Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, FL

10165 McKinley DrTampa, 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
  • 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 Reserve Direct'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.

2018 EVENTS (Select Dates)

Sesame Street Kids' Weekends: Oct 6 - Oct 28
Celebrate Halloween with Elmo, Abby, Grover, and all your favorite Sesame Street® friends every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm during Sesame Street® Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends. Show off your family costumes during each themed weekend while you trick-or-treat, enjoy exclusive crafts, explore through a hay bale maze and play fall-inspired activities and games in our newly expanded festival area.

Christmas Town: Select Days Nov 17 - Dec 31
Christmas Town™ beams with twinkling lights, Yuletide shows, holiday shopping and even a visit to Santa’s House. Plus, beloved characters from the television special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"™ return for some festive fun.

Parking fees:
• Cars, Motorcycles, Campers/Trailers - $20
• Preferred Parking - $26

Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

38 Reviews
Stefan O.
DE
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fast pay, fast online tickets, have to print out"
September, 2018 NEW
Booked it while on vacation in orlando, printed it out in the hotel. There was a message on the ticket: ‚only vaild with id‘. Bur nobody wants to see it. Not 5 star rating cause of the ‚print out topic‘ for bush garden tampa
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anthony alcala-galiano
hialeah, FL
4 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
August, 2018 NEW
Busch gardens was awesome, rides are insane. All you can eat was a plus and the food was good. Can't wait to go back
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Daniel Velez
PR
1 Review
"The best"
August, 2018
It was the greatest vacation
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Tip: You're going to have a lot of fun

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Dawn Hadaway
Bessemer, AL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Trip"
August, 2018
This was my first time there and I have to say it was the best experience is my life!!! My family purchased a two day park pass and both Busch Gardens and Seaworld were breathtaking... The shows and attractions were beyond exciting..The staff was very friendly at reserve Orlando and they made sure I got the best deal possible..I will DEFINITELY be using them again in the near future..Thanks for making my trip to Orlando a very memorable stay..
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Tip: They are very helpful in securing the best deals available

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Lisa TenKley
Fort Myers, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch Gardens on a Rainy Day"
July, 2018
Our tickets worked great. Super easy to have them in hand so we didn't have to wait in line. It rained so we did not get to go on any rides but we did see all the animals and some shows. Busch Gardens gave us a free ticket to come back again within the year due to the rain. As we live somewhat close that was awesome.
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Tip: Reserveorlando tickets work very well. We have not had any issues.

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Zulema Arzola
Naples , FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Bush gardens"
July, 2018
The trip was amazing! It was a last minute trip and I enjoyed every second of it with my family.
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Teresa Sanderbeck
Darlington, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"3 rides"
July, 2018
maybe it is just the time period we picked but two of the rides the kids wanted to go on were closed completely for maintenance. ee got there when the park opened and rode a total of 3 rides ...... no one left happy. did like the hippo and warm weather penguins though
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Silvia Marzano
Lawrenceville, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Rainy day at Busch Gardens"
July, 2018
Unfortunately, we didn't enjoy the park that much because that day was raining and lighting. I had purchased my tickets online for that particular day and was not able to cancel or change it for another day. My family and I came from Georgia for the first time. The park was nice but not able to ride many rides due to rain.
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Tip: Check the weather before you buy the tickets.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Mel T
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
"Great day out"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 21, 2018 NEW
Visited on a Thursday in September and experienced very short waits for most rides. Park was clean and staff pleasant. All rides are great and nothing broke down for us! (not always the case at Busch Gardens...). We did the Serengeti Safari which was brilliant, great interaction with the giraffes. The professional photographer however did stop a lot of people moving about in order to get the shots available to sell so some people probably didn't get as much interaction as they should have. Food on site very average. High prices and mid-low quality, but to be expected in a theme park really. Overall a great park for a sunny Florida day.
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Rachel Bradley H
"Elephant Tour Was Fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2018 NEW
We went on a weekday after school had started so the park wasn't very busy. We purchased the elephant tour, which we enjoyed. You don't get to touch or feed the elephants but it was still a lot of fun (and educational). The tour guides / trainers are very friendly and informative. We also purchased the all day dining deal, I feel it was a good buy. We ate at the Dragon Fire Grill every time because I liked the selection. On this particular trip we visited four parks (SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, Aqautica, Busch Gardens) and the food at Dragon Fire Grill was the best of them all.
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spenspuma
Swadlincote, United Kingdom
"Amazing park."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2018 NEW
Spent a day here whilst in nearby Orlando. Really enjoyed the whole day. Lots of great animals and big rides. Awesome day out..reasonable entrance fee too compared to Disney etc
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fervazquezcr
Costa Rica
"Not more"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2018 NEW
My first time here no more, the attractions not working because problem with electricity...how it's possible not has own generator... people walk at middle in attraction
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Sharna M
Rotherham, United Kingdom
"2 day visit "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 19, 2018 NEW
So far this has been my favourite park because the rides have been better than anywhere else, love the thrill of all the rollcoasters been on. The bad side is that we came yesterday around 12.30ish knowing the park is not busy 5min waiting timesfor all rides. So we arrived went to our first ride which was cheetah hunt l, just about to get on and it shut down due to techinical difficulties. We went to the next one which was cobras curse and again was just about to get on and the whole park shut due to suspected thunder and lightning... right okay we said we will go and get some food so we sat down and waited for the storm to pass eventually rides opened again at 3.30ish we managed to fit in these 2 rides and montu which was all really good! We didn't plan on returning as we are on a very busy schedule but we was desperate to finish rest of the park. Day 2 we set off early for the park opening, coming from international drive 1hour 20min drive. We entered the park at 10.40 got on the first ride which was falcons fury. We got all strapped in ride was about to go and then there was a power cut so all rides were shut. We had to wait for someone to come and let us out as with no power we couldnt get off. We hung around in the area for around 45 min. All rides reopened we managed to get on them all that we wanted and decided to have some lunch at 12.15ish at sheikras eats then going on sheikra next. So we went over to enter and it was closed due to another power cut! We only needed to do this ride then what we went on yesterday would of meant we had been on everything we wanted to! Anyway at this entrance we notice the ride had broken down with people on it, including a man needing a wheel chair. We decided to go and sit back down across from the ride and from what we saw the response team was doing all they could, running up and down all those stairs, carrying up water. We was very impressed how everyone worked together to keep everyone safe and how fast this was done. From what I could see everyone was fine, so great job guys!! With this we decided to call it a day, we still would of stayed but I checked weather and it was suspecting thunder and lightening and we was like oh no, it started to thunder so we just left only needed to do the sheikra but oh well. I'm just glad we had free parking included with our ticket which is also a 14day one but we won't have time to come back as so much things planned and it's too far to keep travelling which is a shame. Maybe some other time:)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Busch Gardens Tampa

How much is parking at Busch Gardens?
$20 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks and recreation vehicles
$26 - Preferred parking
Preferred parking are 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 $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 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 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?
Busch Gardens remains open during inclement weather, although some of the parks outdoor shows, rides and attractions may be temporarily affected.  Refunds and rain checks will not be issued due to inclement weather.