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Sea life and nightlife thrive in Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens, Florida, is located in Tampa’s Hillsborough County. The African-themed amusement and animal park opened in 1959, and has been rescuing and rehabilitating injured and endangered animals ever since, as well as providing family entertainment and environmental education. Busch Gardens is within close proximity to Saint Petersburg and Clearwater Beach, the sports and entertainment venues of Tampa Bay, and the nightlife of Ybor City.

Things to see and do

Beaches

Busch Gardens hotels are the perfect home base from which to enjoy the warm turquoise water, gentle waves and sparkling white sand of the Gulf of Mexico. The shallow water and nearby restaurants, hotels and public facilities make Clearwater Beach a great spot for families to spend the day. Saint Petersburg Beach and Honeymoon Island are long stretches of soft sand set among small dunes and seagrass.

Zoos and aquariums

Situated along Florida's beautiful Gulf Coast, it's no surprise that the Busch Gardens area has a wide array of zoos and aquariums dedicated to nature and marine life. Located in Clearwater Beach, Clearwater Marine Aquarium is home to Winter the dolphin, depicted in the movie "Dolphin Tale”. The aquarium specializes in rescuing injured marine animals and, when possible, the animals are released back into the wild. If deemed unable to return to the wild, the animals become residents of the aquarium and help to educate visitors on the importance of marine conservation. Visitors can also take a water ferry ride across the bay to the museum.

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo has been voted Best Zoo in the U.S. by Parents Magazine. Along with a variety of animal habitats—including wallaroos, leopards, elephants, African penguins and native Florida wildlife such as manatees, river otters, panthers, black bears and key deer—the zoo offers camps, classes, VIP tours, interactive exhibits, and special events to raise funds for wildlife awareness and conservation.

Museums

The Salvador Dali Museum in Saint Petersburg is an artistic structure of glass, steel and concrete. Permanent collections, traveling exhibits and special events give visitors a look into the surreal paintings, photography and sculptures of Dali.

Nightlife

Founded in 1886 as a center for cigar making, Tampa's Latin Quarter of Ybor City is the place to be for live music, dining, shopping and nightlife. Wine bars, Irish pubs, sports cafes, a brewery and a jazz house are just a few of the many eclectic dining and entertainment options available in Ybor City.

Special events

Christmas Town at Busch Gardens, Florida

The end of November through December sees Busch Gardens decked out in garlands, greenery and miles of sparkling lights. Festive musicals, ice skating shows, delicious treats, penguins and 15,000 feet of real snow bring a winter wonderland to Florida's Gulf shores.

Sunsets at Pier 60

Sunsets along the Gulf Coast of Florida are events in and of themselves. Clearwater Beach hosts a nightly pier party to welcome in the sunset. Pier 60, located right in the midst of Clearwater Beach, is the scene for musicians, local artisans, food vendors, street performers, and many other purveyors of family entertainment. This nightly event takes place seven days a week, weather permitting.

Where to stay

For family occasions or business trips, Busch Gardens hotels cater to guests’ needs when staying in Florida . The highly-rated Hilton Garden Inn is a great place to stay, for those wishing to be near the attractions and not too far from the beach.

Best time to stay

The mild climate of Florida's Gulf Coast makes it a year-round travel destination. The museums, zoos and aquariums, beaches, and other attractions scattered all around the Tampa Bay area are perfect day trips from the area. Busch Gardens, Florida, is open 365 days a year.

Travel information

Travelers can fly into Tampa International Airport (TPA) for easy access to the central Tampa area. To combine your Busch Gardens getaway with the theme parks of Orlando, consider flying into Orlando International Airport and renting a car. Tampa is about 85 miles from the Orlando area.

Recently booked Busch Gardens hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Red Roof Inn Tampa Busch
Busch Gardens
13 hours ago 2 stars $44
Wingate by Wyndham Tampa/At USF
Busch Gardens
14 hours ago 3 stars $99
Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa-North
Busch Gardens
15 hours ago 3 stars $79
Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
1 day ago 2 stars $39
Holiday Inn Express & Suites TAMPA -USF-BUSCH GARDENS
Busch Gardens
1 day ago 3 stars $85
Baymont Inn & Suites Tampa near Busch Gardens/USF
Busch Gardens
1 day ago 2 stars $49
La Quinta Inn Tampa Near Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
1 day ago 2 stars $55
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
Busch Gardens
1 day ago 3 stars $59
Embassy Suites Tampa - USF/Near Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
2 days ago 3 stars $129
Days Inn Tampa/North Of Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
3 days ago 2 stars $41

Recently Rated Busch Gardens Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Wingate by Wyndham Tampa/At USF
Busch Gardens
4.3 / 5
39 reviews
3 stars $99
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
Busch Gardens
2.9 / 5
152 reviews
3 stars $59
Days Inn Tampa/ West of Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
2.5 / 5
163 reviews
2 stars $46
Embassy Suites Tampa - USF/Near Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
4.1 / 5
34 reviews
3 stars $129
Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
2.0 / 5
49 reviews
2 stars $39
Days Inn Tampa/North Of Busch Gardens
Busch Gardens
2.3 / 5
85 reviews
2 stars $41
La Quinta Inn & Suites Tampa North I-75
Busch Gardens
4.0 / 5
35 reviews
3 stars $73
Rodeway Inn Tampa
Busch Gardens
1.5 / 5
51 reviews
1 star $53
Baymont Inn & Suites Tampa near Busch Gardens/USF
Busch Gardens
3.1 / 5
130 reviews
2 stars $49
Red Roof Inn Tampa Busch
Busch Gardens
2.6 / 5
40 reviews
2 stars $44

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From $59

1 Clarion Hotel & Conference Center

3 stars
2.9 / 5 152 reviews

2701 E. Fowler Avenue Map

Kid-themed suites and pirate ship water park near Busch Gardens The Clarion near Busch Gardens is just minutes from Tampa’s theme park. The property sits close to the pools and water slides at... More

Great Experience
Everyone is always so nice and friendly. They make my family and I feel welcomed each time.
Sep 9, 2014
From $129

2 Embassy Suites Tampa - USF/Near Busch Gardens

3 stars
4.1 / 5 34 reviews

3705 Spectrum Boulevard Map

Includes 2 adult tickets to Busch Gardens

Cool off in the heart of sun-drenched Tampa, Florida, in a two-room suite at the Embassy Suites Tampa - USF/Near Busch Gardens hotel. Stretch out in this all-suite hotel less than 20 minutes from... More

Tampa Experience
Not a good experience at all. The Wi-Fi didn't work in the room and when we call the front desk they weren't much help. Food was on the floor in the hallway from the Saturday we checked in until...
Sep 3, 2014
From $99

3 Wingate by Wyndham Tampa/At USF

3 stars
4.3 / 5 39 reviews

3751 E. Fowler Ave Map

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Conveniently located off Interstates 275 and 75, this Wingate by Wyndham Tampa/At USF is across the street from the University of South Florida and near Busch Gardens, Adventure Island, Sundome,... More

Good place
Location to Bush Gardens is great, plus they have a free shuttle to and from the hotel, you just have to call when you are done at BG and they come and pick you up any time. Breakfast is very good,...
Sep 11, 2014
From $93

4 Hyatt Place Tampa Busch Gardens

3 stars
3.7 / 5 28 reviews

11408 North 30th St Map

Save 25% on your stay

Newly Renovated Guest rooms feature contemporary decor with stylish furnishings including the Hyatt Grand beds, state-of-the-art media and work center with a high-definition 42 inch flat panel... More

Great Hotel
We switched to this hotel at the last minute. What a great decision. Staff was great, shuttle service was prompt and so helpful, and room was modern and comfy. The only downfall was the food we...
Jul 21, 2014
From $89

5 Grand Suites Tampa

3 stars
3.4 / 5 26 reviews

11310 N 30th Street Map

Free continental breakfast

The Grand Suites Tampa Bay offers the luxury of an exclusive all suites hotel and bis ideal for leisure and business travel. With 127 luxury suites and all of the amenities that have made Grand... More

not too happy stay :/
The hotel staff were nice and friendly, but the hotel needs some updating and a good thorough cleaning for rooms and through out the hotel. Beautiful layout of hotel, just needs some TLC (tendering...
Mar 31, 2014
From $77

6 Holiday Inn Express TAMPA NORTH - TELECOM PARK

3 stars
3.8 / 5 8 reviews

13294 Telecom Drive Map

This new Holiday Inn Express Tampa North – Telecom Park is conveniently located off I-75 at Exit 266 – Fletcher Avenue. This new hotel in Tampa Floridas Telecom Park is minutes away from the... More

concert getaway
The staff is very friendly and helpful. The pool area is a little small but it was clean and pleasant. The only bad thing is our room had an odd smell. Found out later that the rooms on the first...
Jul 15, 2014
From $89

7 Courtyard by Marriott Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher

3 stars
3.7 / 5 7 reviews

13575 Cypress Glen Lane Map

Rate includes breakfast

Thank you for choosing the Courtyard Tampa North hotel near Busch Gardens and since we are a preferred Busch Gardens hotel, be sure to check out our special offers on our deals page! Conveniently... More

Bush gardens visit
Stayed for 1 night to go to bush gardens.8 minutes away. Quick check in. Room was clean and ready. Real nice lobby. Loved the common lounge area. Had a very homey feel. Especially the living room....
Jun 28, 2014
From $55

8 La Quinta Inn Tampa Near Busch Gardens

2 stars
3.1 / 5 129 reviews

9202 North 30th St Map

Hotel a mile from Busch Gardens theme park and many area attractionsLa Quinta Inn & Suites is located behind Busch Gardens and adjacent to the University of South Florida (USF). The host hotel... More

Repeat customer
The hotel is not fancy or upscale, but it is located directly across the street from Busch Gardens, and right down the street from USF. We have stayed at this hotel about a half dozen times, and...
Aug 4, 2014
From $79

9 Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa-North

3 stars
3.9 / 5 27 reviews

8210 Hidden River Pkwy & Fletcher Map

Free On The HouseT hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

The Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa-North is an award winning hotel, located just off I-75 in a quiet, natural preserve business district in Tampa, Florida. Our hotel is located 15 miles northeast of... More

Great stay for price
The staff was extremely friendly, everyone from the front desk person to housekeeping. Breakfast was excellent. Sausages, scrambled eggs, oatmeal, cereals, waffles, French toast, fresh...
Aug 5, 2014
From $49

10 Baymont Inn & Suites Tampa near Busch Gardens/USF

2 stars
3.1 / 5 130 reviews

3001 University Center Drive Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

All-suites hotel near USF and Busch Gardens Find 150 deluxe suites located less than a mile behind Busch Gardens and Adventure Island at this all-suites property. The All Suites Hotel is... More

Nice hotel for the price
For my birthday this year I wanted to go somewhere I've never been before, so Florida it was. My main goal was to lay out on the beach, get in the warm Gulf water, and experience Florida as much as...
Aug 22, 2014
From $59

11 Ramada Temple Terrace/Tampa North

2 stars
3.8 / 5 59 reviews

11714 Morris Bridge Road Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

The Ramada Temple Terrace/Tampa North is Located off of I-75 and Close to all Major Interstates. I-4 and I-275 are easily accessible from our Hotel. The Ramada Temple Terrace/Tampa North is 3... More

simple affordable hotel
The room was basic but it was fine for a night or two . It's right next to IHOP so that was very convenient.
Aug 10, 2014
From $75

12 La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)

2 stars
3.6 / 5 35 reviews

3701 East Fowler Ave Map

The La Quinta Inn and Suites U.S.F was recently named a 2014 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner! Samsung Flat-panel TVs with 30 channels of HD programming. Easy-access... More

Good for the business trip.
The hotel was exactly what I was expecting, a middle of the road affordable hotel for my business trip. The only down side was the beagle in one of the adjacent rooms which let everyone know it...
May 14, 2014
From $85

13 Holiday Inn Express & Suites TAMPA -USF-BUSCH GARDENS

3 stars
3.3 / 5 30 reviews

2807 E. Busch Blvd Map

This Brand New Holiday Inn Express & Suites is the closest Holiday Inn brand to Busch Gardens approx (1/2 mile) and Adventure Island. We are only approx (1) mile to the University of South Florida,... More

Family Birthday Getaway
The ladies at the front desk were friendly, enjoyed the breakfast in the morning. The only thing is that I wished that the hotel offered/provided birthday ballons to children 12 and under. I...
Jun 23, 2014
From $80

14 Hilton Garden Inn Tampa North

3 stars
3.9 / 5 21 reviews

13305 Tampa Oaks Blvd Map

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

The jewel of north Tampa is the Hilton Garden Inn North Tampa hotel. Located in a tranquil nature preserve, yet minutes from the most exciting attractions in Florida, our Tampa, FL hotel has... More

Very Convenient
Perfect location for my business with FORE. Easy access, quiet location, good restaurants nearby.
Aug 23, 2014
From $119

15 Residence Inn by Marriott Tampa North/I-75 Fletcher

3 stars
4.5 / 5 2 reviews

13420 North Telecom Parkway Map

The Residence Inn North Tampa hotel near USF is located in a serene setting just off Fletcher Ave about two miles from campus. Our convenient location in North Tampa provides quick access to... More

Comfortable, great driving access location
The Hotel was a 4 star for me, I had no complants, friendly staff, good free brekfest. The location was great, for our stay. good accsess to the freeways. As an added bonus right accross the main...
Jun 23, 2014
From $44

16 Red Roof Inn Tampa Busch

2 stars
2.6 / 5 40 reviews

2307 East Busch Blvd Map

Save 5% on your stay

A great location when youre visiting Busch Gardens, and close to so much more! Located less than 2 miles from Busch Garden, the 100 percent Smoke-Free Red Roof Tampa Busch is within 3 miles of the... More

Not great
This is an old Red Roof Inn. The wifi didn't work. The toilet had a water leak. Although, with taxes it was 57 dollars on a Saturday night. If you can afford 100 bucks a night, then I strongly...
Aug 18, 2014
From $59

17 Quality Inn Busch Gardens

2 stars
2.8 / 5 10 reviews

4139 E. Busch Blvd. Map

Come enjoy our Free Continental Breakfast, high-speed wireless Internet access and more. Only steps from the entrance of Busch Gardens Tampa. The perfect location, affordable accommodations and... More

close to Busch Gardens
The hotel was great for what we needed it for. Close to Busch Gardens and cheap price.
Jun 30, 2014
From $39

18 Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens

2 stars
2.0 / 5 49 reviews

720 E Fowler Ave/I-275 Map

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Find adventures for the whole family near this Howard Johnson Express Inn - Tampa North/Busch Gardens hotel conveniently located off Interstate 275. Thrilling roller coasters and live entertainment... More

not good beware
to much roaches, room is dirty ans smoke all over.
Sep 2, 2014
From $90

19 Holiday Inn Express & Suites TAMPA-I-75 @ BRUCE B. DOWNS

3 stars
4.4 / 5 21 reviews

8310 Galbraith Road Map

Choose the #1Tampa Hotel For Guest Satisfaction The Holiday Inn Express® hotel in Tampa, Florida offers award-winning service and well-equipped accommodations that are also pet friendly. Among... More

Great place to stay
Friendly staff, nice facilities my family would definitely return!
Jun 5, 2014
From $73

20 La Quinta Inn & Suites Tampa North I-75

3 stars
4.0 / 5 35 reviews

17301 Dona Michelle Dr Map

The La Quinta Inn and Suites Tampa North I-75 Hotel was recently named a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner! 100% Non Smoking Hotel Located off Interstate 75, the La Quinta... More

Great value
Very clean, great friendly staff. Would stay again.
Aug 30, 2014