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 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.
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.
Leicester, United Kingdom
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.
Columbia, South Carolina
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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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).