Celebrating Thanksgiving at Busch Gardens Tampa 2020

Happy Holidays! It’s time to celebrate Thanksgiving at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. If you don’t have any dinner plans, then I have a few fun ways to enjoy your holiday at the park.

Among the coasters and animals is one of the best fall festival dining experiences right here in Florida.


Falcon's Fury Busch Gardens Feature colorful entrance

Thanksgiving Day Taste Of The Holidays Buffet

On November 28 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., you can enjoy a hearty feast with your family to compliment your Thanksgiving Day adventure.

According to Busch Gardens, you’ll be able to get a special prix fixe feast with delicious sliced turkey and fixings, plus soups, salads and dessert options.

Busch Gardens Thanksgiving with delicious sliced turkey and fixings, plus soups, salads and dessert.

Serengeti Overlook Holiday Feast

This year you can partake in your own holiday feast with a fantastic view at the Serengeti Overlook Restaurant.

Busch Gardens only full-service restaurant will offer this Yuletide treat on select dates from November 16 until December 31, 2019.

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While dining you’ll not only enjoy their signature fried chicken and pumpkin cheesecake, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind view of the Serengeti Plain.

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So, be sure to look out for zebras, giraffes and more while enjoying your holiday feast.

Cost of the Thanksgiving Day Feast at Busch Gardens

The Thanksgiving Day holiday feast at the Serengeti Overlook Restaurant is from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $28 per person.

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

Pass Members can save up to 20% on this dining experience. Please remember that reservations are highly recommended on Thanksgiving Day as seating is very limited.

Feast Menu at Busch Gardens Serengeti Overlook Restaurant

With your meal you’ll get to enjoy the buffet-style experience for each person in your party.

Safari Tour at Busch Gardens
Serengeti at Busch Gardens

Thanksgiving Day Taste of The Holidays Buffet Menu


  • Char Grilled Chicken Soup
  • Dinner Rolls
  • House Salad
  • Seasonal Fresh Fruit

Chef-Attended Carving Station

  • Prime Rib Au Jus
  • Smoked Turkey Breast

Grand Buffet

  • Chef’s Vegetables
  • Gemelli Carbonara
  • Chicken Strips
  • Gemelli Marinara
  • Herb Infused Baked Cod
  • House Signature Fried Chicken
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Potato Casserole
  • Tuscan Loin of Pork


  • Assorted Holiday Cupcakes
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Warm Kahlua Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding


  • Coffee, Tea and Coca-Cola Beverages
  • Select Beer and Wine Available for Sale
Thanksgiving at Busch Gardens Delicious Golden Pumpkin Pie

Reservations are highly suggested and park admission is required and does not include the cost of the meal.

You can get more information on the Feast here!

What to Know Before You Go

Busch Gardens Rides with colorful roller coasters.
Busch Gardens Rides

What should I pack for Busch Gardens?

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

If you are wearing loose-fitting shoes, you should leave them at the loading platform. Any other loose articles can be placed inside any locker located throughout the park.

You can get the full Theme Park packing checklist here!

How to Get to Busch Gardens Tampa from Disney World

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

Busch Gardens Tampa Address

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

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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.

Thanksgiving Day Busch Gardens with Blue Montu Roller Coaster

Is Busch Gardens Busy on Thanksgiving Day?

Holiday peaks, crowd sizes, weather, and a few other factors have a lot to do with your Busch Gardens experience, including how long you’ll be waiting in line for your favorite rides.

Because of this, expect higher crowds on both Thanksgiving Day and the weekend following the holiday.

Thanksgiving Day at Busch Gardens Itinerary

The Phoenix Pantopia Busch Gardens orange and blue swing ride.
The Phoenix inside Pantopia at Busch Gardens
  • Download and go over the park map.
  • Plan to arrive prior to the gates opening.
  • Check out the famous Florida gators in Morocco.
  • Join the Cheetah Hunt.
  • Ride Cobra’s Curse.
  • Experience Montu.
  • Have Your Thanksgiving Day Feast.
  • Enjoy a stroll on the Edge of Africa or in the Myombe Reserve to relax.
  • Take the Skyride over to the middle area of the park.
  • Ride Sheikra.
  • Conquer Tigris!
  • Ride Stanley Falls.
  • Conquer the Congo River Rapids
  • Ride Kumba.
  • Dive into the Scorpion Roller Coaster
  • Ride the Phoenix.
  • Experience the Sand Serpent Roller Coaster.
  • Conquer Falcon’s Fury.
  • Visit Christmas Town Village.
  • Watch all the Christmas Town Shows.
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Plan out your day at Busch Gardens

Read the full Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Guide here!

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens

After your Thanksgiving Day Feast, be sure to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas at Busch Gardens.

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens with Lush Trees and Gold Bulbs

During the holiday season at Busch Garden’s you will be able to:

  • Watch world-class ice skaters
  • Listen to melodious tunes
  • Visit your favorite Sesame Street characters
  • Discover Christmas Town® Village
  • Shop for the perfect gifts
  • Taste special Christmas treats
  • Enjoy the model trains that encircle a miniature Christmas city
  • Meet Rudolph and friends, including Sam the Snowman, at Rudolph’s Winter Wonderland
  • Visit Santa’s House

This event is every night from November 16, 2019 – January 6, 2020 with holiday activities starting around the afternoon time.

Admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Christmas Town is included with park admission.

Christmastown at Busch Gardens with Cheetah Hunt Roller Coaster and Tall Christmas Tree

Anyone with a ticket to Busch Gardens, a valid Fun Card or Annual Pass can enjoy this festive holiday event.

Learn more about Christmas Town here!

Final Thoughts on Going to Busch Gardens for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving at Busch Gardens Friends Making Toast

Overall, you’re going to have an incredible Thanksgiving holiday at Busch Gardens. Just make sure that you plan our your day in advance and don’t forget to partake in the Christmas Town experience.

What are your Thanksgiving Day plans? Let us know in the comments section below.

Busch Gardens at Thanksgiving Day Dinner with Colorful Roller Coasters and Orange Pumpkins and Pumpkin Pie
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Happy Thanksgiving Hipsters!


(Original Article Date: November 6, 2016/Updated October 15, 2019)

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