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.

Busch Gardens Summer Nights:
Feel the spark after dark at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay’s Summer Nights with an ALL NEW laser and fireworks finale, tasty seasonal eats, and extended park hours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday now through September 6th. Cooler nighttime temperatures and enhanced health and safety measures provide guests at Busch Gardens a more comfortable and safe summer escape with their favorite thrills.

Advance reservations are no longer required when you purchase with Tripster. Proceed directly to the turnstile for entrance.

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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Dc_Sammie202
Broward County, Florida
"Birthday fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 17, 2020 NEW
Went for my wife's birthday. Had a great time. Actually was able to get my wife to get on her first roller-coaster ever, it was the second tallest ride in the park. All of the water rides are closed so that kinda sucked. We did the Safari which was amazing. A giraffe licked my arm lol. Overall we had an amazing time. Look forward to going back.
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heatherhW4967W
"Was extremely boring"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2020 NEW
The up close penguin experience was extremely expensive for people to talk to you for 26 minutes let you stroke the back a few times keep telling you not to touch nothing and talk to you like they are on National Geographic only National Geographic is more entertaining It was $40 a person There were 3 of us and literally all they did was talk and talk and talk I was bored out of my mind they said we got to interact with them but Magen the lady that worked there cared more about us watching her pet and play with it I will never ever do that again worst experience ever!!!! 9/12/2020
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melcgc
Tampa, Florida
"Post Covid"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 08, 2020 NEW
Terrible lines under the heat before you get in the park then once you are in no social distance at all. Left after the first hour. Many attractions closed. Ill wait till winter to return. Staff was miserable in masks you could tell. One staff member raising voice at guests for not wearing a mask. The guest was 5 year old 🙁
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Trvler59
Vero Beach, Florida
"So disappointed "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 07, 2020 NEW
After much debate and reading about safety measures Tampa Bush Gardens had in place we decided to give them a try. We took 2 face masks each, it was super hot out, drove hours to get there and parked. Got in line to enter and that was when we should have turned around and left. People were not wearing masks in line, social distance markers were on the ground but those were not used much. No one from the park was our front to manage the line. Once you had your temperature taken you moved up to the entry line. These were managed better but still given sizes of parties it was hard to social distance at all. The saving grace was masks were now being worn and lots of employees to remind everyone too. Once inside………in a matter of minutes we could see several people taking their masks off. We hurried out of the shopping area hoping we could get some social distancing in place. For the most part I would say we saw about 5% of the crowd there without masks. One lady even had a cigarette in her hand that was not lit, she carried it around and didn’t wear a mask. It was like she was going to say she was getting ready to smoke, that’s why her mask was off. But honestly employees passed people by and didn’t say anything to anyone about their masks. The only 2 places employees did a great job getting people to wear masks was the train and the SAFARI ACROSS THE SERENGETI PLAIN. There was lots of sanitizing of the train and the back of the truck, however the train was not cleaned the same by all employees and they need to make sure they are cleaning the bar that everyone holds on to getting on and off the train. Bring lots of hand sanitizer with you too. There are several hand sanitizer dispensers however we found a few that were empty. Not many rides were open, not many encounters were open either. It’s a bummer but we weren’t impressed with how things were managed and we won’t be back.
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foodieman1992
Norwich, United Kingdom
"Amazing theme park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 04, 2020 NEW
I fell in live with Busch Gardens from the second I went in their for the first time, their selection of rides, animals and even their diners inside the park is just simply fantastic. Can’t recommend this place enough.
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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.