Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, FL

10165 McKinley DrTampa, 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
  • 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 Unlimited Visits ticket is the best deal and includes FREE parking.
  • Refillable cups are a great deal for a value price.
  • New rides are available throughout the park, including Falcon's Fury and Cobra's Curse.
  • Discover more than 12,000 animals and 250 species throughout the African-themed amusement park.
  • Celebrating your birthday? Stop by the Guest relations and get a complimentary birthday pin.

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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 faraway lands.

Take your family to a place where the fun comes naturally — Busch Gardens Tampa. Everyone will enjoy the unparalleled mix of nearly 3,000 animals, captivating shows, restaurants, 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.

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. Imagine a coaster where no two rides are alike. Experience Cobra's Curse and come face-to-fang with Florida's first family spin coaster.

2018 EVENTS (Select Dates)

Christmas Town: Select Days Nov 17 - Dec 31
Christmas Town™ beams with twinkling lights, Yuletide shows, holiday shopping and even a visit to Santa’s House. Plus, beloved characters from the television special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"™ return for some festive fun.

Parking fees:
• Cars, Motorcycles, Campers/Trailers - $20
• Preferred Parking - $26

Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

46 Reviews
Reserve Orlando Customer
Jacksonville, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
October, 2018 NEW
Easy booking and we had the best time in Busch Garden
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Thatiana Medina
San Juan, PR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Amazing Visit to Busch Garden!!!"
October, 2018 NEW
I purchased the tickets using reservedirect.com and it was awesome. I'm from PR and was visiting some friends from Jacksonville, Fl. They wanted to take us to Busch Garden, so looking in the internet I found this amazing website called reserved direct. The tickets were cheaper than the other web pages!! We immediately reserve them and in less than 1 min we had the tickets in our email. It was fast and very easy. When we got to the park we didn't had any problems. We had a great time together!! I will never forget this trip!! I loved meeting the kangaroos, that's why I took a selfie, that's an experience you will enjoy in the park. I definitely recommend this website and for sure will buy the tickets from reservedirect.com!!
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Tip: You can bring water and some snacks!!!

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JoAnne Giuliano
Belleair Beach, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch Garden Visit"
October, 2018 NEW
We recently visited Busch Gardens Tampa with my family who were visiting from New Jersey. We had a great time! I purchased the tickets using Reserve Orlando.and they are great. Not only were the tickets discounted, but they were very easy to purchase using their on-line system. I had a question where I actually telephoned them and there was no wait on the phone to speak to a representative and he was very friendly and helpful! I would purchase tickets again through Reserve Orlando.
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Tip: I didn't purchase the additional feature, I think it's called Quick Que? It allows you to not wait to get on the rides. Some of the rides had a 60 minute wait time. I think it's worth it to purchase this next time.

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Nathalie Villafranca
Oakland Park, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch Gardens"
October, 2018
Our trip to Busch Gardens was fabulous! With a hurricane heading towards that area we weren’t sure it was possible although we had already purchased the tickets. Busch Gardens was great about notifying us About our safety and if they would be open. Many of the outdoor activities weren’t available but we still had an awesome time. There were no lines for anything since there were probably 50 people occupying the park all together. Overall we had an amazing time despite the weather. Our kids had a blast & so did we !
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Tip: The child swap option really makes this park stand out and is part of the reason we went.

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Lauren Mason
Delray beach, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great time"
October, 2018
Went on a wednesday which was great. No lines and very friendly staff
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Ricardo O. Benitez Villamariona
Orlando, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Orlando with Effie"
October, 2018
Quick delivery of tickets to my email. Best prices around.
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Tip: One itty bitty problem with my bar code at the main gate but was resolved when they printed my ticket.

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Reserve Orlando Customer
Pembroke pines, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Wonderful Fun filled Family Vaca"
October, 2018
I went on this site to purchase 3 adult Busch gardens tickets at first I was skeptical but rest a sure everything was as worry free as it could be not to mention very convenient no line no waiting. I'm using this company again for all my tickets.
Thank you
Stewart Family
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Tip: It's convenient and hassle free

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Monick Cardoso
Fort Myers, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"fast and dependable"
October, 2018
Was a great time! I was there for celebrating my birthday, I have soo much fun.
And I bought with a good deal on the website reserve Orlando, in 5 minutes I have my tickets in my e-mail.
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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BillMaryAnn B
Picton
"A great day with grandkids!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 20, 2018 NEW
This place is amazing!! Our kids and grandkids like it better than Disney!! Their top experiences at Busch were the animal stage show, the water flume ride, the wonderful roller coasters with no wait lines and the serengety plain with the wild animals. So much more there to experience though!
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nicolaslawrence
Port Orange, Florida
"Howl o scream visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed November 20, 2018 NEW
Way too crowded, lines super long. The houses were average at best. I’ll stick with universal Halloween horror nights.
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Countdown_Kid
St. John's, Canada
"Way too much standing around!!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2018 NEW
I would expect 11 hours at BG to cover most items. Being young family with some non-thrill seekers.....Top 3 on our list of must do was 1. Congo River Rapids; 2. Cheetah Hunt; 3. Stanley Falls Flume. Discovered at the gate the first 2 on our list closed for annual maintanance along with Bumper Cars and another family favourite Phoenix!!!! Average wait for rides open was 45min-1 hr due to people blowing by with quick queue!! Only big coasters I got to ride were Cobra's Curse and Cheeta Hunt (ended up opening late in the day) which were great but 1 hr each in line was rough. Did the all day dining deal which was good if you like huge portions! Any snacks around the park including ice cream not included. Park was busy guessing all kids out of school for week of Thanksgiving Holidays. For our family....not worth time/money!
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Richard S
"Cobra curse lived up to it's name"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 19, 2018 NEW
Temporarily closed ride three times while in line for over 3 hours. Not worth the wait. Busch gardens needs to do better
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Ugne V
"A place for fun and pretty good food"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 18, 2018 NEW
We go as a family pretty often! This place has ice cream for hot days and comfort food for when you are hungry or chilly. The rides range from kids to adults and it is a place that is family friendly and something for everyone! You can never go wrong if you have teenagers or little ones. Food options and gift shops are endless. Get a fast pass to avoid the crowds and look for deals if you are not local online. We prefer weekdays as crowds can get hectic on the weekends but always truly so much fun
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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?
Yes, each ticket type is different. Please refer to your ticket voucher for an expiration 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?
Opening Night Critters, Turn It Up!, Push Play!, and Elmo Rocks! at Sesame Street® Safari of Fun.

What happens if it rains?
Busch Gardens remains open during inclement weather, although some of the parks outdoor shows, rides and attractions may be temporarily affected.  Refunds and rain checks will not be issued due to inclement weather.