Busch Gardens is the ultimate family adventure park, featuring an unparalleled combination of up-close animal encounters, live entertainment and world-class thrill rides. Busch Gardens has brought guests face-to-face with exotic and endangered animals in unique and adventurous settings that help create lifelong memories. From amazing shows to the pulse-pounding thrills of some of the world’s most exhilarating roller coasters, a world of discovery awaits guests at Busch Gardens.
Discover Busch Gardens® the extraordinary African themed park! It brings together an unrivalled combination of rides, animals, and shows. The floorless dive coaster, SheiKra® takes you 200 feet up, then hurtles you 90 degrees straight down at speeds of up to 70 mph!
That's just the beginning, with more roller coasters than any other park in Florida, there's plenty more to test your senses! Including the family roller coaster, Cheetah Chase®, with it's crazy curves and hairpin turns and Montu®, one of the tallest and longest inverted roller coasters in the world!
2015 saw the opening of Falcon's Fury, the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America. A ride like no other takes guests' experiences to new heights, the first drop tower of its kind in the world standing at 335 feet. At the ride's highest point, riders will pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later they'll plunge 60 mph at 3.5 Gs straight down!
A brand new ride for 2016 is 'Cobra's Curse', a family spin coaster that complements the existing thrill rides that Busch Gardens has to offer. This spin coaster is the only one of its kind in the world, featuring a vertical lift and taking riders on a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations.
When you're feet are firmly back on the ground, take a self-guided tour around one of the beautiful animal habitats. Jungala, gives you the chance to come face-to-face with some of the world's most endangered animals, white tigers and orangutans, along with two signature rides, including a zip line experience and a 3-storey family climbing area, this is not to be missed!
Take your time as you take a walk through Myombe Reserve®, where you'll see majestic gorillas and playful chimpanzees in their lush, rainforest habitat. Everyone's invited to experience the stunning Broadway style show, KaTonga®, a musical celebration of animal folklore told through electrifying dance and puppetry. There's much to explore for adventurers young or old.
Busch Gardens is about 70 miles from the Orlando theme parks so allow about 75 - 90 minutes journey time.
Busch Gardens is located at the corner of Busch Boulevard and 40th Street:
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- Eight miles northeast of downtown Tampa
- Two miles east of Interstate 275 at the Busch Boulevard exit
- Two miles west of Interstate 75 at exit 265
- One hour from Orlando via Interstate 4
- Thirty minutes east of area beaches and Tampa International Airport
There are a number of parking lots at Busch Gardens, lots A and B are nearest the park entrance and these are reserved for the handicapped and preferred parking. The standard parking is across the street which is where the majority of vehicles are parked. You will be taken to the park entrance via the Busch Gardens Trams, if you are in lots A or B then it's just as easy to walk.
Parking Cost at Busch Gardens = $15 (price correct March 14)
How Much Time:
Busch Gardens is a big park with lots of attractions and activities to keep you entertained, to do the park justice and see absolutely everything you really need a couple of days, especially in peak season. Some people stay overnight in St Petes and Clearwater or Tampa areas so that they can return to Busch Gardens for a second day. During peak seasons the park is open for longer hours.
Opening in 2016 Cobra's Curse is a brand new family thrill ride. This spin coaster is the only one of its kind in the world, featuring a vertical lift and taking riders on a whirlwind adventure of exciting explorations.
Explorers will come face-to-face with an 80-foot snake icon, trek over the park’s Serengeti Plain and discover the mysteries of an Egyptian archaeological excavation.
The Florida fear factor has reached a whole new level (335 feet to be precise). This summer Busch Gardens Tampa is taking guests' experiences to new heights with Falcon's Fury, the first drop tower of its kind in the world standing at 335 feet. At the ride's highest point, riders will pivot 90 degrees in midair to a face-down dive position. An instant later they'll plunge 60 mph at 3.5 Gs straight down! With no connecting structures, it'll be the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America.
Height Restriction: 54 inches
Jungala is an exotic jungle where you'll discover endangered animals, explore a village hidden deep in the jungle, plus two signature rides and more. You can experience the different layers of jungle life through our 3-storey tree habitat. Watch orangutans at rest or play from one of the treetop observation platforms or see Bengal tigers swimming in their temperature controlled plunge pool, through underwater windows. For a view above the treetops, take a ride on the zip line experience, Jungle Flyers or shoot above a towering waterfall.
It's an experience unlike anything else in the world. North America's first dive coaster takes you 200 feet up, then hurtles you 90 degrees straight down at speeds of up to 70 mph. There's nothing above you but air and nothing below you but earth. Feel the rush on floorless SheiKra! SheiKra raised the bar with first-of-a-kind elements like a true 90-degree drop, an Immelmann loop and a second vertical dive into an underground tunnel.
Height Restriction: 54 inches
Experience one of the tallest and longest inverted coasters in the world, featuring loops, drops and speeds over 60 mph, all with your feet dangling freely below you! Get a fun new view on life – hurtle through an inverse diving loop on an inverted roller coaster. If that concept doesn’t scramble your brain then the ride will. Try to scream if you and your family want to go faster, but you might have trouble when you’re pushing some serious G-forces.
Height Restriction: 54 inches.
Edge of Africa®
Edge of Africa offers the most intense safari experience outside Africa. While trekking through a remote safari encampment, you'll discover lions, hippos, hyenas, meerkats, lemurs and giraffes. You'll even come eye-to-eye with lions and hyenas in the Masai village.
This is our mammoth double wooden coaster, named after a fabled lion with a tiger's head.It'll race you through almost 7,000 feet of track on one of the two intertwined coasters. Gwazi Tiger gives a slalom sensation and Gwazi Lion a seemingly continuous number of spirals. Gwazi, the wooden roller coaster that is actually two coasters in one that narrowly miss each other several times throughout the ride.
Height Restriction: 48 inches
Kumba is among the world's largest and fastest roller coasters, plunging and spiraling you through hair-raising, gravity defying manoeuvres during its three-minute, 60 mph journey. Everyone wants to know what it feels like to be weightless. Is weightlessness a relaxing experience? Is it even fun? On this roller coaster ride, probably not, especially as you end up tearing through one of the world’s largest vertical loops.
Height Restriction: 54 inches
Experience our Broadway-style extravaganza that leads you on a journey to the heart of Africa. This musical celebration of animal folklore tells of life in the jungle through enchanting fables, electrifying dance and puppetry.
It's an off-road adventure that's one wild ride. Hop on a Land Rover and race to the finish line over African terrain as you pass wildlife along the way. There's a surprise around every turn - and a wild river finale. If your lucky you're may be chosen to sit alongside the driver and help them choose the way!
Height Restriction: 42 inches
A swashbuckling 4-D comedy adventure perfect for the entire family. Starring Leslie Nielsen, Pirates 4-D combines the latest in 3-D special-effects technology with multi-sensory theatre effects to thrill guests of all ages.
Congo River Rapids®
Congo River Rapids will drench you with water during an exciting white water journey re-creating the treacherous elements of Africa's Congo River. Hop on the Congo River Rapids and get a thorough soaking, bouncing, splashing and plunging. Come off this ride bedraggled and happy.
Height Restriction: 42 inches
Explore the home of majestic western lowland gorillas and playful chimpanzees in this lush rain forest habitat.
You won't want to miss the crazy curves and hairpin turns of this roller coaster, it's something the whole family will want to ride again and again!
Height Restriction: 46 inches.
Land of the Dragons®
This is a 'just for kids' play area, featuring one of kind slides, a gentle waterfall, wonderful rides and even friendly dragons!
Maximum Height Restriction: 56 inches
This wild 30-minute group expedition puts you in the centre of the action! Discover first-hand just how long a giraffe's tongue is while giving them a leafy snack. You’ll be immersed in the Serengeti experience as your tour guide shares intriguing information and personal stories about the amazing wildlife. Unlock the mystery to the eland antelope's mysterious clicking, discover the naturalistic beauty of the Serengeti Plain, and experience the thrill of feeding giraffes. Be prepared for amazing photo opportunities; this experience creates memories that last a lifetime! The Serengeti Safari is available at an additional charge and is subject to availability. Participants must be at least 5 years of age. Animal interactions may vary.
How do you get to Busch Gardens Tampa?
Travel WEST on I-4 to I-75. Go NORTH on I-75 to the FOWLER AVENUE exit #265 (formerly exit #54). This exit is also the exit for the University of South Florida. Bear left on the exit ramp, and it will lead you directly onto Fowler Avenue. Proceed west on Fowler Avenue to McKinley Drive. (McKinley Drive is the first light past the main entrance to the University.) Turn left on McKinley. Proceed south on McKinley to parking and the main entrance to the park.
From northern Florida:
Travel SOUTH on I-75 to the FOWLER AVENUE exit #265 (formerly exit #54). This exit is also the exit for the University of South Florida. Bear right on the exit ramp, and it will lead you directly onto Fowler Avenue. Proceed west on Fowler Avenue to McKinley Drive. (McKinley Drive is the first light past the main entrance to the University.) Turn left on McKinley. Proceed south on McKinley to parking and the main entrance to the park.
From southern Florida:
Travel NORTH on I-75, past the intersection of I-4, to the FOWLER AVENUE exit #265 (formerly exit #54). This exit is also the exit for the University of South Florida. Bear left on the exit ramp, and it will lead you directly onto Fowler Avenue. Proceed west on Fowler Avenue to McKinley Drive. (McKinley Drive is the first light past the main entrance to the University.) Turn left on McKinley. Proceed south on McKinley to parking and the main entrance to the park.
From St. Petersburg, Florida:
Travel NORTH on I-275 to the FOWLER AVENUE exit. (Exit # 51, formerly Exit # 34) Turn east (right) onto Fowler Avenue and proceed 2.5 miles to McKinley Drive. Turn south (right) onto McKinley and proceed to the main parking lot entrance.
Busch Gardens Shuttle Express
Now it's easier than ever to experience Busch Gardens' wildlife and wild rides via the Busch Gardens Shuttle Express for only $10 per person for a round trip from Orlando.
Unlimited free bus transportation to Busch Gardens, valid for the length of your ticket is included in the following:
Orlando FlexTicket Plus
Includes 14 consecutive days admission to Universal Studios®, SeaWorld® Orlando, Wet ‘n Wild®, Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay and Aquatica™
Discovery Cove Ultimate Adventure Ticket
Includes 1 day experience at Discovery Cove plus 14 consecutive days admission to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens.
3-Park Adventure Ticket
Includes 14 consecutive days admission to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens.
Discovery Cove Choice of Adventure Package including Busch Gardens
Includes 1 day experience at Discovery Cove plus 7 consecutive days admission to Busch Gardens.
The Busch Gardens Shuttle Express bus departs from SeaWorld Orlando and various locations throughout the International Drive and Kissimmee areas. The service is subject to change and pre-booking your seat on the bus is a must. To reserve your seat, call 1-800-221-1339.
to find out where your nearest pick up location is.
Prices quoted on this page are subject to change without notice and should be used as a guide only.