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

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. 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 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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January 2021 Crowd Calendar

After the first weekend and Christmas Town wraps up for the season, crowd levels throughout January should be lower overall compared to December. Saturdays will continue to be the busiest day of the week, with heavy crowds expected. Sundays will also see moderate to heavy crowds.

A last-minute Appreciation Nights event was added on January 8 & 9 for annual pass members and Fun Card holders from 6 to 8 p.m. both evenings. Mardi Gras Weekends will begin on January 16 and continue on weekends through President’s Day in February. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, from Friday through Monday in the middle of the month, will also draw in some larger crowds.

Mid-week visits will remain the lowest crowds, but will also see the shortest operating hours and will likely have some reduced hours or closures at attractions, restaurants, and shops throughout the park as was the case in the fall season on slower weekdays.

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 January 5, 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
  • Gwazi Gliders (annual refurbishment Jan 5 – 15)
  • SheiKra (annual refurbishment Jan 5 – 15)
  • Skyride
  • Slimey’s Sahara Sand
  • Telly’s Jungle Jam
  • Treetop Trails (including water play area)
  • Wild Surge

February 2021 Crowd Calendar

February will look much like January in terms of overall crowd levels – relatively light on weekdays, with heavier crowds on weekends. The park will remain closed on Wednesdays.

Mardis Gras & Sesame Street Kids Weekends will be the biggest draw earlier in the month, with Presidents Day Weekend likely being the busiest stretch in February. The following weekend will see the start of the Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival, so expect weekends, and especially Saturdays, to remain relatively busy.

Look for the full February 2021 crowd calendar in the coming days.

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