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 Tampa Customer Reviews

46 Reviews
Reserve Tampa Customer
Jacksonville, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome"
October, 2018 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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 NEW
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 Tampa 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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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Archer1701a
Mansfield, United Kingdom
"Spoilt Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2018 NEW
Firstly when we came into park asked for preferred parking it wasn’t until we pulled off from the booth we realised she had given us standard parking, so listening isn’t a strong point with this employee. Once in the park asked for photo key, the employee who served us was trying to put us off from buying saying you won’t get many photos as 2 of the rides are off and it’s not going to that busy. Again not very good customer service. Next went on Shreika which to be fair is a brilliant ride. Our mistake was having a second ride which then broke down leaving us stranded near the top in the baking sun for ten minutes. After this we went to get something to eat and went to buy a beer at the same time. Firstly let me say I’m 41 in 13 days time, yes I agree I don’t look 41 but I also don’t look im under 21 or anywhere near it, I was asked for ID as I went to present my drivers licence the lady server said I’ll need to see your passport. To say I was shocked was an understatement, I’ve been coming to Florida for 10 years and visited Busch Gardens many of those times and never been asked to see my passport as proof of ID in fact I’ve only been asked for ID twice in the 12 days we’ve been here and my valid UK drivers licence was more than enough. She said they’d changed there policy and no longer accepted foreign drivers licences. This wasn’t posted anywhere in the park plus there is no mention of this on the website. The lady then went off to seek advice from a supervisor still no joy as rules were rules made up by the management/owners of Busch Gardens. To be honest I felt quite embarrassed by this exchange. I’m sorry many people visiting won’t take the chance of losing there passport by bringing it to a theme park. After this we went on another ride and I began to feel sick and dizzy (please bare in mind I’m an avid rollercoaster fan and have never felt like this after coming off a rollercoaster) so could only be the effects of sunstroke from being at the top off the ride for ten minutes in the sun. I decided to not spoil the rest of the party’s fun and go back to the car on the way back I stopped off to buy a couple of bottles of coke. The attendant mumbled something and I gave him $10 he then said it’s only a $10 it’s $28. Again slightly shocked as I only had 2 bottles of soda, he then spotted his mistake, he had entered an item doing a price check for another customer had I given him a $50 I would have severely overpaid surely the guy should think wow that’s a lot for 2 sodas. All in all a really disappointing day at Busch Gardens with poor communication and poor customer service.
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gmaj_05
Jesup, Georgia
"Great park for rides and animals.... reasonably priced"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2018 NEW
My family recently bought the fun pass - good from when we bought it in May until the end of December. We weren't able to go until September, but we enjoyed that visit and went back in October. We may try to fit in one more trip before they expire. The tickets were a great value! Our first trip we focused on rides. We bought the Quick Que and the Dining Plan. Both were well worth the money! We didn't wait in any lines all day, although the park was quite busy. We also got our money's worth from the dining plan. I highly recommend the barbecue place - can't remember the name. The food was excellent there - much better than typical theme park food. My 12 year old son thoroughly enjoyed all of the coasters. Cobra's Curse was down the first time we went, but operating the second. We also saw a few shows on our first visit - the ice skating and the animals. Both were a good break from the heat. We also bought the photo package for the first visit. The photographers made sure to take lots of photos and the ride photos were great. I also thought this was a good deal. Our second visit was focused on animals. We did ride a few things first thing in the morning with no wait. AT 11:30 we did the Safari tour. It was excellent. You see lots of animals and get to hand feed a giraffe. We also did a tiger tour, penguin tour, and gorilla tour. Since we didn't have to pay for tickets this trip, we spent our money on tours. All were very reasonably priced at $30-$40 each. I highly recommend all of them. We got really close to all the animals - even got to pet a penguin. The tour groups were really small so that everyone got time near the animals and could hear the guides. We got lots of time with each tour. All of the guides were excellent. I cannot say enough great things about the tours. Do not miss them! We also used the dog kennel both trips. They were also great to deal with. The second trip, our dog had recently undergone back surgery and was required to stay in her crate inside a large kennel. They were great with working with us to make sure she was ok. You are required to return and walk your own dog, but I prefer that. The kennel was clean, well secured, and climate controlled. The staff was friendly and efficient. They do open about 30 minutes prior to park opening so that you can still get to the park on time for opening. I felt really good about leaving my dog there both times. It does cost $10 but it is well worth it. All in all, everything about this park was great. It was doable without being stressed about getting everything in. It is a large park, so be prepared to walk a lot! There are no shortcuts from area to area. However, the pricing for tickets, experiences, souvenirs, and food were all reasonable. The staff were all friendly. All the facilities were accessible and clean. We live about 5 hours away. I wish we lived closer so that we could go more often!
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Jet55885349198
"Disappointed"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2018 NEW
Visited Busch Gardens today. The first time for 20 years, so you can imagine how excited we were. Sadly many of the rollercoasters weren’t operating! There had been no mention of this on the website. Whilst we enjoyed all the facilities that were available, especially old favourites like the train and sky ride we still left feeling a little short changed.
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Traaacer
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
"Fantastic Thrill rides"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2018 NEW
Spent a full day here in October 2018 as part of a ticket deal which only worked out at £10 per head for the family four adults and one child. Arrived at 9am from Orlando ( self drive ). My impressions of the park were that it is definitely more earthly than Disney with the attractions much less busy with some small animal enclosures. There was a good selection of thrill rides which we mostly rode twice due the crowds being smaller than back in the Orlando Parks. The security was strict but allowed our picnics and cold flasks to be taken in and consumed in the park. We did top up from one of the varied food outlets which was slightly cheaper than we had been used to. All the staff we encountered were friendly and helpful and the Safari trek was worth the time and effort. Only downside ( my personal opinion ) are the sizes of some of the enclosures in which the animals seemed run down. Maybe if they cut back on the small ones and made a few larger enclosures to give the animals more space it might help the with atmosphere. The park is a fair size but can be easily walked if you spend the full day. Tips would be arrive early / take a picnic / do not go if your sole interest are the animals on show.
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Sandseeker_60
Chicago, IL.
"A very relaxing day."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2018 NEW
Plenty of animals to see. Rides and shows could be seen without long lines. The kids are entertained without it costing Mom n Dad an arm/leg.
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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.