Day Camp is a time to make new friends, try new things, come face-to-face with a giraffe and challenge a dive coaster. For more than 25 years, Busch Gardens® Tampa has provided children with inspiring, exciting and educational experiences and we look forward to having your child join us this year. We have a variety of Day Camps to fit your kid's grade level and interest.
Our day camps now qualify for the credit for child dependent care expenses (IRS Tax Form 2441) for working parents.
Animal Investigators: Grades K-1
Kindergarten & 1st Grade
Get out your magnifying glass, and start exploring and learning about our wild friends! At this camp, you may get up-close to a gator, trek through a tiger trail or make friends with a flamingo! These are just a few of the exciting things you will encounter while “investigating” the wondrous world of animals at Busch Gardens.
Colorful Communicators: Grades 1-2
“Caution” or “Camouflage”? “Come here” or “Stay Back!”? Animals use colors to communicate with each other about many things. Learn all about how critters use colors to keep themselves safe, find a friend, or scare away a predator by coming to this kaleidoscope of color day camp!
Adventure Apprentices 5-6
Adventure Apprentices will make you a “camper with clearance” so you can learn all there is to know about what it takes to make Busch Gardens run smoothly.
Wildlife Warriors: Grades K-1
Through inspiring stories, amazing animal encounters and cool crafts, you will learn all about how to become a wildlife warrior! Each day, you will discover what makes our animals unique and why these animals are so important to the world we share.
Habitat Helpers: Grades 1-2
A super shelter is the key to happiness in the animal kingdom! Be prepared to learn tons of fun facts about critters and the cool places they call home. Creating your own forest and feeding a giraffe its favorite snack out on our Serengeti Plains® are just the beginning of your journey to finding creature comforts!
Super Sleuths: Grades 3-4
Oh, what a puzzling place an amusement park can be. Have you ever pondered the "hows" and "whys" of Busch Gardens® Tampa's world-famous rides and shows? It's time to solve the puzzle. Enjoy a week of thrills, soaks and entertainment as you become a super sleuth and get to the bottom of the biggest mysteries of how our one-of-a-kind theme park operates.
Bio Buddies: Grades 3-4
Get in fast for this wild world of wonders at our most popular camp! Your day will be filled with interactions from armadillos to zebras, with all your creature questions answered in between. Your journey also includes an exciting trip to SeaWorld® and continues at home as you remember your fun-filled week with a journal of all of your amazing animal adventures.
Zoo Chefs: Grades 3-4
Busch Gardens® is home to over 2000 animals—that’s a lot of mouths to feed! Our herd of elephants alone eats over 1,000 pounds of food a day! Help our animals’ dietary dreams come true as you make lunch for a lemur and give a giraffe a tasty treat.
Adventure Trekkers: Grades 5-6
Go on exciting new adventures exploring the wonders of Florida by land...sea...and air! Prepare yourself for an unforgettable camp filled with adventure and intrigue beginning your week on land through a challenging wilderness course and four thrilling, multilevel go-kart tracks! Then, take it to the sea by hopping aboard the world's largest speedboat for a high-energy, high-speed ride past the beaches of Clearwater. Continue your journey to the air through the world's greatest aviation attraction. After traveling the area, end your week at Busch Gardens® where you will experience all three elements that our park has to offer.
Creature Researchers: Grades 5-6
Are you willing to get your hands dirty or your feet wet in the pursuit of wild animal knowledge? Look no further; this camp will give you an up close and in-depth look at the exciting career of field research. You will learn first hand exactly what goes into this awesome occupation. From focused observations to trucking through the Serengeti Plains®, you will navigate around Busch Gardens® exploring the amazing methods of a researcher.
Splash Seekers: Grades 5-6
Our park uses water for everything, from animal habitats to plunging waterslides. Explore everything splash-worthy at Adventure Island® Tampa, Busch Gardens® Tampa and SeaWorld® Orlando during this week-long camp that travels to each of the parks.
Adventure Champions: Grades 7-8
Have you ever wanted to compete in a reality show? Then join us for this fast-paced and challenged-based adventure through three of our parks: Adventure Island®, Busch Gardens® and Aquatica®. After discovering how we keep our parks running smoothly, it will be up to you to do the same. Put your skills to the test competing in park-related tasks to see if you can become the next adventure champion!
Junior Zookeepers: Grades 7-8
Caring for animals is a fun, rewarding, and sometimes, messy job! Here, you'll find out how truly amazing being a zookeeper really is. Work with exotic animals, take a glimpse into the professional world of animal care and get a jump-start on environmental education. You will also see the "night" side of the zoo as you spend one night sleeping side by side with the animals in our Tiger Lodge.
SEA Trekkers: Grades 7-8
Go on exciting daily adventures exploring all the wonders that the SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment family offers. This new program will let you explore the best of the best at Busch Gardens® Tampa, Adventure Island® Tampa and Aquatica®. Then end your week with a sleepover beside the sea creatures at SeaWorld® Orlando.
Thrill Seekers: Grades 7-8
This is the ultimate Busch Gardens® Tampa camp! Try something new each day, whether it playing team-building games with your fellow campers, riding a new roller coaster or interacting with a new animal friend, we guarantee it will be thrilling! You'll experience everything about Busch Gardens and become the ultimate camper!
Counselor in Training: Grades 9-12
Gain valuable career experience to become a Busch Gardens® counselor. This week long program offers you a real opportunity to learn from the best. Our expert educators will share their experience and knowledge with you on topics from child development to zoo careers and environmental awareness. You'll complete a specialized orientation and work side by side with our camp counselors during our summer day camp programs.