A male host wearing brown clothes and two boys wearing yellow t-shirts feed a large Aldabra tortoise plants at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay animal theme park, located in Florida



Busch Gardens’ Summer Day Camp for kids is a time to make new friends, try new things, come face-to-face with a giraffe and challenge North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower.

For more than 25 years, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has provided children with inspiring, exciting and educational experiences with some of the best Tampa summer camp options found anywhere! We have a variety of Summer Day Camps to fit your student’s grade level and interest, and we look forward to having your child join us again next summer.


Due to the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we regret to inform you that our 2020 Resident and Day camps will not be offered at this time.


We would like to thank you for your continued loyalty and patience. We will be directly contacting all families that have affected camp reservations with assistance and rebooking options for future dates.


We understand that this is a challenging time and we are available to help with any issues or concerns.


Release and health history forms will be available 3 to 5 business days after completing your reservation. At that time, you will receive an invitation email from CampDoc.com prompting parents to log in. CampDoc.com offers an electronic record system for camps, where you can complete your camper’s health and travel information electronically.


Download the Day Camp handbook which provides you and your camper with valuable information to help make the most of your Busch Gardens Camp experience.


Day Camps Frequently Asked Questions

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What time can I drop off my child in the morning?

You may drop off your camper as early as 8:00 a.m. Camp counselors arrive at the drop-off areas at this time. Please do not drop off your child if a counselor is not present in the area.

If I am already in the park, where do I go to pick up my child after camp?

To pick up your child from inside the park, proceed to the Outpost Education Classroom. Please be sure to have your government issued I.D. The Outpost Education Classroom is located next to the Main Entrance Security and First Aid. At Adventure Island, you will exit the park and pick up your camper at the Picnic Pavilion.

Can my child stay in the park after camp unattended?

Campers and Counselors-In-Training (CITs) 16 years of age or older are permitted to sign themselves out of Camp with parent approval.

Parents can indicate approval for Self-Checkout on their camper or CIT’s CampDoc profile. Campers/CITs approved to do Self-Checkout will not be permitted to leave the Camp program until 3:00 pm. They are welcome to re-enter the park they visited that day (only valid for Busch Gardens Tampa and Adventure Island).

Campers or Counselors-In-Training under the age of 18 are not permitted to sign out any siblings. All campers under the age of 16 must be signed out by an adult 18 years of age or older.

Whom do I contact if my child is going to be late or miss a day of camp?

If your child will be late or absent, please call the camp supervisor between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. at (813) 600-0178. Refunds are not provided for missed days.

How do I arrange to pick up my child early?

If a camper needs to be picked up before 3:00 p.m., please notify Camp Staff during check-in that morning. All early pick ups must take place prior to 2:30 p.m. All camp staff are preparing for Camp Dismissal from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. so we are unable to accommodate any early pick up request during that time.

To help us ensure that your child is ready to be picked up at the appropriate time, or if you have an emergency after camp begins, please call the camp supervisor 20 minutes prior to your arrival at (813) 600-0178.

Do campers have to participate in all activities?

We design events to be enjoyable and realize that sometimes the schedule includes something new for some participants. Everyone is encouraged to participate to the best of their ability during group activities.

When does my child get his/her t-shirt?

Campers receive their t-shirt during check-in on the first day of camp. Additional t-shirts are available for purchase during your child’s camp week for $10/each (cash only please).

May I pack a lunch for my child if he/she doesn’t like the daily menu selection?

Parents are welcome to pack a lunch for their camper(s). Camp Staff will collect your camper’s lunch (please clearly label) and will deliver it to the lunch venue. Do not pack perishable items because refrigeration is not available.

What do I need to do if somebody else is going to pick up my child from camp?

A mandatory I.D. check is in effect to pick up all campers. Only adults 18 years of age and older who have been authorized on the camper’s CampDoc profile are permitted to pick up the camper. There are no exceptions to this rule. Only government-issued identification will be accepted. Camp Staff will verify your I.D. against our authorized pick up list and have you sign-out your camper(s). Anyone not indicated on the CampDoc profile who arrives to pick up a camper must be verified by Camp Staff via phone call directly to the parent/guardian. Under no exceptions will campers be released to an unauthorized individual without verbal consent directly from the parent/guardian.

Please Note: As we have updated our Dismissal process to include a mandatory identification check, we no longer accept vehicle passes for verification purposes. Please continue to provide a vehicle pass at the security check-point to gain entry into the parking lot, but you can leave them in your vehicle.

How do I add the extended care add-on option for my camper(s)?

Please refer to the “Extended Care” section for information and parameters for this option. You may reserve Extended Care on our website at www.buschgardens.com/camps or contact Education Reservations at 813-987-5808 to add this option at any time.