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, opened at Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay in 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.

Real Music - Real Masters Jan 7th - March 15th (select dates)
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's longest running concert series returns with music and all-new entertainment. Included with admission, grab a seat in the climate-controlled Stanleyville Theater and see these memorable acts live.

Food & Wine Festival Feb 29th - April 26th (weekends)
The sixth annual Food & Wine Festival features new and exciting dishes, plus a large selection of wines, craft brews and cocktails. Some of the biggest acts in musical entertainment will take the stage every weekend on Festival Field. All concerts are included with daily ticketed admission to the park. 2020 Blockout dates for Fun Card Holders and Bronze Annual Pass Members during the festival are to be determined. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcoholic beverages.

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

Tripster Customer Reviews

67 Reviews
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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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
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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SuzanneHome
Newberry, Florida
"Day trip with my niece"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 20, 2020 NEW
I love Busch Gardens. I am a pass holder and go often. We went on January 19th. I purchased a dining deal, like I always do, and was unaware of the changes in the plan that only started this year. They no longer offer BOGO bottled sodas, alcoholic beverages and snacks with the plan. If I had been aware of this I would not have purchased the band. I feel that when guests are purchasing the band they should be told this since it has been part of the deal for years. After purchasing the band we found out these items weren’t included when we were making our purchase. I feel that the attendants selling the bands should make guests aware of these changes. Afterwards I noticed these items were not included when reading the literature. It was just always part of the plan for years so it didn’t occur to me that it would suddenly have been removed....Also, no more beer samples at the hospitality house... Apparently last year was the year of beer and they no longer do them...
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dimble115
Lancaster, United Kingdom
"Thrilling rides but not all open"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2020 NEW
Great visit on the way back to the airport. Fantastic rides and the best by a mile was Tigris (can't comment about Sheikra as it was closed). The queues weren't too long and it was good to have the animals spaced between the areas. If you like rides definitely one to do.
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524robing
Bucksport, United States
"Beautiful & Clean"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2020 NEW
I highly recommend going in mid-january. Absolutely no lines. It wasn't at all crowded so you could see everything without having to make way for other people.
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pyramoon
Tampa, Florida
"ITS OK AS FAR AS AMUSEMENT PARKS GO, SMALL & OVERPRICED"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2020 NEW
very crowded, very long lines for a very few rides....expensive to get in.....but when you don't have any other choices for amusement parks near by, other than disney, this has to do. it's just ridiculously overpriced..... i grew up near CEDAR POINT in ohio, which just makes any other park you go to pale in comparison.
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rayk798
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
"Busch Gardens visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2020 NEW
Very good park to visit with something for all The very young kids had various rides along with a vast range of animals to see either close up or on a train journey around the park. Thrilling rides were plenty for the teenagers and grown ups. Shops had a good variety of goods at reasonable prices Had a great day out.
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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.