Trip Planner USA  /  Florida  /  Tampa  /  Theme Parks  /  Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens, Tampa

Categories: Theme Parks, Water & Amusement Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.1/5 based on 11,000+ reviews on the web
Both a theme park and a zoo, Busch Gardens offers a mixture of roller-coaster rides, live shows, dining, shopping, and interactive activities with animals. Opened in 1959 with an African theme, the park now shelters nearly 12,000 animals, spread over 130 hectares (330 acres). You can choose to be an animal keeper for a day or take guided, behind-the-scenes tours of the animal care center, where you can learn how the park's veterinary staff cares for the zoo's residents. The theme park also offers ziplines and water rides. Take advantage of considerable savings by booking your tickets online, and choose from a range of dining and park experiences. Plan your Busch Gardens visit and explore what else you can see and do in Tampa using our Tampa family vacation planner.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • I want to keep it short and sweet: Less crowded, better coasters, and overall much better experience than the Orlando counterpart (coming from someone who lives 20 minutes East of Orlando). 
  • We had a group of 6 adults and 7 kids ranging in age from 5-12. We purchased discount tickets through a resort in which we couldn't enter until after 12pm. Rides were great, lines were short and anima...  read more »
  • Whenever we go on vacation to the United States and we have an opportunity we are going to enjoy this great Park, I have a daughter of 15 years, and two children of 10 and 6 years; the truth, we all had fun; the Park is varied, has animals, extreme Rollercoasters, parks and mountains for children, wet area and excellent performances. This time took two days to enjoy more and really that is always enjoyed; as recommendation since the Park is too big to cross it in one day, is to go on weekdays and hopefully low season; no stress ahead it all, but enjoy each part; Maybe if you want to enjoy roller coasters is to go first to those who are to the right of the Park, Cheetah Hunt, Montu and the new attraction (which was damaged much of our visit) Cobra.
    show original
  • I LOVE going to Busch Gardens! We have fun cards so we go all year round. The food is wonderful, the shows are entertaining and the rides are excellent! We go sometimes just for the animals or just to eat and go home. Its a wonderful place for all ages!
  • I have fallen in love with Busch Gardens! This was my first time but it definitely will not be my last. Free parking plus free admission with my dual membership pass I can't beat it. Especially when my only real costs where the Safari and anything I decided to eat, drink and most of my drinks were free since I bought a souvenir cup or buy at the shops. The safari was amazing the only part I had issues with was the guide doing the commentary. Now, I didn't expect it to be a true safari, but the guide was a bit cheesy and spent the majority talking about other parts of the park who was there to capture the family moments feeding the giraffe and other great sights. I will definitely do it again. I already love SeaWorld and now I can say I love Busch Gardens also. I'm so glad! I didn't go on any of the rides but I will next time.
  • First, they trick you if you were to buy the tickets online. Let me explain. They trick you to buy two tickets for one person. When you are getting ready to pay online, they ask you how many tickets you want to buy. It's intuitive for anyone buying these tickets to think that when they ask you how many tickets you want to buy, that means that if you put 2 or 3, anyone can use these tickets. That is NOT what they mean. You have to buy ticket(s) for each person separately. They tricked me into buying 2 Busch Garden tickets online for only ME (they scan your fingerprint so you can't give your ticket to someone else) and I had to buy another Busch Garden ticket for my girlfriend when we arrived. Secondly, the flume ride experienced "mechanical problems," and no one told people waiting in line anything until 20 minutes into waiting for the ride at the front of the line. When they told us, they said that they didn't even know when the mechanic was going to arrive. Thirdly, The Nairobi train got stuck because an emergency vehicle had to pass. I mean if this is a $30 ticket theme park, cool, I can wait. But when you're charging people $106 per ticket and nothing in the park is cheap, I expect you to have a workaround for these logistical problems! But no, there's no workaround, there's only waiting and wasting your time! We will NOT come back to this chaotically operated theme park. Maybe we won't even go to the other theme parks owned by the same company.
  • Fantastic park which combines rides, dance shows and animals(zoo) together. Its a complete fun visiting this place., which offers all sorts of entertainment to all age groups. The design and idea of African theme is a big boost and refreshing for this park.The support staff and maintenance was excellent to keep us entertained and safe. We got a free pass since the weather went bad in the middle of the day. Don't miss cheetah hunt ride.
  • Busch gardens is an awesome theme park, despite any negative reviews. In my opinion it's better than Disney (but not universal). There's lots of animals, a few great roller coasters for those who enjoy them, entertaining shows, and good food. Much more affordable and much less line waiting than comparable areas
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h
Visit for 3​h
Visit for 4​h
Visit for 2​h
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h