New Weekend Experiences Coming to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

This summer, park guests at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay have even more to look forward to with new experiences now available each weekend through August 16. Before the fireworks and laser show of Summer Nights, guests can now enjoy a special, physically distant photo opportunity with Big Bird and an all-new animal education program at Stanleyville Theatre.

In addition to enhancing the park’s already strict health and safety measures, park capacity will be limited to create even more open space at the 335 acre park so guests can enjoy a safe, socially distant and fun experience. Guests are encouraged to make reservations early as reservations are required and limited.

Big Bird is BACK!: Friday - Sunday, July 31- August 9 (Gwazi Pavilion, select times)

Get excited, Sesame Street fans: there’s news in Tampa and it is BIG! For two weekends only, guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind character connection with Big Bird. Families can snap a physically distant photo with Big Bird at Gwazi Pavilion, which has been modified to follow the park’s enhanced health and safety measures for this unique opportunity. Guests who are looking for more furry friends can swing by the Sesame Street Safari of Fun for story time and the toe-tapping “Let’s Play Together!” show.

Wildly Amazing! An Inside Look at Animal Care: Saturdays & Sundays, August 15 - 23 (Stanleyville Theater, 1:30 P.M and 3:30 P.M.)

Park goers can take a physically-distant seat in the climate-controlled Stanleyville Theater for an in-depth look at some of Busch Garden’s lesser known animals. Guests will learn directly from the zoological team that cares for cheetahs, parrots, komodo dragons and more every day. See the animals’ incredible adaptations in action and discover what to do at home to protect our wild world. Capacity for Stanleyville Theater will be significantly limited to allow for physical distancing during these new presentations.

Stick around for Summer Nights: food, fun and fireworks!: Friday - Sunday through August 16 (NEW Laser and Fireworks show at 9:00 P.M. each night)

After coasting the day away on some of Florida’s best thrill rides, guests can indulge in a limited-time menu of BBQ classics and beat the heat with frosty cocktails on their way to a dazzling laser and fireworks finale. The Festival Field is set up with modified seating for safe physical distancing and provides a perfect view from every seat. Guests can also choose to enjoy the fireworks presentation from a variety of viewing locations throughout the park.

Expanded Health and Safety Measures:

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. The park has worked diligently with state and local health experts, outside consultants and attraction industry leaders to enhance our already strict health, safety and cleanliness standards. These protocols and guidelines will be modified based on evolving industry standards and methodologies, public health, and governmental directives, and advancing scientific knowledge on the transmissibility of COVID-19.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is excited to continue to provide our guests with fun, inspiring and memorable experiences, while addressing important health and safety needs during this time. For detailed information about the measures that guests can expect when visiting the park, including key operational changes, visit
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