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Busch Gardens – Tampa, FL

Seamlessly blends thrills, wildlife, and entertainment into one unforgettable package.

Tampa Bay is not just renowned for its pristine beaches and vibrant nightlife, it’s also home to a world-class theme park that seamlessly blends thrills, wildlife, and entertainment – Busch Gardens.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is an African themed park that includes 9 themed areas, 4 animal habitats and hosts many entertainment events throughout the year.

If you’re looking for an unforgettable family experience, look no further. Let’s embark on a virtual journey to explore the wonders that await you at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

A Tapestry of Thrills

Roller Coasters that Defy Gravity

Busch Gardens is synonymous with heart-pounding thrills, and its collection of roller coasters is a testament to that. From the inverted loops of Montu to the breathtaking drops of SheiKra, adrenaline junkies will find their nirvana. Cheetah Hunt, a coaster that mimics the acceleration of a cheetah, offers a unique blend of speed and grace, while Falcon’s Fury provides a stomach-churning 335-foot drop – the perfect challenge for daredevils.

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Montu Coaster | Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Photo: Suedepop)

Traversing Busch Gardens with Skyride

For those seeking a more relaxed adventure, the Skyride offers a scenic journey above the park. As you glide through the air, you’ll witness panoramic views of the lush landscapes and catch glimpses of the exotic wildlife below. It’s an excellent way to recharge before diving back into the excitement.

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Timbuktu | Busch Gardens Tampa Bay ( Photo by rickpilot_2000 )

A Wildlife Safari Amidst Roller Coasters

Busch Gardens is not your average theme park – it’s also a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. The park is home to over 200 species of animals, and the Serengeti Plain is a must-visit. Take a safari tour and encounter giraffes, zebras, and rhinos in an environment that closely resembles their natural habitat. It’s an immersive experience that sets Busch Gardens apart from other amusement parks.

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“Edge of Africa” attraction | Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Photo by ClaudiaTampa39)

Live Entertainment Extravaganza

Broadway-Quality Shows

The entertainment lineup at Busch Gardens is nothing short of spectacular. With Broadway-style productions featuring top-notch performers, you’ll be captivated from the first note to the final curtain. From the jaw-dropping acrobatics of Iceploration to the musical journey of Turn It Up!, the park ensures there’s never a dull moment.

Animal Encounters and Educational Shows

Beyond the thrill rides and shows, Busch Gardens is committed to education and conservation. Engage in animal encounters where you can get up close and personal with some of the park’s residents. Educational shows, such as “Animal Ambassadors” and “Birds of Prey,” provide valuable insights into the animal kingdom, making your visit both entertaining and enlightening.

Culinary Delights for Every Palate

Exploring Busch Gardens works up an appetite, and the park doesn’t disappoint when it comes to dining options. From casual eateries serving delicious comfort food to upscale restaurants offering gourmet dishes, there’s something for every palate. Don’t forget to indulge in some local favorites, including Cuban sandwiches and seafood delights.

Crown Colony House Restaurant | Busch Gardens Tampa | I-75 Exit Guide
Crown Colony House Restaurant | Busch Gardens Tampa | I-75 Exit Guide

Tips for an Unforgettable Visit

Plan Your Day Strategically

With so much to see and do, planning is key to maximizing your Busch Gardens experience. Check the show schedules, plan your must-try rides, and allocate time for animal encounters. This ensures you make the most of your visit without feelingrushed.

What About a Quick Queue Pass?

To bypass the lines and make the most of your day, consider investing in the Quick Queue pass. This valuable add-on allows you to skip the regular lines for popular rides, giving you more time to explore other attractions.

Consider an Overnight Stay

If you want to take full advantage of everything Busch Gardens has to offer, you may want to consider booking a nearby hotel room. This will give you the opportunity to spend a full day to leisurely enjoy the entertainment, amusements and food without having to rush for travel time. See the Area Lodging details below.

Embrace the Spirit of Adventure

Whether you’re conquering roller coasters, marveling at wildlife, or enjoying a live show, Busch Gardens is a celebration of adventure. Embrace the spirit of exploration, and you’ll leave with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Park Details

Busch Gardens
10165 McKinley Drive
Tampa, Florida 33612
Phone: (813) 884-4386

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Hours vary seasonally and on holidays. Check with Busch Gardens for updates.

Time Required to Visit
You can plan on spending a full day at Busch Gardens if you take in all that the park offers.

Getting there from I-75

  • From I-75 north: Exit 265 (FL 582, Fowler Avenue). Take FL 582 (Fowler Avenue) west approximately 3 miles to McKinley Drive. South (left) on McKinley Drive approximately 1 mile to Busch Gardens.
  • From I-75 south: Exit 261 (I-4). Take I-4 west approximately 2 miles to FL 600 (Hillsborough Avenue). Then continue on FL 400 (Hillsborough Avenue) 3 miles to N. 40th Street. Then north (right) on N. 40th Street 3.3 miles to Busch Gardens.

Area Lodging
There are several lodging chains located within a few minutes of Busch Gardens. Listed below are the closest to the park.

In a Nutshell…

Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay, Florida, is more than just an amusement park – it’s a sensory experience that combines the best of thrills, wildlife, and entertainment. From the heart-stopping rides to the immersive animal encounters, every moment at Busch Gardens is designed to leave you breathless with excitement. So, as you plan your trip to Tampa Bay, make sure Busch Gardens is at the top of your must-visit list. Your adventure awaits!

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