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.

2019 EVENTS (Select Dates)

Real Music Real Masters: Mon-Sat Jan 7 - March 16
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's longest running concert series returns with music and all-new entertainment in the climate-controlled Stanleyville Theater for memorable live acts.

Food & Wine Festival: Weekends March 16 - April 28
A world of taste awaits at the fifth annual Food & Wine Festival. The festival features signature dishes along with a large selection of wines, craft brews, and cocktails. Join us as some of the biggest acts in musical entertainment take the stage. All concerts are included with your admission to the park. Food and beverage are not included with park admission and is available for an extra fee.

Safari of Fun - Kids' Weekends: Weekends May 4-19
Join Elmo, Cookie Monster, Big Bird and all of your favorite Sesame Street friends for fun-filled weekends.

Busch Gardens Summer Nights: May 31 - Aug 11
Experience endless energy and thrilling rides during summer nights.

Bier Fest: Weekends Aug 17 - Sept 8
Explore beers from around the world with live entertainment.

Parking fees:
• Cars, Motorcycles, Campers/Trailers - $25
• Preferred Parking - $28

Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

48 Reviews
Reserve Orlando Customer
Saint Cloud , FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Unhappy employees"
January, 2019 NEW
Park wasn’t bad but was a Power outage that last like an hour, then a couple more issues with the rides that prolongase our line 120min. When our group ask employees for help they were really rude and helpless
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Tip: Reserve Orlando is the best website to buy your tickets at the best price

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Jerry Campbell
Forkand, AL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Great Park"
December, 2018 NEW
Had a lot of fun, great place for kids and adults of all ages. Great food, and the all day dining deal if really worth the money. Lots of people in the park the day we visited so try to get there early.
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Tip: Purchase the all day dinning and arrive early.

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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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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craigmary2016
Tampa, Florida
"Fun all around!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
Rides, animals, food, entertainment and beautiful grounds...that's the reason to go! There are some great rides, the animal displays are well done and allows for viewing them at length and there is enough to do to fill a day without a problem.
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CanJam67
Edmonton, Canada
"Nice park with lots to see"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2019 NEW
Went to see the animals and was not disappointed. Lots of nice vistas for photos ithout cages visible. Must to the Giraffe encounter and the elephant insider feature ( both are an extra $29 per person but at least the giraffe excursion was well worth it. January is a very quiet time with short lineups.
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Jim P
Plant City, Florida
"Fun in the sun, cool night for a long walk"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2019 NEW
Checked out Cristmas Town, late date for me and my wife. Found 'Christmas Town' is actually some large decorations in a few areas less traveled in the winter, foods and stuff sold by outside vendors. No Passholder discounts in this area, not really a lot to offer. We did enjoy the train ride. Short visit for 'us seniors', makes sense why we did not encounter any other seniors. Want to come back for tye safari experience, sometime later.
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RustyM618
Lafayette, Indiana
"Animals and Rides"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2019 NEW
We went as a family of four just after the new year. Our kids are 7 and 10 so while we did a couple of rides we did not do the big roller coasters though my youngest liked to see the scared faces of those on the coasters. Our highlights were the animal walks and train ride, the huge play place for kids and the holiday ice show.
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Penny R
"Christmas in Florida"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 17, 2019 NEW
My family and I loved the holiday lights and shows. The ice skating was the best show. The animals are amazing if you are not a roller coaster fan. The coasters are great for the thrill seekers. My favorite ride was the wet raft ride, we all got soaked! Loved my day here!❤
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Frequently Asked Questions about Busch Gardens Tampa

How much is parking at Busch Gardens?
$25 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks and recreation vehicles
$28 - 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?
If rain ruins the fun at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, guests will be eligible to receive a complimentary visit to the park to use within 1 year of your visit. If your day is impacted by weather, visit guest relations before you exit the park to receive a ticket for a return visit. Policy enactment is at the discretion of Guest Services. Rainy day guarantee may ONLY be utilized by guests with a Single Day ticket or Multi-Day Ticket. Not valid with any other ticket offers.