Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's annual Summer Nights series is back! Summer Nights offers extended park hours (open until 10:00 p.m. nightly), an extra dose of energy, and all of the park's thrill rides and roller coasters lighting up the evening sky. The series is underway now and continues through Sunday, August 5.

Along with all of Busch Gardens' regular attractions, Summer Nights features three themed party zones: ¡Fiesta Festa!, Vibin’ Village, and a new area named Backyard BBQ. Each area has its own music, dancing space, and special food options to match the theme. Guests can sample snacks and unique meals like steak chimichurri, a chicken waffle sandwich with blackberry pepper jelly, smoked beef brisket sliders with peach slaw, hummus topped with curry-roasted cauliflower, chilled shrimp with watermelon and tamarind glaze, mini donuts, and funnel cakes.

Don't forget about the two free beer samples for everyone 21 and up! This offer also goes through August 5.

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To kick off summer and the Summer Nights series, Busch Gardens is offering some fantastic deals on park admission! Hurry though, these offers are only available through Sunday, June 3:

  • You can get a single-day ticket to Busch Gardens for only $45, which is over $50 off the price at the gate! If you want to head over to nearby Adventure Island on the same day, it's just an extra $10!
  • For a single-day Adventure Island ticket, you'll pay only $29 -- that's over $30 off the gate price! New for this year is the park's Vanish Point ride. It's a 70-foot-high, freefall drop slide which gives you two ride options. You can either begin in a standing position and have the floor dropped out from under you, or you can lie down at the top of a chute and go down a steep dive to begin a 150-yard speed slide.
  • Busch Gardens Fun Cards and Adventure Island Fun Cards are on sale for just $59! The Busch Gardens Fun Card includes unlimited park visits for the rest of 2018. The Adventure Island Fun Card now includes weekends, and also provides unlimited visits during the 2018 open season.

For more information, park hours, and to purchase tickets or passes, visit BuschGardensTampaBay.com.

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Photo provided by Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.