La Quinta Inn & Suites USF (Near Busch Gardens)3701 E Fowler Ave, Tampa 2.5 out of 5.0
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, University of South Florida, and Adventure Island. ...
Baymont Inn and Suites Tampa near Busch Gardens/USF3001 University Center Dr, Tampa 2.5 out of 5.0
Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University of South Florida Botanical Gardens and Adventure Island. Busch Gardens and University ...
Ramada Temple Terrace/Tampa North11714 Morris Bridge Rd, Temple Terrace 2.5 out of 5.0
Situated in Temple Terrace, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Museum of Science and Industry, Lettuce Lake Park, and USF Sun Dome. USF Baseball Stadium is ...
Travelodge Tampa/ West of Busch Gardens2901 E Busch Blvd, Tampa 2.0 out of 5.0
Situated in Tampa, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Adventure Island, Busch Gardens, and University of South Florida. University of South Florida Botanical ...
Hilton Garden Inn Tampa North Busch Gardens13305 Tampa Oaks Blvd, Temple Terrace 3.0 out of 5.0
Located in a nature preserve, this hotel is adjacent to Tampa Oaks corporate park and 2 miles from Lettuce Lake. The University of South Florida, Busch Gardens, ...
Clarion Hotel and Conference Center near Busch Gardens2701 E Fowler Ave, Tampa 2.5 out of 5.0
Located in the heart of Tampa, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of University Mall, University of South Florida, and Adventure Island. Busch Gardens is 2.4 mi ...
La Quinta Inn Tampa-Near Busch Gardens9202 N 30th St, Tampa 2.5 out of 5.0
This hotel is located 1 mile from the entrance to Busch Gardens, 2 miles from Adventure Island water park and University of South Florida, and less than 9 miles ...
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Tampa N - Busch Gardens Area11310 N 30th Street, Tampa 3.0 out of 5.0
Situated in Tampa, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of South Florida Botanical Gardens, University of South Florida, and Adventure Island. Busch ...
Wingate by Wyndham - Tampa USF3751 E Fowler Ave, Tampa 2.5 out of 5.0
This leisure and business hotel is located within 1 mile of the University of South Florida campus, Busch Gardens and Adventure Island, and the Museum of Science ...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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