The park is regularly recognized as one of the highest quality theme parks in the world, capturing dozens of awards over its 37-year history for attraction and show quality, design, landscaping, culinary operations and theming. Recent awards from some of the industry’s top organizations and trade publications include:
- Behind The Thrills Best of 2012 – Best Food Destination
- 2012 National Amusement Park Historical Association – World’s Most Beautiful Theme Park (22nd consecutive year winning award)
- 2012 Golden Ticket Award by Amusement Today – Best Theme Park Landscaping (Busch Gardens® has won the award every year since 1998 when the category was established); Cleanest Park (third place); Best New Ride – Verbolten® (fourth place); Best Food (fifth place); Best Halloween Event (fifth place); Best Christmas Event (fifth place); Best Theme Park (sixth place)
- 2011 About.com Readers' Choice Award – Best of Theme Parks: Best New Theme Park Food for Busch Gardens’® Pretzel Sandwich
The park also features some of the industry’s top thrill rides with three steel roller coasters, Apollo’s Chariot®, Alpengeist® and Griffon®, ranked in the top 50 in Amusement Today’s annual survey.