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Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, FL

3000 East Busch Blvd.Tampa, FL 33612
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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.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Tampa Travel Experts
  • African-themed amusement park.
  • Home to more than 12,000 animals and 250 species.
  • New rides include Falcon's Fury and Cheetah Run.
  • Famous for roller coasters.
  • It is just an hour and half drive from Orlando but if you don't feel like driving, FREE transportation is available at select pick up locations with Busch Gardens ticket purchase. Reservation is required.
  • Celebrating your birthday? Stop by the Guest relations and get a complimentary birthday pin.
  • Free transportation is available at select pick up and drop off locations (visit Busch Gardens' website). Reservation is recommended due to high demand.
  • The 3-park combo is the best deal which includes Busch Gardens Tampa, SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica tickets.
  • Refillable cups are a great deal for a value price.

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Insights from Reserve Direct's travel experts

Megan A.

This park is about an hour and half drive from Orlando, but totally worth it. 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.

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Brianna C.

Busch Gardens is definitely a "gem" found in the Tampa area. The train was not only informative on all of the things to do around the park, but a great way to see all of the animals. We did the train first and I felt as if it helped plan the remainder of our day. Throughout the day there are animal feedings and interactions. The elephant interaction was definitely one of the highlights of my day. There are rides, shows, and games for all ages ranging from Sesame Street to the drop of Falcon's Fury. It is definitely worth the slight drive if you are staying in Orlando.

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 far away lands.

Take your family to a place where fun comes naturally, Busch Gardens Tampa. Everyone will enjoy the unparalleled mix of animal encounters, captivating shows 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.

A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos featuring nearly 3,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.

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. Experience our newest breed of speed! This new mega-attraction brings guests face-to-face with the world’s fastest land animals in Cheetah Run, then invites them to join nature's most agile predator as it races across the Serengeti on Cheetah Hunt – a one-of-a-kind launch coaster.

Busch Gardens Rides:
  • Cheetah Hunt

  • Congo River Rapids

  • Gwazi

  • Kumba

  • Montu

  • Rhino Rally

  • Sand Serpent

  • Scorpion

  • Serengeti Railway

  • Sheikra

  • Stanley Falls

  • Tanganyika Tidal Wave


Parking fees:
Cars, Motorcycles, Campers/Trailers - $18
Preferred Parking - $24



Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

20 Reviews
Reserve Orlando Customer
Tampa, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Weather alert"
August, 2016 NEW
All the attractions/sometimes the park is closed when it's raining.
Tip: Do not visit the park on July or August

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Maria Cajigas
Aguada, PR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Farewell holiday with my family"
August, 2016
We planned this holiday for fire my youngest son , to spend unforgetable moments with family before beginning a new stage in her life since college started away from us , and to stay studying in the US
Tip: Economic and reliable

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chasity clayton
Beaufort, SC
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
August, 2016
Loved the water rides and the train tour was awesome

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Yoshika Simmons
Cutler Bay, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Worst place ever"
July, 2016
Due to rain must of the rides where closed. Also I arrived at the park at 1030 and no ride where running untill 1130. Once the ride started some where shut down for technical issues. Ask for a rain check and k was denied I haven't been to Busch gardens in year will not return back to the park ever.
Tip: Don expect a rain check due to weather, and don't not go there earlier expecting to eat at a resturant all restaurant open at 1130

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Tina Anderson
Lake Station, IN
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch Gardens"
July, 2016
The person that helped me with the purchasing of the tickets over the phone was excellent! I made three separate transactions for a total of 15 tickets, everything went smoothly and she was very kind and patient! She even let me know how to get a hold of her again if something was wrong when I got the confirmation emails. I will definitely use this site again because of the great prices and customer service! As for Busch Gardens it was lovely as usual! They have beautiful scenery, wonderful shows happening all over the park and wildlife seemingly everywhere throughout the park. we had six children with us all under the age of 10 and there was plenty of rides and things for them to do. Ranging from ages 70 to 3 in my group I'm happy to say there was no shortage of fun for all of us!
Tip: Must know that the souvenier cups are free refills all over the park and icees are included. Also, wearing a bathingsuit under your clothes is a good idea because of all the water rides and places to get wet and cool down at in the park are somethng you will want to take advantage of on a hot day.

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Alexandra F.
Englewood, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"We had a blast!"
July, 2016
We recently took our 10 y/o niece to the park along with our 2 y/o daughter. We enjoyed the park early in the morning with no lines at all. Later on , the lines were getting bigger but we had a great time in the Sesame street area and inside of the birds cage. Every visit is different at bush gardens with so many things to do. We have a year pass and go there like every 2 months but is always wondeful.
Tip: confortable shoes, buy your tickets online. I saved 14 $ in only one ticket for buying the day before with Reserve orlando.

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Karen Roginski
Bayside Hills , NY
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Wildlife galore"
June, 2016
Busch Gardens has such a nice variety of animals in very natural habitats. Have you ever seen a hippo swimming at eye level? We enjoyed seeing the cheeta respond to its trainers, and watched in awe as the alligator trainers explained how they teach the alligators to eat ONLY in the water. We enjoyed the rides that are our speed - the train and the overhead sky lift. Lots of young folks were having fun on the many fast rides, with twists and turns, and splashing water. There were plenty of places for us seniors to keep cool while enjoying the park. We ate lunch overlooking the African plains, watching zebras and giraffes as we relaxed.The bird sanctuary areas offered plenty to see and do, even feed flamingos!
Tip: If you are spending the whole day in hot weather, buy the refillable cup. Worth it.

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Laura Aijian
Daytona Beach, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun in the sun and rain"
June, 2016
I went onto the Reserve Orlando website and was able to quickly and conveniently find everything that I needed. There were all sorts of packages and options for combining trips for people both coming from out of town or locals from the area. Our day at Busch Gardens was a ton of fun and now I'm a converted roller coaster enthusiast! It did start to rain while we were there, and the park gave us rain check tickets to come back within the month. The weather ended up clearing back up and we had a fabulous day of fun and excitement. I will for sure use this site again for my future booking needs.
Tip: Buy the meal voucher if your eating in the park. Its a great deal! Bring an umbrella, and if the weather gets bad ask for a rain-check!

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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HaresHallBunny
Baltimore, Maryland
"Still my favorite!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2016 NEW
Miss the good ole days when we bought yearly passes. Still my favorite for value, fun, decent food, a variety of things to do. Can't beat Busch Gardens!
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GRANDMASANDYJ
THE VILLAGES
"Howl O Scream at Busch Gardens"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2016 NEW
Suggestions-- Busch Gardens could make it more convenient to pick up wrist bands once in the park before Howl O Scream starts and also keep restaurants open so patrons can eat between daytime and night-time fun. The Bayou area was the most fun experience and we went through it twice with our fast passes. For older visitors, it would be nice to have more resting areas between long walks to different parts of the park. It was opening night and some staff members didn't seem to be trained with knowledge of procedures for different pass privileges, but it still was a fun night. Some "not so scary or fun" houses could just be eliminated. The "Fiends" show was much better than last year, but we wish they would still incorporate the old Halloween song favorites with the new jokes & music of current times.
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K E
"Like most others"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed September 26, 2016 NEW
Small piece of advice go in winter months right now they are working on hollowed. I am sure that will be great there were not very many animals as it was probably way to hot for them there was no funnel cake how sad. Did not feel like I got my money's worth 91.00$ and I don't ride the rides or have any children. Once again I cannot express myself when I say go in winter and have fun
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Vinette C
Spring Grove, Pennsylvania
"Sucks!!!!! Don't waste ur money! "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2016 NEW
We were SO disappointed in this attraction. We tried to make the best of the day but it progressively got worse and worse. 1. The price. 300.00 to get in. 2 adult tickets, 2 safari tours and 2 quick Q passes(the one that gets u in 1 pass per ride for specific rides-not the Cobra one). Oh ya... 20.00 TO PARK! 2. 1 ride was closed that was on the quick Q list...lockers sold out- I'll get into that NEXT. 3. We both wanted to get on the ride Shakra- I had a SMALL cross body handbag. They wouldn't let me on the ride with the small handbag. They have no "cubbies" at the top of the ride to put small things like hats, drinks, small purses. We had to go try and find a locker of which all in the "close" vicinity were sold out. Other parks have cubbies to store small items in while u ride. This place makes u pay for lockers. I could understand if I had a large backpack but I didn't. So, if u can FIND a locker, u have to shell out a few MORE bucks to get one for a few hours. I think 300 bucks was enough. 4. Park opened at 9? 10? But most of the food venders didn't open until after 11! If any opened at all! 5. It was so hot, EVERYWHERE. They have a few misters and fans but they suck. Even the dining rooms where they were suppose to have AC were hot. I get that it's Florida.... Honestly. But 92 degrees and in the hot sun, MORE MISTERS!!!!! MORE SHADED AREAS!!!! 6. Food was overpriced and mediocre at best. Heck, at the register, there was a fork/spoon/knife dispenser- totally empty. I told the young girl, just in case she didn't know..... She just pointed me to another. I had to go to FOUR of these dispensers. Really? I could understand ONE, maybe TWO but THREE??? Really???? 7. The Cobra-this was the last ride we tried to get on. Stated a 40 minute wait. Well.... 40 minutes turned into over an hour and half. Ride went down TWICE while we were in line. They set the line up to go through this building that's decorated in archeological cheap crap and it's hallway after hallway so u never know where u r in reference to the ride! U keep thinking- next turn, next turn.... Well, just more cheap crap. They should have spent more money getting the ride to work right! 8. The staff sucks. Just a bunch of underage kids that don't give a crap. They all looked like they were just counting down the minutes. 9. the shuttle back to car. They have a covered tram area, people pack in there waiting for the tram. It was hotter then heck and only a few crappy fans. I can't believe someone didn't pass out. We waited OVER 30 minutes for a tram. We probably would have walked back to the car faster. DONT DO IT!!!!!!! SAVE UR MONEY!!!!
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christina g
Palm Bay, Florida
"Super fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2016 NEW
We frequent this location. Always a good time. We got to experience the new Cobra family coaster. worth the wait in line though we usually spring the extra cash for the Quick Queue to skip long lines, it really makes the visit that much more enjoyable .

Frequently Asked Questions about Busch Gardens Tampa

How much is parking at Busch Gardens?
$18 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks and recreation vehicles
$24 - Preferred parking
Preferred parking are subject to availability. Tour buses may park for free.

Do Busch Gardens tickets expire?
Tickets expire within one year of purchase 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 $10.00 per day ($9.00 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 Congo River Rapids, Gwazi, Kumba, Land of the Dragons, Montu, Scorpion, Stanley Falls and Tanganyika Tidal Wave. All-day lockers are available at the Marrakesh Theater and the Stroller and Wheelchair Rental Shop. You can rent an all day locker for $5, which allows you to switch the locker throughout the park.

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?
Critter Castaways, Dance to the Music, KaTonga, Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, Pirates 4-D, Rock a Doo Wop and Darren Romeo (seasonally).