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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November 2019 Crowd Calendar
The month begins with the final two days of Howl-O-Scream, which should see moderate to heavy crowds both during the day and into the evening. The rest of early November should see low to moderate crowds. Beginning November 16, Christmas Town runs daily through the end of the year, with closing times between 8 and 10 p.m. Expect the first weekend to be fairly busy, with lower crowds during the following week. Crowd levels will range from moderate to heavy leading up to Thanksgiving, with peak level crowds the weekend after.
December 2019 Crowd Calendar
Picking the right day to visit in December can mean quite the difference in crowd levels. Weekdays early in the month will be generally light, with weekends and the week before Christmas seeing heavier crowds. Some of the busiest days of the year will come between Christmas and New Years, so plan accordingly by arriving early and expecting to wait in line for attractions and restaurants.
Unlike most of the year, there may be an influx of guests arriving later in the afternoon or early evening to enjoy Christmas Town throughout December. Also, be aware that Friday, December 6, is Physics Day, where students participating in the program get in early at 9 a.m. before the park opens to day guests.
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