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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Tampa

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Must see · Theme Park · Water / Amusement Park
Both a theme park and a zoo, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay 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. Arrange your visit to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and discover more family-friendly attractions in Tampa using our Tampa trip itinerary builder app.
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  • This is a place for local families and Florida residents who can purchase passes or pay one day play all year tickets. Lines for rides and food are long due to limited amenities being open. Animal...  more »
  • Went there with the Family. We enjoyed ourselves. Took the Seregenti Safari, which was Pricy but worth it. Food prices were kinda high, but that was expected. If you go and intend to go on the...  more »
  • We had a great time at Busch Gardens. My husband, our eleven-year-old, and I all love roller coasters. This was the park for us! There were more than six thrill rides that we all enjoyed. We...  more »
  • This is such a fantastic place for families and anyone looking to have a good time with people that they love. I’ve been here several times now and I’m never disappointed! Most especially today… It was very rainy on and off all day and when we arrived at the park they went out of their way to refund our upgraded package because many of the things we would want to do weren’t going to be available to us. They allowed us to get the deepest discounts possible on the things we did get to do that we were purchasing all a cart and saved us so much money. Instead of caring about making the most money and being greedy, they put our needs and our happiness above their bottom dollar. I cannot express how nice it is to go somewhere where they seem to genuinely care if you’re having a good time and you’re happy. I will come back again and do that upgraded experience because they have left me feeling like this is a place where my money should be spent. I also adore all of the animal conservation that they do and the fantastic rides! Also, the smokehouse is the best value for a meal I’ve ever had at a theme park. This is a huge recommend for me… If you want to have a good time in Tampa, come to Busch Gardens!
  • Had a great time here. The Christmas Town display was awesome. A lot of planning had to go into it by Busch Gardens to be so great. The train ride at night was fun. Been to the park many times in daytime but the night time visit was great. The light show was top notch. Will be going back.
  • Awesome rides!! Beautiful animals and landscape. Quick Queue pass is totally worth it. Don't think we would have gotten on all the rides without it. Food is not great... typical over priced theme park cafeteria-like food. For the prices, wish the quality of food was better. 5 stars because the food is the norm for parks, animals beat most zoo's I've been to, rides are unique and thrilling. Overall, we had an amazing time! Would definitely come back!
  • If you love roller coasters, this park is for you! If you love animals, this park is for you too! I have enjoyed coming to Busch Gardens since I was a child (25 years +) and one of my favorite things about it is, there is something for everyone. It's evolved and changed over the years, but it's core essence is still there. Pro tip: chose a weekday to attend the park, less crowds and more time on rides. They also have an excellent selection of craft beer if that suits your fancy. Christmas town every year from mid November to early January a must see.
  • I was impressed by the Christmas displays and decorations but the people who play the Sesame Street characters and the Christmas characters were amazing. They were professional and personable at the same time. The best of all was Santa's house. Set up as a regular house with vintage details, it contains a living room, kitchen and the room for taking pictures with Santa. Only one family at a time enters this room which makes it more intimate and special. The elves kept the children entertained while they waited their turn. My granddaughter had a blast!

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