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 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.

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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 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)

Summer Nights - June 15 - Aug 5
Party louder and play later at Summer Nights! The thrills come out at night when you can challenge our spin coaster, Cobra’s Curse, test your limits on Florida’s first triple-launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt, or North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, Falcon’s Fury. Then dance into the night at themed party zones throughout the park and savor a stellar lineup of sensational summer cuisine at each location.

Bier Fest - Aug 25 - Sept 16
More than 200 years of Oktoberfest traditions come to life at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's all-new Bier Fest. Raise your stein to toast the end of summer and enjoy a variety of beers from across the globe.

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

Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

33 Reviews
Zulema Arzola
Naples , FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Bush gardens"
July, 2018 NEW
The trip was amazing! It was a last minute trip and I enjoyed every second of it with my family.
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Teresa Sanderbeck
Darlington, PA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"3 rides"
July, 2018 NEW
maybe it is just the time period we picked but two of the rides the kids wanted to go on were closed completely for maintenance. ee got there when the park opened and rode a total of 3 rides ...... no one left happy. did like the hippo and warm weather penguins though
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Silvia Marzano
Lawrenceville, GA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Rainy day at Busch Gardens"
July, 2018 NEW
Unfortunately, we didn't enjoy the park that much because that day was raining and lighting. I had purchased my tickets online for that particular day and was not able to cancel or change it for another day. My family and I came from Georgia for the first time. The park was nice but not able to ride many rides due to rain.
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Tip: Check the weather before you buy the tickets.

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SJoerd van der Veen
NL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very nice park"
May, 2018
We enjoyed Bush Gardens. Both the animals end attractions were spectacular. Our arrangement included food, which was great.
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Tip: Nice safari with feeding the giraffes and nice rides particular the cheetah.

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Richard Burton
Ocala, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great"
April, 2018
Vwry low prices amd discount. Hassle free check in
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Tip: Lowest prices

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Reserve Orlando Customer
Estero, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome time at Busch Gardens"
April, 2018
My two teenagers, myself and my aunt spent a Saturday at Busch Gardens. We purchased park tickets with the dining option. We also purchased Quick Queue tickets. Our day was amazing from 10 am to 10 pm. Having the quick tickets were perfect for my impatient kids. The rides were so much fun. There were many healthy food options. We enjoyed the Doo Wop singers while we had supper.
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Tip: Buy your tickets online using the Busch Gardens website.

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Reserve Orlando Customer
lithia, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Super Easy and Fast"
March, 2018
I wanted to be able to pay using Pay Pal which is not an option on most theme parks websites. I was able to come on to this website and use my paypal! It was super fast and easy!
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Erica Fields
mt. vernon, OH
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch Gardens trip"
March, 2018
Really liked that we could have a free meal once an hour. Enjoyed the animals and my son loved the Jungle play area. He wants to go back again that's for sure!
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Tip: Make sure you get the wristband for the restaurants that offer the free meals when you get in the park. No one told us and we had to get them at the first place we ate. No big deal, but make sure you ask before so you don't get held up. Food was pretty good.

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TripAdvisor Reviews
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JWhoff64
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
"All the risk of weather and technical difficulties is passed on to the customer. "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
We visited on 18th July. We had paid for the full one day package (food/premium parking/unlimited fast pass). We did not get on one ride despite waiting for a collective 7 hours. Information was appallingly scant - we suffered 90% weather interruption and 10% technical (Shiekra). All we could get back was the cost of the fast pass and the reissue of another one day entry (no parking/no food). We have two days to take this up or lose all the cost (and it is only valid for one month equivalent - even longer would allow other UK visitors we know that come to Florida to make use of them). There is no refund option which seems bizarre given that most people have only limited vacation time there and are often booked to experience a variety of attractions. Looking at the weather, I strongly doubt we will get any use from the replacement tickets, but will try (even thought the round trip is three hours from where we are staying). The reality is the customer takes all the risks (and has to challenge the conscience on the animal welfare issue). In an area of such weather volatility (and technical issues). There has to be an alternative, staff need to be briefed to communicate better, and frankly the ‘weather policy’ needs to be more akin to other theme parks (we suffered only two very minor showers and one downpour which came after 7 hours). From memory of 12 years ago, the rollercoasters are superb but given the risk, I would recommend spending more time and money with a fast pass at other parks.
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Rebecca B
"Waste of time!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2018 NEW
We purchased the discovery cove bundle and upgraded to include busch gardens. We are staying near Orlando so it was about a 1.5 hr drive each way. My kids were able to ride one ride the entire day from 1030 to 530. We purchased the safari and had to reschedule twice and still weren't able to go on. EVERYTHING shuts down for inclement weather in the area. Face painting, kangaroo feeding, kids playland, food and drink stands etc. It rained a total of 20 min the entire 7 hrs there with no wind. I understand shutting down rides, but an entire day was wasted on our last day of vacation. Staff almost seem thrilled that things are shut down and secluded themselves from guests. I will not be returning anytime soon and do not recommend this park to anyone if their is a simple cloud in the sky!
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oBielzin
Orlando, Florida
"Really bad visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
It was horrible. We came from Brazil to ride one of the best roller coasters. Well the conclusion was we came here early at 10:30 and we stayed in a line for 2:35 min. So we tried to refund the ticket because we couldnt ride one roller coaster in the whole day.
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fchaput
Christmas, Florida
"Rollercoaster Heven!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
These guys are all about the roller coaster and man they have allot of them. From old wood ones to the newest fastest ones. Lots of fun and its not so massive that you walk yourself to death. Great for a summer get away with the family.
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Thomsonfamily73
Dumbarton
"Disappointing Visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 18, 2018 NEW
After hearing lots of positive things about Busch Gardens we had high expectations prior to our visit in July. The day started off well when we virtually walked straight onto the first two roller coasters. Then we had a quick trip on the train but we felt the twenty minute wait was excessive. Unfortunately after lunch things went downhill, Busch Gardens and Sea World both use the same policy that if inclement weather is spotted in the area they will close down every ride. Unlike Universal for example where they operate the rides right up until the bad weather hits. On our visit the rides went off at 1.15 and did not come back on again until after 4.30. How bad was the weather? Nothing! Not even a drop of rain or gust of wind! In my opinion the policy at Busch Gardens and Sea World has to be relaxed, we were in the park from 10.00 to 5.00 and got on two rides. It could have been worse I suppose, we could have bought the quick queue pass at $50 each.
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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.