Things to know before you go - Busch Gardens

Park Hours

Our opening times vary between 9:00am – 10:00pm. Times are subject to change depending on the season. Check here before you travel.

Driving

Busch Gardens is located at the corner of Busch Boulevard and 40th Street on N McKinley Drive. Busch Gardens is 8 miles northeast of downtown Tampa, approximately 1 hour from Orlando via Interstate 4 and 30 minutes east of area beaches and Tampa International Airport.

Address:

10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612.

Driving Directions:

From the North:

  • Travel south on I-75 to Fowler Avenue exit #265. This exit is also the exit for the University of South Florida
  • Bear right on the exit ramp, and it will lead you directly onto Fowler Avenue
  • Proceed west on Fowler Avenue to McKinley Drive. McKinley Drive is the first light past the main entrance to the University of South Florida
  • Turn left on McKinley
  • Proceed south on McKinley to parking and the main entrance to the park

From the South:

  • Travel north on I-75, past the intersection of I-4, to the Fowler Avenue exit #265. This exit is also the exit for the University of South Florida
  • Bear left on the exit ramp, and it will lead you directly onto Fowler Avenue
  • Proceed west on Fowler Avenue to McKinley Drive. McKinley Drive is the first light past the main entrance to the University of South Florida
  • Turn left on McKinley
  • Proceed south on McKinley to parking and the main entrance to the park

From Orlando:

  • Travel west on I-4 to I-75
  • Go north on I-75 to the Fowler Avenue exit #265. This exit is also the exit for the University of South Florida
  • Bear left on the exit ramp, and it will lead you directly onto Fowler Avenue
  • Proceed west on Fowler Avenue to McKinley Drive. McKinley Drive is the first light past the main entrance to the University of South Florida
  • Turn left on McKinley
  • Proceed south on McKinley to parking and the main entrance to the park

From St. Petersburg:

  • Travel north on I-275 to the Fowler Avenue exit (exit #51, exit #34)
  • Turn east (right) onto Fowler Avenue and proceed 2.5 miles to McKinley Drive.
  • Turn south (right) onto McKinley and proceed to the main parking lot entrance.

Busch Gardens Shuttle Express:

Complimentary transportation is available on the Busch Gardens Shuttle Express for any guests who have purchased a Busch Gardens ticket. You should make a reservation in advance by calling 1-800-221-1339.

Parking:

Spaces are available for cars, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. Preferred parking is also available.

Parking is free for guests who have purchased the 3-Park Ticket or the Discovery Ultimate Package. Just show your ticket to the parking attendant.


Busch Gardens park map

Food & Drink

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All-Day Dining Deal

Pay just once and enjoy a day of great food with Busch Garden’s All-Day Dining Deal.

Every hour you can choose a main course with a choice of either a side course or dessert and a soft drink; ensuring you’ll have the energy to tackle Florida’s best thrill rides all day long.

Participating restaurants:
Dragon Fire Grill
Zagora Café
Serengeti Overlook Pub
Bengal Bistro
Zambia Smokehouse

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Dragon Fire Grill

Reimagine the traditional culinary experience with market-style dining, featuring Italian, American, Southwestern and Asian cuisine. Plus, guests over 21 can enjoy the expanded beverage line-up with a selection of refreshing craft brews and cocktails.

Menu includes: Shrimp Lo Mein, Rotisserie Chicken, Flatbread Pizzas, Paninis and Seasonal Fruits.

Menu is subject to change without notice.

Zagora Café

Breakfast, lunch or dinner - head to Zagora Cafe for a variety of tasty food options.

Menu includes: Double Bacon Cheeseburger, Chicken Fajita Wrap, Veggie Wrap
Hamburger Platter, Grilled Chicken Sandwich and Chicken Tenders.

Children’s menu includes: Hot Dog Meal and Chicken Nuggets.

Menu is subject to change without notice.

Bengal Bistro

Tame your appetite at Bengal Bistro. It's the perfect way to top off a visit to Jungala.

Menu includes: Catch of the Jungle Fish, Wraps, Freshly Prepared Grilled Hamburgers, Chicken Caesar Salads, Italian Sandwich, Veggie Wrap and Meatball Sandwich Platter.

Menu is subject to change without notice.

Zambia Smokehouse

After a thrilling ride on SheiKra, come here to satisfy your taste buds with some delicious smokehouse barbecue.

Menu includes: BBQ Chicken and Ribs, Smoked Beef Brisket, Chicken Strips, Specialty Sandwich, Corn on the Cob, Smokehouse Baked Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Hot Apple Cobbler and Warm Bread Pudding.

Menu is subject to change without notice.

Garden Gate Café

Sit back, relax and enjoy a cold craft brew in the centre of the Bird Gardens at the Garden Gate Café.

Menu includes: Oven Toasted Sandwiches, Fresh Baked Pizza, Chips & Queso and Soft Baked Pretzels.

Menu is subject to change without notice.

Serengeti Overlook Restaurant

Sit down and enjoy a fantastic meal with a beautiful view overlooking the Serengeti Plain and new spin coaster Cobra’s Curse. Table service or a buffet-style meal are available.

Buffet menu includes: Southern Fried Chicken, Beer Battered Fried Fish, Classic Jambalaya and Braised Pork.

Table service menu includes: Grilled Chicken Breast Salad, Fish Sandwich, Tuscan Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Herb Grilled Salmon, Braised Short Ribs and Seafood Tower.

Menu is subject to change without notice.


Height Restrictions

Cobra's Curse

42" (107 cm) or taller
Guests between 42" and 48" tall must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion*

Montu

54" (137 cm) to 77" (196 cm)

Kumba

54" (137 cm) to 77" (196 cm)

Stanley Falls

Guests under 46" (117 cm) and over 2 years old must ride with a Supervising Companion*

Falcon's Fury

54" (137 cm) to 77" (196 cm)

Jungala

Jungle Flyers:
48" (122 cm) or taller and at least 6 years old

The Wild Surge
38" (97 cm) or taller
Guests between 38" and 42" tall must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion*

Congo River Rapids

42" (107 cm) or taller

Cheetah Hunt

48" (122 cm) or taller

SheiKra

54" (137 cm) to 77" (196 cm)

SandSerpent

46" (117 cm) or taller and at least 6 years old
Guests between 46" (and 6 years of age) and 51" (and 8 years of age) must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion*

Scorpion

42" (107 cm) or taller

*A Supervising Companion is a person 14 years of age or older

FAQs

General Questions

Am I eligible for free parking?

If you’ve purchased the 3-Park Ticket or the Discovery Cove Ultimate Package then you will receive free parking at SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens for the entire 14 day duration of your ticket.

The free parking offer is not available on the 2-Park Ticket or the standard Discovery Cove Package.

How do I redeem my free parking?

You just need to enter the park as usual. Free parking will be activated on first use. Once you’ve shown your tickets and ID at the parking booth, your ticket will be scanned by the booth attendant, if you have the 3-Park Ticket or the Discovery Cove Ultimate Package, then you will proceed to the parking area without charge.

Do I need ID at the park gate?

We do carry out random spot checks at the park entrance for security reasons. If you are over 18, then you may be required to present photo ID at the park gate. We accept passports or driving licenses only. Minors (under the age of 18) do not need to present a photo ID to enter the park.

Will my bag be checked when entering the park?

All bags, backpacks and packages are subject to inspection prior to entering the parks. The following items are not permitted for the safety of our animals and our guests: weapons, knives, any other type of sharp objects, straws, large hard or soft coolers and any hazardous items or materials.

Do you accept the UK disabled badge for parking?

We do accept the UK badges for guests with disabilities. Please make sure you show the badge to our parking team members (in the kiosk upon arrival) in order to be directed to the correct area to park. These spaces are taken on a first come first served basis, so we suggest that you arrive early to be parked as close as possible to the entrance.

Busch Gardens

What is the Busch Gardens Shuttle Express, and how do I book it?

The Busch Gardens Shuttle Express is a free service for anyone buying a Busch Gardens inclusive multi-park ticket.

This bus picks you up from SeaWorld Orlando, as well as various locations in Orlando and Kissimmee, and drops you off at Busch Gardens.

Reservations are a must and these can be made by calling 1-800-221-1339 when you’re in the US.

What time is my Serengeti Safari?

Tour times are allocated on the day of your visit. We advise you to check in at the Adventure Outpost (inside the park) no later than 10:00am. You will then be advised when and where to meet your tour guide.

How do I redeem my All-Day Dining Deal and Quick Queue Unlimited?

Exchange your ticket for a wristband at the Adventure Outpost.

Can I bring my own food and drink into the park?

Large hard or soft coolers, glass containers, food such as sandwiches, meals, snacks etc., and flavoured drinks may not be taken into the park. Water bottles may be taken into the park. Guests with special dietary needs, should contact Guest Relations.

Are lockers available?

All-day self-service lockers are available for rent in the Morocco section of the park, near the entrance. The multi-use, keypad operated lockers can be used as often as you like throughout the day. Self-service kiosks accept cash and credit cards. Standard lockers cost $10 per day, large lockers cost $15 per day and jumbo lockers cost $20 per day.

Can I use my own camera on the rides?

Selfie Sticks or any hand-held extension poles for mobile devices are not permitted on any ride.

Chest-mounted and wrist-mounted harnesses are allowed. The following conditions must be met for any hands free cameras/camera harnesses to be permitted on a ride:
• Camera must be secured by a 3-point or more harness, over the riders shoulders and around the torso, that is snapped or buckled closed and cannot be detached by bumping.
• Cameras with a case must be tightly snapped closed and the case must be securely attached to the harness with a screw-type pin or similar device. Similarly, an uncased camera can be directly and securely attached to the harness with a screw-type pin or similar device.
• Please see ride attendant for ride-specific procedures

Are there ATMs in the park?

ATMs are located throughout the park. MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Discover are accepted at all restaurants and gift shops with ID.

Is Wi-Fi available in the park?

Wi-Fi is available and free of charge for all guests. Simply search for the Busch Gardens network upon arrival at the park.

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