Busch Gardens Ticket Discounts and Deals – Tampa Bay

LAST UPDATE: 11/29/14

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is located about an hour and a half from Orlando. It runs many promotions that can save you money. Check below for the latest Busch Gardens ticket discounts, coupons, and offers.

All offers are subject to change without notice.

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Regular Gate Prices

Regular one-day admission is $101.65 for adults and kids (ages 3+), tax included. Note that all regular paid admissions include FREE transportation between Orlando and Tampa Bay.

1-Year Annual Pass (365 days’ admission, free parking, discounts on additional admissions, merchandise and food) is $166.92 for kids and adults (3-64), $158.36 for seniors (65+), tax included.

Admission Discounts, Deals and Freebies

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Busch Gardens Website

Be sure to check the Busch Gardens website for current special offers.

Busch Gardens and SeaWorld Parks Orlando Annual Passes

If you visit Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, and the SeaWorld Orlando parks more than once a year, you may want to consider purchasing an annual pass. In addition to unlimited admission to Busch Gardens for 1 or 2 years with no blackout dates, annual passes include access to special events throughout the year as well as complimentary parking, discounts on food, beverages, merchandise and more.

Passes are available in 1 or 2-year increments for Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Tampa + Adventure Island, Busch Gardens Tampa + SeaWorld Orlando, and for all three major parks with the SeaWorld Orlando + Busch Gardens Tampa + Aquatica Orlando Annual Pass.  When you purchase a multi-park pass, the same benefits of unlimited admission etc., apply. Make sure you check the Offer Details to take advantage of everything the pass includes!

(Tax is slightly less if you purchase your multi-park tickets on the SeaWorld website.)

Discount Tickets from Undercover Tourist

Undercover Tourist, a very reliable ticket broker, sells Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Single Day + 1 Day FREE tickets at a significant discount. Undercover Tourist sells real tickets that you can take through the gate (not vouchers) and its prices include tax and FREE shipping, so be sure to account for that when comparing prices.

Southwest Airlines Discount

Show your Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards card at the ticket booth and get 20% off a one-day admission. Limit 4 admissions per card. It is FREE to join Rapid Rewards, and you can get your membership number instantly when you sign up on the Southwest website. Hit the print button when it pops up. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will accept a computer printout of your Rapid Rewards card (you don’t have to wait for the plastic one to arrive in the mail). Although this offer disappeared from the Southwest website in late 2009, it was still valid in 2013.

AAA Discounts

FREE Tickets for Military

Through 12/31/14, members of the U.S. military (active duty military, active reservists, National Guard, Coast Guard) and as many as three direct dependents may enter SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with complimentary admission. You must register in advance at www.herosalute.com and complete a form, which you take with you to the theme park along with valid ID.

Florida Residents

Florida residents who purchase tickets through the Busch Gardens website get special discounts. Select the tab ‘Florida Resident Offers’ to view tickets options. Purchases are limited to credit card billing addresses with a Florida zip code. Resident ID is required at point of park entry. Make sure you compare resident pricing with the general public on-line pricing; some general public discounts are better than those offered for residents.

Canadian Residents

There is a Canadian website for SeaWorld and Busch Gardens that sometimes includes special offers for Canadian residents only. You can visit the site at seaworld.ca.

American Express Membership Rewards Points

If you have an American Express card that earns Membership Rewards points, you can redeem those points for Busch Gardens tickets. Thanks to Amy H for info.

Hilton HHonors

You can redeem Hilton HHonors points for free Busch Gardens Tampa Bay tickets. Click here to read about this award (choose country, then Gift Cards & Certificates/Entertainment). Click here to read more about HHonors.

Air Miles

Canadians can redeem Air Miles for Busch Gardens tickets. See the Air Miles site for details.

Thanks to Dawn N for info.

2 Park Tickets

If you plan to visit both Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and SeaWorld Orlando, you can purchase special 2 Park tickets at a discount. Regular price one-day admission at the gate for the two parks would be $202.83 per child (ages 3-9), including tax.

Adventure Island is a 30-acre seasonal water park located in Tampa. The season runs from mid-March to early September (dates may change slightly annually). If you plan to visit both Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island, you can purchase special 2 Park tickets at a discount. Regular price one-day admission at the gate for the two parks would be $151.94 per adult or child (ages 3+), including tax.

3 Park Tickets

If you plan to visit Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica, you can purchase a special 3 Park Ticket at a discount. Regular price one-day admission at the gate for the three parks would be $261.99 per adult or $256.67 per child (ages 3-9), including tax.

Discovery Cove Ticket Deal

Both of the regular Discovery Cove programs (All-Inclusive Dolphin Swim Program and Non-Dolphin Swim Program) include 14 consecutive days of unlimited admission to SeaWorld Orlando and Aquatica for 14 consecutive days. For only $20 more you can add unlimited admission Busch Gardens Tampa Bay for 14 consecutive days. The park passes are valid before or after your Discovery Cove visit.

Tampa Bay CityPASS

If you are staying in Tampa for several days, you may want to consider the brand new Tampa Bay CityPASS. You can purchase the pass by clicking here. The pass costs $105.93 (ages 10+) and $89.88 (ages 3-9) including tax, and saves up to 37% the cost of admissions purchased separately. The pass is valid for 9 days from first use. The Tampa Bay CityPASS includes:

The Florida Aquarium, near Busch Gardens, is home to some 20,000 sea creatures, including sharks, otters, penguins, lemurs and alligators. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, rated No. 1 in the nation by Parents magazine in 2009, is home to another 1,000 animals, ranging from manatees and koalas to elephants, tigers, orangutans and more.

Orlando FlexTicket

Planning a “grand tour” of Orlando and vicinity? Be sure to consider the Orlando FlexTicket Plus, which includes admission to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (including round-trip transportation to Tampa Bay from Orlando) plus several other major attractions.

Other Deals

AAA members can show their card and save 10% at select in-park dining locations. Subject to change at any time.