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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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Kenya M


"Its busch gardens"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 03, 2016 NEW

Attended April 30thand enjoyed every minute of it.. From the congo rapid ride which happened to be my favorite because i got soaked to cheetah and the montu.. The dining deals were budget efficient.. I dislike the fast passes having limitations on some of the rixes for $30. 99 but we paid it and got on all the rides and stayed from 1 to 7pm closing & got the most beautiful pictures of the animals. I will be back though.. I love Busch Gardens..

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Jadped

Gahanna, Ohio

"Enjoyable Day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 03, 2016 NEW

My husband and I spent an enjoyable day at Busch. The park has a nice variety of shows, animals, rides, food, and shops. We are not coaster riders, but we enjoyed seeing the variety of animals and walking through their beautiful grounds. We did think that the parking fee was a bit much though--$18, especially since you pay a good price to enter the park. We wouldn't go back to this park very often though since we are not ones to enjoy the rides.

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Kat M

Katy, Texas

"Definitely fun, not sure it's worth full price admission"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 03, 2016 NEW

The landscaping and animals were definitely awesome among all the rides. Several of the rides had technical issues while we were there, including Sheikra which was closed early in the afternoon -- so we went later in the day and one of the kids got stung by a bee on the first drop. AFTER we rode it and were getting some ointment for the sting from the first aid staff, we found out the ride had been closed due to a beehive... hmmmm... Falcon's Fury got stuck at the top twice while we were there (from 2 - 7). We got discounted rates for a sports event we were in town for. Most of us agreed we would not have paid full price for the experience. It's like a Six Flags at Disney World prices... Much of the staff were less than polite, but certainly not all. It seemed unnecessarily spread out, resulting in lots of walking to get from ride to ride. Seeing the hippo was a big draw for several kids and adults. Cheetah Hunt seemed to be the favorite ride among the group.

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Jasmine S

Leicester, United Kingdom

"Great day out!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 02, 2016 NEW

Whenever I am in Orlando on holiday, I always buy the universal combi tickets that include Busch Gardens. I love it here with the park having different sections based on countries/cultures and it makes a nice change if you like theme parks but want somewhere to go other than Universal/Disney. The new Cheetah Hunt (I think that's it's name), is so good and quite a long ride too. It doesn't throw you around like some rides do and is a really cool addition to the park. To be honest there aren't really any rides at this park I don't like, I heard the Tidal Wave raft ride is now closed but I am sure is either being completely revamped or replaced with something better. There is another fast ride here I believe (congo river rapids??) and Stanley Falls which is a pretty good log flume. The park is big so you will walk quite far but then all American theme parks seem huge to me! There is a good mix of more tame rides for younger people or those who don't like massive coasters and then bigger rides for thrill seekers. If you can, I would recommend coming here if you want something different from Universal but still want a wide variety of rides.

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Rambler17

Columbia, South Carolina

"Birthday Fun at Park"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 02, 2016 NEW

We planned to spend day at Busch Gardens as part of our celebration for our daughters 13th Birthday Party. It was on a monday and the rides were fun, but for a very low census day the wait times were rather long. Several times the rides were under repair and we would have to leave and find another ride. The food was good and we used the one price dining which saved us money ( we checked it). If you have a food allergy be prepared to wait 15-20 mins for them to prepare it. The staff were nice for the most part, although they were often very slow. Roller Coasters are great here. They have a Baby Lemur which was really cool. The digital locker system they have works great and was very convient.

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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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