The Ultimate Guide to Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL
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The Ultimate Guide to Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL

Added: Mar 02, 2022
Category: Things to Do

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After you’ve booked your Orlando vacation rental, you’ll probably be searching for the best things to do in the area. Orlando itself has tons of fun attractions, but you’re not limited to just this one city. In fact, just a short drive over to Tampa unlocks unlimited possibilities! If you do want to take a day trip, don’t miss out on the chance to experience Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida. It’s easily one of the most popular things to do near Orlando, and for good reason!


Busch Gardens in Tampa is a popular theme park that brings guests from around the country. It’s received tons of impressive accolades, including being listed in the Top 25 Best Amusement Parks in the U.S. for 2020 by TripAdvisor! Throughout the park, you’ll find that the rides, attractions, and experiences have been inspired by the beauty of Africa, letting you immerse yourself in nature and have a one-of-a-kind adventure!

Busch Gardens Rides

When it comes to Busch Gardens Tampa rides, there’s truly something for everyone. If you’re searching for an adrenaline rush, don’t miss the awesome coasters like Tigris, Cheetah Hunt, and Cobra’s Curse. The newest addition to the Busch Gardens lineup is Iron Gwazi, opening in March 2022. This stunning coaster is the steepest and fastest hybrid roller coaster in the world!

Need something more relaxed and friendly for the little ones? Not to worry. The youngest kids will love all the attractions in the Sesame Street Safari of Fun play area, including the popular Air Grover mini roller coaster! You can also bring the family to experience the Wild Surge drop tower or Congo River Rapids.

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Safaris and Animal Tours

In addition to the rides, Busch Gardens lets you get up close and personal with the most stunning wildlife of Africa. Animal lovers definitely won’t want to miss the Serengeti Safari tour, bringing you near giraffes, zebras, ostriches, and more! If you really want to go all out, check out the Keeper for a Day tours or the Insider Tours, which let you interact directly with the animals and go behind the scenes to learn how they’re taken care of.


While you’re enjoying Busch Gardens, you’re sure to work up an appetite! Enjoy a delicious meal with an incredible view at the Giraffe Bar, offering an overview of the Serengeti Overlook while you dine. You can also enjoy familiar favorites from Chick-Fil-A, Oasis Pizza, or Zagora Café. Experience market-style eats at Dragon Fire Grill and Pub, enjoy sumptuous barbecue ribs at Zambia Smokehouse, or for the adults, grab a drink at the Garden Gate Café.

Hours and Information

If you want to experience all this fun for yourself, then you’re going to need Busch Gardens Tampa tickets. Single-day admission tickets to Busch Gardens start at $89.99 when you purchase tickets from their website. If you want to visit other attractions like Adventure Island or SeaWorld, you can purchase a 2-Park Ticket for an extra fee.

The operating hours of Busch Gardens may change based on the season. However, the park typically opens at 10 a.m. each day. During the summer months, the park usually closes at 10 p.m. Any special events happening at the park may have extended hours. You can check the calendar on the Busch Gardens website to see the operating hours during your vacation.

Directions from Orlando

Luckily, it’s not a tough drive to get to Busch Gardens from Orlando. It takes just under 2 hours to get there, giving you time to see the beauty of Florida along the way! From Orlando, simply make your way to FL-408 W, where you will take the exit for Florida’s Turnpike toward Ocala. Then, take Exit 267A toward Tampa, and after 1.5 miles, merge onto FL-429 S.

After about 20 miles, you’ll take the exit onto I-4 W toward Tampa. After staying on this road for 50 miles, take Exit 9 to merge onto I-75 N toward Ocala. Finally, take Exit 265 onto FL-582 W/E Fowler Avenue toward Temple Terrace. Continue on this road for approximately 6 miles until you reach Busch Gardens!

Don’t feel like making the drive to Tampa on your own? No worries! Busch Gardens offers a complimentary round-trip shuttle from Orlando to Tampa! You can visit Busch Gardens’ website to learn more and to reserve your spot on the shuttle.

Of all the things to do near Orlando, Florida, making a day trip to Busch Gardens is one of the most popular options. At the end of the day, though, you’ll want to return to a relaxing vacation rental where you can rest your feet and relax. Epic Florida Rentals has you covered! Imagine walking around Busch Gardens all day, then coming back to your Orlando vacation rentals with a pool for a relaxing night time swim. What could be better?

Epic Florida Rentals has a variety of Orlando vacation rentals near Disney, offering nearly immediate access to all that this area has to offer. Between the luxurious amenities, the convenient location, and the unmatched customer service, we guarantee nothing less than an epic experience. Contact us today to learn more and to book your stay in Orlando, Florida!

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