June 10, 2021
Atualização:04 Oct 2021 às 15:33
Thinking of taking a trip to the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay coming soon? Then enjoy our Busch Gardens Tampa 2021 Guide.
This wild and adventurous theme park is known for having some of the best roller coasters and thrilling rides in Florida.
It's particularly one of my favorites as I love rollercoasters and thrill rides and there's plenty of that!
However, unlike what many people think, Busch Gardens is not just a park for adults.
As we will show here and also show in another post, it presents several attractions for the whole family.
Formerly known as the Black Continent, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay invites you to seek adventures in Africa's lush and mysterious lands.
I have so many fond memories of this magnificent theme park.
I remember the first time I went and hoped I had no time to ride the roller coasters, because I was scared to death.
While nowadays, it is one of the parks I like most in all of Orlando (despite being in Tampa).
Busch Gardens opened in Tampa, Florida, on March 31, 1959, by Anheuser-Busch, like a free animal attraction next to a brewery.
Since then, it has become a 335-acre theme park divided into African-themed regions:
All areas of Busch Gardens in 2021 can be done in one day, if you have a plan.
Here we will give you the perfect Busch Gardens itinerary later in this complete guide!
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is about 110 kilometers from Walt Disney World Resort (one hour and 25 minutes by car).
There is a Busch Gardens shuttle that provides round-trip transportation to the park.
Round-trip fare is free with park ticket purchase and departs daily from Orlando with a maximum of three stops for Busch Gardens.
Reservations are highly recommended and can be booked by calling 1-800-221-1339 or by visiting Mears Destination Services online.
The address for Busch Gardens is 10165 N McKinley Drive Tampa, FL 33612.
The Busch gardens normally opens at 10am and closes at 6pm.
However, during peak summer days, the park may be open until midnight. Keep in mind that when planning your trip, always check the park's website or mobile app for current times and waiting times.
If you are wearing baggy shoes, you should leave them on the roller coaster loading platform.
Any other loose fittings can be placed inside the lockers located throughout the park.
Translating some of their names.
Later in this post we'll talk better about each of these roller coasters!
Sheikra is currently the tallest roller coaster at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, reaching 60 meters in height.
When planning your trip, you will want to know how much it costs to go to Busch Gardens in Tampa?
Let's look at the different ticket options you'll have at the park.
Everything you can eat and drink at Busch Gardens.
You can skip the lines at Busch Gardens's main rides and attractions, a kind of FastPass + only I pay separately.
Prices start at US $ 19.99 and vary according to how busy the park can be that day.
Below are the current attractions included in the system Quick Queue:
45-minute walking tour with expert coaches.
The best Busch Gardens VIP experience where you can customize your own 7 hour tour. US $ 199.00
An in-depth tour of the entire Busch Gardens theme park, complete with front-line access, lunch, 30-minute off-road wildlife safari, the opportunity to feed giraffes and more. US $ 99.99
75-minute guided tour where you can see Africa's wildlife up close. US $ 29.00
You'll work with the zoo staff taking care of giraffes, antelopes, birds and more! This hands-on experience lasts 6.5 hours. US $ 249.00
Guided tour with specialized coaches. US $ 29.00
Outdoor touring vehicle that takes you across the Serengeti plain. US $ 39.00
Tiger Insider Tour
30-minute walking tour with expert coaches. US $ 29.00
You can get to know one of the largest turtles in the world up close on this 30-minute walking tour. US $ 19.00
30-minute walking tour gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what is needed to care for cheetahs. US $ 29.00
You will get close to these endangered species in a 30-minute walking tour. US $ 29.00
This unique excursion gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how roller coasters are maintained each day, along with a panoramic view of Sheikra.
The roller coasters included in this two-hour tour are SheiKra, Cheetah Hunt and Cobra & #8217; s Curse. US $ 69.99
Arriving 30-45 minutes before the park opens is the best way to maximize your day, especially if you are trying to do this in one day.
Power tip: Book a hotel near Busch Gardens, such as Home2 Suites by Hilton, and explore Tampa Bay before returning to Walt Disney World.
Remember that Busch Gardens is far from Orlando, at least an hour's drive away. Take this transfer time into consideration when going to the park.
Florida's weather is mostly hot and humid, except in the beautiful months of December, January, February, and March which can be a little cooler.
But there are still very hot days, so stay tuned for the weather.
As with Universal, Busch Gardens does not allow bags and loose items in its roller coasters and offers paid lockers to store your belongings.
So do not carry a very large backpack, carry only what is necessary.
The Edge of Africa and Myombe Reserve are two generally serene living areas.
The great thing about Busch Gardens is the availability of hidden hidden spots throughout the park that also offer great views and shade.
Because unlike Disney parks, it is a normally empty park. Thus, it is possible to find several places like that to rest and enjoy a climate of nature.
To avoid the frustration that a busy day at a theme park can bring, I suggest avoiding holidays, weekends, and summer.
This is the time when both residents and tourists flood the parks.
Bringing unbelievable lines to the attractions and making it difficult to walk around the park.
The best days to visit the Busch Gardens are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
These tips are especially important if you are traveling alone and want to ride the roller coaster.
Although we recommend you pay the full day pass, but if you only want to walk to 1 or 2 attractions, take it 25 cent coins can be useful for lockers rental.
Try to get to Busch Gardens early and park near the tram station in the regular parking section.
If you pay for an upgrade to the preferred parking lot then there is a possibility that you can be placed at the back of that lot and you will have to walk a long way to the front gates.
This is a most important tip if you are going on a busy day.
The Busch Gardens Quick Queue will allow you to ignore the long wait times on peak days in the park.
For a low price, you will have a bracelet that will allow you to eat at participating restaurants throughout the day.
Each time you eat, your meal will include: 1 starter, 1 side or dessert and 1 fountain drink, tea or water for each visit. That is, you can eat a lot!
According to Busch Gardens, it is prohibited to share the All-Day Dining with the possibility of revocation of your dinner pass if it is considered a violation of the rule.
We will list here the order we recommend doing each tour and attraction.
Coasters, music, food, drinks, fun and more can be experienced at this annual Busch Gardens event.
This event is included in the park admission.
Experience the terrible roller coasters at night and have fun with other Hipsters while DJs play their favorite songs at night.
This event is included in the park admission.
The Dark Continent-inspired theme park turns into a terrifying and scary event where you will scream through the park.
A separate ticket is required for this event. You can read how to win Howl-O-Scream like a pro here!
Christmas, Santa's house, Rudolph and more can be found at this annual Winter Wonderland experience in the heart of Tampa Bay.
Christmas Town is included with the park entrance.
Before visiting Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, you must know all the tours and attractions that are available for you to enjoy!
Cheetah speed triple launch roller coaster and the largest in the park's size (+ 1.3km).
Height requirement: 122 cm minimum
Spinning roller coaster with a vertical lift that takes you through the dark legend of King Snake.
Height requirement: 106 cm minimum
Spin 90 degrees in the air for a face-down dive in America's tallest (335 ft) drop tower.
Height requirement: Between 137 cm and 195 cm
Read all about Busch Gardens Falcon's Fury Ride here!
Hear the fierce roar of the lion in this classic must do roller coaster.
Height requirement: 137 cm
The Egyptian god named the roller coaster with seven inversions.
Height requirement: 137 cm minimum
A classic boat trip that can go in a complete circle.
Height requirement: 121 cm
90 degree floorless roller coaster at speeds up to 70 km / h.
Height requirement: 137 cm minimum
The second roller coaster built at Busch Gardens with a 360 degree vertical loop.
Height requirement: 106 cm minimum
This is the tallest launch roller coaster in Florida, with a height of 150 feet and a speed of approximately 60 miles per hour.
Height Requirement: 54 ”Minimum
We have a post where we talk in more detail about the radical attractions at Bush Gardens.
This & #8220; nursery & #8221; Pet Friendly has a state-of-the-art facility where guests can view treated animals, x-rays and other forms of medical and physical care.
It features a free flight aviary for close encounters and a flamingo lagoon accompanied by a beautiful tropical setting.
Busch Gardens Official Tip:
Buy a cup of nectar on the way to the habitat to feed the lorikeets.
Also, check the guard's times on the back of your park map to see special animal behaviors, food.
Stand face to face with the fastest animal on land.
Walk through the peaceful African-inspired village as you watch and learn about majestic lions, crocodiles, hippos, hyenas and more.
Meet the powerful creatures face to face.
Take a close look at the cane tigers and orangutans.
Check out the African penguins that live in warmer climates and with water temperatures between 40 and 70 degrees.
Lose yourself in this tranquil reserve full of gorillas and chimpanzees.
A hands-on experience with kangaroos.
A brave soul riding through cold, icy waters on a January day.
Get ready to dive into this thrilling river adventure through waterfalls and deep caves.
Height requirement: 106 cm minimum
Stay pleasantly refreshed on this classic water-flume ride.
Height requirement: Minimum 117 cm
Carousel with arabian stallions theme.
A family-friendly “wild” style roller coaster, full of sharp curves and more!
Height requirement: Minimum 116 cm with a possible mate.
Travel through the park and watch exotic animals roam. The train has stops at Congo, Nairobi and Stanleyville stations.
Height requirement: None
Get a panoramic view of Busch Gardens on the cable car
Height Requirement: Pilots must be 142 cm or accompanied by a supervising escort.
Carnival classic style bumper cars.
Get ready to launch from a 35-foot mountain crater at this falling tower attraction.
Height requirement: Must be at least 106 cm tall for walking alone or 38 & #8243; tall and accompanied by a supervising walking companion.
Dining at Busch Gardens 2021 is much better today than it was in the past.
The addition of Zambia Smokehouse made the dining experience at the theme park quite satisfying.
Although the offerings do not match the levels of some restaurants we find in other Orlando parks, there are several options.
Bengal Bistro, Counter Service, $, Multiple Cuisines
Cheetah Snacks, Counter Service, $, American
Cheetah Hunt Area
Dragon fire grill, Cafeteria Style, $, Multiple Cuisines
Garden Gate Café, Counter Service, $, American
Ice Cream Parlor, Counter Service, $, Ice Cream
Kenya Kanteen, Counter Service, $, American
Kettle corn, Counter Service, $, Popcorn
Find in Pantopia
Pantopia Grill, Cafeteria Style, $$, American
Located in Pantopia
Refresh Market, Beverage Service, $, Beverages
Serengeti Overlook Pub, Quick Service, $, American
Serengeti Overlook Restaurant, Buffet / Full Service Restaurant, $$, Variety Cuisine
Serpent Snacks, Counter Service, $, American
Sheikra Sweet Treats, Counter Service, $, American Sweets
Sultans SweetsCounter Service $ Bakery
Twisted Tails Pretzels, Counter Service, $, Pretzels
Zagora Cafe, Counter Service, $, American
Zambia Smokehouse, Cafeteria Style, $$, Barbecue
No self-respecting theme park, especially in Orlando, has few stores.
Like us, whenever we arrive anywhere in Orlando we are overwhelmed by the spirit of maximum consumption and want to buy everything.
Joking aside it's always nice to have lots of stores around the parks so you find everything from clothes to family souvenirs.
You will also find African crafts and clothing in the Morocco section of Busch Gardens.
The Busch Gardens It's one of my favorite theme parks to go to and I try to go whenever I go to Orlando.
It offers a wide range of attractions and exhibitions that can be enjoyed by anyone.
I personally appreciate the nostalgic factor of classic Florida theme park days that Busch Gardens also brings back in my memories!
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