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
  • 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 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.

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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 far away lands.

Take your family to a place where 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)
Real Music, Real Masters - Jan 8 - March 3
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's longest running concert series returns with music and all-new entertainment.

Food & Wine Festival - March 3 - April 29
On weekends, enjoy a world of taste awaits at the fourth annual Food & Wine Festival. All concerts are included with any daily admission to the park. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee.

Sesame Street Kids' Weekends - May 5 - May 20
Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and all of your favorite Sesame Street friends for fun-filled weekends to enjoy music, dance parties and parades during this family friendly celebration.

Summer Nights - June 15 - Aug 5
Party louder and play later at Summer Nights! The thrills come out at night when you can challenge our spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse, test your limits on Florida’s first triple-launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt, or North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon’s Fury. Then dance into the night at themed party zones throughout the park and savor a stellar lineup of sensational summer cuisine at each location.

Bier Fest - Aug 25 - Sept 16
More than 200 years of Oktoberfest traditions come to life at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's all-new Bier Fest. Raise your stein to toast the end of summer and enjoy a variety of beers from across the globe.

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


Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

30 Reviews
SJoerd van der Veen
NL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very nice park"
May, 2018 NEW
We enjoyed Bush Gardens. Both the animals end attractions were spectacular. Our arrangement included food, which was great.
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Tip: Nice safari with feeding the giraffes and nice rides particular the cheetah.

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Richard Burton
Ocala, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great"
April, 2018
Vwry low prices amd discount. Hassle free check in
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Tip: Lowest prices

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Reserve Orlando Customer
Estero, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome time at Busch Gardens"
April, 2018
My two teenagers, myself and my aunt spent a Saturday at Busch Gardens. We purchased park tickets with the dining option. We also purchased Quick Queue tickets. Our day was amazing from 10 am to 10 pm. Having the quick tickets were perfect for my impatient kids. The rides were so much fun. There were many healthy food options. We enjoyed the Doo Wop singers while we had supper.
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Tip: Buy your tickets online using the Busch Gardens website.

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Reserve Orlando Customer
lithia, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Super Easy and Fast"
March, 2018
I wanted to be able to pay using Pay Pal which is not an option on most theme parks websites. I was able to come on to this website and use my paypal! It was super fast and easy!
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Erica Fields
mt. vernon, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch Gardens trip"
March, 2018
Really liked that we could have a free meal once an hour. Enjoyed the animals and my son loved the Jungle play area. He wants to go back again that's for sure!
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Tip: Make sure you get the wristband for the restaurants that offer the free meals when you get in the park. No one told us and we had to get them at the first place we ate. No big deal, but make sure you ask before so you don't get held up. Food was pretty good.

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Greg Boston
Cape Coral, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Birthday at Busch Gardens"
February, 2018
Treated my Wife to Busch Gardens for her 64th Birthday. Had a Great time along with Great food.Goes to show that even old people can have a magnificent time at this very popular theme park. Enjoyed the rides, the animals,and food. All employees were very kind and courteous.Highly visible security was very obvious. Great place for young and old to enjoy themselves and relax.Would recommend to everyone and will return.
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Reserve Orlando Customer
Port Saint Lucie, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great time"
February, 2018
Our family enjoyed Busch Gardens thoroughly.
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Herbert Wesley Patrick Jr.
Bamberg, SC
12 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"WONDERFUL"
February, 2018
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL was a WONDERFUL and EXCITING experience. I have always want to go but something always came up. We were able to work this trip in and was glad we did. It is a place of AMAZEMENT!!! It was only me and my spouse and thought it would be for the kido's, BUT there is something there for everyone. Prices are a GREAT value for the money and food is NOT extremely expensive either. I look forward to returning again and I think you would also enjoy it as much as we did. THANKS BUSCH GARDENS TAMPA.
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Tip: Thrilling Rides

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Melissa M
Missouri
"Love, Love, Loved!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2018 NEW
First of all I want to say thank you so much for supporting our military. Although it rained off and on during our visit and rides were closed off and on we still had a WONDERFUL time. All of the staff was really friendly and the ride attendants worked quickly to keep the lines moving along. Rode several roller coasters and they were a blast. The park was really clean and the animal displays were incredible. We loved how much room all of the animals had to roam. We attended the animal show and ice skating show......WOW. I have been to a lot of animal shows and this was by far the overall best one I have seen. The show was very creative and had a big variety of animals. And the ice skating show was truly amazing. Get to the park by 10:00 when they first open and the ride lines are a lot shorter than in the afternoon. My husband and I spent 7.5 hours at the park and loved every minute!
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colourfulexplorer
sheffield
"Average day out"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2018 NEW
The day we visited Busch Gardens it was busy, like uncomfortably busy. It took us an hour to park to start with but i was hopeful it was going to be worth it. The rides were fantastic and cheetah Hunt and Cobras Curse were my favourites. The part i couldn't get my head around was the gazelle enclosure which had a Roller coaster very close to it and was whizzing past very fast and loudly. How the animals cope with that daily is a mystery to me. There was a train that took you to different parts of the park and through, like a safari bit, where the animals seemed to have more space and it was a lot more peaceful for them. Most of the rides had really long queues and in all honestly for us and my disabled daughter it wasn't pleasant to be waiting that long on such a busy day in the heat. To be fair to the park it was a Saturday and an american artist was performing that evening called Flo Rida so that may be why it was unbearable that day. Maybe another visit in the future on a less busy day would be more enjoyable.
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ljsolara
Warrington, Pennsylvania
"Very nice zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2018 NEW
It had been years since we had been and there was very little that was different. Nice place to take the kids to learn about animals.
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Matt T
Warwick, United Kingdom
"Lovely long day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 25, 2018 NEW
Definitely in need of a full day to see and do everything and be prepared for plenty of walking. Got there early so crammed it all into a day but was quite tight to get things done. Rides are amazing, the cheetah hut ride is a long and intense rollercoaster and definitely one of my favourite rides at the park. Some of the gardens were stunning with huge animals made up of hedges and flowers dotted around the park. As a zookeeper from England, the animals were the main draw and so this took up the majority of the day. Spoke to quite a few of the keepers and every one of them was chatty and happy to take time out of their day, especially for myself who was probably asking more questions then your average visitor. In some areas, upon learning I was a zoo keeper, we were took behind the scenes to meet some of the animals which is always a great experience. Some of the exhibits are of a very high standard, some not so much but these are few and far between. The African safari is very good with a huge range of species in it. There are different activities that you can pay a bit more for such as meeting and feeding the giraffes. None of these were expensive compared to prices of similar activities in the UK. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Tampa.
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Peter T
London, United Kingdom
"Enjoyed our visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 24, 2018 NEW
As an older couple we were not interested in most of the rides. However we really enjoyed the train ride and seeing the animals roaming free. We travelled to and from Busch Gardens by a free shuttle so we were limited to time. We could easily have spent another two or three hours there as there was plenty to see.
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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?
Critter Castaways, Dance to the Music, KaTonga, Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, Pirates 4-D, Rock a Doo Wop and Darren Romeo (seasonally).

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.