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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.

Highlights

  • African-themed amusement park.
  • Home to more than 12,000 animals and 250 species.
  • New rides include Falcon's Fury and Cheetah Run.
  • Famous for roller coasters.
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Good To Know

  • 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 Busch Gardens' website). Reservation is recommended due to high demand.
  • The 3-park combo is the best deal which includes Busch Gardens Tampa, SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica tickets.
  • Refillable cups are a great deal for a value price.
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Description

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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 animal encounters, captivating shows 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.

A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos featuring nearly 3,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games, Busch Gardens Tampa provides unrivaled excitement for guests of every age.

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. Experience our newest breed of speed! This new mega-attraction brings guests face-to-face with the world’s fastest land animals in Cheetah Run, then invites them to join nature's most agile predator as it races across the Serengeti on Cheetah Hunt – a one-of-a-kind launch coaster.

Busch Gardens Rides:
  • Cheetah Hunt

  • Congo River Rapids

  • Gwazi

  • Kumba

  • Montu

  • Rhino Rally

  • Sand Serpent

  • Scorpion

  • Serengeti Railway

  • Sheikra

  • Stanley Falls

  • Tanganyika Tidal Wave


Parking fees:
Cars, Motorcycles, Campers/Trailers - $18
Preferred Parking - $24



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TripAdvisor Reviews
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Steamy66

Stirling, United Kingdom

"First visit for me, beautiful place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 26, 2016 NEW

Busch was part of a group ticket my Hubby got me for my 50th, which was spent in Disney but I will review that later. I had no idea what to expect as all I could see was the rollercoasters, now whilst I am not adverse to a rollercoaster, I was wearing a somewhat delicate dress and not looking forward to this. However, Hubby knew better and I was delighted to pet and feed the kangaroos and birds, have many memories of South Africa bought back by the 'Edge of Africa' exhibit and the staff were so nice and very friendly. The only one who was not was the 'station Master' at Niarobi Station who was clearly having a bad day and darn well gonna share it with all of us. Sky ride was great don't stand too near the new ride, no clues, find out for your self. Amazing day out, thoroughly recommended.

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Kristyonthego


"Very expensive"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 26, 2016 NEW

This place is crazy expensive. If you are going there and have an interest in some other attractions in the area, check out the Tampa City Pass. Also, they will sell you a cup you can refill all day for no additional charge but it seemed the refilling stations were few. Overall we enjoyed our trip.

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floridagirl0496

Tampa, Florida

"Fun Park to go to but expensive"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 26, 2016 NEW

Love it here! Have had an annual pass for years and each year the park gets better and better. The rides are great especially the water rides. Cons are that Rhino Rally closed and that even though the park opens at 9, most of the rides don't open till 10.

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Rosebud388

Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

"Great day out"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 26, 2016 NEW

A great day out with a great number of varied attractions to keep us busy. Would recommend especially if you like the big rides. Perhaps in parts looking in need of some new ideas and a general clean up, if trying to attract the visitors

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JD P

Tampa, Florida

"Manegement needs to review their policies"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed August 25, 2016 NEW

I was taking my daughter to BG for a few hours as we have been Annual Holders forever, well we get to the window, and my daughter forgot the purse she had with her card in it. We had to wait in line with a hundred other people just to get a dup for the few hours we that were going to be there as she wanted to meet her friends. COME ON!!! A full hour later we finally got to the window as they had the customer service 6 windows ALL CLOSED! Who deos that , people were all pissed and some just had issues with the cellphone tickets...I am still furious!! When I complained to the guy working one of the two damn windows that were open, and he said he was going as fast as he could yet he just sat there and moved paperwork around AT THE WINDOW, (do that in the back dude) These people are the slowest I have ever seen. I will think twice about keeping our passes and going back again soon. YOUR LOSS BG.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Busch Gardens Tampa

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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