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Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, FL

3000 East Busch Blvd.Tampa, FL 33612
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$104.99 $89.99
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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 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.
  • New rides are available throughout the park, including Falcon's Fury and Cheetah Run.
  • 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 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 - $20
Preferred Parking - $26



Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

21 Reviews
Reserve Orlando Customer
Tampa, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Weather alert"
August, 2016
All the attractions/sometimes the park is closed when it's raining.
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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
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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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Aahana B
"DO NOT GO FROM September - November"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 24, 2017 NEW
We were very very disappointed! We came in September and they were open only until 6pm (while most theme parks are open until 10pm for more or less the same entree fee) and on top of that, almost every hour they kept closing the rides due to the weather (even though we felt that they could have kept the rides open). So we ended up not doing much at all. We had paid for the quick pass too. Felt like was a waste of money.
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hayd71
Milton Keynes
"Animal lovers day out"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 22, 2017 NEW
This was the best place to see animals in a great environment. I was blown away being able to see a Hippo swimming underwater as clear as day. We were able to hand feed a Giraffe on the Kilamanjaro experience which is well worth doing. You get taken on safari to see lots of animals that come nice and close to the truck. A must do day out
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Mark C
"Love it here but suffers with the "Curse of the Busch""
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2017 NEW
I'm a big fan of Busch gardens and everytime I visit Orlando I take the time to drive over to Tampa and spend a day here which has been around 10 times in the last 13 years. The animal attractions are amazing, the different animals all appear to be extremely well treated and have lots of room to roam including the huge "savannah" with the Giraffes, zebras, Rhinos etc.. The parks layout is well designed with the various areas holding something different and a great selection of rides and attractions, both family and extreme roller coasters this is where the "curse of the Busch" happens, many times I have visited I have either been in the ride line or just walking to the ride when it breaks down with no estimated time for restart. This appears to be far too often of an occurrence and is the only reason it does not get a 5 star review. It is a great place to visit and if you get the 4 park ticket with Discovery Cove, SeaWorld and Aquatica it makes a fantastic deal and an excellent 4 days of your holiday.
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Jaime W
"Good Family Fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2017 NEW
Busch Gardens has a huge children's play area, lots of animals and roller coasters for everyone. There is a lot of walking and the food is just ok.
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crawley, west sussex
"Need to plan well!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2017 NEW
Now I normally plan religiously when we've done Disney or Universal, you know which rides to do first, what is the best route to take in the park to get the most done etc but for some reason, I didn't do that for Busch Gardens because I thought it wasn't that big and it should be easy to get around etc. How wrong I was. It's like a Tardis, a small gateway entrance and you all go off in one direction following the map but after that, whoosh you suddenly have a multitude of pathways which carry you off into different landscapes and attractions. We did what any sane person would do who hasn't planned properly and started off at the beginning. We had our two boys with us (8 & 6) and came across a ride for kids which was like the Jumbo ride at MK, but not as good and incredibly squeaky when the "pod" descended at the end of the ride, made us laugh and I offered to go and get some oil for the ride! We then made our way to the Falcon ride which my wife wanted to do (I had to...er...stay behind and look after the boys ;o) it looked very scary and extremely high up! My wife said it was amazing and was such an adrenaline rush! The kids somehow managed to find some play areas where they stayed for a good hour which they enjoyed immensely. The main gripe I had with this park is that it's not well signposted, I was (sometimes literally) in my map and standing next to a signpost, and yet even though I followed the map/signpost I would still be nowhere near where I wanted to be. At one stage we actually went round in a big circle through the savannah section, our feet were aching and we were completely parched. Surprisingly there was very few popup stalls to quench our thirst. The "not well signposted" continued when leaving the park too, not obvious how to get out of there with various cars pushing in. So we did probably half the park (as so big) and missed out on most of the coasters as well. The boys enjoyed it but my wife and I are thinking that we won't be coming back here in a hurray. TIPS: For the love of God plan as much as you would for Disney, you will get a lot more out of it trust me!
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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?
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 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).