Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is a huge African-themed animal park and thrill ride adventure park just outside of Orlando. It’s home to almost 3,000 animals and some of Florida’s most thrilling rollercoasters.
Take the incredible Serengeti Safari across the wild African plain where you’ll meet zebras and rhinos, and can even feed the friendly giraffes! This is one experience you definitely don’t want to miss out on.
Hand-feed tropical birds, kangaroos and more adorable animals, see spectacular Broadway quality shows and ride a 7-loop rollercoaster and lots more – all in the space of a day at Busch Gardens!
These are some of the most popular rides at Busch Gardens (and our favourites!):
Get ready for a whirlwind adventure! This family-friendly spin coaster combines the best of what Busch Gardens has to offer: animals and thrill rides!
Cobra’s Curse isn’t your ordinary spin coaster – in fact, it will be the only one of its kind in the world.
The queue for the ride itself is a live snake exhibit, so from the moment you enter you’ll find yourself face to fang with some of the world’s most notorious snake species!
The 400ft³ exhibit is designed with the snakes’ welfare in mind, including naturalistic elements, controlled heat sources and humidity control.
Even just watching the video has you on the edge of your seat….
Get ready to reach new heights at Busch Gardens with the first drop tower of its kind in the world!
Falcon’s Fury mimics the dive speeds of the fastest creature on earth – the falcon. Standing tall at 335ft, riders are plunged 60mph straight down just like a falcon diving at breakneck speed for its prey.
At the ride’s highest point, the ride pivots 90 degrees in mid-air until you’re in a face-down dive position - just like its bird of prey namesake. You can guess what’s coming next… an instant later you're plunged straight down with amazing speed and power!
The cheetah is the fastest land animal on earth. A beautiful, graceful hunter admired by everyone…. the perfect creature to base a rollercoaster on!
Experience the speed and skill of the cheetah on Busch Gardens’ longest thrill ride; Cheetah Hunt launches you from 0 to 60mph in a few seconds – just like the cheetah does - not just once, but three times!
Height Restrictions: Riders must be 48” to ride Cheetah Hunt
This ferocious, floorless dive coaster takes you 200 feet up to the edge of a sheer, terrifying drop. As the ride inches carefully over the edge, then stops dead, you’ll be begging for mercy!
After a few nerve-shredding seconds, the brake are released and you plunge full-speed from the sky into an Immelmann inversion (loop-the-loop), dive into an underground tunnel and finish with a splashdown finale. Phew!
Height Restrictions: Riders must be 54’ tall to ride SheiKra
An absolute beast of a ride, Montu was the first coaster in the world to incorporate the Immelmann loop - a simultaneous loop and roll.
You’ll also experience a twisting drop, a 60ft vertical loop, a unique Batwing inversion and a zero-G roll…and that's just for starters!
With 7 intense inversions and named after an Egyptian god of war, it’s no wonder Montu is constantly voted one of the top steel rollercoasters in the world.
Height Restrictions: Riders must be 54’ tall to ride Montu
Get ready to scream on this blood-curdling thrill ride that takes its name from the African Kongo word for “Roar”!
There’s no messing about with this coaster - Kumba starts as it means to go on with a thrilling 135ft drop, before plunging straight into a diving loop.
Expect the unexpected – you’ll experience a full 3 seconds of total weightlessness as you spiral 360º, before smashing through one of the world's largest vertical loops.
Tip: Kumba is located at the back of the park, so it’s a good idea to start off here, then work your way back towards the front of the park, going against the crowds to avoid the queues!
Height Restrictions: Riders must be 54’ tall to ride Kumba
Young adventurers can try zip-lining the easy way on this ride that takes them gliding 50ft high above Jungala’s village.
Kids are seated in hang-glider style seats and can choose from 3 different flight paths. See if you can spot the gibbons and flying foxes as you pass by the animal habitats!
Restrictions: Riders must be aged between 6 – 13 and at least 48” tall. Maximum weight: 220 lbs.
A firm favourite with the little ones! SandSerpent is a “wild mouse” style coaster that seats 4 passengers per car, so the whole family can ride together!
This fun-filled coaster zooms around hairpin turns, surprises you with sudden dips and climbs five storeys into the air before bringing you back down to earth. They’ll definitely want to ride this one again (sorry mum and dad!).
Restrictions: Children must be at least 46” and 6 years old to ride SandSerpent. Children over 51” and 8 years of age or older may ride unaccompanied, all other children must be accompanied by a responsible person aged 14 years or older.
The animals are the stars at Busch Gardens! Don’t forget to check out your park map to find out what times you can meet the keepers!
*Separate ticket required
This wild adventure is the ultimate highlight of your experience at Busch Gardens!
The Serengeti Safari Tour takes you right to the centre of the action, where hundreds of animals roam free on Busch Gardens’ Serengeti Plain.
Get ready for some amazing photo opportunities as you venture out into this enormous natural habitat on a 30-minute open-air safari truck expedition. Meet zebras, rhinos and antelopes and even feed a giraffe a leafy snack!
Your personal tour guide will entertain you with funny stories and fascinating information about the animals who live there.
Get a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes at the state-of-the-art facility where Busch Gardens’ staff take care of their animals. Here you’ll find out about the X-rays, surgeries, nutrition, treatments and lots more!
Get up-close to around 500 tropical birds from around the world in the free-flight aviary, and visit the flamingo lagoon for a family photo with of a flock of over 250 flamingos!
Fast, strong, beautiful and graceful – cheetahs are loved and admired by everyone! And here you can get just inches away from the world’s fastest land animals.
Tip: When you arrive at the park, ask a Busch Gardens educator when the cheetahs will be running – it’s a sight you don't want to miss!
Take a walking safari through this attraction that’s themed around an abandoned African fishing village, and see all kinds of exotic African animals along the way! You can take things at your own pace as you encounter hyenas, lemurs, vultures, meerkats, hippos, lions, crocodiles and more.
Tip: The lions will be at their most active either early in the morning or at dusk.
Meet some of the park's animal ambassadors and find out how they are cared for, including Busch Gardens' newest hatchlings who are being hand-raised by the park’s animal care staff. You might even get the chance to help with feeding time!
Experience three storeys of jungle life at Jungala, from a tiger’s underground lair to an orangutan habitat in the treetops!
Get an incredible view into the middle of the tiger enclosure on the Tiger Trail, cool down on Wild Surge, a shot tower that launches you above a waterfall, and little ones can soar through the treetops on the Jungle Flyers zip line.
Tip: Check the keeper times on the back of your park map for feedings, special moments and even a tiger test of strength!
Make some new feathered friends as the friendly, colourful Lorikeets glide down to say hello - and feast on the cup of fresh fruit nectar in your hand! You can also meet other birds like hornbills, pheasants and many more.
Tip: Don’t forget to pick up a cup of nectar on your way in to hand-feed the lorikeets!
Say G’day to the animals of Australia! Here you can hand-feed friendly kangaroos and free-roaming wallabies, as well as meeting more creatures from down under such as kookaburras and tawny frogmouths.
The animals here are most active in the morning and at dusk, so these are the best times to visit as you’ll have the best chance to hand-feed them or even pet them!
Tip: Check out the kangaroo feeding times when you arrive at the park, and ask the kangaroo keepers about bottle-feeding the baby kangaroos (known as joeys).
Stick around after the performance for a meet-and-greet and photos with the cast!
This outrageous a cappella singing competition pits two singing groups against each other in a laughter-filled sing-off!
This is Busch Gardens’ biggest-ever ice show! A 30-minute performance starring world-class skaters, giant-sized puppets, amazing costumes and even some animal stars in a show that takes you through some of the most incredible parts of the world.
Join the party with Alex the Lion and the rest of the Madagascar characters as they holiday at Busch Gardens! With singers, dancers and party favourites performed by a live band, this musical show will have you singing, clapping and dancing along!
Summer Nights at Busch Gardens see a rock-fuelled blast of music and acrobatics in the award-winning Kinetix show!
These energising performances pump up the crowd every Sunday - Friday in Gwazi Park, and light up the sky with an incredible fireworks finale.
Elmo, Grover, Abby, Zoe and Cookie Monster star in a musical performance that takes kids on an adventure powered by their imaginations! You can catch this show several times a day at the Sesame Street® Safari of Fun's Sunny Day Theater.
Expect fiery Flamenco performances, passionate guitar players and raucous tap dancing at this eclectic Moroccan-influenced club that has become Pantopia’s gathering place for artists from around the world.
If you have any special dietary requirements, contact Guest Relations when you arrive at the park to find out which places you can eat.
For the best restaurant value, get the Busch Gardens All Day Dining pass, which lets you eat and drink as much as you like all day in most of the eateries at Busch Gardens!
If you’d like to eat here, we recommend to make your reservation as soon as you arrive at the park - it’s a very popular choice!
Located above the Crown Colony Café, this restaurant has outstanding views over the Serengeti Plain. A typical menu includes fish, seafood, steak, pasta dishes, fresh salads and vegetable platters and specialist sandwiches.
A delicious, family-friendly menu with entertainment included! Food at Pantopia Grill includes freshly prepared sandwiches, baby back ribs, chicken alfredo, spaghetti, salads and scrummy desserts, as well as cocktails for the grown-ups.
Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner – the Zagora Grill has something for everyone, including fresh-from-the-grill hamburgers, cheeseburgers and fajita wraps, plus more healthy alternatives like sandwiches and salads
Follow the smoke for a delicious variety of chargrilled goodies from the open barbecue pit! Their menu includes BBQ chicken and ribs, smoked beef brisket, macaroni & cheese, Kids BBQ meals, speciality sandwiches and more.
Other cafes and bistros at Busch Gardens include:
This can only be described as pretzel heaven! With fresh-rolled pretzels and breads, pretzel sandwiches, pretzel dogs, pretzel bites and more, pretzel lovers definitely need to make a pit-stop here!
Grab some kettle corn or other flavoured popcorn, which is popped fresh right here! At Kettle Corn you can also pick up wraps, corn dogs and other quick snacks.
Other places to grab a quick bite to eat include:
Busch Gardens’ opening hours can vary depending on the season.
For example, in some of the summer months the park opens at 9.30am and closes at 9pm, and in winter opening hours are around 10am – 5pm.
We recommend to check with the park before you visit if you need to know the opening times on a specific date.
Busch Gardens has almost 5,000 parking spaces. Parking prices per day are:
Please Note: Both Valet and Preferred parking are subject to availability and not guaranteed.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is located at the corner of Busch Boulevard and 40th Street.
10165 N McKinley Drive
Busch Gardens is easy to find, wherever you’re travelling from:
Free round-trip transport to Busch Gardens from several convenient Orlando area locations is included with your Busch Gardens tickets when you book with FloridaTix!
You will need to reserve your transport in advance by calling Mears Destination Services on 1-800-221-1339. Please also call this number for any additional information, including pick-up times and locations.
You are allowed to bring water bottles into Busch Gardens.
Guests with physical conditions that would prevent normal seating or use of safety restraints should not board the following rides:
Disabled parking spaces are available in Lot A near the main entrance. Please note that you must have a legal parking permit.
Guests with visual impairments must have someone (a companion or park team member) read the ride restrictions to them prior to boarding.
Guests with hard casts cannot ride Kumba, Montu or SheiKra.
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