How to Go to Busch Gardens Alone (11 Easy Solo Travel Tips for 2022)

Have you ever thought about going to Busch Gardens alone?

At the Roller Coaster Capital of Florida, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, I will show you how to have the perfect solo trip. But I know that many people may think going solo to a theme park is extremely weird.

There are so many perks of going solo to a park like Busch Gardens. Today I’m going to give you 11 of my proven tips to help you have the best solo bush Gardens trip ever!

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Scorpion Roller Coaster

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What to Expect at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

When approaching the park gates, you will see nothing but a sea of roller coasters. That’s one of the features that we really really love here in Florida about the Busch Gardens theme park.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Montu Roller Coaster from Parking Lot. Going to Busch Gardens alone doesn't have to be scary. Keep reading for more solo travel tips.


Once you walk inside, you will be transported into a small African-themed village that is a perfect place to start your solo trip.

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Here you’ll enjoy the music of the African beats and drums as you also see and hear the noises of gift shop owners ready to sell you that latest theme park fashions.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Tigris Roller Coaster and Gift Shop. Going to Busch Gardens alone doesn't have to be scary. Keep reading for more solo travel tips.


The addition of Tigris and the addition of the RMC roller coaster coming soon, is about to take bush Gardens to the next level!

Traveling to Busch Gardens solo is NOT scary!

Do you think people will notice that you ARE alone OR do you think you’re super super weird for going to Busch Gardens by yourself?

Drinking Around the World Epcot T-Shirt

Absolutely not. DO NOT let the fear stop you from experiencing an incredible Tampa destinations such as Busch Gardens.

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Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens

So, are you ready to get outside of your comfort zone? For a Solo Theme Park Traveler such as you, all you need is your smart phone, courage, and a great amusement park podcast to get your solo trip started.

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11 Beginner Tips for Your Solo Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Trip

Now that you know why it’s easy going to Busch Gardens alone, let’s go through my top tips for you!

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

1. Take Baby Steps with Solo Travel

Solo travel or doing things such as dining alone in restaurants can be kind of intimidating. I get it!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay festival dining hall in pantopia

If you have never done anything by yourself alone before (even you don’t like to go shopping by yourself), then I recommend starting small.

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You can start small by either visiting a local carnival or amusement park by yourself for a couple hours. I suggest you do this  just to get the feel of traveling alone.

Busch Gardens Tampa Giraffe Bar Treetop Kitchen and Oasis Pizza

You can also practice by dining at a bar area (if you are of age) by yourself to see if you can really do this.

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2. Plan Out the Type of Day You Want to Have for Your Solo Busch Gardens Trip

Having a game-plan can make can help ease the stress of taking that first step in the park alone.

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I say this because when you have a plan, your mind is occupied on making sure that you get those things checked off your list.

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Busch Gardens Tampa Map

However, if you can’t go there with a plan, you’re not only trying to figure out what you want to do at this park, you’ll be wondering if you are even doing the best things at Busch Gardens.

So, have a plan because having a plan will get you to all the things you want to do and help you have a memorable day.

3. Have Your Busch Gardens Itinerary Ready

In addition to mapping out your day, you should have a written itinerary or at least an idea of some of the things you want to do and cannot miss at Busch Gardens.

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Sheikra Roller Coaster at Busch Gardens

Take a look at my sample Busch Gardens  itinerary below.

Keep in mind that Tigris is one of the newest additions, so you’ll want to do this roller coaster on your visit. Also, you MUST ride Gwazi! It is NOW open at Busch Gardens Tampa.

Now if you don’t know what this roller coaster is going to have a store, take a look at one of my Cedar Point epic coasters called Steel Vengeance.

Read: How to Skip the Lines at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

4. Purchase the All-Day Dining Deal

If you are not familiar with the SeaWorld Entertainment Parks, then you may not be aware that you can purchase an All-Day Dining Plan which basically means that for one low cost, you can eat all day during your visit at various locations.

Dining at Busch Busch Gardens Zambia Smokehouse brisket wrap with fries on black plate
Dining at Busch Busch Gardens

This is the best deal if you are thinking about eating more than once at Busch Gardens. One meal averages about $15-$20 per person.

And with this deal you cannot only eat all day for “kind of free,”  you can try things that you may not have tried before since this option gives you so much variety.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Chick fil a entrance and menu. Going to Busch Gardens alone doesn't have to be scary. Keep reading for more solo travel tips.

This is one of my favorite things to do at Busch Gardens on my solo adult trip.

5.  Ride All The Roller Coasters

If you’re not a roller coaster fan, then go ahead and skip this tip. But if you love thrills, then you must conquer every roller coaster at Busch Gardens.

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Cobra’s Curse Roller Coaster

As I said with the latest addition at Busch Gardens, then you will know that Bush Gardens Tampa Bay is the Roller Coaster Capital of Florida. Yes you read that correctly here ThemeParkHipster.

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

This is an amazing way to take away the stress of solo traveling. But don’t worry about what’s going to happen while you’re on a roller coaster, just enjoy yourself as those memories are priceless!

Read: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Complete Guide

6. Discover All Of The Animal Encounters

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has some amazing animal care teams there along beautiful animal creatures for you to explore and discover.

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Not only are these one-of-a-kind animals, you’ll enjoy the relaxing observation environment that helps you get lost in all the magic that Busch Gardens Tampa has to offer.

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The Edge of Africa at Busch Gardens Tampa

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7. Explore All The Unique Areas Of Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens Tampa is 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

Be sure to explore each area on your solo Busch Gardens trip!

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8. Don’t Be Afraid To Socialize

If you do not know me, you may not realize that I am an introvert at heart. It takes a lot of effort for me to meet new people.

Busch Gardens Team Member Feeding Bird

Even when I am in crowds of people, I still have to come back home and re-energize myself from all of the things I had to do to get outside my comfort zone just to socialize.

Does that sound like you too?

I am not asking you to go out there and make best friends, but speak to the Team Members that you may be passing by. If they’re sitting there looking bored, just go up to them and talk about the most epic experience you had on Cobra’s Curse.

You never know what kind of friends you may meet along the way.

You can also join the ThemeParkHipster Solo Traveler Community here on Facebook and let us know that you will visiting your first theme park alone.

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We may even be available to come meet you and just say hi because we’re all on this solo journey together and we want to make sure that you the best day ever on your first trip to Busch Gardens alone.

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9. Know The Reasons Why Going To Busch Gardens Alone Is Amazing!

Freedom

There is nothing like the sense of freedom will you get on your trip. The freedom to decide how many rides you want to ride.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay colorful butterfly topiary

Figuring out if you want to focus on food and animals or if you just want to ride every heart-pounding attraction.

Busch Garden Cheetah Hunt roller coaster
Busch Gardens Cheetah Hunt

This is your trip, so you get to decide what you want to do (of course within legal limits)!

10. Know What To Pack for Busch Gardens

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

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay entrance to Food and Wine Festival

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

Busch Gardens Tampa Lockers next to Montu

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

What should I pack for Busch Gardens?

Read: 21 Top Theme Park Packing List Items (Solo Amusement Park Tips)

11. Do a VIP Tour at Busch Gardens

Many people do not know that Busch Gardens offers an array of tours from up-close animal encounters to one-on-one VIP park tours.

Safari Tour at Busch Gardens Serengeti with zebra next to truck
Safari Tour at Busch Gardens

This is something that is a great way to ease yourself into solo travel because you will have someone to walk you through the whole park.

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Final Thoughts on Traveling to Busch Gardens Alone

You shouldn’t feel intimidated about taking a solo trip. I want you to feel empowered and excited.

Busch Gardens Tampa Montu and Cobra's Curse
Cobra’s Curse and Montu Roller Coaster

If if you have to call someone every hour on your trip (just to feel like you’re on the phone so nobody thinks you’re by yourself), then go ahead and do that. As long as you’re taking that courageous leap of traveling alone.

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Are you ready to take on Busch Gardens alone? If so, let us know in the comments section below!

Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!

NikkyJ

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(Original Article Date: December 10, 2020/Updated on May 18, 2022)

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