Busch Gardens of Tampa and SeaWorld have expanded their free Preschooler Pass to include kids 5 and younger. Previously, children younger than 3 were free and kids ages 3 to 9 paid the children's rate.
The free SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Preschool Pass is an online-only offer, available at BuschGardensTampaBay.com or SeaWorldOrlando.com. It is exclusively for Florida residents ages 5 and younger and is valid for unlimited admission – with no blackout dates – through Dec. 31. The Preschool Pass does not include parking or Premium Passport discounts or benefits.
Tickets start at $69.99 online for Florida resident adults, $61.99 for children at Busch Gardens. At SeaWorld, tickets start at $71.99 for adults, $63.99 for a child.
So what can little ones find there? Busch Gardens' Sesame Street Safari of Fun, with a wee coaster experience aboard Air Grover and water play splash park. And SeaWorld's Shamu's Happy Harbor play area is designed for the tots with kid-size rides, a four-story net climb, and a family-oriented roller coaster, Shamu Express.
The passes also include seasonal events such as Summer Nights at Busch Gardens, SeaWorld's Halloween Spooktacular and festive holiday events at both parks. New this year in Busch Gardens is a huge ice show, Iceploration, premiering Feb. 2. And SeaWorld is introducing an all-new festival this year, "Just for Kids!" featuring concerts by Lazy Town, Max & Ruby, the Doodlebops and Choo-Choo Soul, along with plenty of family-friendly fun and activities on Saturdays starting Jan. 14 through Feb. 4.
Parents and older kids can get a Fun Card, in which you pay for a day and play all year through Dec. 31, with no blackout dates.
Also new at Busch Gardens' restaurants this year, kids' meals are now $5.99, including a drink.