Welcome to our Busch Gardens Tampa Crowd Calendar page, with a monthly look at estimated crowd levels, park hours, and general tips on crowds throughout the year.
Our crowd calendar for Busch Gardens Tampa is meant as a guide and is only an estimate of anticipated crowd levels. The calendar does not take into account weather, which can have an impact on attendance since most of the attractions at Busch Gardens Tampa are outdoors. Please verify operating hours directly with the park before you visit, as they can change without notice.
General Crowd Info
In general, Saturdays are the busiest day of the week at Busch Gardens Tampa. Sundays, holiday weeks and event days also tend to draw in larger crowds than weekdays through the rest of the year.
Mid-week visits, regardless of the season, typically will have the lowest crowds compared to the surrounding weekends. Summer season along with Spring break and the weeks around Christmas are generally the busiest times of the year; weekdays in winter, late spring and fall typically have the lowest crowds.
Because most of the attractions at Busch Gardens Tampa are outdoors, a day with extended inclement weather will often reduce crowd levels. It’s worth keeping an eye on the weather in the days leading up to your visit – a few rainy days in a row will often mean the following day (especially if it’s a Saturday) could end up being busier than normal as guests who put off their visit all come on the same fair weather day.
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July 2020 Crowd Calendar
Busch Gardens has switched its closure days, which were originally Tuesday & Wednesday when it reopened in June. Now, the park will be closed on Mondays and Wednesdays until further notice. As a reminder, all guests need a free reservation to enter the park, even pass members.
Starting the month is the 4th of July weekend, which in past years would normally be one of the busiest stretches for the park in terms of attendance. For Friday & Saturday, the parks have added two extra hours, open until 8 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. like the rest of the month. This means no fireworks at the park for the holiday.
Based on attendance levels in June, Tuesdays and Thursdays should still remain the lowest in terms of attendance, with the weekends trending higher. With the recent heatwave, later in the afternoon the attendance has been lighter each day as guests who arrived at opening head out to find somewhere cooler to be. So if you’re only looking to pop in for a few hours and can deal with the hotter part of the day, arriving after noon may be beneficial to avoid some of the crowds.
Update 7/10: Additional hours have been added on two weekends. The park will now close at 10 p.m. on July 17, 18, 24, & 25 and at 9 p.m. on July 19 & 26. This shouldn’t change the overall crowd levels for those two days by much, and in fact may spread the crowds out across those days better for locals who choose to only visit for part of the day.
See more of what the park looks like with the new guidelines and procedures in our recent article on the reopening.
Not everything at the park has reopened. Along with the attraction closures below, also expect fewer restaurants, concession stands, and shops to be open. The only tour currently available is the Serengeti Safari. As the park continues its phased reopening, more things should begin to reopen.
As of July 11, 2020, here are the attractions listed as closed on the park’s website:
- Cookie Monster Canopy Crawl
- Cookie Monster Cloud Bounce
- Elmo’s Treehouse Trek
- Kookaburra Aviary
- Lory Landing
- Stanley Falls Flume
- Slimey’s Sahara Sand
- Telly’s Jungle Jam
- Treetop Trails
- Ubanga Banga Bumper Cars
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