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Overnight Summer Resident Camps

Florida's All-Inclusive, One-of-a-Kind Sleepaway Camp Experience

Whether looking for a career in the zoological field, veterinary field, or a chance to push adventure to the limit while staying in the Tampa area, Busch Gardens Overnight Summer Resident Camp is a home-away-from-home where you live what you love!

For two decades, Busch Gardens Summer Resident Camps have combined nature and thrills to create a unique one-of-a-kind experience. Based out of our secure onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge, we provide campers in rising grades 7 through 12 an all-inclusive camp experience from start to finish. Home to more than 200 species of animals and world class coasters, Busch Gardens has camps for both animal lovers and thrill seekers alike. 

2022 Resident Camp Handbook

Download the 2022 Resident Camp Handbook which provides campers with valuable information to help make the most of your Busch Gardens Camp experience.

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Grades 7 - 9

  • Land & Sea Adventurers Resident Camp
    Grades 7-9

    Splash Seekers Camp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Join us on an adventure of worldwide proportions as we explore the animal kingdom and discover what truly makes animals different.

    Looking for the best of both worlds? Start your adventure at Busch Gardens, Tampa to spend a night watching tigers being tigers after dark. Next, travel to SeaWorld where you will be busy with up-close animal experiences, meeting marine biologists, and exploring behind the scenes of SeaWorld’s animal habitats. Once back at Busch Gardens, uncover the inner workings of a premier zoo and meet the animal care professionals that keep it running smoothly. Come face to face with incredible animals from both land and sea; from towering giraffes to awe-inspiring killer whales.


    Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include the following amenities and experiences:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and SeaWorld, and to/from Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • 3 camp T-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge and one night at Tiger Lodge, our premiere tiger viewing habitat.
    • A visit to SeaWorld Orlando
    • Complimentary park admission for the camper after dismissal on the last day of camp

    Campers looking for an extended experience can enroll in our 12-night camp XtremeVentures. You'll participate in ZooVentures and Land & Sea Adventures, then explore the Tampa Bay area for 2 days in between.


    2022 Dates: Arrive Saturday by 11:00 AM, depart the following Thursday at 8:00 AM.
    • July 30th - August 4th

    This camp is a 5-night long resident camp which begins at 12:00PM on Saturday and ends promptly Thursday morning at 8:00 AM.


    Pass Members can save up to 20% on Resident Camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing.


    All components and activities are subject to change or cancellation. Height restrictions will apply for all rides. Separate park admission is not required. Prices listed are per camper and do not include tax. Advanced reservations must be made before first day of camp. Camps must be cancelled a minimum of 6 weeks in advance for a full refund (minus processing fee). If you have any questions or need to adjust your reservation, call (813)884-4FUN (4386). All camps are subject to availability. Limited quantities are available each week. If desired start date does not appear in calendar, we are fully booked for that week.

    Grades 7-9
    Camper(s) $1,049.00 /ea.
  • ThrillVentures Resident Camp
    Grades 7-9

    Thrill Ventures Camp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Looking for a NEW breed of adventure? Race 60mph on steel coasters, have up-close encounters with amazing animals, sleep next to tigers, and visit SeaWorld Orlando, all while making “camp” in a world class theme park.

    Looking for a NEW breed of adventure? Challenge world class rides and shows at Busch Gardens and SeaWorld. Defy gravity on North Americas's tallest hybrid coaster, IronGwazi, experience up-close interactions with awesome animals and immerse yourself at SeaWorld Orlando. Rise to the challenge of our thrilling camp designed just for adventurous kids like you!


    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and SeaWorld, and between Busch GardensTampa and International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • 3 camp T-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge and one night at Tiger Lodge, our premiere tiger viewing habitat.
    • A visit to SeaWorld Orlando
    • Complimentary park admission for the camper after dismissal on the last day of camp

    2021 Dates: Arrive Saturday by 12:00 P.M depart the following Thursday at 8:00 A.M:

    • June 4th – 9th  
    • June 18th – 23rd
    • July 2nd - 7th
    • July 16th – 21st

     

    Pass Members can save up to 20% on Resident Camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing.


     

    This camp is a 5-night long resident camp which begins at 12:00PM on Saturday and ends promptly Thursday morning at 8:00 AM. All components and activities are subject to change. Please call (813)884-4FUN (4386) to receive your pass member discounts. All components and activities are subject to change or cancellation. Height restrictions will apply for all rides. Separate park admission is not required. Prices listed are per camper and do not include tax. Advanced reservations must be made before first day of camp. Camps must be cancelled a minimum of 6 weeks in advance for a full refund (minus processing fee). If you have any questions or need to adjust your reservation, call . All camps are subject to availability. Limited quantities are available each week. If desired start date does not appear in calendar, we are fully booked for that week.

    Grades 7-9
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $1,049.00 /ea.
  • ZooVentures Resident Camp
    Grades 7-9

    Zoo Ventures Camp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Join us on an adventure of worldwide proportions as we explore the animal kingdom and discover what truly makes animals different.

    Take a walk on the wild side at Busch Gardens Tampa! Join us on an adventure of worldwide proportions as we explore the animal kingdom and discover what truly makes animals different. Get neck to neck with giraffes as we traverse the Serengeti Plain(R) and see if you can jump higher than kangaroos at Walkabout Way, our Australian Outback! Now’s your chance to test your knowledge and abilities while having a blast at Busch Gardens Tampa and our very own water park, Adventure Island!


    Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include the following amenities and experiences:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • 3 camp T-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge
    • A visit to Adventure Island, a waterpark
    • Complimentary park admission for the camper after dismissal on the last day of camp

    Campers looking for an extended experience can enroll in our 12-night camp XtremeVentures. You'll participate in ZooVentures and ThrillVentures, then explore the Tampa Bay area for 2 days in between. Or participate in ZooVentures and Land & Sea Adventures, then explore the Tampa Bay area for 2 days in between.

    Pass Members can save up to 20% on Resident Camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing.


    Campers looking for an extended experience can enroll in our 12-night camp XtremeVentures. You'll participate in ZooVentures and ThrillVentures, then explore the Tampa Bay area for 2 days in between. Or participate in ZooVentures and Land & Sea Adventures, then explore the Tampa Bay area for 2 days in between.


    2022 ZooVentures Dates: Arrive Saturday by 11:00 AM, depart the following Thursday at 8:00 AM. :

    • June 11th – 16th  
    • June 25th – 30th
    • July 9th &ndash 14th
    • July 23rd – 28th

     


    All components and activities are subject to change or cancellation. Height restrictions will apply for all rides. Separate park admission is not required. Prices listed are per camper and do not include tax. Advanced reservations must be made before first day of camp. Camps must be cancelled a minimum of 3 weeks in advance or total payment is forfeited. If you have any questions or need to adjust your reservation, call (813)884-4FUN (4386). All camps are subject to availability. Limited quantities are available each week. If desired start date does not appear in calendar, we are fully booked for that week.

    Grades 7-9
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $1,049.00 /ea.

10th - 12th Grades

  • Zookeeping 101 Resident Camp
    Grades 10 - 12

    Zookeeping 201 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    You can’t get any closer to animals than this! Assist zookeepers with their daily routine including preparing diets and providing animal enrichment.

    Experience first–hand what it takes to care for a variety of exotic animals. Assist zookeepers with their daily routine from cleaning animal habitats and distributing diets, to joining up-close animal encounters and observing veterinary care. Plus enjoy all the thrilling rides and world-class shows at Busch Gardens and chill out at Adventure Island.


    Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include the following amenities and experiences:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • 3 camp T-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge.
    • A visit to Adventure Island Waterpark
    • Complimentary park admission for the camper after dismissal on the last day of camp

    Campers looking for an extended experience can enroll in our 12-night camp, Zookeeping the Series. You'll participate in Zookeeping101 and Zookeeping201, then explore the Tampa Bay area for the two days between camps.


    2022 Zookeeping101 Dates: Arrive Saturday by 11:00 AM, depart the following Thursday at 8:00 AM

    • June 5th – 10th
    • June 4th – 9th
    • June 18th – 23rd
    • July 2nd – 7th
    • July 16th – 21st

     


    Pass Members can save up to 20% on Resident Camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing.



    This camp is a 5-night long resident camp which begins at 12:00PM on Saturday and ends promptly Thursday morning at 8:00 AM. All components and activities are subject to change or cancellation. Height restrictions will apply for all rides. Separate park admission is not required. Prices listed are per camper and do not include tax. Advanced reservations must be made before first day of camp. Camps must be cancelled a minimum of 6 weeks in advance for a full refund (minus processing fee). If you have any questions or need to adjust your reservation, call (813)884-4FUN (4386). All camps are subject to availability. Limited quantities are available each week. If desired start date does not appear in calendar, we are fully booked for that week.

    Grades 10-12
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $1,049.00 /ea.
  • Zookeeping 201 Resident Camp
    10th - 12th Grades

    Zookeeping 101 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Take zookeeping to the next level. Experience real-life, hands-on animal care at one of the nation’s largest zoos.

    Prerequisites for this camp are Zookeeping 101 or related experience working with animals.

    Use your past experience to hone your husbandry skills. Trek deeper into the work of animal husbandry as you work alongside Busch Gardens' animal care experts to help care one of the nation's most diverse animal collections. Campers also get the opportunity to enjoy all the world class rides, shows, and animal habitats at Busch Gardens and SeaWorld Orlando.


    Prerequisites for this camp are Zookeeping 101 or related experience working with animals.


    Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include the following amenities and experiences:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • 3 camp T-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge
    • A visit to SeaWorld Orlando
    • Complimentary park admission for the camper after dismissal on the last day of camp

    Campers looking for an extended experience can enroll in our 12-night camp, Zookeeping Intensive. You'll participate in Zookeeping201 and Zoo Careers, then explore the Tampa Bay area for the two days between camps.



    2022 Zookeeping 201 Dates: Arrive Saturday by 11:00 AM, depart the following Thursday at 8:00 AM.
    • June 11th – 16th
    • June 25th – 30th
    • July 9th – 14th
    • July 23rd – 28th

    Pass Members can save up to 20% on Resident Camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing.



    This camp is a 5-night long resident camp which begins at 12:00PM on Saturday and ends promptly Thursday morning at 8:00 AM. All components and activities are subject to change or cancellation. Height restrictions will apply for all rides. Separate park admission is not required. Prices listed are per camper and do not include tax. Advanced reservations must be made before first day of camp. Camps must be cancelled a minimum of 6 weeks in advance for a full refund (minus processing fee). If you have any questions or need to adjust your reservation, call (813)884-4FUN (4386). All camps are subject to availability. Limited quantities are available each week. If desired start date does not appear in calendar, we are fully booked for that week.

    10th - 12th Grades
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $1,049.00 /ea.
  • Zoo Careers Resident Camp
    Grades 11 - 12

    Zoo Careers Camp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Considering a future in the animal care field? This intense exploration includes working with animals in one zoo area, doing everything from scrubbing and raking, to preparing animal diets and so much more.

    Prerequisite for this camp is Zookeeping 201 or related experience working with animals.

    Considering a future in the animal care field? This is your chance to sample a zoo career in the company of zoo professionals! This intense camp allows you to explore animal care in a specific animal area. Zoo Careers includes everything from scrubbing, raking and preparing animal diets, to sharing animal information with park guests. Campers work behind the scenes daily, with the opportunity to network and ask hard questions about best practices or career direction. Yet—still there's time to enjoy all the world class rides, shows, and animal habitats at Busch Gardens and SeaWorld Orlando.


    Prerequisite for this camp is Zookeeping 201 or related experience working with animals.


    Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include the following amenities and experiences:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • 2 camp T-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge
    • A visit to SeaWorld Orlando
    • Complimentary park admission for the camper after dismissal on the last day of camp

     

    2022 Zoo Careers Dates: Arrive at Busch Gardens Tampa Monday by 11AM and depart from Busch Gardens Tampa the following Saturday at 8AM 

    • May 30th – June 4th

    Arrive Saturday by 12:00 PM, depart the following Thursday at 8:00 AM.  

    • July 30th – August 4th

    This camp is a 5-night long resident camp which begins at noon on Saturday and ends promptly Thursday morning at 8:00AM. We hope your child will enjoy this opportunity to experience all the fun and challenges of camp while developing a greater appreciation for animals and the environment.


    Pass Members can save up to 20% on Resident Camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing.



    All components and activities are subject to change or cancellation. Height restrictions will apply for all rides. Separate park admission is not required. Prices listed are per camper and do not include tax. Advanced reservations must be made before first day of camp. Camps must be cancelled a minimum of 6 weeks in advance for a full refund (minus processing fee). If you have any questions or need to adjust your reservation, call (813)884-4FUN (4386). All camps are subject to availability. Limited quantities are available each week. If desired start date does not appear in calendar, we are fully booked for that week.

    Grades 11 - College
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $1,049.00 /ea.

Combo Camps

  • XtremeVentures Combo Resident Camp
    Grades 7 - 9

    Xtreme Ventures Camp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Enjoy nearly 2 weeks at Busch Gardens. You'll participate in ZooVentures and ThrillVentures, and explore the Tampa Bay area for 2 days in between.

    During XtremeVentures, campers enjoy almost two weeks at Busch Gardens during ZooVentures and ThrillVentures. Combo campers enjoy all the world class rides, shows, and animal habitats that Busch Gardens, Adventure Island and SeaWorld have to offer.


    ZooVentures: Take a walk on the wild side at Busch Gardens Tampa! Join us on an adventure of worldwide proportions as we explore the animal kingdom and discover what truly makes animals different. Get neck to neck with giraffes as we traverse the Serengeti Plain™ and see if you can jump higher than kangaroos at Walkabout Way, our Australian Outback! Now’s your chance to test your knowledge and abilities while having a blast at Busch Gardens Tampa and our sister water park, Adventure Island!

    ThrillVentures: Looking for a NEW breed of adventure? Challenge world class rides and shows at Busch Gardens and SeaWorld. Defy gravity on North Americas's tallest hybrid coaster, IronGwazi, experience up-close interactions with awesome animals and immerse yourself at SeaWorld Orlando. Rise to the challenge of our thrilling camp designed just for adventurous campers like you!

    Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include the following amenities and experiences:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • 4 camp T-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge, and one night at Tiger Lodge, our premiere tiger viewing habitat
    • A field trip to SeaWorld and Adventure Island
    • Complimentary park admission for the camper after dismissal on the last day of camp

    2022 Dates: Arrive the first Saturday by 12:00 PM and depart the second Thursday at 8:00 AM
    • June 4th – 16th ThrillVentures - ZooVentures
    • June 11th – 23rd ZooVentures - ThrillVenture
    • June 18th – 30th ThrillVentures - ZooVentures
    • June 25th – July 7th ZooVentures - ThrillVentures
    • July 2nd – 14th ThrillVentures - ZooVentures
    • July 9th – 21st ZooVentures - ThrillVentures
    • July 16th – 28th ThrillVentures - ZooVentures
    • July 23rd - August 3rd Land & Sea Adventures

    This camp is a 12-night long resident camp which begins at 11:00AM on Thursday and ends promptly the 2nd Thursday morning at 8:00AM. We hope your child will enjoy this opportunity to experience all the fun and challenges of camp while developing a greater appreciation for animals and the environment.


    Pass Members can save up to 20% on Resident Camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing.


    All components and activities are subject to change or cancellation. Height restrictions will apply for all rides. Separate park admission is not required. Prices listed are per camper and do not include tax. Advanced reservations must be made before first day of camp. Camps must be cancelled a minimum of 6 weeks in advance for a full refund (minus processing fee). If you have any questions or need to adjust your reservation, call (813)884-4FUN (4386). All camps are subject to availability. Limited quantities are available each week. If desired start date does not appear in calendar, we are fully booked for that week.

    GRADES 7-9
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $2,197.00 /ea.
  • Zookeeping the Series Resident Camp
    Grades 10 - 12

    Zookeeping Series Camp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Enjoy nearly 2 weeks at Busch Gardens. You'll participate in Zookeeping 101, Zookeeping 201. and explore the Tampa Bay area for 2 days in between.

    During this extended camp, campers enjoy almost two weeks at Busch Gardens, participating in Zookeeping 101 and Zookeeping 201. Combo campers enjoy all the world class rides, shows, and animal habitats that Busch Gardens, Adventure Island and SeaWorld have to offer.

    Zookeeping 101: Experience first–hand what it takes to care for a variety of exotic animals. Assist zookeepers with their daily routine from cleaning animal habitats and distributing diets, to joining up-close animal encounters and observing veterinary care. Plus enjoy all the thrilling rides and world-class shows at Busch Gardens and chill out at Adventure Island.

    Zookeeping 201: Use your past experience to hone your husbandry skills. Trek deeper into the work of animal husbandry as you work alongside Busch Gardens' animal care experts to help care one of the nation's most diverse animal collections. Campers will have the opportunity to enjoy the world class rides, shows, and animal habitats at Busch Gardens and SeaWorld Orlando.


    Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include the following amenities and experiences:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • 4 camp T-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge
    • A field trip to SeaWorld and Adventure Island
    • Complimentary park admission for the camper after dismissal on the last day of camp

    2022 Dates: Arrive the first Saturday by 11:00 AM and depart the second Thursday at 8:00 AM
    • June 4th – 16th Zookeeping 101—Zookeeping 201
    • June 18th – 30th Zookeeping 101—Zookeeping 201
    • July 2nd – 14th Zookeeping 101—Zookeeping 201
    • July 16th – 28th Zookeeping 101—Zookeeping 201

    This camp is a 12-night long resident camp which begins at 11:00AM on Thursday and ends promptly the 2nd Thursday morning at 8:00AM.


    Pass Members can save up to 20% on Resident Camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing.


    All components and activities are subject to change or cancellation. Height restrictions will apply for all rides. Separate park admission is not required. Prices listed are per camper and do not include tax. Advanced reservations must be made before first day of camp. Camps must be cancelled a minimum of 6 weeks in advance for a full refund (minus processing fee). If you have any questions or need to adjust your reservation, call (813)884-4FUN (4386). All camps are subject to availability. Limited quantities are available each week. If desired start date does not appear in calendar, we are fully booked for that week.

    GRADES 10 - COLLEGE
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $2,197.00 /ea.
  • Zookeeping Intensive Resident Camp
    Grades 10 - 12

    Zookeeping Intensive Camp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Enjoy nearly 2 weeks at Busch Gardens. You'll participate in Zookeeping 201, Zoo Careers, and explore the Tampa Bay area for 2 days in between.

    Zookeeping Intensive offers campers almost two weeks at Busch Gardens participating in Zookeeping 201 and Zoo Careers. Combo campers enjoy all the world class rides, shows, and animal habitats that Busch Gardens and SeaWorld Orlando have to offer.

    Zookeeping 201: Use your past experience to hone your husbandry skills. Trek deeper into the work of animal husbandry as you work alongside Busch Gardens' animal care experts to help care one of the nation's most diverse animal collections. Campers also get the opportunity to enjoy all the world class rides, shows, and animal habitats at Busch Gardens and SeaWorld Orlando..

    Zoo Careers: Considering a future in the animal care field? This intense exploration includes working with animals in one zoo area, doing everything from scrubbing and raking, to preparing animal diets and so much more


    Busch Gardens’ Resident Camps are fully chaperoned and include the following amenities and experiences:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and SeaWorld, and Busch GardensTampa and International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • 4 camp t-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge
    • A field trip to SeaWorld
    • Complimentary park admission for the camper after dismissal on the last day of camp

    2022 Dates: Arrive the first Saturday by 11:00 AM and depart the second Thursday at 8:00 AM.
    • June 23 – August 4th Zookeeping 201—Zoo Careers

    We hope your child will enjoy this opportunity to experience all the fun and challenges of camp while developing a greater appreciation for animals and the environment.


    This camp is a 12-night long resident camp which begins at 11:00AM on Thursday and ends promptly the 2nd Thursday morning at 8:00AM.

    Pass Members can save up to 20% on Resident Camps. Please log in to see discounted pricing.


    All components and activities are subject to change or cancellation. Height restrictions will apply for all rides. Separate park admission is not required. Prices listed are per camper and do not include tax. Advanced reservations must be made before first day of camp. Camps must be cancelled a minimum of 6 weeks in advance for a full refund (minus processing fee). If you have any questions or need to adjust your reservation, call (813)884-4FUN (4386). All camps are subject to availability. Limited quantities are available each week. If desired start date does not appear in calendar, we are fully booked for that week.

    Grades 10 - College
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $2,197.00 /ea.