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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.

Highlights

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.
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Good To Know

from Rosemarie, our Tampa Market Manager
  • 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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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



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Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

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Karen Roginski Bayside Hills , NY
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Wildlife galore"
Reviewed June, 2016 NEW
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"
Reviewed June, 2016 NEW
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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Abbey McAra Boca Raton, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great theme park"
Reviewed June, 2016 NEW
The park is very clean and staff is super friendly and always present to help. The animals exhibits aren't depressing to view and the animals look healthy.
The rides are fun and the staff are serious about all riders safety.

The park has shaded areas with fans that spray a must of water which is most refreshing on the hottest of days
Tip: It gets hot outside dress appropriately and there are lockers of different sizes at the front of the park for 10 dollars a day and they aren't crowded

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Megan Hoxie Trinity, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful experience"
Reviewed June, 2016 NEW
My boyfriend and I went to the park on a Wednesday and it was practically empty! Rode every ride without a long wait and was even able to stay on for one or two. The food at the park was good for the money and we enjoyed watching the performances!
Tip: The meal package wasn't worth the purchase for just the two of us. We only ate one full meal and it doesn't work for the snack type stands!

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Reserve Orlando Customer Wellington, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great for Young Children and Adults"
Reviewed June, 2016 NEW
It had been 16 years since I visited Busch Gardens and it was the first time for my 10 year old daughter and 16 year old son. My daughter is not a huge ride person so all the animals were worth it to her. She had a great time and got a hyena tattoo while we were there which was the highlight of her day. After leaving the park my son and I came back leaving my husband and daughter at the hotel and enjoyed the rides. As with any theme park the ride times were pretty long so we didn't get to ride as much as we would have liked. The reason for the 4 star is because they jack up the prices of the fast pass during the weekend to the point it was not affordable and only included one ride per pass unless you bought the super expensive pass. Would like to see a much cheaper option for Florida residents.
Tip: Chose a hotel NOT close to Busch Gardens the area isn't the best.

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maria rueda tampa, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Trip to tampa"
Reviewed June, 2016 NEW
It was súper easy to reserve and pay on the webpage I even did it in a rush we decided last minute to go and just an hour before going to bush we bought the tickets and I call to costumer service and they send me right away the link for my tickets to my email, I appreciate the consideration and the experience in bush was incredible, new rides Every year and the animals is such a great plus for an amusement park !!!

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Reserve Orlando Customer
2 Reviews
"Worth the drive!"
Reviewed May, 2016
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.

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Reserve Orlando Customer Ingleside, IL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Rainy day"
Reviewed October, 2015
Our trip here wasn't great because of the weather and when there is bad weather they shut down all the rides and some attractions. We got to experience some of it but not much due to the bad weather

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Delois Gordy Sandersville, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"animals"
Reviewed July, 2015
we really enjoyed Busch Gardens. The walking, train rides and sky line rides was the high lite of the adventure. also taking a lot of pictures and watching all the animals
Tip: take a hat and sun glasses

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Rodrigo Hidalgo Nokomis, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"BUSCH GARDENS Through Reserve Orlando"
Reviewed March, 2015
Great experience, you don´t even need to redeem your tickets, just scan the voucher at the entrance.
Tip: remember to bring your voucher with you and keep it until you´ve gone to all the parks you paid for.

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Alexia Gonzalez Miami, FL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"AMAZING FIRST TIME"
Reviewed March, 2015
one word AMAZING. If you are a roller coaster lover, from fast, turns and intense experiences this has been the best. The lines were all less that 15 minutes the day I went I enjoyed each and every minute. The animals are gorgeous and well kept and maintained. Yes I will definitely go again. Coming from a 24 year old with no kids the rides are perfect. I will go again VERY SOON.

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Robin Dasilva Marion , MA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun @ Busch Gardens"
Reviewed February, 2015
Busch Gardens is amazing. I've been several times and always want to go back!! We love seeing the animals and taking the safari ride and it's nice because regardless what age, there's something for everyone to enjoy! The park is nice and clean and the food is great too! There's always so much to do. No matter what part of Florida we go, we make the time for Busch Gardens.
Tip: Everyone is extremely friendly and will help when asked or needed and they always have a smile on their face!!

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Joseph W. San Antonio, TX
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Busch Gardens Tampa"
Reviewed February, 2015
Very typical Busch Gardens experience. I'm a former BG Williamsburg pass holder and the two parks are comparable. Tampa is not as ascetically pleasing as Williamsburg (landscaping and theme areas are outstanding), Tampa makes up for it with the safari tour. Rides are great! Recommend Cheetah Hunt and Falcon Fury. A costly trip, but comparable with other theme parks.
Tip: Great time to travel is a weekday when school is in session. Short lines!

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Sandra Muniz Miami, FL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great Time at Busch Gardens"
Reviewed January, 2015
I took my 9 year old daughter to Busch Gardens for the first time. She had a great time. She was able to ride all the rides, saw great animals such as Molly the elephant, tigers, giraffes, etc , and we enjoyed a full day of fun and rides.
Tip: Great fun park and great rides.

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Reserve Orlando Customer Dothan, AL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Outback Bowl"
Reviewed January, 2015
Excellent place to go with kids for exra fun during Outback Bowl trip especially roller coaster lovers.
Tip: Buy Quick Pass in advance.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Ray S

Tampa Fl

"June 24th visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 28, 2016 NEW

Great time. A couple of the female s in my party commented that the womens bathrooms were not up to there normal standards ( not very clean)

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fatsair

Orlando, Florida

"Vacation"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 28, 2016 NEW

Bush Garden is the best! I really enjoyed the park. Friendly staff, great prices, great food, navigating around the park is a breeze. Everything about Tampa Bush Garden is promising.

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BestVacation2011

Tampa, Florida

"BG always fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 28, 2016 NEW

My daughter has her season pass and so does her friend. I'm about to purchase mine and we will go there as much as we can over the Summer and various times throughout the year until the expiration (December 31). Love the Florida Resident Discount, pay for one day and go all year!! They make plenty of money off parking and food/beverage they can do this. Plus, its great fun for the girls!! Take in a show or two, ride the rides or just stroll and enjoy the birds and landscape - lazy days of Summer or something fun to do over the weekend. Always a great time!

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Haylee C


"Fun and affordable"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 28, 2016 NEW

Some of the best rollercoasters in Florida! I also love how affordable this theme park is compared to many other Florida theme parks.

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MPSif


"Great time"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 28, 2016 NEW

Busch Gardens is a fantastic park,we had a good day. We went with friends and did enjoyed as well. My little one loved the animals they have.

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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).

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