2020 Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Complete Guide

Thinking about making a trip out to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay anytime soon?

This wild and adventurous theme park is known to have some of the best roller coasters and thrill rides in Florida.

Formerly known as the Dark Continent, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay invites you to seek adventures in the lush and mysterious lands of Africa.

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I have so many fond memories of this magnificent theme park. It was the first time I had rode a roller coaster, Python, and it was the first park I was able to explore on my own.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Entrance

Busch Gardens was also a place where I created great memories with my large family, being that it was a much more affordable theme park for families to attend together.

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What to Expect at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens was opened in Tampa, Florida on March 31, 1959 by the Anheuser-Busch company as a free animal attraction alongside a brewery.

View showing gondola skyride at the Busch Gardens amusement park in Tampa Florida next to Anheuser Busch
View showing gondola skyride at the Busch Gardens amusement park in Tampa Florida next to Anheuser Busch. Photo Credit: Florida Memory

It has since become a 335-acre theme park divided into African-themed regions:

  • Egypt
  • Congo
  • Birds Garden
  • Jungala
  • Morocco
  • Nairobi
  • Pantopia
  • Cheetah Hunt Area
  • Sesame Street Safari of Fun
  • Stanleyville

All areas of Busch Gardens can be done in one day if you have a plan. I’ll be sure to give you the perfect Busch Gardens itinerary later in this guide.

How to Navigate to Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is about 70 miles from the Walt Disney World Resort (an hour and 25 minute drive). There is a Busch Gardens shuttle service that offers round-trip transportation to the park.

Busch Gardens Guide with white-black striped tiger.
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The round-trip fare is free with park ticket purchase and departs Orlando daily with a maximum of three stops to Busch Gardens.

Reservations are highly recommended and can be reserved by calling 1-800-221-1339 or visit Mears Destination Services online.

 

How to Get to Busch Gardens Tampa from Disney World

  1. Travel WEST on I-4 to I-75 (About 58 Miles)
  2. Merge onto I-75 NORTH via EXIT 9 toward Ocala (stay on I-75 for about 3.74 miles)
  3. Take EXIT 265 toward Temple Terrace (this exit is also the exit for the University of South Florida)
  4. You will merge onto E Fowler Ave/FL-582 W via EXIT 265 and stay on here for about 4.65 miles
  5. Turn left onto N McKinley Dr/County Hwy-585A (stay on here for about 1 mile)
  6. Make a U-turn onto N McKinley Dr/County Hwy-585A
  7. Arrive and park at Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa Address

The address for Busch Gardens is 10165 N McKinley Drive Tampa, FL 33612.

Sheikra roller coaster at Busch Gardens with People Hanging in the Air in the Florida sun
Sheikra roller coaster.

Busch Gardens Tampa Hours

Busch Gardens usually opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m.

However, during the peak summer days the park may be open until midnight.

Remember when planning your trip, always check the park’s website or mobile app for the current hours and wait times.

Please Note: Reservations are required for all guests visiting Busch Gardens Tampa.

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You will need to make reservations to get into the park with your Annual Pass. You can do this by logging online to your Pass Member account.

What to Know Before You Go

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is known for housing some of USA’s most extreme and fearsome (and awesome) thrill rides. 

Busch Gardens Rides with colorful roller coasters.
Busch Gardens Rides

It’s because of this that you’ll want to make sure you come prepared with what you’ll need to make the most of your visit.

Knowing what to wear and how to be comfortable during your day is also vital for visiting this park.

If you are wearing loose-fitting shoes, you should leave them at the loading platform on rides such as Montu.

Any other loose articles can be placed inside any locker located throughout the park.

What should I pack for Busch Gardens?

  • Comfy Shoes
  • Small Bag
  • Breathable Clothing
  • Sun Protection
  • Small Umbrella
  • Water
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Phone
  • Park Ticket

Read: What to Pack for Busch Gardens Tampa here!

Busch Gardens Roller Coasters

  • Montu
  • Cobra’s Curse
  • Cheetah Hunt
  • Kumba
  • Tigris
  • Sheikra
  • Iron Gwazi (coming soon)
Sheikra roller coaster at Busch Gardens with People Hanging in the Air
Sheikra roller coaster.

What is the tallest roller coaster at Busch Gardens.

Sheikra is currently the tallest roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay peaking at 200-feet.

Iron Gwazi will soon beat out Sheikra as the tallest roller coaster at Busch Gardens topping off at 206-feet.

It will also be North America’s tallest and the world’s fastest and steepest hybrid roller coaster when it opens later this year.

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Busch Gardens Tickets and Prices

When planning out your solo trip, you’ll want to know how much does it cost to go to Busch Gardens in Tampa?

Busch Gardens Dark Continent Classic Logo in front of Park Gate
Busch Gardens Dark Continent Classic Logo in front of Park Gate Photo Cred: Florida Memory

Let’s breakdown the different ticket options you will have at the park.

Busch Gardens Parking Price

  • $25: General parking for cars, motorcycles, trucks, recreation vehicles and campers (50% off for Bronze Annual Pass Members; FREE for Silver, Gold and Platinum Annual Pass Members)
  • $28: Preferred parking (50% off for Silver Annual Pass Members; FREE for Gold and Platinum Members)


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Busch Gardens Discount Tickets

  • One day admission starting at $84.99 (when purchased in advance)
  • Play & Dine: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay + Eat Free All Day starting at $109.99
  • Fun Card Pay: For a Day, Get All of 2020 at Busch Gardens plus Adventure Island FREE starting at $109.99
  • Tampa Bay CityPASS: Attractions include: Busch Gardens® Tampa, The Florida Aquarium, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center OR Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI). $109.00 (this is the best deal when visiting Tampa)

*All prices subject to change without notice.

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Busch Gardens Annual Pass Options

  • Busch Gardens only starting at $6.99/month
  • SeaWorld or Adventure Island + Busch Gardens starting at $9.99/month
  • SeaWorld + Busch Gardens + Adventure Island or Aquatica starting at $11.99/month

*All prices will vary based on the plan you choose.

Colorful Pantopia Busch Gardens with red roller coaster Scorpion in background.
Pantopia Area of Busch Gardens Tampa

Busch Gardens All-Day Dining Plan

All you can eat and drink at Busch Gardens.

  • Adult: $39.99
  • Child: $19.99

Busch Gardens Quick Queue

You can skip the line on major Busch Gardens rides and attractions. Prices start at $19.99 and varies based on how busy the park may be that day.

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Below are the current attractions included in the Quick Queue system:

  • Falcon’s Fury
  • Cheetah Hunt
  • SheiKra
  • Montu
  • Kumba
  • Stanley Falls Flume
  • Congo River Ride
  • Cobra’s Curse
  • Scorpion
  • SandSerpent
  • Tigris (one-time use only)

*Prices subject to change.

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Busch Gardens Tours

On your trip to this fantastic park, you should think about upgrading your day with one of their fun tours.

Safari Tour at Busch Gardens with zebras, giraffes and more.
Safari Tour at Busch Gardens

These tours will give you an up-close experience and education on what it takes to care for the animals in this Tampa theme park.

Elephant Insider Tour

45-minute walking tour with specialized trainers.$29.99

Elite Adventure Tour

The ultimate VIP experience of Busch Gardens where you can customize your own 7-hour tour. Includes Serengeti Safari Tour, breakfast, lunch and priority ride access. $399.00

Keeper for a Day Tour

You will work with zoological staff caring for giraffes, antelope, birds and more! This hands-on experience last 6.5 hours. $249.00

Penguin Insider Tour

Guided tour with specialized trainers. $29.99

Serengeti Safari

Open-air touring vehicle that takes you through the Serengeti plain. $39.99

Tiger Insider Tour

30-minute walking tour with specialized trainers. $29.99

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Tiger Topiary

Aldabra Tortoise Insider Tour

You’ll be able to get an up-close encounter with one of the largest tortoises in the world on this 30-minute walking tour. $19.99

Cheetah Encounter Tour

30-minute walking tour that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to care for cheetahs. $89.99

Gorilla Insider Tour

You’ll get to come close to these endangered species on a 30-minute walking tour. $29.99

Lion and Hippo Insider Tour

Here you’ll get to embark on a 30-minute walking tour which will you an up-close tour of these majestic African animals. $29.99

Christmas Town Village at Busch Gardens Holiday Lion Sleeping
The Edge of Africa at Busch Gardens Tampa

Sloth Encounter Tour

This is another 30-minute animal walking tour that takes you on an in depth experience of what it’s like to care for these unique animals. $89.99

Discounts are available for Pass Members, but like always prices are subject to change. You can learn more about booking these tours here.

11 Easy Busch Busch Gardens Tips for First Timers

Now that we have all the information on what you can expect there, let’s go through a few tips to make your day easy at Busch Gardens.

Falcon's Fury Busch Gardens Feature colorful entrance

1 – Get there early

Arrive 45 minutes prior to park opening is the best way to maximize your day, especially if you’re trying to do it in one day.

Hipster Power Tip: Book a hotel near Busch Gardens such as Home2 Suites by Hilton here and explore Tampa Bay before heading back to Walt Disney World.

2 – Dress appropriately

Florida weather is mostly hot and humid except for the beautiful months of December, January, February, and March.

Cobra's Curse in Busch Gardens Tampa Lift

3 – Find quiet, shaded spots

The Edge of Africa and Myombe Reserve are two, usually serene, sitting areas.

The great thing about Busch Gardens is the availability of hidden spots tucked away throughout the park that also offer great views and shade.

4 – Go during the weekdays

To avoid the frustration that a crowed day at a theme park can bring, I suggest avoiding holidays, the weekends, and the summer.

Falcon's Fury Busch Gardens Tall rainbow color drop tower
Falcon’s Fury Busch Gardens

This is the time that both locals and tourists flood the park bringing unbelievable attraction wait times and difficult navigation throughout the park.

The best days to visit Busch Gardens are Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

5 – Use the All Day Self-Service Lockers

This tips is especially important if you’re traveling solo and you want to ride roller coasters.

Busch Gardens does not allow for you to bring any loose articles on its roller coasters. So, renting a locker for the day will be your best bet.

Montu and Cobra Curse roller coaster in Egypt at Busch Gardens
Montu and Cobra Curse roller coaster in Egypt at Busch Gardens

All you have to do is find the location of one locker, select the all day rental, then you can you can use the rest of the locker locations throughout the park on your solo trip.

A Standard Locker currently costs $15 to rent for the whole day.

6 – Download Busch Gardens Map

Map out your day prior to your visit.

Busch Gardens Tampa Map 2020
2020 Map: Photo Screenshot from Busch Gardens Website

This is a great way to make a note of your must do’s and also a way to help you see and experience as much as you can if you’re only there for a short visit.

7 – Pass on Preferred Parking

Try to get to Busch Gardens early and park near the tram station in the regular parking section.

If you pay for an upgrade to preferred parking, then there is a possibility that you may get placed in the back of that lot and will have to walk quite a distance to the front gates.

8 – Find Busch Gardens discounted tickets and special deals

Websites such as CityPASS, AAA, Undercover Tourist, and local businesses are perfect places to start!

9 – Grab a Birthday Pin

If it’s your special day, be sure to stop by guest relations for a special birthday pin to wear at the park.

10 – Purchase the Busch Gardens Quick Queue Pass

This is a most important tip if you’re going on a busy day.

The Busch Gardens Quick Queue will allow you to bypass the long wait times on the peak days at the park.

11 – Purchase the All-Day Dining Deal

For one low price, you will get a band that allows you to eat at participating restaurants all day.

Each time you eat, your meal will include: 1 entrée, 1 side or dessert, and 1 fountain drink, tea or water for each visit.

Christmas Town Village at Busch Gardens Holiday Food Chocolate Cake
Delicious Chocolate Cake

Basically, an all you can eat day at the park!

Busch Gardens All-Day Dining Restaurants:

  • Zagora Café
  • Serengeti Overlook™ Cafe
  • Bengal Bistro
  • Dragon Fire™ Grill
  • Zambia Smokehouse

According to Busch Gardens, sharing is prohibited and may lead to revocation of your dining pass if found in violation of the rule.

Solo Theme Park Traveler Tip: If you see a family struggling to get a group photo, offer to take their picture. In return, someone from their circle might reciprocate the offer to you.

Busch Gardens Itinerary for Just One Day

Now it’s time to go through how to do Busch Gardens in a day. Do keep in mind that you can add or take away any item that’s not really interesting to you!

Busch Gardens itinerary with each ride and attraction.
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  1. Download and go over the park map.
  2. Plan to arrive prior to the gates opening.
  3. Check out the famous Florida gators in Morocco.
  4. Join the Cheetah Hunt.
  5. Ride Cobra’s Curse.
  6. Experience Montu.
  7. Enjoy a stroll on the Edge of Africa or in the Myombe Reserve to relax.
  8. Take the Skyride over to the middle area of the park.
  9. Ride Sheikra.
  10. Conquer Tigris!
  11. Have lunch at Zambia Smokehouse.
  12. Ride Stanley Falls.
  13. Conquer the Congo River Rapids
  14. Ride Kumba.
  15. Dive into the Scorpion Roller Coaster
  16. Ride the Phoenix.
  17. Experience the Sand Serpent Roller Coaster.
  18. Conquer Falcon’s Fury.
  19. Grab a delicious pretzel and beer at Twisted Tails Pretzels.
  20. Catch up on any park shows that you want to watch.

Read: 17 Busch Gardens Must Do’s You Have to Experience

Busch Gardens Tampa Annual Events

Believe it or not, this Tampa park is truly coming into its own with events that rival some of the ones in the major Orlando parks.

Christmas Town Village at Busch Gardens Welcome to Holiday Hills Sign

Let’s go over what annual festivities you can expect at Busch Gardens. Hopefully, you’ll be able to visit one of these events.

Food and Wine Festival (March and April)

Coasters, music, food, drinks, fun and more can all be experienced in this standout Busch Gardens annual event.

This event is included with park admission and is similar to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

Summer Nights (June, July, and August)

Experience the terrifying roller coasters at night and party with other Hipsters as DJs play your favorite tunes throughout the night.

Busch garden summer nights with Cheetah Hunt in the Background.

This summertime event is included with your park admission.

Howl-O-Scream (September and October)

The Dark Continent inspired theme park transforms into a terrifying, bone-chilling event where you’ll scream your way through the park.

Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Howl-O-Scream Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

A separate ticket is needed for this event. You can read how to conquer Howl-O-Scream like a pro here!

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens (November and December)

The Christmas treats, Santa’s house, Rudolph and more can be found in this annual Winter Wonderland experience right in the heart of Tampa Bay.

Christmas Town Busch Gardens with wooden toy soldier
Christmas Town Busch Gardens

Christmas Town is included with your park admission and is a must do experience at Busch Gardens!

Busch Gardens Rides, Attractions and Entertainment

Before you visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, you must know all the rides that are available for you to enjoy!

Busch Gardens Tampa Thrill Rides

Busch Garden Cheetah Hunt. Green and Yellow Roller Coaster.
Busch Garden Cheetah Hunt

Cheetah Hunt, Cheetah Hunt Area

Triple launch coaster with cheetah like speed and the park’s longest ride (4400 feet).

Thrill: High

Height Requirement: Minimum of 48”

Cobra’s Curse, Egypt

Spin coaster, featuring a vertical lift that takes you through the dark legend of the King Snake.

Thrill: Moderate

Height Requirement: Minimum of 42”

Cobra's Curse in Busch Gardens Tampa Roll on Curve
Cobra’s Curse

Falcon’s Fury, Pantopia

Pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive in the tallest (335 feet) freestanding drop tower in America.

Thrill: High

Height Requirement: between 54” and 77”

Read all about Busch Gardens Falcon’s Fury ride here!

Kumba, Congo

Hear the ferocious roar of the lion in this classic must do roller coaster.

Thrill: High

Height Requirement: 54”

Kumba roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa
Kumba Roller Coaster

Montu, Egypt

The Egyptian god named roller coaster with seven inversions.

Thrill: High

Height Requirement: Minimum of 54”

Phoenix, Pantopia

A classic swing boat ride that can go in a complete circle.

Thrill: Moderate

Height Requirement: 48”

The Phoenix Pantopia Busch Gardens orange and blue swing ride.
The Phoenix inside Pantopia at Busch Gardens

SheiKra, Stanleyville

Floorless 90-degree dive roller coaster straight down at speeds topping 70 mph.

Thrill: High

Height Requirement: Minimum of 54”

Scorpion, Pantopia

The second roller coaster built at Busch Gardens with a 360-degree vertical loop.

Thrill: Low

Height Requirement: Minimum of 42”

Scorpio Roller Coaster Busch Gardens Must Do's
Charging Station in Busch Gardens in front of Scorpion Roller Coaster

Tigris, Stanleyville

This if Florida’s tallest launch roller coaster with a height of 150-feet and a speed maxing out around 60 miles per hours.

Thrill: High

Height Requirement: Minimum of 54”

Busch Gardens Animal Encounters

Myombe Reserve with gorilla statue
Myombe Reserve at Busch Gardens

Animal Care Center, Nairobi

This animal nursery features a state-of-the-art facility where guests can view animals receiving treatment, x-rays, and other forms of medical and physical care.

Lory Landing Aviary, Bird Gardens

Features a free-flight aviary for up close encounters and a flamingo lagoon accompanied with a beautiful tropical backdrop.

Busch Gardens Team Member Feeding Bird. Lory Landing Aviary
Lory Landing Aviary

Cheetah Run, Cheetah Hunt Area

Come face-to-face with the fastest animal on land.

Edge of Africa, Egypt

Walk through the quiet African-inspired village while you watch and learn about the majestic lions, crocodiles, hippos, hyenas, and more.

Elephant Interaction Wall, Nairobi

Meet the powerful creatures face-to-face.

Jungala, Jungala Area

Get up close with Bengal tigers and orangutans.

Penguin Point, Nairobi

Check out the African Penguins who live in warmer weather and water temperatures between 40 and 70 degrees.

Myombe Reserve, Nairobi

Get lost in this quiet reserve filled with gorillas and chimpanzees.

Walkabout Way, Bird Gardens

Go Down Under and have a hands-on experience with kangaroos.

Official Busch Gardens Tip: For Lory Landing, purchase a cup of nectar on your way in to the habitat to hand-feed the lorikeets. Also check the keeper times on the back of your park map to see special animal behaviors, feedings.

Busch Gardens Water Rides

Busch Gardens Congo River Rapids
One Brave soul riding through icy cold waters on a January day.

Congo River Rapids, Congo

Prepare to get soaked on this thrilling river adventure through waterfalls and deep caves.

Thrill: High

Height Requirement: Minimum of 42”

Stanley Falls, Stanleyville

Get pleasantly refreshed on this classic water log-flume ride.

Thrill: Moderate

Height Requirement: Minimum of 46”

Read: What is the Quick Queue at Busch Gardens? (How to Skip the Lines)

Family Friendly Attractions

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Grand Caravan Carousel, Pantopia

Arabian stallions-themed carousel.

Thrill: Low

SandSerpent, Pantopia

A family fun “wild-style” coaster filled with drop, sharp curves, and more!

Thrill: Moderate

Height Requirement: Minimum of 46” with a possible companion.

Serengeti Express Train, Nairobi

Travel around the park and watch exotic animals roam about. The train has stops in the Congo, Nairobi and Stanleyville stations.

Thrill: Low

Height Requirement: None

Skyride, Cheetah Hunt Area and Stanleyville

Get a bird’s eye view of the Busch Gardens in the cable car

Thrill: Low

Height Requirement: Riders must be 56” or accompanied by a supervising companion.

Ubanga-Banga, Congo

Classic carnival style bumper cars.

Thrill: Moderate

Wild Surge, Jungala

Prepare to be launched out of a 35-foot mountain crater in this drop tower attraction.

Thrill: Moderate

Height Requirement: Must be at least 42” tall to ride alone or 38” tall and accompanied by a supervising companion to ride.

Christmas Town Village at Busch Gardens Holiday Show

Busch Gardens Show

  • Critters Inn Charge, Pantopia
  • Rock A Doo Wop, Pantopia
  • Turn it Up, Moroccan Palace

For the Junior Hipsters

  • Air Grover, Sesame Street
  • Let’s Play Together
  • Jungle Flyers, Jungala
  • Kareebu Jungala, Jungala
  • Sesame Street Safari of Fun, Bird Gardens
  • Tree Top Trails, Jungala
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Busch Gardens Restaurants

Dining at Busch Gardens is way better than the early days. The addition of the Zambia Smokehouse has made for pretty satisfactory theme park dining experience.

Zambia Smokehouse Beef Brisket Wrap and Fries
Zambia Smokehouse Beef Brisket Wrap and Fries

Although the offerings haven’t reached to the levels of its counterparts in Orlando, you will have a variety of places to choose from.

Bengal Bistro, Counter Service, $, Multiple Cuisines

Jungala

Cheetah Snacks, Counter Service, $, American

Cheetah Hunt Area

Dragon Fire Grill, Cafeteria Style, $, Multiple Cuisines

Pantopia

Garden Gate Café, Counter Service, $, American

Bird Gardens

Ice Cream Parlor, Counter Service, $, Ice Cream

Morocco

Kenya Kanteen, Counter Service, $, American

Nairobi

Kettle Corn, Counter Service, $, Popcorn

Find in Pantopia

Pantopia Grill, Cafeteria Style, $$, American

Located in Pantopia

Refresh Market, Beverage Service, $, Beverages

Stanleyville

Serengeti Overlook Cafe, Quick Service, $, American

Egypt

The Serengeti Overlook Restaurant, Buffet/Full Service Restaurant, $$, Variety Cuisine

Egypt

Christmas Town Village at Busch Gardens Egypt Decor

Serpent Snacks, Counter Service, $, American

Egypt

Sheikra Sweet Treats, Counter Service, $, American Sweets

Stanleyville

Sultans Sweets, Counter Service, $, Bakery

Morocco

Twisted Tails Pretzels, Counter Service, $, Pretzels

Pantopia

Zagora Cafe, Counter Service, $, American

Morocco

Zambia Smokehouse Busch Gardens with large Sheikra roller coaster.
Zambia Smokehouse Busch Gardens

Zambia Smokehouse, Cafeteria Style, $$, Barbecue

Stanleyville

* $ ($14.99 and under), $$ ($15 to $34.99), $$$ ($35 to $59.99), $$$$ (over $60)*

Busch Gardens Shops

If you’re an avid theme park souvenir collector, then you’ll be happy with the wide range of knickknacks, trinkets, and apparel available within the park.

You will also find African crafts and clothing in the Morocco section of Busch Gardens.

Sheikra Busch Gardens Water Splash Zone

Check out the shops below:

  • Abby Cadabby’s Treasure Hut
  • Caravan Crossing
  • Cheetah Gifts
  • Cobra’s Crypt Marketplace
  • Cookie Monster’s Trading Post
  • Cub’s Closet
  • Emporium
  • Gwazi Gifts
  • Kariba Marketplace
  • Marrakesh Market: Inspired Threads
  • Merchandise Kiosks
  • Montu Gifts
  • Nature’s Kingdom
  • Painted Camel Bazaar
  • Sahara Trading Company
  • Tiger’s Treasures
  • Tropical Wave
  • Xcursions

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Final Thoughts

Busch Gardens is one of my favorite theme parks to go to, especially on my solo excursions.

Sheikra Busch Gardens Red and Blue Roller Coaster with white wine.
Sheikra Busch Gardens and Wine

It offers such a wide range of attractions and exhibitions that can be enjoyed by anyone.

I personally enjoy the nostalgic factor of the classic theme park days in Florida that Busch Gardens so eloquently includes within its gates.

To end this guide off I want to list a few Pros and Cons of the park.

Montu Busch Gardens Tampa Roller Coaster

Pros of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • Easy parking
  • Free charging stations
  • Great emphasis on the preservation of nature
  • Lots of thrill rides with great animal habitats in one park

Cons of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

  • Approximately an hour and a half from Orlando
  • Park is very dark at night
  • Park map on website is sometimes outdated
  • Lacks a variety of theme park dining options

I hope you enjoyed this definitive guide for planning your trip to this Tampa theme park.

Don’t forget to get up to 50% off or more on Tampa Bay’s 5 best attractions at CityPASS.com for your next vacation.

Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

NikkyJ

(Original Article Date: Summer 2017/Updated February 11, 2020)

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