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. On those days, avoid arriving at the park between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Instead, arrive earlier (lots open about 30 minutes prior to park opening) or come in the early afternoon and you won’t waste as much time waiting in line to enter.
Mid-week visits, regardless of the season, typically will have the lowest crowds compared to the surrounding weekends. The 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.
All of the above still applies even under the present circumstances, though predicting exactly how busy each day will be is a little more difficult as there isn’t as much crowd history to compare. Overall, crowd levels in the park are lower compared to an average day for the same time last year. However, due to reduced capacity, attraction closures, social distancing, and increased cleaning on attractions, wait times have not always been much lower.
“We would not have been able to see everything at the parks in the few days we visited without Bill’s help”
– Liz E. from Pennsylvania
March 2021 Crowd Calendar
After remaining closed the first two Wednesdays of the month, Busch Gardens Tampa is finally set to return to daily operation beginning the third week of the month as spring break season begins at the park.
Many local county schools will be off the week of March 15, so expect relatively heavy crowds at the park. Add in the Food & Wine Festival and weekends in March will likely see heavy to peak crowd levels, especially if the weather is fair After the local school spring break week, expect moderate crowds before becoming heavier again in the last few days of March in the lead-up to Easter weekend at the beginning of April.
The park has recently seen increased attendance compared to the last several months (excluding the holiday season which was also the heaviest the park has seen since reopening last summer). This trend may mean crowds will be on the upper side of each estimated “tier” in the coming weeks. Be sure to check back for any updates to the calendar if this trend continues, as revisions may need to be made as we enter the “Spring Break” season that will extend into April.
Not everything at the park is open. Some of the park’s attractions, shops, concession stands, and even a couple of the larger restaurants have either reduced their operating hours or are closed completely.
As of March 1, 2021, here are the attractions listed as temporarily closed on the park’s website:
- Congo River Rapids
- Cookie Monster Canopy Crawl
- Cookie Monster Cloud Bounce
- Elmo’s Safari-Go-Round (refurbishment March 1 – 5)
- Elmo’s Treehouse Trek
- Kumba (refurbishment March 1 – 12)
- Slimey’s Sahara Sand
- Telly’s Jungle Jam
- Treetop Trails (including water play area)
- Wild Surge
Upcoming scheduled refurbishments include:
- Bush Flyers (March 15 – 19)
- Zoe-Patra and the Hippos of the Nile (March 22 – 26)
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