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 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. 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.

June 2023 Crowd Calendar

Summer season is here and that means generally higher crowds throughout the month of June, with weekends and the last week of the month leading up to the start of July being the heaviest, with more moderate crowds on the weekdays earlier in the month. Summer Nights means extended hours into the evening with 9 or 10 p.m. closings all month long. Since fireworks are only on Fridays & Saturdays this month, that means you will likely find lower crowds on the rest of the weekday evenings as day guests leave for the day earlier in the evening. Those nights are great for locals to swing in after work to enjoy some evening rides and summer fun without the heat and all the crowds.

The summer season also means higher chances of thunderstorms in the late afternoons – since most attractions are outdoors, this means temporary coaster shutdowns and fewer things to do. Plan to hit your “must rides” early in the day or plan to save them after the storms pass in the evening, and hit up shows, have a meal or a drink, and do shopping in the afternoon (but expect other guests to be doing the same). If the rain is gone but rides haven’t reopened due to lightning nearby, see some of the animals as they are often more active after a shower.

See scheduled attraction closures on the park’s website.

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