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Robert Niles

Busch Gardens Tampa to offer free admission to preschoolers

Published: February 25, 2010 at 5:01 PM

Just got word today that Busch Gardens Tampa will be offering free season passes to Florida kids age 5 and under for 2010.

Theme parks typically don't charge visitors age 3 and under, so the offer extends the free admission to kids ages 4 and 5. But you can't just walk up to the gate and get in. Parents of pre-schoolers will need to sign up for the pass online at (Click the "Free Preschool Pass" link. You'll need to bring a birth certificate to the park to activate the pass on your first visit.)

As you might guess from the URL, the deal is part of the park's promotion of its new Sesame Street Safari of Fun kids' area, which is opening this spring.

An added bonus: Busch Gardens is setting aside 44 spots in its preferred parking area for families with strollers, so that they can avoid having to deal with the parking lot tram. There's no extra charge for spots, either, but they're first-come, first-taken, and you'll have to ask for one at the parking booths.

Replies (3)

Joshua Counsil

Published: February 25, 2010 at 9:38 PM

I think this is a pretty good deal, but only 44 parking spots? Come on, really? Why even bother offering that?
rick stevens

Published: February 26, 2010 at 12:49 AM

OK, it sounds like a great deal, 44 spots is not much for parking, but how many preschooler's drive? I hope that the right people take advantage of the offer. I also hope they offer a similar package on the West Coast, wherever that may be (wishful thinking).
Robert Niles

Published: February 26, 2010 at 6:44 AM

Hey, it's 44 free premium slots that they didn't offer before. It's gonna be like hitting the lottery to get 'em, but hey, that's more encouragement to do as we always say around here and get to the park early!

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