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 Tampa Customer Reviews

52 Reviews
Sharon Strande
Fargo , ND
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Worthwhile and entertaining"
March, 2019 NEW
Loved all the animals with on hands experience. Didn’t like that the animal/bird food was so expensive. People food was expensive too. Reserve direct tickets were great and easy.
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Tip: Pay parking is speedy at 25.00

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Petra Robinette
Lexington, KY
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Busch gardens"
March, 2019 NEW
we came to Tampa for gymnastics competition and couldn’t leave without visiting Busch Gardens we had a great time enjoy all the rides
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Tip: If you don’t want to stay forever in line to park your car get there before the park opens

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Steve McElroy
CA
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Very satisfied"
February, 2019 NEW
This was the first time I had used reservedirect and found the process very easy to use and ticket prices to Busch Gardens were the cheapest I found anywhere. Very satisfied!
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Jennifer Roman
PR
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Una experiencia de ensueño!!!"
February, 2019
Me encantó todo el parque estuvo excelente. Mi hija se lo gozo completo. Y la compañía super ya que me ayudaron a comprar mis ticket online y me atendieron super bien. Super satisfecha con todo ya quiero volver
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Tip: Llevar ropa extra para todos. Y que vas a sacar el niño que llevamos dentro

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Reserve Tampa Customer
Saint Cloud , FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Unhappy employees"
January, 2019
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
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 Tampa 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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Tina W
Tallahassee
"Spring Break"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed March 23, 2019 NEW
This hotel is charging full price for it's rooms while under construction. We were not happy with location because it's somewhat in the hood. So safety was a concern. Also, refrigerators and microwaves are not standard in each room which is a bummer when you have children with you. The park is literally across the street and a shuttle service from the hotel would be nice since parking at the park is $25 per day if you're not a silver pass member or higher. On a positive note, the staff was excellent.
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CaroPV2
Sarasota, Florida
"Always fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
The entire family always has fun at BG. There is something for everyone. Plan to stay many hours during busy seasons!
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Kathy A
New Brunswick, Canada
"Amazing Serengeti Safari at Busch Gardens..."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
We went to Busch Gardens today - we are way beyond riding on rides so our major interest was in the animals. The Serengeti Safari was amazing - to see animals roaming free on acres of land - to have a giraffe approach our vehicle and be able to feed her - definitely a bucket list item completed. For those who like to take pics the Serengeti Safari had lots of photo ops. We also went on the Elephant Insider Tour. This tour was very good. We were able to see an elephant up very close and see the Keepers interact with her. We also saw the elephant area behind the scenes. This tour was very interesting and informative but had few photo ops. The park itself was very clean with lots of vegetation - very pleasant to walk around in. We used our GPS to get to Busch Gardens - the GPS wanted to take us to the drop off area not to the parking so it is important to watch the signs. Great spot - go early in the day if you can. A must see in the Tampa Area.
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dreavestrough
South River, Canada
"Still relevant, highly recommend "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
This would be my third trip to the park, first as an adult. I have such great memories from my childhood and we were able to keep to modern teenagers interested. Skip the queues was handy in the afternoon but was not necessary in the morning. I would play it by ear on the skip the queue you can grab them in park at kiosks if it gets busy.
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Caroline R
London, Ontario
"so much fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 22, 2019 NEW
we bought the passes, dine all day and quick que-expensive day but so worth it. lots of fast rides and not waiting in line
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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.