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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
  • 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.

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

22 Reviews
Megan A.
18 Reviews
"Fun Theme Park with Rides and Animals!"
September, 2016
This park is about an hour and half drive from Orlando, but totally worth it. 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.
Tip: Be prepared to walk, grab a park map and enjoy the day. Check out the train ride for a relax overview of the park.

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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.
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
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.
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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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chrisjones87
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
"Fantastic day, still shaking from Falcons Fury"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2016 NEW
Great day, the park was pretty empty until about 2pm and the rides were phenomenal. Expensive food and drink in the park but generally was a must visit
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GingerDarkness
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"A fun day all around!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2016 NEW
We spent Thanksgiving here. No lines for anything. It was fantastic. We rode every roller coaster in the park. Park was clean and we found the food/souvenirs to be reasonably priced. The animals were fantastic. The alligators were massive. Be sure to feed the birds as well. Do stop in the Sultan's Sweet Shop. So much amazing goodness in there!
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Buckeye017
"Great Thrill Rides"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 01, 2016 NEW
There are six of the best thrill rides you will find in any park. They are just fun not scary. The cost is very affordable. The animals well displayed. The shows could be better, but are still good. The BIG negative for us was finding our way around. The ap is not worth bothering with....very poor coverage. The park maps are somewhat helpful, but the park signs are few and far between and confusing. We spent a lot of time looking for the Scorpion because it is tucked into a far corner and you can not see the sign for it unless you approach from a certain angle. This is just one example....if you are at the Penguin Exhibit you will see a sign for a rest room....but when you walk in that direction, you do not see any signs....thank goodness there are a lot of good park employees who will direct you with a smile. In this age of media, it seems to me that this park could upgrade both their electronic application and do a much better job with signage within the park.
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Nina T
"Like a dream!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2016 NEW
Better than Disneys parks! It`s smaller, more quiet and more cozy than Disneys parks in Orlando! I`d love to go back!!!
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Cathy C
Sanibel Island
"Family Fun Days at Busch Gardens"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 29, 2016 NEW
Great time for 2 teens, my husband, my 84 year old mom, and me! Things we all could do. Water rides were the best! We learned to wait until the end of the day to do the water rides!! Gift shops (yes..you can buy great clothing souvenirs for cold teenage girls!) Many food choices. Animals, rides, games, excitement for all. Yes, a yearly pass was purchased and we will be back.

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?
All day lockers are available for rent in the Morocco section of the park. These lockers can be used as often as you desire throughout the day. Busch Gardens Tampa offers 3 sizes of all-day lockers:

  • Standard - $10/day
  • Large - $15/day
  • Jumbo - $20/day
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.

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).