Busch Gardens Tampa

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Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

 

10165 N. McKinley Drive

Tampa,  FL  33612

(813) 884-4386

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Your Guide To Busch Gardens Tampa

 

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure theme park, offering 300 acres of attractions based on exotic explorations around the world. A unique blend of thrilling rides, one of the country's premier zoos with more than 12,000 animals, live shows, restaurants, shops and games - excitement for guests of every age!

Busch Gardens is divided into various African themed locations throughout the park: Egypt, Congo, Birds Garden, Jungala,  Morocco, Nairobi, Pantopia, Cheetah Hunt Area, Sesame Street Safari of Fun and Stanleyville.

The highlight of Busch Gardens is the high-speed rollercoasters, including Cheetah Hunt - one of the longest rollercoasters in the country. SheiKra, one of the first rollercoasters in the world to feature a 90-degree drop. Cobra’s Curse, a rollercoaster featuring backward lurches and free-spinning falls and for the truly fearless,

 

Busch Gardens also offers Falcon’s Fury. A freestanding drop tower is one of the tallest in North America and plummets riders towards the earth in a face-down dive position at speeds of 60 miles per hour.

You won't want to miss Iron Gwazi, This is North America's tallest and the world's fastest and steepest hybrid coaster! Iron Gwazi takes thrills to new heights, plunging riders from a 206 foot-tall peak into a 91-degree drop and reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour. Riders on Iron Gwazi experience a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions, as they sink their teeth into crocodile-inspired thrills.

 

Other thrill rides include Kumba, Montu, Scorpion, Stanley Falls Flume and Congo River Rapids, plus discover lot's of family fun playing with your littlest ones at Sesame Street’s Safari of Fun.
 

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay takes great pride in their animal care and conservation efforts. The park cares for more than 12,000 animals and showcases species such as cheetahs, rhinos, gorillas and elephants.

The Serengeti Safari is a popular park attraction, providing the opportunity to visit the wide-open wilderness. Here, you can watch hundreds of animals roam free in a 26-hectare habitat. The bird garden is a free-flight aviary featuring over 500 tropical birds from around the globe. Busch Gardens is also home to the Animal Care Center. This state-of-the-art facility conducts animal care in guest view, including treatments, X-rays and even surgeries.

 

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is the ultimate family adventure, discover it on your next trip to Central Florida!

Attractions & Ride Guide

Whether you’re a coaster enthusiast or want thrill rides that are fun for the whole family to enjoy, you can explore many of Florida’s favorite coasters and thrill rides at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

 

Tigris

A new level of excitement with Florida's Tallest Launch Coaster.

 

Cobra's Curse

A family spin roller coaster ride.

Cheetah Hunt

Thrilling triple-launch roller coaster.

Sheikra

200 ft from the sky, 90° straight down - ride this extreme roller coaster if you dare.

Falcon's Fury

335-foot freestanding drop tower.

Montu

This is an inverted roller coaster ride.

Kumba

Legendart Florida steel coaster ride that roars.

Stanley Falls Flume

A family-favorite wild water ride.

Serengeti Express

Train ride through the Serengeti.

Scorpion

360-degree vertical loop, upside down.

Sandserpent

Looking for a crazy roller coaster ride? Try this wild adventure 5 stories high.

Air Grover

Sesame Street kids' ride located in Sesame Street Safari of Fun play area.

Congo River Rapids

Whitewater rafting expedition.

Wild Surge

Family-friendly drop tower.

 

Skyride

Cable car with panoramic views.

 

Iron Gwazi

North America’s tallest hybrid coaster and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world.

Animals

From fan-favorites to critically endangered species, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay provides world-class care to thousands of animals as one of North America’s largest zoos

 

Rhinos

Learn how to spot unique characteristics of the black and white rhinos.

 

Sloths

Come see two-toed sloths at Animal Connections.

 

Cheetahs

Get up close to the world's fastest land animal.

 

Tigers

Visit one of the largest tiger subspecies at Tiger Lodge.

 

Lions

See Africa's largest carnivores up-close in the Edge of Africa.

 

Gorillas And Primates

From gorillas to gibbons, learn about primates throughout the park.

 

Elephants

Visit Nairobi to meet the resident herd of Asian elephants.

 

Giraffes

Come face-to-face with nature’s tallest animals on the Serengeti Plain.

 

Hippos

Watch these misunderstood animals as they swim, eat and lounge.

 

Hyenas

Venture into Edge of Africa to see this clan of spotted hyenas.

 

Zebras

Spot two species of Zebra on the Serengeti Plain.

 

Penquins

Come face-to-face with the African penguin colony at Penguin Point.

 

Meerkats

Watch meerkats dig through underground burrows at Edge of Africa.

 

Kangaroos And Macropods

Hand-feed the macropod family in Kangaloom

 

Alligators, Snakes, And Reptiles

Come and meet the park's reptile residents

 

Gazelle And Antelope

See the antelope residents of the Serengeti Plain.

 

Flamingos And Birds

Learn about the various flocks of birds that call the park home.

Animal Experiences

 

Explore one of the largest, most highly accredited zoo facilities in the US. From some of the world’s most interesting animals to some of its most endangered, share in the passion for the animals at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay through up-close encounters their state-of-the-art Animal Care Center

 

Animal Connections

See animals up-close.

 

Serengeti Plain

Watch animals roam in a 65-acre natural habitat.

 

Serengeti Express

Train ride through the Serengeti

 

Animl Care Center

Observe animal care first-hand in this state-of-the-art facility.

 

 

 

 

 

Tours & Encounters

 

You’ll find all sorts of ways to connect with animals in Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's care. Trek across the Serengeti Plain in an open-air vehicle or enjoy behind the scenes experiences including an amazing selection of animal encounters plus animal and theme park tours.

 

 

Serengeti Safari

Trek across the 65-acre Serengeti Plain on an open-air touring vehicle in this popular Tampa tour!

Keeper For A Day Tours

Go behind-the-scenes to meet Animal Care Specialists and observe how they care for the animals.

 

Animal Ambassodor Insider

Join Animal Care Experts on an interactive training session to see unique Animal Ambassadors demonstrate their wild behaviors and adaptations.

 

Australian Insider Tour

Go behind the scenes of Kangaloom and meet some of Australia’s iconic animals.

 

Sloth Encounter

Join the keepers and meet sloths behind the scenes of Animal Connections

 

Private Rhino Safari

Join the keepers and meet giraffes and rhinos on a unique off-road private safari

 

Hippo Insider Tour

Join our animal care specialists for this popular Tampa tour of up-close and exotic animal experiences

 

Elephant Insider Tour

Learn how Busch Gardens cares for one of the world’s largest land animals

 

Aldabra Insider Tour

Enjoy an up-close encounter with one of the largest tortoises in the world.

Penguin Insider Tour

Go behind the scenes of Penguin Point and meet our penguins

Shows

Settle down at one of Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's exciting shows.

Family-friendly shows are sure to delight, amaze and entertain.

Turn It Up! 

The hottest show on ice vibrantly celebrates skating with award winning performances.

 

Let's Play Together!

Your whole family will enjoy this new, lively and fun show with your favorite Sesame Street friends.

Annual Events

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay offers a fabulous line up of awesome events throughout the year. These events offer an amazing choice of food and drink together with entertainment, shows and more.

 

 

Food and Wine Festival (March and April)

Coasters, music, food, drinks, fun and more can all be experienced in this standout Busch Gardens Tampa Bayannual event.  This event is included with park admission!

Summer Nights (June, July, and August)

Experience the terrifying roller coasters at night and party as DJs play your favorite tunes. 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 is a must for the Halloween season!

A separate ticket is needed for this event. 

 

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 in the heart of Tampa Bay.

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

Dining

From sweet treats to flame-grilled feasts, discover a range of restaurants, snack shops and places to kick back with a cold one throughout the park. Relax, recharge and keep the fun fueled all day long.

 

 

Giraffe Bar

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay welcomes guests to the Giraffe Bar at Serengeti Overlook, featuring panoramic indoor and outdoor views of the park’s expansive Serengeti Plain

 

Treetop Kitchen

Also at the Serengeti Overlook is Treetop Kitchen,  this impressive restaurant overlooks the animals on the Serengeti Plain. A stunning location for a meal.

 

Oasis Pizza

Enjoy a salad or fresh-from-the-oven pizza.

Dragon Fire Grill And Pub

Explore the delectable menu in this market-style restaurant.

Zambia Smokehouse

After riding Sheikra, sink your teeth into barbecue ribs and more.

Zagora Cafe

Feast on everything from burgers & chicken tenders to delicious desserts.

 

Garden Gate Cafe

Sip & savor cold draft beers, refreshing cocktails and specialty culinary dishes during the Food & Wine Festival.

Bengal Bistro

Tame your appetite with burgers, sandwiches & wraps.

Shopping

Discover an awesome collection of cool gifts and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay keepsakes as you explore more than a dozen unique boutiques, specialty shops and more.

Emporium

Your one-stop-shop for all things Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Explore an array of souvenirs, apparel, hats, jewelry, accessories, gifts, toys and stuffed animals.

Marrakesh Market

Trendy, eclectic and funky, you never know what you'll find at Marrakesh Market!

Xcursions

Explore unique offerings from around the world in this original Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Conservation shop that includes Guy Harvey merchandise and more!

Nature's Kingdom

Nurture your love for nature and culture with your favorite animal sculptures, authentic African carvings, instruments and home décor!

Tiger Treasures Gift Shop

Discover unique, tiger-inspired souvenirs at Tiger Treasures gift shop. Filled with apparel, toys, and more; there's something for everyone. Located near Tigris in Stanleyville.

 

Saharah Trading Company

The one-stop surf shop with brands like Guy Harvey, Salt Life and more.

 

Cobra's Crypt Marketplace

Check out the marketplace at Cobra's Curse.
 

Painted Camel Bazaar

Offering wandering travelers all the treasures of Pantopia.

 

Abby Cadabby's Treasure Hut

Find great Sesame Street gifts and souvenirs for the little ones!

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