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 far away 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)
Real Music, Real Masters - Jan 8 - March 3
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's longest running concert series returns with music and all-new entertainment.

Food & Wine Festival - March 3 - April 29
On weekends, enjoy a world of taste awaits at the fourth annual Food & Wine Festival. All concerts are included with any daily admission to the park. Food and beverage is not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee.

Sesame Street Kids' Weekends - May 5 - May 20
Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and all of your favorite Sesame Street friends for fun-filled weekends to enjoy music, dance parties and parades during this family friendly celebration.

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

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
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.
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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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Heather R
Zimmerman, Minnesota
"Disapointing day, waste of money"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2018 NEW
I was very excited to go. I will now never go back. We spent the extra money for all day food wristbands. The restaurants that accepted them where few and far between. When we did find one we waited in line for over an hour! We arrived at the park around 10am. We had the the continental breakfast before we left our hotel planning on having an early lunch. We couldn't find any food places that opened before 11:30. The thing that made me the most angry was that all the souvenir shops had plenty of staff. Our visit was close to Christmas, we where excited to see the Christmas town displays. The website listed hours that they where open all day. They where not. Most didn't open till after 5pm. We where disappointed and left by 3pm. The only highlight of the day was the safari we went on and got to feed giraffes.
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Bethzaida C
toa baja, Puerto Rico
"Great Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2018 NEW
Love this park, always have a great time on it with family or friends never to crowded when I have visited.
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allansmith59
Blackpool, United Kingdom
"Fantastic day out"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2018 NEW
Love this park it has everything and more , great prices compared to other theme parks in the area some are out pricing themselves ... Rides and Animals
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PalmBeachFloridaGirl
Palm Beach
"Love it"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2018 NEW
We moved to central Florida and first thing we did was purchase membership at Busch Gardens! We go often and are never disappointed.
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brownman21
pittsburgh
"Great day! Purchase the meal deal! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 16, 2018 NEW
Buy the meal deal online - will save you a ton of money at the park. We ate a meal for lunch, and also early dinner before leaving park - tons of selections, great food, tremendous value at only $15 on top of the ticket price when you buy online. Don’t shy away from this great offer - you will NOT be disappointed.
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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.