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
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
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
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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243AdamL
Florida
"Customer Service Sucks"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed December 15, 2018 NEW
Our payments are taken out of our account every month yet every time we come here there is an issue with our passes. We went through security and got turned around had to fight through the crowd because there was no exit only to go wait in line again with the pass issue then go back through security again...this is a joke. We waste an hour every time doing this. Someone needs to look into the issue and fix it we are done calling but will tell you the next time I don't care if it scans we will just keep walking we pay for the passes and shouldn't go through this every time.
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Anchorsister
Port Charlotte, Florida
"Fun Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 15, 2018 NEW
Awesome rides, Adorable gorilla exhibit, nice family friendly child play area, beautiful birds and a variety of animals. A fun friendly day for any age.
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JamesSDocherty
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
"Big Thrills, Big Day Out"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 14, 2018 NEW
A more traditional theme park than the ones in Orlando, Busch Gardens offers a good mix in big thrills, quiet rides and things for the non Roller Coaster lovers. Easily signposted from Orlando on the I-4 and about an hour's drive, car parking will set you back $25 (same as Universal) and put you a short tram ride to the park. On the day we went, all the big coasters were running with minimal waits, meaning there was no need to pay out for Express Queuing (a $15pp extra). The five big thrill rides (Montu, Kumba, Cheetah Hunt, Shikra, and Scorpion) are all fast and with a good mix of loops and turns enough to leave your stomach about ten seconds behind. For those looking for a slower pace, Busch Gardens is also a great zoo, with a train and cable-car going around their Serengeti Plain and giving a chance to see the mix of animals spread across the park. If Tampa is in range while you're in Florida, take a trip and enjoy the day.
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681melvins
"Amazing!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 14, 2018 NEW
Great place to have extreme fun! Some of the attractions are very scary but they are worth it! Want to be back next year for Tigris!!
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nedasdaughter
Gulfport, Mississippi
"Awesome roller coasters and zoo!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 14, 2018 NEW
I grew up going to Busch Gardens in the 1990s. I decided to take my 11 year old son this year and he LOVED it! He reported liking it much better than Disney's Animal Kindom (which is also wonderful). This park is for serious roller coaster riders in my opinion. If you have someone in your party that doesn't care for roller coasters that's okay because they have wonderful animal presentations. I will say that this is not that place for people with knee problems. I had recently hurt my knee before this trip and it felt like there were stairs EVERYWHERE. We will be making another trip though.
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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.