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.

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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.

2017 Busch Gardens Events
Kids' Weekends: Oct 7 - 29th from 11am to 3:30pm on Sat & Sun
Howl-O-Scream: Sept 22 - Oct 29th after 5pm (separate ticket required)
Christmas Town: Nov 19 - Dec 31st

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
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    "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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    Jessica G
    "Howl O Scream"
    TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
    Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
    We had a great time. Love the animals and the staff that run the trains are amazing. Howl O Scream was expensive and basically had to purchase a fast pass to experience the houses. Great time but still too expensive overall.
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    Letroy A
    Tarpon Springs, Florida
    "I would like to go there more often because it was fun."
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
    Yes, It's a fun location and safe for everyone! people and tourist were so friendly and enjoyed a good time.
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    guitarfrenzy34
    Jacksonville, Florida
    "New Attractions! FUN! "
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed November 19, 2017 NEW
    Busch Gardens is a fabulous place for adults, teens and young children. They have have a new land called Pantopia with the new ride called Falcon's Fury. There are shows and midway games that are a lot of fun too. Another new land is Jungala. There are netted jungle gyms for kids, orangutans, rides and tigers. It's a great place to get up and personal with tigers! There is a pop up window that lets you stick your head inside the exhibit. The tigers walk right by you. The best way to see all the animals is from the train. It goes all the way around The Serengeti Plain; look for the baby rhino. In Egypt there is a unique, new ride called Cobra's Curse. Kids can ride this one. The adult/teen ride is Montu. There are many coasters for all ages. For young children check out Sesame Street Safari land, Pantopia, and Jungala lands. It's a great time and you can spend 2 days here easily! Have fun!
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    Anne F
    Omaha, Nebraska
    "Baycare Night"
    TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
    Reviewed November 18, 2017 NEW
    Our organization rented out the park for all of its employees and we had the best time! All of the roller coasters were unique and in great condition. Tons of shopping options as well as food and drink stops. Was decorated for Christmas town beautiful. Would recommend!
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    jaybeeFL
    Florida
    "Non Stop Fun"
    TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
    Reviewed November 18, 2017 NEW
    Arrived 9:45 AM and were on one of the many roller coasters (Cheetah Hunt) by 10:10!! Next up was Cobra's Curse and Mantu before taking the Skyride to Stanleyville and a thrilling run on Sheikra! Then we hoofed it to Panatopia for more thrills on the Scorpion. All that in just 2 1/2 hours with our longest wait of approximately 15 minutes. Not bad for a beautiful Saturday. Hunger pains set in so we stopped in at the Dragon Fire Grill for lunch and watched a cute Christmas line up with Santa and his elves. We decided to take some adult rest time and let our granddaughter have fun on the kiddy ride area of Panatopia (carousel, airplanes, motorcycles, railroad, bumper cars......). Then two more adventurous members of the family--wife and son-- braved the 200' drop of Falcon's Fury. They came away gasping for breadth and vowing that was the last time on that white knuckle, nerve numbing ride. Can't say as I blame them. Well, after 5 1/2 hours we were exhausted and ready for the exit! A great day especially when you consider we only paid for one entry fee per person last January and all our subsequent visits were free!! This has to be one of the best deals of any amusement park in Florida!! We are looking forward to our next visit come January when our daughter and our three grandchildren come to town from Washington!!
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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?
    Critter Castaways, Dance to the Music, KaTonga, Mystic Sheiks of Morocco, Pirates 4-D, Rock a Doo Wop and Darren Romeo (seasonally).

    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.