Busch Gardens Tampa Tickets in Tampa, FL

10165 McKinley DrTampa, FL 33612
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Busch Gardens SHUTTLE EXPRESS - Daily round-trip transportation from Orlando to Tampa is Free with any paid Busch Gardens Ticket. See FAQ's at the bottom of this page for more information. 

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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.

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Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Tampa Travel Experts
  • Free transportation from Orlando to Tampa is available at select pick up and drop off locations. Reservations recommended.
  • 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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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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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, with a Busch Gardens Tampa ticket. 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.

New for 2022! Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will open Iron Gwazi, the world’s fastest and steepest hybrid coaster on March 11. Being North America’s tallest hybrid coaster, this ride takes thrills to new heights, plunging riders from a 206-foot-tall peak down a 91-degree drop and reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour. Iron Gwazi is Busch Gardens’ tenth coaster and an exhilarating addition to the park’s collection of thrill rides. Riders will experience a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions, while racing along more than 4,000 feet of steel track. With a 48” height requirement, this invigorating attraction is a ride the whole family can conquer together.

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.

2022 Events:
Bier Fest: Aug 12 - Sept 5
Bier Fest at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay returns as festive as ever, with cabins throughout the park serving more than 50 drinks options, including seasonal, local and international brews. From the selection, non-beer options such as ciders and sours are also available to pair with an all-new Oktoberfest-inspired menu. This popular event, now in its fifth consecutive year, allows guests to sip, sample and savor, enjoy the tunes from rising local artists, step into immersive animal habitats and top-off a day of festive fun with Florida’s most thrilling rides. Bier Fest runs every weekend from Aug. 12 through Sept. 5 and is included with park admission.

Spooktacular: Sept 10 - Oct 30
Celebrate Halloween with daytime trick-or-treating and more during Busch Gardens' all-new Spooktacular event.

Howl-O-Scream: Sept 9 - Oct 31
Separately ticketed night event.
Tampa’s premier Halloween event returns earlier than ever with new frights & scares.

Christmas Town: Nov 13 - Jan 2
Celebrate the holidays with millions of twinkling lights, festive shows, and holiday-inspired culinary delights.

Parking Fees:
  • Cars, Motorcycles, Campers/Trailers - $30
  • Preferred Parking - $35


Tripster Customer Reviews

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Nicole Reynolds
Palatka, FL
1 Review
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"Fun time with friends"
June 2022
Like most theme parks, it's a lot of walking. One of the rides was closed for maintenance and some of the animal exhibits were closed.

They covered up all of the cubby holes on the rides for loose items such as hats and some of the staff was rude but that's high turnover for ya.
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Matasha Windom
Red Springs, NC
4 Reviews
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"Amazing"
April 2022
This park was wonderful. You don't have all that walk to do as if you was visiting the one in Virginia, its like you get two occasions for the price of one. They have rides and a zoo and shows. I loved it.
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Tip: Nice and convenient for your money

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Andrew Esch
Bird in Hand, PA
1 Review
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"Visit"
April 2022
Lots of time spent in line but had a good time
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Ashleigh Rodabaugh
Semmes, AL
3 Reviews
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"Great"
April 2022
It was a great experience
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Constance Sorrow
Dimondale, MI
1 Review
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"Great day"
April 2022
The weather was great a nice break from Michigan weather.
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Tip: Good food Relaxing cool animals great show

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Kammerone Girroir
Palmyra , ME
1 Review
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"Busch Gardens"
April 2022
Was so fast and great savings !
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Linda Thomas
Tarpon Springs, FL
1 Review
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"Busch Garden"
March 2022
We got a free dinner with each ticket with Tripster for the same price I could buy a discounted ticket. So it was a good bonus!
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David Michaud
Cape Coral, FL
1 Review
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"Busch Garden."
March 2022
Experience was fantastic. Great weather and short lines
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Tip: Tickets through tripster were very reasonable and included one free entrée and one free drink

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Frequently Asked Questions about Busch Gardens Tampa

How much is parking at Busch Gardens?

$30 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks and recreation vehicles

$35 - Preferred parking


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


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

Yes, the Shuttle Express is Free with any paid Busch Gardens Ticket. 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 by visiting Buschgardens.mears.com for more information. 

Pick-up locations: 

8:30am Doubletree Orlando by Hilton at the entrance to Universal Orlando - 5780 Major Blvd.

8:45am Icon Park - 8350 Universal Blvd.

9am SeaWorld - 7007 SeaWorld Drive - Bus Parking

9:15am Publix - 8145 Vineland Avenue

9:30am Maingate Lakeside Resort - 7769 West Highway 192, Kissimmee in front parking lot.

Departure:  The bus departs Busch Gardens Tampa at the park close or 7pm during the peak seasons. 


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.