Summer Nights Busch Gardens is an annual extravaganza that has been re-imagined for 2017. Extended park hours, new entertainment and rides that thrill during the day have a generous dash of scary spice during darkness.
Summer Nights kicks off June 16th and runs every night through August 6th. Hours are until 9pm Sunday to Thursday and 11pm Friday and Saturday. All Summer Nights events are included with regular park admission.
Summer Nights Busch Gardens Party Zones
Summer Nights Busch Gardens includes 3 brand new Party Zones for a ton of entertainment, music, shows, food and beverages.
- ¡Fiesta Festa!
For a Latin experience, make your way to Cheetah Hunt Plaza ¡Fiesta Fiesta! party zone. Delicious nibbles include slow roasted mojo pork, jerk chicken empanadas and chicharrons. To wash it all down, or give Dutch courage for thrill rides, drinks include Margaritas, Sangria and beer options.
- Luau Party Zone
Pantopia, home of Falcon’s Fury drop ride, is transformed into a Hawaiian paradise named Luau Party Zone. Island style entertainment is accompanied by a Hawaiian based menu including huli huli chicken, Hawaiian BBQ ribs and pineapple cheesecake parfait.
Typical tropical cocktails and craft brews make the perfect partner to tasty tidbits.
- Vibin Village
Last, but by no means least, is the Vibin Village party zone in Stanleyville for an immersive African experience. Foot tapping performances consist of tribal belly dancers and interactive drum shows. Food bites include chicken mafi with peanut sauce, tamarind shrimp, watermellon cooler and smoked chicken pocket with harissa.
Craft beers, wines and cocktails also available.
Turn It Up! Ice Show
The Moroccan Palace is home to a brand new ice show featuring spectacular skaters vibrantly celebrating summer with aerial moments and eclectic pop music. You don’t have to wait until Busch Gardens Summer Nights to see this show. Turn It Up! will be shown from May 26th 2017.
Summer Nights Sampler Lanyard
The Summer Nights Sampler Lanyard includes 8 items from the party zones and other food locations throughout the park including Twisted Tails, Garden Gate Cafe and Serengeti Overlook Pub. $34.99 per person. Pass members discounts available.
Thrill Rides in The Dark
Falcon’s Fury, Cheetah Hunt, SheiKra, Montu, Kumba and last year’s newby, Cobra’s Curse, will keep your blood pressure bubbling along nicely. Cobra’s Curse is the first of its’ kind in the world, taking its’ riders forwards and backwards before freely spinning them for the remaining third of the ride.
Busch Gardens in Tampa has it all, in my humble opinion. Alongside the impressive open air zoo, Serengeti Plain, covering 65 acres and traversed by the Serengeti Railway steam train are some of the most exciting thrill rides in Florida.
Enjoy your Summer Nights at Busch Gardens Tampa!