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.
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– Liz E. from Pennsylvania
April 2021 Crowd Calendar
The month will begin with peak level crowds for Easter weekend, followed by moderate level crowds for the first half of the month as spring break season continues. Weekends all month long will see heavy to peak level crowds, especially on Saturdays with the headline concerts as part of the 2021 Food & Wine Festival. Weekdays later in the month should return to lower crowds with the exception of Fridays.
In late March, the park adjusted hours for a number of dates in April. Weekdays from April 1 – 9 will see extended hours in the evening, and Fridays April 16 & 23 saw the hours cut from closing at 8 p.m. to closing at 6 p.m. due to the Grad Nite event. Check back before your visit for any updates to hours or projected crowds, as things can change.
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 April 10, 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 Treehouse Trek
- Slimey’s Sahara Sand
- Telly’s Jungle Jam
- Treetop Trails (including water play area)
- Wild Surge
Upcoming scheduled refurbishments include:
- Snuffy’s Elephant Romp (April 12 – 30)
- SandSerpent (April 19 – 23)
May 2021 Crowd Calendar
The month of May will see lighter crowds on weekdays, with heavier crowds on weekends, especially Saturdays. Summer Nights begin on Memorial Day weekend at the end of the month, so expect that weekend to be especially busy overall.
Upcoming scheduled refurbishments include:
- Big Bird’s Whirly Birdie (May 3 – 7)
- Falcon’s Fury (May 10 – May 21)
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