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.

2019 EVENTS (Select Dates)

Real Music Real Masters: Mon-Sat Jan 7 - March 16
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's longest running concert series returns with music and all-new entertainment in the climate-controlled Stanleyville Theater for memorable live acts.

Food & Wine Festival: Weekends March 16 - April 28
A world of taste awaits at the fifth annual Food & Wine Festival. The festival features signature dishes along with a large selection of wines, craft brews, and cocktails. Join us as some of the biggest acts in musical entertainment take the stage. All concerts are included with your admission to the park. Food and beverage are not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee.

Safari of Fun - Kids' Weekends: Weekends May 4-19
Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and all of your favorite Sesame Street friends for fun-filled weekends.

Busch Gardens Summer Nights: May 31 - Aug 11
Experience endless energy and thrilling rides during summer nights.

Bier Fest: Weekends Aug 17 - Sept 8
Explore beers from around the world with live entertainment.

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

Tampa Customer Reviews

63 Reviews
Margaret B.
Nokomis, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch Gardens"
July 2019 NEW
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
Verified Traveler
"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
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"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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Allyson Sehr
Waterloo , IL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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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Amy W.
ooltewah, TN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch Gardens Tampa = Good time watching animals, great food, and excellent rides"
April 2019
I try to go every year with my daughter and sometimes my mother. We always get the all-day dining pass because we love the food there (every hour -drink, meal, desert). Feeding the Giraffes was top on the list of enjoyable experiences and the Orangutan that loves looking at the items in my bag. Feeding the wallaby, kangaroo, and rainbow lorikeet was also nice. I would recommend going in the Spring or Fall. The temperature for me feels great. Reserve Orlando saved us over $50 so I was very happy I found them online :)
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Tip: There is a lot of walking. If you have someone with you who has issues they have wheelchairs you can rent for $20 or you can rent motorized ones also.

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Ed Schroeder
CA
2 Reviews
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"Busch"
April 2019
Excellent rides. Lines were not long due to drizzling weather. Shows were good. Parking was expensive.
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Takarie D.
Homestead, FL
2 Reviews
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"Busch garden ticket"
April 2019
I will definitely be ordering from them again everything went so smooth and fast
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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nalysemcc
"Great experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2019 NEW
The rides, entertainment, games, food was all amazing. I feel as though it is a great place for all ages. See you next time!
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Taina27
Pembroke Pines, Florida
"Nice and Relaxing"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2019 NEW
It had been over 15 years that I hadn't gone. I had a great time. Take your sunblock, hat and wear clothes that dry easily since you will get wet in some rides. Don't forget your free samples of beer at the Serenguiti. Buy your tickets on line. Tickets are $109. per person but we got entrance and all you can eat food all day at the same price. Very nice zoo; it seems like you can touch the animals, that's how close some get.
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Kbarr23
Palm Beach, Florida
"Great times with 2 teenagers and two between 8-12"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2019 NEW
Couldn’t be happier with Bush Gardens. We were told to go during the week and that advice paid off! Lines were no more than 20 minutes. Rides were fun for all and Bush Gardens is a two in one deal. Theme park and zoo all in one. We were all very impressed with the animals and their enclosures. We also got the meal plan which was totally worth it. Can’t remember exactly where we ate but they had Chinese Italian Mexican and sandwiches to. Something for everyone. I would totally go back to Bush Gardens! We loved it.
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Ryan_glasgow_28
Glasgow, United Kingdom
"Rollercoaster and animal heaven"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2019 NEW
If you like rollercoasters or zoo’s this is the place for you. They have 6 big rollercoasters and a couple of good water rides plus rides for kids. The animal enclosures are great and they seem to be treated well.
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Tking27
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
"Lots of fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2019 NEW
My family and I visited the park during our vacation to Florida. The park is very big and there is alot to see. We have small children and we had to take breaks to keep them cool. If visiting during the summer, take plenty of water. I also took a spray bottle to mist us and help us stay cool. Drinks and food are expensive but that is to be expected. My advice is to arrive early. As the day went on the lines for rides got longer. Animal exhibits were fun and informative. There was so much to do at the park its honestly hard to get through it in one day but it was a fun experience for my family!
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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.