Busch Gardens Tampa Crowd Calendar

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

Saturdays are usually 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 before the park opens) or come mid-afternoon and you won’t spend as much time waiting in line to enter.

Mid-week visits, regardless of the season, typically will have lower crowds compared to the surrounding weekends. The summer season, spring break, and the weeks around Christmas are generally the busiest times of the year. Winter, late spring, and fall weekdays 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 usual as guests who put off their visit all come on the same fair weather day.

June 2024 Crowd Calendar

Summer season is here! June will see the larger daily crowds start rolling in as Florida and southeast US schools let out and the summer vacation season for many begins. Summer Nights continues daily throughout the month, and on Fridays – Sundays the brand new Red, White & Brews event adds special food & beverage options to enjoy along with fireworks to end the evening (weather permitting).

As is the case all year long, expect Saturday to be the busiest day of the week, with Fridays & Sundays also seeing high crowds. Stick to weekdays for more moderate crowds at the beginning of the month, with only slightly shorter hours (but no fireworks). Weekdays towards the end of the month will start seeing some heavier crowds move in as summer vacation is in full swing.

Whatever day you choose, be sure to prepare your expectations for some level of crowds. If you can get to the park early (parking opens at least 30 minutes before the park) you’ll beat a lot of the traffic to get in and be able to get a couple of rides in before most people even make it in the gate. If you’re not an early riser, understand that between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. will be the busiest time to park and enter the gates – prepare to wait. If you only have one day, definitely make the effort to arrive early and consider Quick Queue if riding everything is a priority for your party. And understand that weather can impact your plans – since most things are outdoors, a thunderstorm at or nearby can close most attractions temporarily.

See any scheduled attraction closures on the park’s website.

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