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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.

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 sorted by:
Maria Cajigas
Aguada, PR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Farewell holiday with my family"
August, 2016 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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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Abbey McAra
Boca Raton, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great theme park"
June, 2016
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"
June, 2016
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"
June, 2016
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"
June, 2016
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!"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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"
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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Ruth S
Guernsey, United Kingdom
"Fantastic day out"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW
This is the park for the roller coaster junky. So many to choose. Cheetah was our favourite. Nothing like we have been on before. It speeds up and slows down in short bursts like a cheetah. Montu is the same as the Egyption ride at Parc Asterix in France. Lots of fun and we managed to do both of these twice as we got to the park for opening. Curse of the Cobra was closed with technical problems so one for another day. Sheikra looks worse than it is. It is very short but has two big drops the first one the ride leaves you hanging for a couple of seconds which adds to the thrill. We did two of the shows. The animal critters show which was lots of fun and all sorts of animals appear on stage. The other show we did was the one on ice which was brilliant. Good story, ice skating with tricks and lots of colour. The drive from Orlando was 1 hour 20 mins approx and worth it. Not sure it would be a must if you don't like thrill rides.
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Cynthia P
Tampa, Florida
"Fun day with Grand-daughter"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW
We had a blast bringing our grand-daughter to Busch Gardens. We opted for the meal plan and fast pass and it made the day more enjoyable; good food at a discount and shorter lines. The park is well maintained and a beautiful place to visit.
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princesslollipop
ny
"I cant believe how beautiful and lush BUSCH GARDENS is !"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW
Beautiful park - low key and shaded in heat of the day . The florida sun can be brutal in the summer- and there is many cool off points here. Spray pads helped alot. They have adorable rides for toddlers and pretty good lunch at a bbq place on property . Many animals make up the park like a zoo. They even have pet a kangaroo- a real highlight for us. I loved it here- a nice day with my family. Bring swimsuits in summer to cool off at the spray pads- and drink lots of water. Enjoy
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Stephanie B
Franklin, North Carolina
"Amazing!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW
I will definitely be back to Busch Gardens! We did the Elephant Insider tour, Serengeti Safari, limited quick queue and all day dining pass. It was all amazing! The add-ons were definitely worth the money and the tours just made the park magical. The tour guides were friendly & knowledge, answering all my random questions. My only suggestion, if you are going for rides and animals is to do 2 days. We couldn't ride all the rides (even with the quick queue tickets) & see all the animals we wanted in one day.
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Lynda G
Naples, Florida
"Only a good time if you buy the fast passes."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 23, 2016 NEW
It is expensive, but buying the tickets on line generally saves you $20 at the gate....also buying fast passes if you are there all day is worth it....

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).