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.
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My husband and I went on Friday, May 27th.The park was open from 10am to 6pm. We arrived about 9:20 that morning and were able to park right away. We then got right on the shuttle to the gate and only stood in line about 5 minutes when they started allowing people in. Our tickets were scanned from my phone which was very easy. We then had to wait the last few minutes at a designated chained off area before they let you in the park. We first went to Cheetah Hunt which was a lot of fun. We were able to get right on. Later in the morning the wait time was up to 45 minutes.Throughout the park the wait times are posted on a screen and they ranged from 5 minutes to 45 for Cheetah Hunt. I had downloaded the app on my phone for the wait times but found it didn't work for me and the screens provided all the information we needed. After that we went to Kumba and along the way checked out many amazing animal exhibits. We got right on Kumba and could have ridden it over again if we had wanted as there were only a few people in the back of the park at that time. Next we rode Sheikra which was my favorite of the day. The ride stops you at the top just before you drop 90 degrees face down . After that we rode the train and that was nice and relaxing as you take in a beautiful view of the whole park. After that we walked around some more to see all of the animals and then made our way to Montu which was really cool but banged my head around a bit. We did not purchase the all day dining deal as we didn't feel we would need it. We ate once at the smokehouse . We both had the pulled pork sandwhiches which comes with beans and fries for $12.79 each. They allowed me to swap for coleslaw instead of fries. We also had a large coke. Our lunch totaled about $30 and change which was a bit much for lunch but I expected it considering where I was. They give you more than enough food and my hubby was happy to finish my food for me. We were fine the rest of the day and the only other thing we bought was ice cream and another coke. So for us we would have wasted money on the all day dining deal .We brought our own refillable water bottle into the park and they will refill it with ice water any time you want. All in all we loved Busch Gardens Tampa and would return if we're ever in the area again.
We have been there several times, clean and entertaining park with a lot animals. Don't forgett take choo choo train ;)
Gateshead, United Kingdom
I've never been to Busch Gardens before. Heck, I've never been to Florida in my life! So when my girlfriend suggested we visit this place, I thought why not! I honestly had no idea it was a theme park! I thought it was a zoo! But in fact, it was both! We went on a few of the roller-coasters, but a couple of them were closed. I was in absolute awe at seeing a lot of the animals there, including lions, tigers, cheetahs, oh my! We were there for the whole day and enjoyed every second of it! I took way too many pictures! The place is very well run and from parking to leaving, the service was great!
Charleston, SC, United States
Easy parking and tram transit. Very good job in having animals easy to see and lots of fun rides for everyone. Cool outdoor areas with misting machines to help.
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How much is parking at Busch Gardens?
$18 - General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks and recreation vehicles
$24 - Preferred parking
Preferred parking are subject to availability. Tour buses may park for free.
Do Busch Gardens tickets expire?
Tickets expire within one year of purchase 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 Congo River Rapids, Gwazi, Kumba, Land of the Dragons, Montu, Scorpion, Stanley Falls and Tanganyika Tidal Wave. All-day lockers are available at the Marrakesh Theater and the Stroller and Wheelchair Rental Shop. You can rent an all day locker for $5, which allows you to switch the locker throughout the park.
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).
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