Busch Gardens

A world-class must visit adventure park in Florida, Tampa.

Busch Gardens

As if the theme parks in Orlando weren’t enough, located just 1 hour drive outside of Orlando is Busch Gardens. Home to one of the largest zoo’s in America and many breathing taking roller coasters, this adventure park is the ultimate, must visit family fun destination!

Opening Times

Monday – Thursday: 10am – 7pm

Friday: 9am-10pm

Saturday: 9am – 10:30pm

Sunday: 10am – 7pm

Note: opening times are subject to change during different seasons and events.

Zoo and Wildlife

With over 250 species and 12,000 animals, have the chance to visit many of your favourite creatures in their natural habitats.

Enjoy close-up encounters where you can have the chance to hand feed many exotic animals including Kangaroos and tropical birds. Ride the Serengi Safarri across wild Africa where you can see some of the best African animals, including zebras, Lions, Meercats and Rhinos. And if that’s not enough, make sure you visit many of the other zoo-life excursions including:

Tiger Trail – yep, you’ve guessed it! Home to different types of these endangered animals including Bengal and White tigers.

Serengeti Plain – whether taking a sky ride, or journeying off roads on a truck ride, enjoy watching many animals that are close to extinction roaming around in peace.

Myombe Reserve – are you a fan of monkeys? Here you can see some of the most endangered creatures worldwide including Chimpanzees and Lowland Gorillas.

Cheetah Run – home to the fastest land animal in the world, watch these majestic creatures explore in their habitats.

Curiosity Caverns – Come and see the creatures of the night! Here you will find bats, snakes and other night life animals.

Throughout the park, you will find many factual animal displays, presentations and talks where you can ask the zoo keepers questions and find out more about these animals.


Moving on from the Zoo, Busch Gardens is also known for its thrilling rides that are sure to get your hearts racing, such as

Some of the most popular rides include:

Cobra’s Curse – endure a 70foot life into the air which will spin you forward, backwards and all around!

Cheetah Hunt– just like the speed of a cheetah, this fast-moving roller coaster will give you an adrenaline rush!

Falcon’s Fury –  as one of the tallest freestanding towers in America, experience being lifted high into the sky just like falcons fly and enjoy the electrifying drop of the ride.

There are also a mixture of fun water rides and kid play zones located throughout the park to help you cool off and have a rest.

Entertainment and other amenities

Busch Gardens further offers breath-taking entertainment including live shows and performances featuring world-class actors and entertainers.

Be sure to check out the parks seasonal treats, such as at Christmas time, where you can enjoy performances characterised by festive music and colourful lights.

You will also find plenty of restaurants and shops where you can purchase great souvenirs. With heaps of entertainment and dining options for the all ages of the family to enjoy, Busch Gardens theme park really does have It all!

General information

See below for some general tips and advice about the park to help you make the most out of your visit to Busch Gardens and have an amazing and unforgettable experience!


Be aware that most rides have specific height and health requirements as safety precautions. To avoid any disappointment, check out these requirements before you go.

Water rides – you are likely to get very wet! It is therefore useful to wear a poncho to keep you dry or bring a towel and a spare change to clothes. (Note – if you want to buy a poncho, you can purchase these at the gift shops in the park itself).

TIP: To save money, pick up a poncho from one of your local supermarket as this will be much cheaper than buying a poncho at the parks gift shop which is likely to be overpriced!)

There are lockers nearby to the rides where you can keep your valuables safe and dry whilst on the water rides. You can use these lockers as many times as you want throughout the day. The average price of renting a locker is :

  • Standard size (7.5”h x 13”w x 18”d) = $10
  • Large size (10.5”h x 16.5”w x18”d) = $15
  • Jumbo (13.5”h x 22.5”w x 18”d) = $20

Animal exhibits:

For best encounters with the animals, try and visit the exhibits when the weather is cooler and during the mornings or evenings as the animals are more likely to be interactive and sociable at these times.


To learn more about Busch Gardens and to purchase tickets online to save money, see the official website.