Below are noteworthy events from Busch Gardens Tampa’s history that occurred in the month of August.

Specific Dates:

  • 1st – (2013) Park debuts $50 Weekday Ticket offer, valid for a single visit Monday through Friday through December 20, 2013. Guests could add a day at Adventure Island for $25. (Busch Gardens 8/1/2013)
  • 1st – (2013) USF Student Pass returns for $50. Pass allows student unlimited admission during regular hours through May 31, 2014, but does not include parking or other discounts/benefits of an annual pass. (Busch Gardens 8/5/2013)
  • 1st – (2014) USF Student Pass returns for $50. Pass allows student unlimited admission during regular hours through May 31, 2015, but does not include parking or other discounts/benefits of an annual pass. (Busch Gardens 8/1/2014)
  • 1st – (2015) Park offers the USF Student Pass for the 2015-2016 season allowing unlimited admission through May 31, 2016 for $50. Block out dates of  December 24, 2015 – January 3, 2016 and March 21, 2016 – March 28, 2016 applied. (Busch Gardens)
  • 2nd – (2001) Rhino Rally reopens after making safety enhancements in response to the minor accident in June.
  • 2nd – (2016) Guest Joseph Corrao, 45, picks up and violently throws to the ground Pinky, a flamingo and popular Animal Ambassador in her habitat in Jambo Junction. Pinky was later euthanized by animal care staff due to the extent of her injuries. Corrao was arrested on a charge of felony animal cruelty. (Tampa Bay Times 8/3/2016)
  • 3rd – (2015) Due to severe weather, park is closed for the day. (Twitter 8/3/2015)
  • 4th – (2011) The park rolls out a digital app for iPhone, which includes an interactive map, ride wait times and information, show schedules, “Find My Car” pin drop locator, and more. A version for Android devices rolls out later. Near the end of the month, a new website design is rolled out. (Busch Gardens 8/4/2011 & 8/29/2011)
  • 5th – (2011) Brazilian actor Rodrigo Faro and his family visit the park. (Busch Gardens 8/9/2011)
  • 5th – (2013) A baby zebra is born, bringing Grevy’s zebra population at the park to eight.
  • 5th – (2014) An aardvark is born at the park.
  • 5th – (2015) Park offers a Summer BOGO deal, where guests receive a free ticket with purchase of a single day admission at regular price ($97 for adults, $92 for children age 3 to 9). Offer available through August 24, and tickets valid through September 7. (Press Release)
  • 7th – (1972) Kishina, a female gorilla, is born at Yerkes Primate Center. She was moved to Busch Gardens’ Myombe Reserve in 1992.
  • 7th – (2016) Summer Nights event ends. However, the park actually closes at 7 pm (instead of 9 pm) because of inclement weather earlier in the day, forcing the final Kinetix performance and fireworks to be cancelled.
  • 9th – 12th – (2011) Online focus group held for feedback on improving the park’s blog. Chosen guests were required to log in twice per day and answer questions from moderators, and received $75 as compensation for their participation. (Busch Gardens 7/25/2011)
  • 16th – (2014) Falcon’s Fury “soft opens” to guests for the very first time, following several days of successful employee previews.
  • 16th – (2010) Busch Gardens changes their twitter account from @MyBuschGardens to @BuschGardens. The account continues to post about both Busch Gardens parks, but focuses mostly on the Tampa property. (Twitter 8/16/2010)
  • 18th – (2016) Oliver, a male gorilla, is born at the park.
  • 19th – (2013) Park announces addition to Waves of Honor program, allowing veterans and active duty service members the ability to purchase up to six single-day admission tickets for 50% off. Tickets had to be purchased by November 11 and used by December 20, 2013. (Busch Gardens 8/20/2013)
  • 22nd – (2011) A female eland calf is born, bringing the eland herd population at the park to 11.
  • 24th – (1985) Through October 6, “Church Days” offer of $3.50 off regular admission for church groups of 15 or more with advance reservation. (Ledger 8/16/1985)
  • 28th – (2016) The park begins offering free insect repellant in response to Zika virus concerns. (Twitter 8/28/2016)
  • 29th – (2014) Park launches offer for three months free with a purchase of an annual pass. Offer valid through October 31, 2014 on passes paid in full (Busch Gardens 9/4/2014)

During the Month:

  • 1981 – Total of 44 animal births reported at the park, including a Grevy’s zebra. (Ledger 10/16/1981)
  • 1991 – Admission prices listed at $26.45 for ages 3 and above, with parking at $3. (Orlando Sentinel 8/9/1991)
  • 2012 – The park launches an official Instagram account. (Busch Gardens 8/16/2012)
  • 2016 – Park launches redesigned online Busch Gardens Shop where select souvenirs can be purchased. (Twitter 8/22/2016)