Busch Gardens hosts major Mardi Gras celebrations through March 5

Mardi Gras is back at Busch Gardens Tampa! Festivities, including tasty treats and parades, will take place most weekends and other select dates at the park now through March 5. Get jazzed up with Mardi Gras-style entertainment, live music and catch some festival beads (after each parade). Feast like kings and queens on New classic Cajun cuisine as Busch Gardens brings the “Big Easy” to Tampa Bay.

Tempt your taste buds with New Mardi Gras-inspired offerings like Crawfish etouffee, andouille sausage po’ boy sandwiches and a must have sweet treat at any Mardi Gras celebration – beignets! Get a taste of Bourbon Street with handcrafted cocktails such as Hurricanes,  “Throw Me Some Beads” punch, and so much more. 


The Bird Gardens will come to life with entertainers, stilt walkers and musicians including a brass band bringing the Mardi Gras spirit to Tampa Bay during this lively parade.

Map of the Mardi Gras Festivities at Busch Gardens

Major renovations and new attractions hit Busch Gardens

The only thing equal to the wild rides at Busch Gardens is the flavor bursting from the restaurants at the park. There’s something new for thrill seekers to sink their teeth into in 2023. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay opened Springs Taproom, a new casual and laidback lounge that will serve guests a variety of classic cocktails, frozen beverages, small bites and more. Read more about Springs Taproom here!

Rendering of the new Serengeti Flyer coming later in 2023

Busch Gardens is also set to debut a brand new swing this spring. The Serengeti Flyer is 135-feet-tall and hits speeds of 68 miles per hour. Think back to those afternoons on the playground trying to perform an entire revolution on the swingset and multiply that about 100. This ride is our childhood dreams come true. Read more about the Serengeti Flyer here!

And for those who didn’t hear the news, Iron Gwazi, North America’s tallest and the world’s fastest and steepest hybrid coaster was awarded the Golden Ticket Award for the Best New Roller Coaster in 2022!

Iron Gwazi at night at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

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