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Busch Gardens

Exotic animals and thrill rides all on the one site at this theme park and zoo designed for the whole family.

Busch Gardens is an African-themed adventure park featuring more than 2,000 exotic animals, roller coasters, thrill rides, shows and exhibits. The 335-acre (135-hectare) site is divided into eight themed areas. Each area has its own attractions, and animals living in natural-style habitats.

The Serengeti Plain is one of the park’s most popular destinations. This 65-acre (26-hectare) replica of the African region is home to hundreds of free-roaming animals, including giraffes, zebras, white rhinos, ostriches and impalas.

Observe animals from aboard the Serengeti Express train, or on the Skyride, a cable-car trip that covers most of the park. Seats on both rides are included in the price of admission. Reserve a place on the Serengeti Safari, a trek across the plain in an open-top vehicle. You’ll stop by some of the animals to feed them by hand. For prices and details, visit the park’s official website.

Head on over to Jungala, a themed village that features rides, live entertainment and close-up viewing areas of Bengal tigers, crocodiles, gibbons and orangutans.

Animals are only part of the appeal of Busch Gardens. Take a deep breath and summon your nerves for Sheikra, a dive coaster that travels straight down a 90-degree drop at 70 miles (113 kilometers) per hour. Cheetah Hunt is a 4,400-foot (1,340-meter) long coaster that travels inside the Serengeti and down into a rocky gorge. It reaches a top speed of 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour.

Take younger thrill seekers and animal lovers to Sesame Street Safari of Fun. There are child-sized rides, a water play area and lots of Sesame Street characters.

Busch Gardens is situated approximately 8 miles (13 kilometers) northeast of downtown Tampa. The amusement park is open every day of the year. Opening hours are updated each week. Check the website for up-to-date information. There is pay parking available.

Popular Activities for your Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Vacation

A getaway is a fantastic time to relax and unwind. It's also the perfect time to have some new experiences!

Ensure your trip to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is one to remember with one or two of these unique experiences:

If you want to take a look at a full list of activities, head to the Busch Gardens Tampa Bay things to do page.


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Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Busch Gardens Area $103
Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Busch Gardens Area

Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa Busch Gardens Area

3333 East Busch Boulevard, Tampa, FL
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Terrace Park, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tampa Bay, Adventure Island, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens $69
    La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens

    La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens

    9202 N 30th St, (718), Tampa, FL
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Terrace Park, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tampa Bay, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and Adventure Island. University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Tampa Inn - Near Busch Gardens $53
      Tampa Inn - Near Busch Gardens

      Tampa Inn - Near Busch Gardens

      2901 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Tampa, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tampa Bay, Adventure Island, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Econo Lodge Busch Gardens $56
        Econo Lodge Busch Gardens

        Econo Lodge Busch Gardens

        4139 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Temple Crest, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Tampa Bay and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Adventure Island and University of South Florida are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF Busch Gardens $79
          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF Busch Gardens

          Holiday Inn Express & Suites Tampa USF Busch Gardens

          2807 E Busch Blvd, Tampa, FL
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tampa Bay, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and Adventure Island. University of South Florida and Moffitt Cancer Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            West Wing Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member $75
            West Wing Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

            West Wing Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

            2501 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida, and Adventure Island. Yuengling Center and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Baymont by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens $63
              Baymont by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens

              Baymont by Wyndham Tampa Near Busch Gardens

              3001 University Center Dr, Tampa, FL
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Terrace Park, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of South Florida Botanical Gardens and Adventure Island. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Hyatt Place Busch Gardens $84
                Hyatt Place Busch Gardens

                Hyatt Place Busch Gardens

                11408 N 30th St, Tampa, FL
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This family-friendly Tampa hotel is located in Terrace Park, within 1 mi (2 km) of University of South Florida Botanical Gardens and Tampa Bay. University of South Florida and Adventure Island are also within 2 mi (3 km).