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.
July 2021 Crowd Calendar
Summer Nights continues throughout July, and the beginning of the month will see peak-level crowds as Independence Day vacationers enjoy their time off. The park is scheduled to be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day during the month. Be sure to arrive early or wait until later in the day to avoid the lines for the parking lot and gates.
As of July 4, 2021, here are the attractions listed as temporarily closed on the park’s website:
- Cobra’s Curse (maintenance)
- Cookie Monster Canopy Crawl
- Cookie Monster Cloud Bounce
- Elmo’s Treehouse Trek
- Falcon’s Fury (maintenance)
- Slimey’s Sahara Sand
- Telly’s Jungle Jam
- Treetop Trails (including water play area)
- Wild Surge
August 2021 Crowd Calendar
Summer Nights continues daily through the first week of August, then is scheduled to run Fridays – Sundays. Crowds will return to more moderate levels on weekdays this month as local schools go back into session, but that also means shorter hours on Mondays through Thursdays. Weekends will still be busy, with Saturdays likely seeing the largest crowds with Summer Night continuing and the start of Bier Fest the second weekend of the month.
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