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Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, FL

3000 East Busch Blvd.Tampa, FL 33612  
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



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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.

Highlights

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.
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Good To Know

from Rosemarie, our Tampa Market Manager
  • 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.
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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



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Reserve Orlando Customer Ingleside, IL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Rainy day"
Reviewed 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
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"animals"
Reviewed 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
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"BUSCH GARDENS Through Reserve Orlando"
Reviewed 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
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"AMAZING FIRST TIME"
Reviewed 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
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"Fun @ Busch Gardens"
Reviewed 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"
Reviewed 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
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"Great Time at Busch Gardens"
Reviewed 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
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"Outback Bowl"
Reviewed 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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Anne-Marie F

Waterville, Canada

"Fun Seekers & animal lovers amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 10, 2016 NEW

This is another amazing place to visit there's a little something for everyone. Families with young children, seniors, young lovers, teenagers, awesome adventure.

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Danielle C


"Football Team"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 10, 2016 NEW

The children loved the games and the rides they had a good time. I just wished the had the entire park opened for us but it was late and only partially open. We have to revisit.

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f9ers55

Florida/Colombia

"Went for a relaxing day"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 10, 2016 NEW

Well, THIS day was strictly for strolling around, visiting shows & relaxing. I was only disappointed in ONE of the shows. I was in the park from 11:30 until 7pm. I enjoyed the Drifters, WHICH? BY THE WAY ? ! ! ! IF you want to attend any of the concerts? Even though they may be INCLUDED in admission? Check around . . . you MAY just need a TICKET to get in. These tickets ARE FREE? But you DO have to claim one in order to enter the venue. I was a LITTLE disappointed in the Drifters, I guess I was thinking that I would actually see THE Drifters. I guess that was a little silly on my part, right? Anyway, the music WAS awesome . . . the NEW Drifters did perform every song beautifully . . . & it was nice to sing-a-long. Also be sure to get to your show EARLY. I arrived at my next show in the no Pantopia area about 10 minutes before the show was to start & they had already CLOSED entry. Lucky for ME? There was another lady majorily complaining about getting there 10 minutes early & not being allowed in. A manager showed up & when they opened the gate to let HER in? "I" slipped in too. They said the show was full? But heck . . . there were TWO seats right on the aisle . . PERFECT ! ! ! This Animal Comedy show was GREAT . . . a NOT to miss for sure. I had wanted to see the show that is in the theatre up front, by the entrance. However, it was closed for a new show their putting together. It should be open in late February. While awaiting my next show that was also in Pantopia - in the HUGE building that houses the stage & Food Court - where there is a Moroccan show. I decided to take the train completely around the park. I was able to catch the train, not too far outside of Pantopia & thus returned & only had to walk a short distance back to the show. This was really nice & relaxing. I was able to see many animals & all seemed to be very healthy & happy. HEY FOLKS ! ! ! THERE IS A STARBUCKS IN THIS BUILDING ! ! ! IF you don't see it immediately? Because it is a small area . . . ASK. It's located in the middle area. And YES, they DO seem to have all of the more popular items, even though I did not see a menu. He was able to make the my White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino . . . so good it was. The SHOW? However? TO ME? Totally sucked ! ! ! Aside from girls prancing around the stage, doing a mock to say the least Belly Dance . . . another girl came out & through many "blinds" provided by 2 guys, did SEVEN or EIGHT costume changes of crappy costumes to say the least . . . I LEFT after the mock Belly Dancing began again. Definitely a TOO MISS show. I then proceeded to the Sky Ride to take back across the park to the Cheetah Run ride . . . which aside from the train or walking is the only way to get back over there, & I didn't want to walk. It was really nice . . . always is. Have always enjoyed this ride. Most of the animals were gone by this time of the evening, so not too much to look at. But still very enjoyable. Kumba AND Montu were BOTH down this visit. There is also another ride that is supposed to open sometime this year. I'm sorry, I didn't pay much attention to this part. AND? Just an FYI? I actually decided to visit THIS day, because as an Annual Passport holder (Busch Gardens Tampa, Adventure Island & Sea World Orlando), I receive MONTHLY "Offers" . . . January's offer was $10 off within the park. "I" used my $10 at the Smokehouse for some AMAZING Baby Back Ribs . . . a NOT TO MISS for sure.

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Clovergro

Exeter, United Kingdom

"Rides good, but don't go to see animals"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 09, 2016 NEW

We enjoyed some of the rides at Busch Gardens, but that was about it. The animals look unkempt in small and untidy enclosures, and the whole place just seemed a bit dated and tatty.

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Hanna43


"Noisy and unpleasant"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed February 09, 2016 NEW

This place charges $18 US just to park then you pay your admission to the park and that just let's you walk around, the rides are extra ( aka the safari) The rides are so noisy you can barely hear the trainers do their shows and talk about the animals. Honestly if you are an animal lover don't go here, I could barely last 1 hour with the noise of the people screaming and the screeching metal of the rides...very disappointed.

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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. This also applies to the Busch Gardens/SeaWorld Combo Ticket.

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.

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).

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