurance is included with select tickets.


from Busch Gardens Tampa
Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay is a thrilling African safari and a sun-soaked Florida vacation all rolled into one. Experience up-close encounters with wild animal habitats, a unique blend of world-class thrill rides and seasonal events all year long.

As Florida’s thrill ride leader, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, combining exciting seasonal events, incredible animal experiences, world-class roller coasters and more! With your Busch Gardens Tampa Bay tickets you can take on a top-rated list of favorite attractions for thrill seekers, including Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest and the world’s fastest and steepest hybrid coaster and winner of the Golden Ticket Award for the Best New Roller Coaster in 2022. Animal fans can connect with over 200 species of animals from around the world as they stroll through the park and upgrade their day with exclusive experiences, including hand-feeding giraffe on the park’s 65-acre Serengeti Plain.

Now Open: Tickets for Busch Gardens include some of the most amazing thrill rides in the Bay Area. Experience the thrill of Serengeti Flyer, the world’s tallest and fastest ride of its kind, providing riders with breathtaking views of the park’s expansive 65-acre Serengeti Plain. Featuring twin dueling arms, the ride soars progressively higher, reaching speeds of 68 mph, a maximum height of 135 feet and the pulse-pounding thrill of multiple negative-G moments. The park’s new thrill features the capability to adjust the ride’s intensity level, giving guests the opportunity for a milder or wilder experience. Serengeti Flyer allows 40 guests to experience the ride at once, seated back-to-back in rows of 10 across two gondolas.

New for 2024: With your Busch Gardens admission, get ready for a Fiery, Family-Friendly New Adventure: “Phoenix Rising” Set to Soar Above the Serengeti Plain at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and set to open on July 21, 2024. This exhilarating new experience will have family members soaring above the Serengeti Plain before going on an exploratory journey over the Pantopia region, with its vibrant colors, thrilling attractions, and more. Riders will feel the rush of the wind and thrill of the flight in this suspended roller coaster that enable ride cars and riders to swing side to side as the train races along the track high above the Serengeti Plain. “Phoenix Rising” will be the first coaster to feature on-board audio, enhancing the ride experience with a one-of-a-kind soundtrack, integrated into an exhilarating array of twists, turns and surprises for families riding together.

Summer Nights: May 24-Aug. 11
Stay Longer. Play Later! Celebrate all summer long with extended park hours, dazzling entertainment and fireworks on select nights.

Red, White & Brews: May 24-July 7
Celebrate the nostalgia of Summer with festive culinary delights throughout the park this Summer!

Bourbon & BBQ: July 19-Sept. 2
All new! Friday, Saturdays and Sundays including Labor Day.

Howl-O-Scream: Sept. 6-Nov. 2 **
**Separately Ticketed Event and not included with park admission. Tampa’s premier Halloween event returns earlier than ever with new frights & scares.

Halloween Harvest: Sept. 7-Nov. 3 (Sat & Sun)
Celebrate Halloween with trick-or-treating, costume parades and more during this family-friendly event.

Christmas Town:, Nov. 15-Jan. 5, 2025
Celebrate the holidays with twinkling lights of every color, festive shows, and holiday-inspired culinary delights.

Parking Fees:
  • With your tickets to Busch Gardens, parking starts at $32 - General parking for one car, motorcycle, or camper/recreation vehicle
  • starts at $47- Preferred parking
  • starts at $53 - VIP parking
*Parking fees may vary per day and are subject to change without prior notice.

Busch Gardens Tampa Reviews

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Bob Andy
Liberty Twp, OH
1 Review
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"Day got rained out but rain policy saves the day."
June 2024
Was having a great day at Busch Gardens. Lines were very reasonable and plenty of Roller Coasters to ride. We were saving the best for last, Iron Gwazi. The line was only about 10 minutes and was able to walk up to the lines for the specific cart. They loaded the people before us on the ride and we were next. Before the ride started there was an announcement that the ride was shutting down due to lightning in the area. We waited 30 minutes to see if the rain would stop and it didn’t. My son was crushed, this is the reason he wanted to go to Busch Gardens. We got out of line and found out that Busch Gardens has a policy if the rides are shut down for more than an hour they will give you another day pass. We went to customer relations and a person working there told us we would have to fill out an online request. We asked another person at customer relations how long it would take and she gave us passes right then. She did look like she may have been a supervisor, but why did the other customer service person not know she could give us passes? We ended up going again in a day and rode the Iron Gwazi 3 times. It was a great ride and worth the extra trip. Couple of issues were they closed the tram to parking lots for lighting. So now I had to walk a half mile in the poring rain. Seems like it was more important to run trams during rain. Also, had to pay for parking for the second day, would have been nice for that to be comped.
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Tip: If you get rained out make sure to get a pass. It is valid for one year.

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Elizabeth Stanworth
1 Review
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"Excellent day out well worth a visit"
June 2024
Great day with lots to do from outstanding white knuckle rides to calmer water rides then a completely new experience enjoying all the wild life and getting up close and personal from the clever viewing windows - a guaranteed wonderful day you will never forget suitable fir all ages
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Tip: Get there reasonably early - wear comfortable shoes and start your visit from the far end of the park beating the queues

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Sandra Sienkiewicz
Evansville , WY
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"Busch Gardens"
April 2023
We contacted Tripster to get tickets for Busch Gardens. We went through Tripster because tickets were cheaper to get online then to get on site. I had made an error in ordering the tickets and Tripster fixed the error and refunded and then reordered the tickets for us. Their customer service was outstanding. This made our trip to Busch Gardens so much more enjoyable. Busch Gardens was enjoyable, seeing all the animals and the rides!
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Tip: When you order tickets online, you are sent the tickets to your phone which you show upon entering Busch Gardens

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Anna K.
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"Amazing place for the whole family"
March 2023
Great place, entertainment for the whole day, for the whole family. Safari is a great option for animal lovers. A large selection of roller coasters, many restaurants and shops. A beautiful object worth recommending. Me and my son spent the whole last day of our holiday there and we loved everything.
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Omar Illan
Ponce, PR
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February 2023
good price and easy to use
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Arreyona Johnson
Ridgeland, MS
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"Busch Gardens"
January 2023
The process of purchasing the tickets was super easy highly recommend!
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Adam Mills
Asheville, NC
3 Reviews
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"Excellent park where I had an excellent time"
December 2022
I visited Busch Gardens Tampa on December 6, 2002, and I had an excellent time there. I was able to take a free morning shuttle from across the street from my hotel in Orlando directly to the front gates at Busch Gardens (arriving at the park right around opening). The ride on the shuttle took no more than an hour and fifteen minutes, and it was a very comfortable trip. I was highly impressed with Busch Gardens Tampa. Firstly, it is the most beautiful amusement/theme park that I've ever visited. It was incredibly clean, and the grounds and landscaping were beautiful. The African theming of the park was done extremely well -- so much architecture that resembled genuine architecture from various African nations. Additionally, the trees, plants and bodies of water in the park very much added to the feeling that I was spending my day on the African continent. The employees throughout the park were friendly, with some of them being exceptionally friendly. The park was well-decorated for Christmas, and Christmas music was being played throughout the park -- so, even though I was at an African-themed park in Florida, I still felt as though it was Christmastime. As far as the ride line-up at the park, it is top-notch -- having some excellent roller coasters (most notably, Iron Gwazi, Kumba and Montu). The dive coaster, Sheikra, was closed for seasonal maintenance -- but that wasn't too much of a disappointment, since there were other great coasters to enjoy all day. I was really impressed with how well so many of the rides were themed, with some of these rides being incredibly themed. I picked a great day to visit the park because the crowd-level was low. I never had to wait more than 15 minutes to board a ride throughout the day (from opening of the park until 6:45 pm). In fact, the majority of my day was spent either walking directly onto rides or waiting only about 5 minutes to board them. I literally spent almost my entire time at the park riding rides. The only times when I wasn't on rides was when I ate lunch and dinner. My admission ticket into the park included all-day dining -- so, every time I ate or just got something to drink, I just had to have my all-day dining wristband scanned. Both my lunch and dinner meals were very good, and there were enough food choices for me in the park (I eat a plant-based diet). The free shuttle that I took to the park in the morning provided free service back to Orlando at 7:15 pm (the shuttle dropped me off at the same spot I boarded it in the morning). The return trip on the shuttle took about the same amount of time that it took to get to the park in the morning. In closing, I had an all-around excellent day at Busch Gardens Tampa. I'm very glad that I made the trip there from North Carolina. I plan to make it back there again. Hopefully, in the near future.
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Tip: It's a large park, but it's easy to navigate -- and i had no trouble at all traveling all over the park throughout the day without breaking a sweat.

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Natalie Rivera
Bayamon , PR
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November 2022
This is the best third party ever . I couldn’t buy the tickets from the bush gardens page nor the app, but tripster let me buy them in a second and I am so grateful because my time in bush gardens was so amazing, I had lots of fun .Thank you tripster !
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Frequently Asked Questions about Busch Gardens Tampa

How much is parking at Busch Gardens Tampa?

General parking for cars, motorcycles, and campers/RVs starts at $32. Preferred parking starts at $47 and is subject to availability. Prices do not include tax, vary per day, and are subject to change without prior notice.

Is the Shuttle Express from Orlando to Busch Gardens Tampa free?

Yes, the Busch Gardens Ticket comes with complimentary Shuttle Express rides. Daily round-trip transportation from Orlando to Busch Gardens Tampa (just a short 1-hour ride) is offered from select locations in Orlando. Reservations are recommended. Details are provided in your booking confirmation info. Pick-up locations include: 8:30 am Doubletree Universal Orlando (outside the main entrance) - 5780 Major Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819. 8:45 am Icon Orlando (bus stop area at parking garage facing Universal Blvd.) - 8401 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819. 9:00 am SeaWorld Orlando (bus parking area) - 7007 SeaWorld Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. 9:15 am Old Town Shopping Village Kissimmee (bus parking) - 5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746. 9:25 am Maingate Lakeside Resort (outside main entrance) - 7769 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, FL 34746. 9:15 am Publix Vineland Avenue Orlando (in front of Publix) - 8145 Vineland Ave., Orlando, FL 32821. The bus departs Busch Gardens Tampa at the park close or 7pm during the peak seasons. For a complete list of pick-up locations follow the link in your booking confirmation info.

Do Busch Garden tickets expire?

Yes, each ticket type is different. Please refer to your ticket voucher for an expiration date.

Can I bring food into Busch Gardens Tampa? Can I bring a cooler?

One bottle of water per person and single-serve sized snacks (approx. 2 oz or less) are allowed inside the parks, as well as baby formula and medicines. Otherwise, outside food and beverages are prohibited, including hard/soft coolers, glass containers, alcohol, and flavored drinks. Guests with medical diets or baby formula should speak with a team member for assistance before entering the park.

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 per day ($10 for Pass 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 Tampa?

Strollers, Wheelchairs and Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECVs) are available for a nominal fee at the Stroller and Wheelchair Rental Shop in Morocco on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be 18 years of age to rent ECVs and wheelchairs.

Are there lockers at Busch Gardens Tampa?

Busch Gardens ticket prices do not include free lockers. However, all day self-service lockers are available for rent in the Morocco section of the park, by lost and found, near the entrance. The multi-use, key pad operated lockers can be used as often as you like throughout your day. Self-service kiosks accept cash and credit cards. Lockers are charged per day and the price will vary depending on the size of the locker.

Is smoking allowed at Busch Gardens Tampa?

Busch Gardens is committed to a safe and friendly environment. Therefore, designated smoking stations are provided 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. The use of marijuana is not permitted on property at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

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 happens if it rains?

Busch Gardens remains open during inclement weather, although some of the park's outdoor shows, rides and attractions may be temporarily affected. If your day is impacted by weather, visit Guest Relations before you leave to receive a ticket for a return visit. Please be advised that Weather-or-Not Assurance policy enactment is at the discretion of Guest Services. The following are not eligible for Weather-or-Not Assurance tickets: Pass Member admission; complimentary tickets (including Weather-or-Not Assurance tickets); 14-Day Length of Stay tickets; Promotional/discount tickets (group sales tickets) and promotional multi-day tickets. You can also visit Busch Gardens direct website within one week of your visit date to submit a Weather-or-Not Assurance claim. Refunds are not offered for weather.

Can my children go to Busch Gardens without me?

Except when participating in an event intended for young guests such as our Summer Camps, sleepovers, birthday parties and educational programs, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment® suggests that visitors 13 and younger be accompanied by an adult.

What should I wear?

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a family destination, and requires that guests wear appropriate clothing while in the park. Shirts, skirts or pants (including jeans or shorts) and shoes must be worn at all times. Costumes and masks are not permitted in the park.

What time does Busch Gardens Tampa open?

Opening and closing times vary by season. Please see the operating calendar in the ticket section above for the hours of operation during your selected date range.