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Busch Gardens Tampa in Tampa, FL

3000 East Busch Blvd.Tampa, FL 33612
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$104.99 $89.99
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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.

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.
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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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.
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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Baz D
"The home of the best coasters in Florida"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 23, 2017 NEW
We were staying in Orlando and drove to Busch Gardens in Tampa, left at 8am and arrived 9.20am, before it had actually opened. The park is very easy to find and an easy run in a hire car. Get a map as soon as you enter and turn right through Morocco to three adrenalin rides, including Cheetah, a coaster 3/4 mile long !! The coasters here are crazy fast, you may need a very light breakfast to ensure you keep it. Going at this time meant that the queues were quick and we got on all the rides without having to wait too long. There are also a wide range of animals including white tigers, cheetahs, hippos etc. If you're into coasters I think this park has the best in Florida with an added bonus of being quieter than other parks.
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Gary n
"Serangeti Safari"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2017 NEW
We were really looking forward to this but quite a disappointment, I think they squashed two groups onto the one truck so 17 visitors 2 guides and a photographer meaning hardly any room to move on the truck with 20 people on it so very limited chances of getting good pictures. The Busch Gardens photographer was not great and only took three pictures of our party of two all of which were very similar. They had zero chance of selling a photo package to us at $60-80. Do not visit if there is a chance of rain or thunderstorms as everything is closed without warning! 2 x $89 entry 2 x $39 safari 1 x $22 photograph $20 parking A total of $298 for the safari and a picture. A rating of three is probably too much, I doubt we'll go back.
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Rob B
"Great when dry. Terrible when wet. "
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2017 NEW
Mixed view of Busch Gardens. The park itself is nicely laid out although it can be a bit difficult to navigate around. The rides are pretty good although not as good as SeaWorld. We had pre-booked Quick Queue tickets but to be honest most of the lines were short in the general entry points. SheiKra was awesome - worth getting front row seats. The log flume was old and average. Kumba was fast and twisty. Scorpion was an old school coaster. Falcon's Fury looks a lot scarier than it is. All good so far. Then the clouds rolled in and it poured for an hour. We managed to get a table in the Serengeti Overlook Restaurant which was great - good food and excellent service. However despite there being no rain, thunder or lightning after 2pm everything closed down, even the train. We were turned away from the ice show 20 minutes before it started due to it being full. And here is the problem with Busch Gardens - there is practically nothing to do indoors so if it rains you are stuffed. We stayed for three hours but nothing opened due to the "inclement weather". They seem to be excessively risk averse. The animal side of the park is very good with big enclosures and good viewing points. We enjoyed watching the baby gorillas and the hippo going for a swim was great to see. We had a 14 day ticket so went back the next morning to do the rides we missed out on. The first thunder clap interrupted our queuing to enter the park. And then everything shut down again (although we noted they only announced that when you had entered the park. So we left after 30 minutes. Many of the staff were courteous but some had bad attitudes, possibly because they knew they had a rainy day ahead and lots of disgruntled customers. All in all a decent park with a good zoo. But be prepared to have little to do if it rains.
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ken h
lake george
"All about their profit, NOT about you, the customer."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2017 NEW
This is definitely a Division 2 Theme Park. If the weather is iffy, do not go. If you are from out of town do not take the chance, unless you can afford to lose the money. They shut down all attractions for "inclement weather" which apparently includes T-storms within a 5 mile radius or the threat of them. The announcements from some anonymous source over their PA system is this is for our safety. This occurred at 12:30PM. Even with the storms passing and the sun shining brightly and later cloudy but no rain or thunder or lightning for the following 4 hours, nothing was open EXCEPT food and concessions and gift shops. IN OTHER WORDS places where they could make an additional profit. In addition to all rides, simple shows were canceled (Elmo, e.g.), animal walk-through exhibits were closed (e.g. bird aviary). Great way to increase profit percentage. It was clear they had sent home many of their staff (saving even more pennies). IF IT WAS REALLY ABOUT SAFETY, THE PARK SHOULD HAVE BEEN EVACUATED AND CLOSED. Oh by the way, no refunds or credit offered for the admission or the all day dining purchase. If you do go, and get a day when they choose to operate, the rides look like they are top notch (did not get to find out), and the food is surprisingly decent, although overpriced similar to most theme parks. Do beware if you buy the all day meals, they use typical big business deceptive "fine print" practices ( i.e. you get "unlimited bottled water", but you have to ask for that, what you will see in line while getting your meal is bottled water that is not included in your purchase, nor labeled as such, and is grossly marked up in price ($4 ea). If you call them on this, they will be quick to whip out a pamphlet that states in small font that the bottled water does not include this and that etc. Given the propensity for their definition of inclement kind of weather, on the west coast of FL, the risk of wasting a precious day of vacation, and the wasted admissions/other costs, Busch Gardens is not worth it. There is little else for kids to do in the area. You are better served to stay near Orlando where there are multiple options and the Division 1 parks are better equipped and motivated to make "inclement weather' days still work for their customers.
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Brie B
Pinellas Park, Florida
"They've got to work on weather policy"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 22, 2017 NEW
I love BG but they've got to update their weather policy... I'm all for and appreciate my safety being a concern but if I arrive at the park and within 5 minutes of walking through the gates inclement weather causes ALL RIDES AND EVENTS at the park to close for the entire day, give me a dang refund or a voucher for entry another day! What the heck I paid good money to get in solely to ride roller coasters with my daughter before she leaves for college and we couldn't do that since they were closed. We've seen the animals, been to BG thousands of times in her life... not cool policy BG.

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?
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 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).