Three young boys in green shirts enjoy themselves while at overnight camp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, located in Florida

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 grades 5 through college 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. 

 

Parent Handbooks, registration forms, and Frequently Asked Questions will be released to parents by March 1st, 2021. We recommend parents wait to confirm travel arrangements until they have an opportunity to review the Parent Handbook.

Grades 6 - 9

  • AnimalVentures Resident Camp
    Grades 6-9

    Splash Seekers Camp at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

    Every animal plays a part in the big picture of life. Discover how the large and small creatures come together—plus meet a few oddities of nature face to face!

    How do animals around the globe come together in interesting ways to help the world go ‘round? From aardvark to zebra, every animal has a role that they’re perfectly adapted to fill! You and other campers will work together, to uncover the hidden secrets of wildlife in up-close animal encounters, conquer Busch Gardens’ amazing rollercoasters, and make memories that last a lifetime!

    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
    • Two 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

    2021 Dates: Arrive Saturday by 12:00 P.M., depart the following Thursday at 8:00 A.M.
    • June 12th – 16th
    • June 26th – June 30th
    • July 10th – July 14th
    • July 24th – 28th

     


    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 6-9
    Camper(s) $899.00 /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 speed down waterslides, 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 Adventure Island. Defy gravity on Florida’s first triple launch coaster, Cheetah Hunt, experience up-close interactions with awesome animals and splash away summer heat in the cool pools at Adventure Island. Rise to the challenge of our thrilling travel camp designed just for adventurous kids like you!


    This camp is fully chaperoned and includes the following amenities and experiences:

    • Transportation between Busch Gardens and Tampa International Airport (TPA)
    • All meals and snacks
    • Two 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 Adventure Island Waterpark
    • 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 5th – 9th  
    • June 19th – 23rd
    • July 3rd - 7th
    • July 17th – 21st

     

    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) $899.00 /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
    • Two camp t-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge
    • A field trip to  Adventure Island Waterpark
    • Complimentary park admission for the camper after dismissal on the last day of camp

     

    2021 Dates: arrive Saturday by 12:00 PM, depart the following Thursday at 8:00 AM

    • June 5th – 9th
    • June 19th – 23rd
    • July 3rd – 7th
    • July 17th – 21st

     


    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 10-12
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $899.00 /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 exhibits Busch Gardens has to offer.


    This program does require a prerequisite to be eligible to attend. Campers must have completed our Zookeeping 101 program.


    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
    • Two camp t-shirts and a water bottle
    • Housing at our secure, onsite dormitory, Mzinga Lodge
    • A visit to Adventure Island
    • Complimentary park admission for the camper after dismissal on the last day of camp


    2021 Dates: arrive Saturday by 12:00 PM, depart the following Thursday at 8:00 AM
    • June 12th – 16th
    • June 26th -30th
    • July 10th - 14th
    • July 24th – 28th

    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.

    10th - 12th Grades
    Prices Starting at
    Camper(s) $899.00 /ea.
  • Parent Handbooks, registration forms, and Frequently Asked Questions will be released to parents by March 1st, 2021. We recommend parents wait to confirm travel arrangements until they have an opportunity to review the Parent Handbook.