Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, FL

10165 McKinley DrTampa, FL 33612
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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 from July 17 to August 16. 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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SarahGrubb19
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
"Honeymoon activity"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2020 NEW
During our August 2019 honeymoon in Orlando we visited Busch gardens. Loads of real white knuckle rides which I loved and easy to get to via shuttle from SeaWorld. Good food choices (better than Disney) and reasonable prices. Would definitely recommend going if you are visiting Orlando!
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MathildaS611
St. Petersburg, Florida
"Fearful experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 08, 2020 NEW
Added protection from covid.. On a visit 3 weeks ago, very few wore their masks properly or not at all. There was no enforcement from staff. Suggest the following: Signs at entrance that mask enforcement would be strict or guests will be asked to leave. No eating or drinking while walking around to make sure masks are worn. More signs around park about masks and loud speaker announcements. More sanitizer and hand washing places.
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NateG100
Naples, Florida
"Great Fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 07, 2020 NEW
What can you say! Busch Gardens is ALWAYS great! Love the experience and the staff. Great rides, food, and beer! They have made some nice improvements and I love what they have done. Hoping Halloween will still be on for them this year despite COVID.
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amithyst32
"excellent park to visit.but...."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 02, 2020 NEW
We loved the park.it was a lot of fun.The staff was nice and they were very accommodating.They have sanitizer everywhere and cleaned the rides in between wich was excellent! The only problems i had were 2 things.The social distancing and mask wearing.People were not following the rules at all!Half were not wearing them properly on their face or were taking them off all of the time.Then in lines people would walk right up next to you not following the guilded lines at all.smh.
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4stevemandy
Seal Beach, California
"Both rides and animals "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 31, 2020 NEW
This park has both rides and animals! I know they’re shifting towards the rides, which is great, but I hope they keep the animal exhibits too! It’s great to have both!
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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.