For a fun-filled day that’s great for the whole family, why not head to Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay?  This 335 acre animal-themed park makes visitors feel like they’ve stepped back into 19th century Africa.  With many themed areas, tours, attractions and adventure rides, it’s easy to see why Busch Gardens has been ranked as one of the Top 20 most visited theme parks in the United States!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Attractions

Thrill-seekers, kids and animal lovers will all find something to enjoy at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.  The only difficult part about a visit to Busch Gardens is deciding which attractions to visit, as there as so many to choose from!  Some of the fun attractions, rides and tours include:

  • Sesame Street Safari of Fun
  • Iceploration
  • Animal Care Center
  • Treetop Trails
  • Let’s Get Loud!
  • Serengeti Railway
  • Bird Gardens
  • King Tut’s Tomb
  • A is for Africa
  • Cheetah Run
  • Serengeti Safari
  • Critter Castaways
  • Edge of Africa
  • Cheetah Hunt
  • Jambo Junction
  • Jungala
  • Elite Adventure Tour
  • SheiKra
  • Lory Landing
  • Guided Adventure Tour
  • Jungle Flyers
  • The Wild Surge
  • Air Grover
  • Myombe Reserve
  • SandSerpent
  • Serengeti Night Safari
  • Gwazi
  • Rhino Rally
  • Elephant Insider
  • Serengeti Plain
  • Congo River Rapids
  • Elephant Keeper Experience
  • Tiger and Orangutan Keeper Experience
  • Walkabout Way
  • Kumba
  • Roller Coaster Experience Tour
  • Heart of Africa Tour
  • Stanley Falls
  • Skyrides
  • And many more!!

Annual Events at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens is home to many wonderful and fun annual events the entire family will love, including:

  • Real Music Series
  • Bands, Brews & BBQ
  • Viva La Music!
  • Summer Nights
  • Howl-O-Scream
  • Holidays

Park Information

Park hours and show times are updated each week.  Opening and closing times vary by season and hours are extended during holiday periods and summer evenings (May through Labor Day).  Operating hours for rides vary from normal park operating hours.  More information about park hours can be found by calling 888-800-5447.

Many types of tickets and vacation packages are available for your visit to Busch Gardens.  Florida Residents in particular enjoy special savings, such as saving $10 on a single day ticket, the option to purchase a Fun Card to enjoy all of 2013, or saving $25 when you add SeaWorld to your Fun Card.  Check the Busch Gardens website for more deals and offers.  Admission includes all shows, exhibits and rides.  Food, dining, merchandise, behind-the-scenes guided tours and animal interactions are an additional cost.

There are nearly 5,000 parking spaces available at Busch Gardens.  Parking rates are as follows:

  • $15 – general parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks, RVs and campers
  • $22 – preferred parking ($11 for 2 year & 1 year pass members, FREE for platinum members)
  • $30 – valet parking ($25 for pass members)

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is located at the corner of Busch Boulevard and 40th Street.  The main entrance to the park is at 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa, FL, 33612.  For detailed directions from the north, south, Orlando and St. Petersburg, visit their website.  Busch Gardens operates a shuttle service from several Orlando area locations and is complimentary with a Busch Gardens Tampa Bay admission ticket.  Please call 1-800-221-1339 for more information.


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