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.

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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 spend 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.

February 2022 Crowd Calendar

The announcement that has been a long time in the making has finally been made – Iron Gwazi will officially open on March 11, 2022. While that’s the grand opening date, annual pass members will have nearly a month of previews on select dates beginning in February (see below), adding to the weekend crowds. Weekdays, in general, will still remain lighter, especially Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Saturdays will remain the busiest day of the week overall (barring any rainouts), with Sundays also seeing heavy crowds, especially over Presidents Day weekend.

Real Music Series continues Tuesdays through Sundays, Mardi Gras lets the good times roll on Fridays through Sundays (plus Presidents Day), and Sesame Street Kids’ Weekends wrap up on the first two Saturdays and Sundays this month.

Below is the calendar of Iron Gwazi Pass Member preview dates. In addition to these preview dates, there is also the separate invite-only Passport to Thrills event taking place on February 11, 12, and 17. Expect some bump in crowds on all of these days, with greater effect later in the month as more pass members become eligible as additional tiers are added for the previews.

As of February 6, 2022, here are the attractions listed as temporarily closed or with upcoming refurbishments on the park’s website:

  • Montu (January 4 – February 18)
  • SheiKra (January 31 – March 4)
  • Skyride (scheduled to reopen Summer 2022)
  • Slimey’s Sahara Sand
  • Treetop Trails & Jungala Play Areas
  • Stanley Falls Flume (February 7 – March 18)
  • The Count’s Cars (February 14 – 18)
  • Desert Runners (February 21 – March 4)

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