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Ultimate Guide to Busch Gardens® Tampa: Coupons, Discounts, and Deals

November 20, 2021

What do you get when you combine nine epic rollercoasters with one of the largest zoos in North America? If you answered Busch Gardens Tampa, you are correct! 

Brace yourself for a full day of adrenaline-pumping rides, family entertainment, and incredible animal encounters at this legendary Florida theme park. Busch Gardens Tampa is home to over 12,000 animals and 250 species, making this safari-themed adventure park ideal for any animal lover. 

Can’t wait to begin your incredible Tampa Bay adventure? Read on to discover our ultimate hacks for the best coupons, discounts, and deals for your Busch Gardens Tampa Vacation.

people on cobra curse roller coaster in busch gardens tampa floridaDiscounted Tickets

The best way to reign in that travel budget? Pre-purchase your Busch Gardens Tampa tickets! You can save serious money and expand your experience by reserving a variety of Busch Gardens discount ticket options, including:

  • Busch Gardens Tampa - Single Day - SAVE up to $25.00 per ticket
  • One Visit with All-Day Dine - SAVE  up to $34.99 per ticket
  • Two Park Ticket - SAVE  up to $51 per ticket
  • Two Park Ticket + Two All-Day Dining - SAVE up to $80.98 per ticket
  • Three Park Ticket - SAVE up to $51 per ticket
  • Three Park Ticket + Three All-Day Dining - SAVE up to $95.97 per ticket
  • Unlimited Visits + Free Parking - SAVE up to $33 per ticket

Pro Tip: Just can’t enough of the exotic animals and safari-themed fun? Thankfully, you can easily upgrade your day ticket to an annual pass on the day of your Busch Gardens visit. 

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Beyond just saving a few bucks, an annual pass allows you the following great benefits such as:

  • Free parking
  • Up to 6 free guest tickets
  • Up to 50% off in-park spending
  • Discounted tickets to Howl-O-Scream®

Do you reside in the sunshine state? If so, another pass to consider is the Busch Gardens Tampa Fun Card. This card will allow you unlimited park visits (either solely at Busch Gardens or Busch Gardens and Adventure Island) now through December 31st, 2021. 

Close up photo of Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street posing with a young boy at Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, Florida, USA

photo credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay via Facebook

Ticket Packages

Blue skies, sunshine, and loads of family-friendly fun wait for you in Tampa Bay. If you are spending a few days in Florida’s most diverse travel destination, we implore you to take advantage of the nearby world-class attractions. 

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Whether you decide to get up close and personal with a dolphin or marvel at prehistoric beasts, you will get your fair share of excitement, education, and savings when you bundle your Busch Gardens Tampa Vacation package.

  • Busch Gardens Tampa Package - SAVE as much as 46%**
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium Ticket Combo - SAVE as much as 18%
  • Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park Ticket Combo - SAVE as much as 18%
  • Dinosaur World Florida Ticket Combo - SAVE as much as 21%
  • The Florida Aquarium Ticket Combo - SAVE as much as 21%

**travelers have saved up to this and more depending upon their travel dates.

Close up photo of a crocodile at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, USA

photo credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay via Facebook


Explore and discover the best of Tampa when you choose one of our Tampa hotels. From luxury amenity-filled resorts to more budget-friendly comfort accommodations, you can feel secure booking with us knowing we stand by our lowest price guarantee

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Pro Tip: Did you know that theme park capital Orlando, FL, is a mere hour drive away? If your Busch Gardens Tampa getaway is part of a longer stay, why not take advantage of this proximity and hit some of your favorite Orlando attractions and entertainment?

Promotions & Specials

As luck would have it, Busch Gardens Tampa generously supplies many different ways in which to score discounted or even free tickets, promotions, and specials.

Group Tickets

It pays to travel in a pack! Thinking about a group outing? Busch Gardens Tampa offers a diverse range of group discounts for groups between 15-99 people. 

Military Members

Busch Gardens Tampa is honored to be a member of the Waves of Honor Program. Although we may never be able to repay them for their sacrifices, it gives the Busch Gardens family great pleasure to bestow any active U.S. Military members one complimentary admission per year, with up to three direct dependents.

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Corporate Events

Tired of the same cookie-cutter corporate events? Shake things up by planning your next corporate event or meeting at Busch Gardens Tampa. You and your coworkers will score substantial savings when you reserve for a group of fifty or more. 

Preschool Card

Don’t let the little ones miss out on all the kid-friendly fun at Busch Gardens Tampa! The Sesame Street® Safari is reason enough to bring the whole family, and with the helpful Preschool Card, kids ages five and younger receive free admission.

Ground shot looking up at the Tigris roller coaster with fireworks behind it at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, USA

photo credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay via Facebook

Ways to Save

Before you enter the lush 335 acres of animal habitats, bird gardens, water rides, and gravity-defying roller coasters, make sure to take note of the extraordinary amount of free things to do in Busch Gardens Tampa, including:

  • Complimentary pin for your Birthday 
  • Free, world-class live entertainment shows
  • Spark! A Nighttime Spectacular Firework show
  • Observe real-life animal care first hand at the Animal Care Center
  • Ride the Serengeti Express Train
Close up photo of a baby elephant splashing water at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, USA

photo credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
via Facebook


An easy way to preserve some dollars, and save yourself the headache of a long theme park commute, is to forgo parking on site, which can run you anywhere from $25-30.

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Instead, utilize the free shuttle service offered by most local Tampa hotels. 


To prevent any midday park meltdowns thrown by your tired tot and pocket the $25 stroller rental fee, bring your own from home.

Food & Drink

Unlike many other theme parks, Busch Gardens Tampa does not allow you to bring in your own snacks, coolers, or food items. However, you are permitted to bring your own refillable water bottle. 

Never fear; there is still a medley of ways in which you and your family can dine, drink, and snack for a modest sum.

Two giraffes leaning over a family as they walk by at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, USA

photo credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay via Facebook

All Day Dining

If you’re a family that needs to eat three square meals a day, it’s well worth the money to invest in Busch Gardens Tampa All Day Dining Deal

For a nominal fee of just $44.99 for an adult, or $22.99 for a child, you can enjoy up to one entrée, one side item or dessert, and one beverage each time you pass through a dining establishment’s line (once per hour).

Please be aware (cut wary) that the children’s deal is limited to kid’s meal entrees only. 

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Looking for a quicker, lower cost, and lower commitment dining option? Everyone’s favorite fast-food chicken establishment, Chick-Fil-A, will be coming to Busch Gardens Tampa Fall 2021!

Lastly, our parents needing caffeine can breathe easily knowing that Busch Gardens Tampa has a superb refillable souvenir cup policy. Once you purchase your souvenir cup, soda refills are only 99¢ for the rest of the season, and Icee refills are just $1.29.

Close up photo of the top of the a roller coaster at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida, USA

photo credit: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
via Facebook

The App

Seeking a way to get up-to-the-moment notifications, alerts, and announcements regarding your visit to Busch Gardens Tampa? Then, get ready to meet your newest trusted companion, the Busch Gardens Discovery Guide

This informative app is simply a must for keeping track of and purchasing:

  • Ticket add ons
  • Your park ticket and passes
  • Live showtimes and performances

Ready to Start Saving?

Variety is the spice of life, and Busch Gardens Tampa serves it up in spades.

All theme park fans will feel right at home here with the wide selection of big-kid roller coasters, live Broadway-style entertainment, and expansive Zoo facilities.

Whether testing your mettle on the giant Tigris or pretending you are in the Australian Outback in Walkabout Way, a Busch Gardens Tampa vacation is the consummate trip for you!

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