Why you should spend Thanksgiving at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay theme park

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Busch Gardens Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a great time to gather with family and eat delicious food.  So what if I told you could do all that without having to cook.  And while having a fun day at one of the nation’s best theme parks!  And you can, if you celebrate Thanksgiving at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay!

Busch Gardens theme park in Tampa, Florida is a great place to visit on Thanksgiving.  Christmas Town at Busch Gardens Tampa will have already started by then.  Christmas Town is a wonderful holiday celebration that takes place from November through January.  It was actually voted as one of the nation’s best theme park holiday celebrations by readers of USA Today.

The theme park is decorated in beautiful Christmas decorations.  There are also special Christmas shows you can enjoy.  And you and your family can get meet and get pictures taken with great holiday characters like Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.  There’s also a great Christmas market so you can get started on your Christmas or holiday shopping!  We go into why Christmas Town at Busch Gardens is so great here.

And this is, of course, in addition to all the great experiences you can have at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.  You’ll still get amazing animal experiences.  You can enjoy great thrill rides, like the brand new hit roller coaster Tigris.  And if you or someone in your family has young children, they’ll love the Sesame Street-themed children’s ride area, Sesame Street Safari of Fun.  And all of this included in your general admission ticket.  You can get a great price for tickets here.

But you may be thinking, is there anything specific to Thanksgiving?  And the answer to that is yes!  You can enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving buffet feast at Serengeti Overlook Restaurant.  Serengeti Overlook Restaurant is an amazing restaurant where you can eat while watching Serengeti Plain.  This means you can watch animals like giraffes and zebras while you eat!

And did we mention the delicious food yet?  Because I think we need to mention the delicious food!

Thanksgiving Buffet Menu


  • Seasonal Fresh Fruit
  • House Salad
  • Chargrilled Chicken Soup
  • Dinner Rolls

Chef-Attended Carving Stations

  • Smoked Turkey Breast (What’s Thanksgiving without turkey?!?)
  • Prime Rib Au Jus

Grand Buffet

  • Busch Gardens’ Signature Fried Chicken
  • Tuscan Loin of Pork
  • Gemelli Marinara
  • Herb Infused Baked Cod
  • Gemelli Carbonara
  • Chicken Strips
  • Potato Casserole
  • Chef’s Vegetables
  • Mac and Cheese


  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Warm Kahlua Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
  • Assorted Holiday Cupcakes


  • Coca-Cola Products
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Select Beer & Wine (for an extra cost)

Since this is obviously a popular event, you should probably book your online reservations now.  You can do that here.