Weekend of Easter fun planned at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Special activities arranged across theme park

Easter activities at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (Busch Gardens)

TAMPA, Fla. – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is planning a lineup of exciting activities for the Easter holiday weekend.

The theme park will host family activities, animal interactions, a story time with Sesame Street friends, and for the first time ever, an egg hunt.

The events will be happening both Saturday and Sunday during select times.

[TRENDING: Polk County firefighter diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer denied benefits | WATCH: Trainer attacked by dolphin during show at Miami Seaquarium | Become a News 6 Insider (it’s free!)]

During the all-new egg hunt, guests ages 12 and under can search for eggs around the park’s Festival Field. The activity will happen twice per day, once for specific age groups. Kids 8 and under can search for eggs between 1 p.m. and 1:20 p.m., while children ages 9-12 can participate between 1:40 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay will also have a golden egg hunt happening around the park. When a guest finds all 40 eggs, they will get a special prize.

Over in the park’s Sesame Street Safari of Fun, smaller guests can enjoy a special Easter story from some of the park’s Sesame Street friends. The show happens at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the park’s Sunny Day Theater.

Some of the park’s animals are also getting in on the Easter fun.

During select times of day, animal care specialists will be on hand to talk about the animals as they receive special animal enrichments in their habitats. Busch Gardens said on its website that these types of activities help stimulate animals’ minds, sense of smell and foraging ability as they explore their habitats for holiday treats as a special addition to their daily nutritionist-curated diets.

Animal Enrichment Events during Easter weekend (Busch Gardens Tampa Bay)

Below are the following animal enrichment times:

Saturday, April 16

  • Serengeti Plain: All day.
  • Chimps: 11 a.m.
  • Kangaroos & Wallabies: 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 17

  • Elephants: 11 a.m.
  • Penguins: 11 a.m.
  • Gorillas: 11 a.m.
  • Aldabra Tortoises: 1:30 p.m.
  • Kangaroos & Wallabies: 2 p.m.

All of this Easter fun is happening while the park hosts its popular Food and Wine Festival.

The premier springtime event features more than 90 delicious dishes, wines, craft brews and cocktails, as well as live concerts.

Click here to learn more about Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.

Use the form below to sign up for the ClickOrlando.com In the Loop: Theme Park Scoops newsletter, sent every Friday morning.

About the Author:

Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.