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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.

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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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



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Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

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Reserve Orlando Customer
2 Reviews
"Worth the drive!"
Reviewed May, 2016 NEW
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"
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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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
Verified Traveler
"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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Vanessamariappr .


"Awesome park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 30, 2016 NEW

The park is awesome! You have the thrilling attractions and the awesome zoo. Many animals to see. The environment is great! Perfect to go with the family and friends. You can be sure, you will enjoy!

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Jeremy B

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

"Some very good, some very bad!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 30, 2016 NEW

Out of all the theme parks, this is the one that has the most thrilling and adult rides. At the same time, you can wonder around and take in some breathtaking animals which makes things that bit more special. It's a shame there were so many challenges here that mean an average score is, at best, all I can offer. I'm being kind with this too. When you initially arrive at the park, it's going to take you 45+ minutes just to get inside the park. If you want to buy a fast pass ticket before entering, be sure to give yourself another 30+ minutes. This is an utterly ridiculous amount of time to wait just to get a ticket and enter. At a universal property this whole process took less than 10 minutes. Imagine then that after a total of about 90 minutes you're finally inside the park. The wait times are now long and will remain so throughout the day. The whole point of arriving early is to try and grab a few rides without the long wait; that's out the window then. I can't imagine how a child might behave in 27 degree heat for that length of time when excited to get on rides before finally getting into the park only then being confronted (without a fast pass) with an 80 minute wait for a ride. Parents; you have my sympathy and I wish you all the best. By now, if like us you arrived at 9:30 you'll be looking at nearly midday. Having only been on one ride. You'll be wanting (as a minimum) a drink or lunch. You'll wait a good twenty minutes for a drink. By which point, the drink you took from the fridge is no longer cold. At least, because you'll be so used to long waits for rides or just to gain entry to the park, your twenty minute wait for a drink will feel like nothing. Don't forget, just like Seaworld, this lot are owned by the same company. Meaning that when you have to store your items in a locker to go on a ride, you'll need to pay a dollar. There's something really irritating about this. Disney and universal don't do this and their parks are much better kept. There's some challenges. To ensure this is a little more balanced, I would say that the rides are very good. Even with the challenges, you'll need to try and go to experience them. They are fantastic. The staff do everything in their power to make it work for you. It's not their fault, it's the process. Why have you only got three staff on ticket counters? Or two staff dealing with four counters for drinks?! I hope you go and enjoy your day. Just be prepared for this. But your fast pass online before the day. Get there really early. Take drinks and store them in a locker all day (£$5 I think). It will help...

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Mickey Z

Iowa City, Iowa

"Park has gone rapidly downhill in the last few years."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed May 29, 2016 NEW

We have been visiting Busch Gardens once or twice a year for longer than twenty years. In the last few years, it has lost most of its charm. First, the shows haven't changed in so many year they are boring. At least one (often two or three) major rides are not working every time we visit. All rides are shut down when there is even a threat of rain within the next hour. As this is Florida, it rains every day, so the rides are down about 3-4 hours or much longer per day without fail. It used to be possible to win at the games. Now, all the claw machines are so loose that if you come early in the morning and leave at closing, you can actually see that NO prizes have been won from any machine, even the ones with the chintzy stuffed animals.. Prizes at the big carnival games are now tiny and all the games that require any skill have been removed. The prices are ridiculously high, especially food, drinks; parking is minimum $18. The only good restaurant (a pizza buffet) was torn down. Park is a total rip off!!! Many animal exhibits are gone, removed. Some great roller coasters when they are working and no rain forecast. We are finished with this, what used to be our favorite park.is now forever off our list. Seaworld ruined a great park.

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Shauntee' W


"Get there early"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 29, 2016 NEW

This park is huge!!!! Also if you love animals, you will really enjoy this place. It also has lots of rides for the little ones. The lines for the roller coasters are very long! Next time I'm going as soon as the park opens, so I can enjoy everything

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Butters121


"Cheer Competition"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 29, 2016 NEW

We traveled to Tampa during a cheer competition this past April. I have not been to Busch Gardens in almost 20 years, we are Disney freaks. What a pleasant surprise. Very clean, great new rides and great animal exhibits. They don't just have two alligators sitting around in the exhibit they have 20. Their Tiger exhibit was outstanding they come right up to the glass. Some of the photo's we have of our children they look like they are sitting right next to the Tigers. Really had a great time, parking was easy, food was not that expensive and like I said great exhibits.

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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.

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).

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